This 20-year-old Japanese trio's greatest liability is the psych baggage they're saddled with. On a major label in their own country, the band's previous releases were put out Stateside by Mesh-Key, a label run by Invisible Conga People's Justin Simon; Hollow Me/Beautiful finds the band on DFA for one of the label's most uncharacteristic releases. Their tenth album blasts off with smooth jazz saxophone rather than mega-fuzz guitar, and "Dekinai"'s two-note tremolo riff only sounds familiar in comparison—like someone dropped The Fall into an episode of H.R. Pufnstuf. Read more »
The disco-punk aesthetics of former DFA associate Tim Goldsworthy are all over Archie Bronson Outfit's first single from their forthcoming third album, Coconut. With its bouncing disco bass riding over deep kicks and dry snares, the angular guitar melodies and pulsing synths of "Shark's Tooth" are given a lovely dancefloor energy, and the track's wistful vocals make it a certain indie-dance night floor-filler.
Jack of all trades Mike Ladd returns in April with the third installment of his Infesticons project, a musical vehicle aimed at combating "indifference and apathy." Combining hip-hop swagger with funk's intensity and punk's attitude, the Infesticons' Bedford Park features appearances from slam king Saul Williams, among others. Read more »
It seems that the ladies of UK funky are truly bringing it in 2010, as April will see the Hyperdub release of Ikonika's first artist album, Contact, Love, Want, Have, and on top of that, Cooly G is now the subject of a television spot which you can view below. It's certainly refreshing to see some ladies riding the top of an explosive production wave that doesn't look like it's crashing anytime soon!
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Kuniyuki Takahashi, better known as simply Kuniyuki, will release his third full-length this spring on the ever-dependable Mule Musiq label. Perhaps best known for the many remixes of 2005's "Earth Beats" and his jazzy deep house style, Kuniyuki's explorations of jazz forms on Walking in the Naked City land somewhere between the deep house of the Moodmusic label and the West Coast jazz swing of Dave Brubeck. Read more »
Polish electro-acoustic composer Jacaszek is riding a wave of interest in his work, what with his recent Resident Advisor podcast and numerous soundtrack projects under way. "Lament" is exemplary of Jacaszek's work, which shares Henryk Górecki's ponderous movements, Arvo Pärt's neo-classical melodic sensibilities, and dark atmospheric flourishes that wouldn't be out of place on a Burial record. Tonight, Jacaszek will be playing with members of the ACME orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge as part of a showcase of Polish composition, which has been given a special spotlight as part of this year's Unsound Festival, wrappin up this Sunday in New York.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, global beat hunters Nguzunguzu have gone and topped themselves with a mixtape devoted to the Art of Noise classic "Moments in Love." Blending together hip-hop, ghetto house, B-more club, drum & bass, R&B, and even cumbia, the LA-based duo has done some serious digging here, all in celebration of this timeless tune. Your girlfriend might not enjoy this mix as much as you do, but if she's into it, we're going to say just go ahead and marry that girl. Download the mix here and peep the tracklist after the jump. Read more »
As with many underground UK producers, Hot City's true identity remains shrouded in mystery. Yet this shadowy figure's tunes, often powered by bouncing beats, chopped vocal snippets, and dirty piano melodies while sounding something like the bastard child of Todd Edwards and the early days of MTV's The Grind, continue to light up DJ sets on both sides of the pond, which is why we lured the elusive producer out of his rave cave to assemble this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Two of the biggest names in electronic music have confirmed appearances at this summer's Sónar Festival in Barcelona. The pioneering sounds of The Chemical Brothers will be gracing Spanish ears for the only time this summer, and countryman Dizzee Rascal will be bringing his grimey house game to the festival stage, too. Read more »
What starts as a provocative non sequitur reiterated over handclaps and heavy percussion turns into something of a mantra for Femme En Fourrure as their track, "Plump Bisquit," gains momentum and intensity. Classic disco elements give way to a particularly bass-heavy style of minimalistic house that eventually reaches higher and higher with stabbing horns and tense, ascending vocal samples.
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