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.
Stream Converse's Band of Ballers Mixtape, With Of Montreal, Jim Jones, The Black Lips, and Other ATL Faves
Bringing its love of b-ball, music, and Atlanta to the world, Converse presents Band of Ballers, Read more »
A little bit more than a week ago, we gave you the lowdown on Hyperdub's off-Sonar party along with a free mix from a friend of XLR8R favorites Delorean, K**O. Now, their Desparrame blog is co-hosting an even bigger, wilder post-Sonar event on June 20, featuring L-Vis 1990, Bok Bok, Rustie, Untold, Swindle, Deadboy, Slackk, and Elijah & Skilliam, the Rinse FM-associated duo who have prepared a grime mix in anticipation of the event, which you can download here. Check out the tracklisting and the flyer for the event after the jump! Read more »
Brooklyn's Uproot Andy brings his post-geographic electronics to Europe starting tonight, and with dates alongside ZZK, Bomba Estereo, Schlachthofbronx, and others, his eclectic sounds are certain to reach even more ears. In anticipation, he's also created the Brousse Criminal Mixtape in conjunction with tour mates Douster, Jay Weed, and Tête de Tigre, which you can download here. Check out the tour dates after the jump! Read more »
From Horse Meat Disco II, the forthcoming second compilation curated and mixed by the fellas of the UK club night, comes this gem of flamboyant diva disco, "Cherchez Pas" by Madleen Kane. The Swedish model-turned-singer recorded the burning dance tune—complete with horn stabs, octave bass lines, and all sorts of pattering percussion—with Jean-Claude Friederich back in 1980, but the song still sounds just as fun and club-appropriate today as it did then. The classic number resurfaces towards the end of Horse Meat Disco II amidst equally old-school grooves from Bravo, Kasso, and El Coco, to name a few, and fulfills its duty to keep the party mix going strong throughout its entire six minutes.
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