When it comes to the production of wonky beats, Los Angeles and the UK are more or less the world's power centers. Yet thanks to the efforts of Onra, Paris just might force its way into the conversation. This week, the soulful producer is releasing his latest album, Long Distance, via Dublin-based All City Records, and we've got an exclusive chance to preview the entire full-length here on XLR8R.com. Read more »
DVA (a.k.a. Scratcha DVA) shows that he isn't just some funky one-trick pony with this exclusive dub mix of "Freakout." Though the funky, pseudo-tribal percussion is still present, the synths that ride atop are more akin to tech-house sounds of the mid-oughts, showing some of the eclectic influences that the UK funky culture has absorbed into its sound. What makes the track truly special, though, are the synth gurglings that subtly drone under the piece, a flourish that only a true composer would insert into such a dancefloor workout. DVA's The New World Order EP comes out this week on his own label.
Young Teebs is more than just another producer in Southern California's über-fertile beat scene. The Chino Hills resident—who swears that he's moving back to LA proper very soon—is not only busy putting the finishing touches on a debut album slated for release on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label later this year, he's also an accomplished skater, artist, and painter. Basically, he's one of those dudes who's seemingly good at just about everything he does. Read more »
Detroit's Black Milk has a new album coming out in July, and though "Don Cornelius" didn't quite make the cut for the full-length, its sunny beats recall Dilla, and Black Milk's wordplay is as furious as ever. Though the content is the usual "big-ups-to-me" lyric we've all gotten used to, how can one deny lines like "He was the game like a relay/but still not a game like E.A./I'm on the right path like slow lanes on the freeway"? Fans will definitely get down with Black Milk's command to "keep your lighters up!"
Since breaking out as a retro-minded soul singer amid futuristic techno tunes, Jamie Lidell has struggled to reconcile musical identities. Is he the British Maxwell, doomed to slightly update R&B with minor innovations as he did on Jim two years ago, or the energized, knob-twiddling illegitimate spawn of Prince and Aphex Twin of his invigorating live performances? Read more »
Where Black Moth Super Rainbow's Seven Fields of Aphelion has gone the way of dreamy, ambient soundscapes, Tobacco, the group's de facto frontman, has been busy crafting beat-heavy, psychedelic fuzz stompers. Recalling mid-period Beck at his finest, "Six Royal Vipers" features crisp handclaps, an ever-warping piano loop, lazer arpeggiations, and heavily-filtered vocal harmonies. Though the lyrical content is undeniably melancholic, it is vocalized in a way that renders it more of an invocation of hazy, summertime bliss. Tobacco's second record, Maniac Meat, came out last week on Anticon, and he's pulling some extensive tour dates out of his hat for the early autumn, which you can check out here.
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