New Tracks From Blanck Mass, Daphni and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma Deliver Three Different (and Outstanding) Takes on Electronic Music
“Electronic music” is a term about as useful as “pop” or “rock,” but yet we still lean on the description when lacking more nuanced words to describe the various strains of the genre. A good example of its inefficiency can be found below via new tracks from Blanck Mass, Daphni (aka Caribou) and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. These three artists have created some of my favorite “electronic” releases over the last few years, but listening below will showcase the wide variety of sound they explore. Cantu-Ledesma creates lush, ambient soundscapes that daydreams, while Blanck Mass creates maximalist, dystopian sound collages that sound like they were made for a dance floor during the apocalypse. Daphni is the more House-influenced, dance floor ready side project of Caribou. The Cantu-Ledesma track is, not surprisingly, the track that takes the longest to grab you, but that may be because the mind-bending “House vs. House” by Blanck Mass and the soulful, joyous “Sizzling” DJ edit by Daphni may be two of my favorite tracks released so far this year.
No matter what genre you call these tracks, all three songs (and their subsequent albums) are worth your time. Album titles and release dates are under each video.
From ‘Animated Violence Mild,’ out August 16 on Sacred Bones.
‘Tracing Back The Radiance’ out July 12th on Mexican Summer
The Sizzling EP is out now.