ScissorMix Vol. 12: Robot Barbecue

Jun 24th, 2013 IDM, Indie Dance, ScissorMix steve 1 min read

This ScissorMix hits on a ton of different electronic notes, but stays in that sweet 115 to 125 BPM range, keeping things moving along with a nice pace. As usually, melody is the star here, and there’s no lack of bigness with the likes of amazing tracks from DJ Koze, Osborne, Disclosure, Classixx, Bonobo, Baths and the like. A ton of usual SK people on this mix and a few things that may have eluded your radar thus far.


Nov 17th, 2010 Ambient, IDM steve 1 min read

Even though the weather in NYC is shitty, it’s always a great day when I can post something new created by a close friend. Sam Willis, one half of Kompakt recording artists Walls and the fantastic DJ/blog duo Allez-Allez is a busy man these days up in Hackney, but somehow found the time to launch another pseudonym side-project as Snoretex. It’s mind blowing when I…


Jul 27th, 2010 IDM, Post-Rock steve 1 min read

When you run a blog as long as I have, you end up stuck in database hell. Interns adding contact emails from the Hype Machine top 100 eventually land on scissorkick, and after nearly 10 years my inbox is cluttered by PR from labels and bands that have probably never downloaded or read about a single track I’ve posted. But it’s cool. I’d probably do…

American Men

Jul 8th, 2010 IDM, Post-Rock steve 1 min read

Jeff sent this EP over and said he was “90% sure” I’d be into it. Fuck, I must be hard to please or something because this is so squarely in my wheel house I can’t imagine why he thought 10% of me wouldn’t be feeling this. American Men are a group of Scotsmen doing instrumental, futurist rock their own way (god I’m watching too much…

Home Video

Jan 29th, 2009 IDM, Krautrock steve 1 min read

New EP from Brooklyn’s Home Video just dropped and while I will readily admit the Radhiohead comparisons are warranted, I still think the band is one of NYC’s most underrated.


Sep 18th, 2008 IDM, Krautrock, Post-Rock steve 2 min read

The Thrush sounds like a mixtape made by the dude down the hall with the ill Krautrock collection who’s dating a dancer into Afrobeat and old UK downtempo.

Max Tundra

Sep 12th, 2008 IDM, Soul steve 1 min read

Few, if any, current producer/musicians out there manage to be as dense and melodically satisfying as Max Tundra, unapologetically birthing electronic pop so saccharine that it reminds of you of your mom’s favorite 90s tracks from Lisa Stansfield and Desiree.


Minotaur Shock

Aug 14th, 2008 Abstract Hip-Hop, IDM steve 1 min read

… Other maverick online music models have resulted since (like NIN’s free record), but few have the charm of the recent 4AD release from David Edwards, aka Minotaur Shock.


Aug 11th, 2008 Electro, IDM steve 2 min read

He DJs as Egg Foo Young here in the city, has done production work for Bonde Do Role and — most importantly — is one of the first artists I can think of who has included written explanations of his instrumental song titles in the CD.

Keston and Westdal

Feb 14th, 2008 Downtempo, Electronic/Dance, IDM, Instrumental steve 1 min read

Here’s a nerd fantasy for you: Tortoise covering Boards of Canada’s “Roygbiv” with Quincy Jones producing. Yeah, it’s totally unrealistic, perhaps even a slight bit musically incongruous, but I don’t give a fuck. I think that would be sick. It is just a dream after all. Now, I couldn’t in good conscience say that Minneapolis duo Keston and Westdal are in that orbit just yet,…