ELECTRONIC | Debuts by Sarah Weis and Supreme Cuts
Last week Plustapes issued Musik & Plus, the debut cassette from eccentric local singer, songwriter, and synthesizer artist Sarah Weis (left). It's not her first recorded work—she's made soundtracks for a couple B movies produced by i^3 Hypermedia, a company she cofounded—but the 25-song effort is her first proper solo release. Weis started making synth music after buying a Moog Prodigy on eBay in fall 2004, and about a year ago began uploading her Devo-influenced electronic ditties to SoundCloud, where they caught the ear of Plustapes co-owner Kumar McMillan. Weis will celebrate the release with a show Wed 6/15; write to email@example.com for details.
Last week newbie NYC label Small Plates announced it would release Trouble, the debut EP from Chicago electronic smooth-jam act Supreme Cuts (right). Mike Perry and Austin Keultjes have worked together for close to two years (they were both in Dirty Diamonds too), but Supreme Cuts started out making sample-based hip-hop tracks, none of which they formally released. The duo grew tired of that style and set off in a direction that Perry jokes was determined by two songs: Ginuwine's "Differences" and Keith Sweat's "Make It Last Forever." That said, their first tune, "Amnesia" (which they started recording at Perry's apartment during February's blizzard), sounds more like Burial's moody dubstep than traditional R&B. Supreme Cuts' four-song EP will come out digitally and on vinyl in July, accompanied by a DVD of four music videos.—Leor Galil