With the rise of the Internet as a music platform, affordable recording technology, and online audio distribution platforms, it’s harder than ever to keep up with electronic music. RAMjams is our streaming weekly roundup of odd, unusual, or otherwise remarkable underground electronic music you might have overlooked.
his week, Neneh Cherry, Co La, Lee Bannon and other music to make you move at your desk.
1. Diamond Terrifier, “The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow (Co La ‘Stainless Version’ remix)”: Co La takes his samples to places not many other producers can reach, which is why this remix is so formidable. A dirge built on a lonely saxophone loop, some mason jar percussion and the melting haze of TV chatter in the background. Lovely and distressing.
2. Neneh Cherry, “Everything (Villalobos & Loderbauer: Vilod high blood pressure mix)”: If you’ve already played out the fantastic original version, start spinning this dreamier, meandering take on that dark jazz, courtesy of legendary producers Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer.
4. Alis, “11”: “11” is taken from Things Next Door, an EP of loop pedal experiments from Sabina Plamenova aka Alis/Subeena. The percussion unfurling from her fingers brings a unique tactility to the ghostly ambience. Think Julianna Barwick with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
6. JETS feat. Jamie Lidell, “Midas Touch” (Machinedrum Version): Jamie Lidell, The Funk Man of Warp Records, plays rescuer over a shiny, funky new vibe from Machinedrum, made even better by the use of Prince’s snare from Purple Rain.
8. Torn Hawk, “We Burnt Time / Throb & Ruin” – VV-010: Luke Wyatt’s prolific streak continues unabated with a new 12″ featuring two new songs as distressed techno maven Torn Hawk. “We Burnt Time” leans on the cleaner, more emotional sound of The Field while separating itself with glitchy sonic shivers. Distress signal electronics cover “Throb & Ruin’s” tense hum, everything encased in a slowly shifting ambience, like we’re travelling inside an aurora.