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 a new weekly roundup of odd, unusual, or otherwise remarkable electronic songs you might have missed.
1. In Curti, “Tonite”: The Slavic musician hits the same emotional warble as Robert Smith, if the Cure frontman had a wicked case of fetal alcohol syndrome. I mean that in the best way possible. Imagine Vår stuck to one genre, and it was gothy '80s synthpop.
2. Michael Mali, “Wild Things” (Visionist remix): After Kelela's Cut 4 Me, it's all about grime producers working with singers. Michael Mali hands his track “Wild Things” over to grime maven Visionist, who turns the already gloomy London singer into the anti-Sam Smith.
3. Kallisti, “Michael Douglas": d'Eon returns with new project Kallisti, and “Michael Douglas” is rave that keeps forgetting something in its apartment, returning, and getting distracted.
4. Polica “Chain My Name” (Seams remix): Mylo's follow up to Destroy Rock & Roll will be out any day now, I'm sure of it. Till then, let's enjoy some sproingy, sad-eyed house in that vein, courtesy of Seams and his remix of Polica's “Chain My Name.”
5. Lee Bannon, “216”: Another cut from the Sacramento producer's upcoming Ninja Tune full length, and Bannon still sounds like he's having an anxiety attack at a secret rave.
6. Total Freedom, “FROM TIME TF CHOP 4 JESSE AKA BUHBYE DRAKE”: Who's Total Freedom?? Read this introduction to the DJ and his entire crew. But first you'll probably want to listen to his refix of Drake's & Jhene Aiko's “From Time.” It goes from exceptional Aaliyah festishism to a banger, thanks to the drums from Clipse's “Grindin'”
7. Sage The Gemini & IAmSu!, “Gas Pedal” (YAYAYI remix): Here's what I wrote about this track last week: “The first half replaces the original's Bay Area bounce with bedroom ready guitar licks, and pitches down the rapper's verses to just a notch above a Luther Vandross parody. A GIF of pure velvet. But then the sex jam gets laced with DMT: Sean Kingston's “Beat It” morphs in with a heat-morphed tape reel treatment.”
8. TCF: “6B 34 C4 14 1E 7B F2 A7 68 14 07 EF 68 E7 D2 2B 5F 11 14 6E CA DB 18 E1”: A nice bit of post Tim Hecker ambient dreamweaving to take you out, courtesy of visual artist Lars Holdhus. The fact that I don't know whether or not that title is a Photoshop reference tells me how desperately I need to learn that program.