Andy Beta

Andy Beta appears in the following:

Classic Dose: Larry Heard

Friday, September 16, 2016

Larry Heard, the producer behind Kanye West's "Fade," changed the course of dance music 30 years ago with a handful of singles. Andy Beta speaks to the house legend about his unexpected renaissance.


First Listen: Eluvium, 'False Readings On'

Thursday, August 25, 2016

On its new album, Matthew Cooper's ambient-music project suggests that noise and beauty are interdependent, making room for celestial voices and jet-engine roars alike.


Dâm-Funk's Time Machine Boogie

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A new album by the L.A.-based producer and DJ rescues a vintage style of D.I.Y. synth-based funk from slipping through history's cracks.


Middle America At The Dawn Of Outlaw Country

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The revival of two forgotten music films — Heartworn Highways and A Poem is a Naked Person — documents the scene populated by Townes Van Zandt, David Allan Coe and Leon Russell.


First Listen: John Carpenter, 'Lost Themes II'

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The filmmaker and musician, known for his work on movies such as Halloween, revisits the approach that defined his synth-heavy soundtrack work.


First Listen: Leon Vynehall, 'Rojus'

Thursday, March 24, 2016

On his new album, the Brighton producer shows how a sweaty, pheromone-filled dance floor can also double as paradise.


First Listen: Bwana, 'Capsule's Pride'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A young Toronto-based producer plunders the riches of the animated science fiction classic Akira to create a sweeping sonic experience.


First Listen: Prins Thomas, 'Principe Del Norte'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When the music of Norwegian producer Prins Thomas began to be heard outside of his native country back in 2005, it was crafted in collaboration with his friend Hans-Peter Lindstrøm. The material was deemed "cosmic disco" — a fitting tag, as the duo loved both the moon-boot-stomping beat ...


First Listen: Benji Hughes, 'Songs In The Key Of Animals'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Until now, Benji Hughes has had just one full album to his name, 2008's under-appreciated double-length A Love Extreme, so you'd be forgiven for thinking you've never heard one of his songs. But considering that Hughes is not just a keen songwriter but also a master of the commercial ...


First Listen: Skatebård, 'CDIII'

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

To best understand electronic producer Bård Aasen Lødemel's mischievous, irreverent musical nature, cue up his 2008 remix of fellow Norwegian Annie's "Two Of Hearts." A cover of Stacey Q's 1986 freestyle hit, Annie's version is exacting, but in his eight-minute "Skatebård's High Energy In The Night" remix, Lødemel ...


First Listen: Chris Walla, 'Tape Loops'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Chris Walla spent 17 years as a songwriter, guitarist and producer for Death Cab For Cutie, and Tape Loops is his first solo album since leaving the band in 2014. But if you're inclined to resist a solo record by "the other guy" from Death Cab, know that ...


First Listen: Autre Ne Veut, 'Age Of Transparency'

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Along with artists like How To Dress Well and Holy Other, Autre Ne Veut makes music that's sometimes categorized as "PBR&B," suggesting a point where indie pop (ironically) meets modern R&B. Autre Ne Veut's Arthur Ashin uses R&B tropes in his music, but rather than soundtrack a romantic moment, ...


First Listen: Petite Noir, 'La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Yannick Ilunga, the South African musician who records under the name Petite Noir, was born to a Congolese father and an Angolan mother; as a young child, he was relocated to Cape Town by his parents when the situation in Democratic Republic of Congo deteriorated. But listen to "Freedom," from ...


First Listen: Dam-Funk, 'Invite The Light'

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three years ago, to help celebrate the label's 10-year anniversary, Seattle's Light In The Attic imprint asked Ariel Pink and Dâm-Funk to cover an obscure blue-eyed soul song from 1979, Donnie and Joe Emerson's "Baby." On paper, it seemed like an odd pairing, in that Ariel Pink was known ...


First Listen: Destroyer, 'Poison Season'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

While membership in Canadian power-pop supergroup The New Pornographers brought attention from a generation of indie-rock fans, Dan Bejar was already two albums deep into his solo project, Destroyer. Bejar's earliest albums reveled in glam at a time when such archness and excess stood at odds with the ...


First Listen: Advance Base, 'Nephew In The Wild'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

In 2003, the judicious and chic Parisian shop Colette released its fifth compilation CD, featuring an early DJ mix from DFA's James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy. Their set ranged from post-punk like Cabaret Voltaire to labelmates The Rapture and The Juan Maclean, before wrapping things up with a primitive and ...


First Listen: Teen Daze, 'Morning World'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

When British Columbia musician Teen Daze appeared with his bedroom-recorded 2010 debut, Four More Years, the title of that eight-song cassette might have seemed presumptuous. Five years later, Teen Daze has matured musically and covered new ground. Credited to a twentysomething named Jamison (no surname given), Teen Daze began to ...


First Listen: CFCF, 'The Colours Of Life'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Montreal's Michael Silver took the call letters from his local television station to release his first music as CFCF in 2009. While his debut album, Continent, was full of pop informed by disco, electro and soft-rock (complete with a sexy, R&B-indebted take on Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love"), the ...


First Listen: Benjamin Clementine, 'At Least For Now'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Encounter a staggering voice — be it in concert, on the subway platform or on American Idol — and the adage goes, "she could sing the phone book." That's not quite what London singer Benjamin Clementine does in the opening moments of his debut album, but he performs a similar ...


First Listen: Omar Souleyman, 'Bahdeni Nami'

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

There may be no more unlikely act in indie/electronic music than a sunglasses-and-keffiyeh-wearing wedding singer with a chain smoker's gruff voice. But Omar Souleyman is no ordinary musical act; if anything, he's one of the most resilient performers you'll see on the summer festival circuit, whether it's at FYF ...