Wander/Wonder is the debut album from New York-based producer Balam Acab. The record is ten tracks of warm, atmospheric electronic music combining heavily-effected instrument samples, slowed-down hiphop beats and real-world samples. The whole thing is brilliantly produced with a very light touch and a unique style. Highly-recommended.
Listen: Balam Acab - Now Time
Four more to check out:
Björk - Biophilia - 27 September (One Little Indian)
The ever-eccentric Icelandic musician releases her first album in four years this month. Biophilia was in-part composed on an iPad, as is being released as an app containing interactive games and bonus material for each song.
Listen: Björk - Crystalline
Fabriclive 59: Four Tet - 19 September (Fabric)
Much-lauded electronic musician Four Tet heads up the latest Fabriclive release. He combines a mix of unappreciated and hard-to-find tracks, leftfield club hits and field recordings collected from the Fabric nightclub into a genuinely impressive mixtape. It also includes three unreleased Four Tet tracks - Locked, Fabric and Pyramid.
Listen: Four Tet - Locked
CANT - Dreams Come True - 12 September (Warp Records)
CANT is the solo project of Chris Taylor of excellent indie-folk band Grizzly Bear. The album see’s Taylor swap live instruments for electronic-orientated production, placing his lush vocals over tracks that sound more like classic Warp Records releases.
Under his usual recording name, The-Dream, Terius Nash is the man responsible for producing Rihanna’s Umbrella and Beyoncé’s Single Ladies. Needless-to-say he’s no small-fry producer. This album, released for free under his birth name to annoy his record company, sees him showing off his more introspective side. Stylistically it sounds like a cross between Prince and R Kelly, with thick retro synth sounds and interesting drum machine work. Plus it’s free.