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The ex-SF, now LA-based producer/vocalist/blogger Baron Von Luxxury (formerly known simply as Luxxury, pictured above) has a new LP for Manimal Vinyl still a few months away from seeing its release in September, but fellow West Coaster Loose Shus has already turned in this remix for the album's track "Terry Richardson." Believe it or not, this version of the tune considerably tones down the disco-pop obsession of Von Luxxury's original, smoothing things out with some deliciously retro synths and classic drum machine work. Sure, the vocals still have quite a bit of cheese to their credit, but Von Luxxury's whole MO is to find the "fine line dividing what is cool from what is deeply embarrassing," and Loose Shus seems content to continue this flirtatious experiment within the ever-changing "guilty pleasure" realm set off by his Los Angeles counterpart.
Burgeoning British bass producer Throwing Snow has a new record on the way, coming this time as the first release from the Brighton-based Sneaker Social Club imprint, which is run by the man behind the Hypercolour and Glass Table labels, Jamie Russell. Read more »
Get Physical: On his new album, Pictureplane contemplates mysticism, feeling, and the power of touch.
On his last album, 2009's stunning Dark Rifts, Travis Egedy (a.k.a. Pictureplane) proved he was a steady hand when it comes to blurring genres, creating a super-vibey dance record from some unexpected sources. (Fleetwood Mac samples, anyone?) But with his latest, Thee Physical, which comes out tomorrow on Lovepump United, he extends that pastiche to meld his deconstructions of hip-hop, diva house, and pop music with a sensibility that's as rooted in mysticism as it is in the "real." Read more »
This stoney piece of "for the heads," West Coast-style beat work comes from what we are sad to report is the last 10" in All-City's LA series, which has chronicled the work of Teebs, Tokimonsta, Dam-Funk, matthewdavid, and many more of the Southern Califonia ilk since starting its run back in January of last year. For the final offering, the Dublin-based imprint has tapped Shafiq Husayn and Om’Mas Keith, two thirds of the futuristic hip-hop crew Sa-Ra Creative Partners, with each taking a side of the vinyl to show off their respective solo chops. Here we have the final piece of Husayn's three-part, seven-plus-minute contribution to the release's a-side, marked by flashes of woozy jazz, sloppy bass, and just the right touch of off-kilter drums. LA #0 (artwork above) is set to hit the streets later this month, hopefully to be followed by another expertly curated All-City series sometime soon.
Musically speaking, we live in an age where just about anything conceivable is possible. Artists are making music out of the life and death of a pig (i.e. Matthew Herbert's forthcoming One Pig LP), turning the internet into their own personal sample bank, and testing the limits of what constitutes a dance beat. So, when a band such as Portland duo Soft Metals comes along, touting a sound that owes just about everything to a bygone era, you can't help but wonder why. Read more »
Over the past few months, the non-cello-playing half of the always inventive duo The Books, Nick Zammuto, has been breaking out on his own again, dropping solo tracks here and there simply as Zammuto. "Idiom Wind" is the latest such track, and it serves as another moving example of the striking and unique songs the Vermont-based musician/producer is capable of putting together. Replacing fellow Books collaborator Paul de Jong's deep cello bowings with a lush layer of multi-tracked fiddle (courtesy of Gene Back), Zammuto weaves a meditative performance of intricate pop complete with sparse, polyrhythmic drums, a simple bassline, and a generous helping of his own calm, layered vocals. It appears there is no talk of a new solo album in the works so far, but we've certainly got our fingers crossed. (via Pitchfork)
In this interesting piece from Amoeba Music's What's In My Bag series—in which the West Coast music retailer talks to contemporary artists about the music and movies they purchase while in town—UK post-dubstep posterboy James Blake chats about his love for Outkast and old-timey gospel and piano records. Read more »
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