Who: Clams Casino
Where: Nutley, New Jersey
Twenty-three-year-old otherworldly hip-hop producer Michael Volpe makes beats for fun, but actually spends most of his waking hours interning full-time at a local hospital. Yet that hasn't stopped the bedroom auteur from previously lending his eerily melodic and charmingly lo-fi creations to high-profile MCs such as Lil B and Soulja Boy. Read more »
It looks like Dutch party-starter Munchi is well on his way to a full recovery from his recent brush with illness, as he just yesterday dropped a free EP via Mad Decent's blog. The hot-footed "Mamajuana" is one of the six jams offered on the young DJ/producer's Rotterdam Juke EP, and finds him infusing the breakneck beats of footwork with some jittery bachata guitar riffs and other more explosive sound effects. As Munchi himself puts it, "The whole track feels drunk to be honest, but not in a bad way though." You can grab the rest of Munchi's free musical offering here.
Following closely after the release of their Let Me Count the Ways record for Ghostly's Spectral Sound sister label, the multinational tech-house duo Benoit & Sergio will drop another 12" on the longstanding DFA imprint. Read more »
Ah, May... traditionally considered in northerly climates to be the gateway by which summer is accessed. The spring rains die down and are replaced by constant sunshine, beaches, BBQs, outdoor parties, and lazy days in the park. Err, actually none of that happens in San Francisco, so really we're just going off imagination here. Read more »
Portland synth-pop duo Soft Metals soften up their analog-rich sound for this dreamy number, which is nabbed from of a forthcoming LP that producer Ian Hicks and singer Patricia Hall will soon release via Brooklyn's Captured Tracks. Hall's airy croon floats in the midst of a dense bed of silky electronics, just above a simple and driving rhythm—drawing the listener deeper into the mix with its quietly alluring tones. "Psychic Driving" is part Chromatics/Glass Candy, part early-'80s Kraftwerk, part My Bloody Valentine, and all good. The rest of Soft Metals' self-titled record will be available on July 19. (via Altered Zones)
Ripped from the b-side of dOP's forthcoming record, the three-track Your Sex EP, "Half Naked" is another fine example of the French trio's brand of deeply subtle and playfully coy techno sound. Percolating electronics and analog percussive sounds bounce and flutter about in the mix while fragments of whispered vocal melodies slide in and out of the track, seemingly at random. If you crank the volume and allow this one to envelop your head space, you'll likely find yourself transfixed by its quiet nuances and airy disposition. We expect to find more of these finely crafted sounds on dOP's new 12" when it drops on June 20 via Supplement Facts.
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