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 …

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

St. Vincent: Birth In Reverse David Byrne’s beloved sidekick is back on her own after their whirlwind world tour, and St. Vincent has never sounded so fresh. Annie Clark’s self-titled St. Vincent album hits record stores 24 February, but fans got a sneak peek this week with “Birth In Reverse”—a fast-paced, slightly choppy song packing loads of guitar riffs alongside harmonious vocals delivering distinctly irreverent …