The cross-continental production duo of Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma are once again heading off to another country to smash it, with love, of course. Fresh off a buzzed-about performance at Unsound Festival 2011 in Krakow, Poland, Sepalcure are ready to crush it south of the border this time around. The twosome will be performing at Mutek_MX (Mexico), an event coordinated by Sony as well as the organizers of Mutek Festival, held annually in Montreal. In addition to that, this will be the first time the duo will be doing a live A/V set, accompanied by the visuals of Sougwen Chung, who has done art for all the Sepalcure releases to date. The duo will check in with URB occasionally, as they’re providing us with an exclusive tour diary. The diary will ultimately lead to their live A/V set in New York (tickets can be bough here), accompanied by Warp’s Africa Hitech doing an exclusive and rare set in the States.
So to celebrate all these great things happening to one of our favorite acts at the moment, Sepalcure is giving everyone on the internet a free download. Check out the link to “I’m Alright” after the jump.
Among the hundreds of indie labels that lost tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in merchandice in the weekend’s SONY/PIAS warehouse fire in London, legendary imprint WARP Records is now reporting that most of their 21 year backstock was destroyed. In a statement issued on their website, the label explained the current status of upcoming releases by CANT, Plaid and Battles. More concerning was the reality that some old releases—classic electronic music from Aphex Twin, Autechre, Broadcast and hundreds of other—my never be available in physical form again.
Other beloved labels similarly effected include 4AD, Ninja Tune and Domino. An emergency fund has been set up to help all of the indie labels recover from this devistating blow.
You can read the full statement from WARP after the jump.
If it’s possible to be simultaneously ultra-laidback and hard-rocking, Earl Greyhound manages. They’re perfect for a rainy set, so that when you sweat it out to their soul-stirring tunes, the rain cleanses you. Props to them for independently releasing their second studio album “Suspicious Package” without a record label altogether and takin’ it straight to the people. ‘Love their 70′s vibe with a twist of new-millennium techno-democracy.
Madison Avenue has unleashed an onslaught of Augmented Reality products and services, notably Virtual Sean and Virtual Mirror. As with any new technology, it all comes down to execution, and so far almost all of my experiences have felt gimmicky. There are, however, some notable exceptions on which I’m keeping my eye: video gaming and mobile devices. Nintendo’s Wii console proved to consumers that gaming can be experienced with natural gestures, escaping the shackles of traditional handheld controllers once and for all. Now, Sony’s Playstation Move and Microsoft’s Project Natal push the experience even farther with camera and motion-based systems that mimic a user’s every move. Stunning the game industry at the 2009 E3 conference, Microsoft’s Project Natal was demonstrated through games in which the user can interact with his environment using nothing more than natural body gestures. It uses an infrared sensor attached to the Xbox 360 console to track 48 skeletal points on a human body. This level of detail not only allows for tracking arm and leg motions, but even individual fingers and facial expressions, prospectively bringing to an end the era of stiff mugs that are part and parcel to ordinary gaming.