Traces of Techno: Teengirl Fantasy

Teengirl Fantasy (actually a 20-something boy reality) are currently on tour in Europe, gearing up for the release of their new album Tracer. It follows the NYC duo’s self-titled CD-R release, 2010’s breakthrough 7AM and the recent non-album single “Motif” on their new home R&S Records, who will officially release Tracer on August 21 — although underdog True Panther will handle the limited LP edition with lenticular art, pressing just 250 copies.

Meanwhile, TGF have unveiled “Run” (above), and you can hear another album cut, “Eternal”, in the latest episode of Expatriarch Radio (streaming below). Member Logan Takahashi cites a strong Detroit techno influence throughout the record — which will also feature guest spots from Panda Bear, Laurel Halo and “One More Time” singer Romanthony — although “Run” rather reminds me of the intro of “Right Now” by Van Halen (not a bad thing!).

Their Berlin stop on July 20 at Naherholung Sternchen teams them up with fellow Brooklyn resident Fatima Al Qadiri, known not just as a journalist and visual artist but also for her haunting music, which Dummy Magazine has just termed “distroid”, a post-sea-punk aesethetic that is like a darker version of “vaporwave” (another term Dummy made up the day before). You can hear Girl Unit’s new remix of “How Can I Resist U” — originally from her excellent Genre Specific Xperience EP — in the playlist above. I’ll be joining Fatima Al Qadiri behind the DJ booth, along with Clay Hooves and Shameless/Limitless — expect to hear a smattering of different pseudogenres, some of which won’t be invented until just hours before the show.

Teengirl Fantasy on tour:
16.7 Dublin, IE @ Workman’s Club
19.7 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
20.7 Berlin, DE @ Naherholung Sternchen
28.7 London, UK @ Club Motherfucker, Corsica Studios
10.8 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
11.8 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
12.8 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
17.8 Vancouver, BC @ Waldorf Hotel
18.8 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
23.8 New York, NY @ TBA
31.8 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
1.9 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
29.9 Seattle, WA @ Decibel Festival

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