When we stop to think about it, there's not a whole lot separating the kids of the chillwave scene from those in beat music's many disparate hubs. Both genres are made up primarily of youngsters creating music inspired by electronic manipulations and the not-so-distant past, and, whether decidedly melodic or not, offer a great deal to the world's private and public dancefloors. Keeping that in mind, this new project from LA's Matthewdavid and Atlanta's Dog Bite, Veux, is less of a surprise. This first taste from the collaboration, "Late Key" (that's the cover for it up there), is a poignant number that matches loads of twinkling pop-friendly melodies, distant-but-hard-hitting dance beats, massive bass drops, and even a large amount of guitar and vocal work to great effect. We're not going to try to coin a new genre title for Veux's marriage of recent production styles. We'll just call it good.
Barcelona bliss-ravers Delorean are wrapping up another trek through North America this week—don't worry, they'll be back again in July—and we've been busy watching their every move. (Some might call it "stalking," but that's just semantics, right?) Anyways, a new video of the boys surfaced this week on Spanish site Playground and we wanted to share. Read more »
The first thing that gets your attention at MUTEK, even before you experience the music, is its clockwork efficiency. Drivers, merchandisers, sound and lighting technicians, curators, paid staff and volunteers are all wonderfully in sync. And all incredibly nice. Read more »
From his string of self-released instrumental beat tapes, New York hip-hop producer El-P let loose this jam as a heads up for the forthcoming release of his third contribution to the series, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3, set to appear on August 3 via Gold Dust. "East River Float" comes from Volume Two, and actually features a quick vocal guest spot from P's hypeman, The Mighty Quin, before getting straight down to business with funky basslines, piano and horn samples, along with an old-school, nod-worthy beat. Snag more tunes from El-P's Weareall series here and here.
Until recently, the name MJ Cole was more or less synonymous with late-'90s/early-'00s UK garage and 2-step, as the man born Matthew Coleman was one of the scene's progenitors and biggest names. Yet as the bubbling beats and shuffling rhythms fell by the wayside and were eventually swallowed by dubstep's wobbling swagger, it seemed as though MJ Cole might end up simply another footnote in the annals of electronic music history. Read more »
Seeing as how Vancouver's latest source of reverb-saturated dance tunes, Teen Daze, isn't keen on sharing much info outside of his moniker and geographic location, it's probably pointless to even rhetorically ask what exactly the song title "Shine On, You Crazy White Cap" means. But from what we can gather of the vocals that bubble up high enough over the track's thick blanket of synth melodies to become somewhat decipherable, the song has something to do with driving to the coastline, maybe the sunrise, and something about shining. Thankfully, the lyrics aren't so much integral to enjoying the music, which is overwhelming in its expansive sound and entrancing in its simple rhythms. Teen Daze's debut full-length, Four More Years, will be released July 23.
Long-time Detroit hip-hop producer Apollo Brown (pictured above) shared the latest single from his recently released sophomore album, The Reset. The record features loads of collaborations with a lengthy list of talented MCs, and here we have "Hungry" with wordsmiths Black Milk and Little Brother's Rapper Big Pooh taking the mic. Through Brown's bright and soulful beat work, the dual vocal attack assails the topic of—what else?—being awesome. Between each verse littered with organ stabs and snare cracks, Black Milk repeats ad infinitum, "I can't sleep, I'm on the grind, I'm hungry"—reminding us exactly what it takes to break through the ever-growing rap scene: ambition and persistence.
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