Baths Obsidian, Get Your Kicks, Beardytron

I am a big fan of Baths, who has recently released a new album Obsidian, which dropped a couple days before my birthday. So thanks for the present, Will!

A very pleasant techno/house/dance/edm Finnish producer named Markus Hakala has made his arsenal of kick samples available for free. There are 500, each of which are labeled by pitch. Worth a grab!

Finally, my ongoing musical crush on Beardyman only intensifies as he continues to release more information and demos regarding the Beardytron5000, his newly engineered digital performance environment. Here is his recent interview with the Guardian podcast, highlighting his desire to balance out his covers and improvisations with composed material. The podcast includes a performance at the end!

Baths – Plea (live)

Great video produced by Beta TV featuring ultra-indie Will Weisenfeld a.k.a. Baths of Chatsworth, CA. He uses an Akai MPD32 to masterfully manipulate a host of samples for his songs. The word for this type of live electronic is music is “engaging”, and if you wanted to tack on an adverb it would probably be “surprisingly”.