Premiere: “Shikoku” by Kate Simko + London Electronic Orchestra

Fusing violins, harp and more with analog synths and drum machines

Producers love a good, lush swell of strings—but in electronic and even pop music, they’re for the most part software simulations. Chicago-raised, now London-based composer Kate Simko has a miniature orchestra available at hand (two violinists, a harpist, a bassist and two cellists) to fuse with analog synths and drum machines, like the classic Roland Jupiter-8 and TR-909. Together, the all-female collective performs this hybrid …

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Twin Shadow, Babe Rainbow, The Vinyl Factory's top 100 and more in our condensed look at Listen this week

Twin Shadow: Turn Me Up “Turn Me Up” is Twin Shadow’s first track in months after a brief hiatus. Continuing in the same synth-tinged vein, the new release feels somehow grander than previous efforts—more stadium anthem than basement bar. Taxie: Rock Don’t Stop Announced during a recent NTS Radio set with Four Tet, UK producer Floating Points is launching a new record label in the …

Glassmaps: You Never Called Me

Top picks for 2013, Benji B's PrivateJam, St. Vincent and more in our weekly look at music

At the recent launch of RBMA’s new book “For the Record,” we caught up BBC Radio 1’s highly respected DJ and presenter Benji B. While Benji believes that if you like something, there should be no shame is people knowing it, he did let us in on his favorite #PrivateJam, an album which people might not expect him to enjoy so much. “The Hejira album …