The latest single from Dim Mak's resident DJ Them Jeans is the tunesmith's inaugural release as part of the ever-expanding Top Billin artist stable. His new track, "Balloons," is a big, bass-laden future-house number with a buoyant dance beat and lots of woozy synth work filling out most of its five and a half minutes. Jeans' production seems content enough to stay rooted in only a few relatively even-keeled movements, as it never quite crescendos with the bombastic effects favored by his hyperactive Dim Mak peers. The Balloons EP, with remixes from LOL Boys, Mad Decent's DJA, and Camo UFOs, is out now.
Thousands of Miles and Decades Removed from the City's Glory Days, Robert Hood Takes the Spirit of Detroit into the Future
When Robert Hood came of age in Detroit, radical change was in the air. People, ideas, and product were on the move. The 1960s and '70s were marked by political and cultural swings, growing black empowerment, and abandonment by second- and third-generation ethnic whites on one hand; urban guerrilla creativity busting out across the racial spectrum on the other. Read more »
Baltimore's leftfield hip-hop MC/producer Labtekwon just shared this video for the song "Onyxx Sphinxx," which is taken from his forthcoming album, NEXT: Baltimore Basquiat and the Future Shock. Read more »
Oakland, CA resident and multi-faceted sound artist Kristin Miltner recently contributed an edition of free-form compositions to Asthmatic Kitty's expansive Library Catalog Music Series, the label's eighth volume of such music. Taken from her installment, Music for Dreaming and Playing, "Melody From Dream" utilizes soft clapping and subtle clicking sounds to work out a pattering rhythm in the midst of her lilting synth tones and stuttering, melodic vocal samples. The song sounds preciously constructed, while simultaneously maintaining a relaxed mood of improvisation. And yes, Miltner's piece is quite dream-like, as its ethereal nature leaves only a slight indentation of a memory, best recaptured by going back to experience it again.
Venerable trip-hop icon Tricky has prepped his ninth studio album, Mixed Race, to drop October 5 via Domino. On the album's title and sounds, Tricky said, "You sat down at the table in my house and you saw every color. It’s made me much more open-minded than I could’ve been. I come from both worlds. I’ve been blessed because no one can put my music in a box—it’s not black, it’s not white, it’s not female, it’s not male. Read more »
DJ/producer Kutmah—who was recently deported from LA back to the UK by US immigration agents, and was also brought up in the beat scene feature from our latest issue—just dropped a fresh mix of inventive hip-hop and hazy beat music for the Stones Throw label's podcast series. Read more »
As our introduction to his upcoming sophomore record, Pop Negro, Barcelona's tropically minded El Guincho just shared "Bombay," one of the producer's most straightforward and pop-friendly songs to date. Music maker Pablo Díaz-Reixa has pushed his bouncing beats into the foreground, left his island-inspired melodies unencumbered by tape hiss or vinyl crackle, let some floating sound effects occupy most of the background, and centered the whole production around his energetic, Spanish-sung vocal hooks. It's certainly less hazy and warbled than the music that initially wooed us into El Guincho's realm, but it's remarkably gratifying to hear that lovably accessible pop music suits his sound just as well.
Nearly two weeks ago, we shared an exclusive track from the collaborative efforts of Tokimonsta, Lunice, and Swede:art, which was born from their work at 2010's Red Bull Music Academy. That musical hub was home for producers from far and wide for two weeks, and now we're getting a sizable taste of what went on from this free, downloadable compilation, Various Assets - Not For Sale: Red Bull Music Academy London 2010. Read more »
No matter how you feel about cumbia digital, there's no denying that Buenos Aires' ZZK crew knows how to hustle. Constantly touring the globe and birthing new music, the Argentinian posse's latest release is Rio Arriba, the second full-length album from Chancha Vía Circuito (a.k.a. Pedro Canale). Read more »
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