LA-based MC Juakali begins this track off with a message for its listeners claiming they've been asking for "some more of that space, some more of that spirit, some more of that dub" and calmly letting us know the lyrics to the chorus before the track even begins to kick in. Whether or not we asked for it, Juakali delivers on his promise to bring the space as this Plastician production relies heavily on dark and distant tones that crawl like NASA's Mars Rover, exploring every nook and cranny of the vast, dubbed-out world the track inhabits before returning us to the steady, tribal beat that's been its driving force since the beginning. "Freak You Back" is the title track of Juakali's forthcoming EP (to be released February 4), which will also include remixes from Tes La Rok and fellow LA resident DLX along with one more original tune.
Oakland-based Jordan Dalrymple (a.k.a Antonionian) has announced the release of his debut self-titled album on Anticon. Although this may be his first solo record, Dalrymple is no stranger to the Anticon imprint, being a part of the label's family for years as a member of Subtle and co-producer of 13&God (the collaboration between Themselves and The Notwist). The multi-instrumentalist's own music, however, differs greatly from the Kraut and stoney-indie rock of his associated groups, as the Antonionian debut is comprised of nine electro-funk-leaning avant-pop tunes that are said to find him "bending voice, electronics, and various acoustics to his unique ends." Read more »
The Spokane, Washington-based James Pants has a new album coming in April on his long-time label, Stones Throw, which, if the two released so far tracks are any indication, is sure to find the singer/songwriter/producer exploring new sonic territories. Read more »
The duo of Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machine Drum) and Praveen Sharma, better known as Sepalcure (pictured above), are set to follow-up last year's excellent Love Pressure EP with a new effort entitled Fleur and have sent along this remix of fellow NYC beatsmith FaltyDL—who has a new album of his own coming in March on Planet Mu—to remind us of why we're excited for the forthcoming release. The remix is a sizzling slow mover at first, one in which chopped vocals pop and chirp amongst bouncing drums. Around the 1:45 mark comes the party: a luscious, side-chained pad floats around the 2-steppin' snare and percussion, leaving you no choice but to move one of your extremities along with the track. The only real decision you have to make is which rhythm to move along to. If merely one tune isn't going to satisfy your Sepalcure fix in the few days before Fleur drops on January 31, then make sure to check out the duo's XLR8R podcast from last September in the meantime.
Terror Danjah Talks Beats, MCs, and the Past, Present, and Future of Grime at Igloo Fest in Montreal
LA-based blog Passion of the Weiss caught up with grime heavyweight Terror Danjah before his performance at the Igloo Festival in Montreal, Canada and was able to get quite an insightful interview with one of the kingpins of the genre (who we featured back in our November/December issue). If you've got about 15 minutes and even just a remote interest in grime, this is definitely worth viewing. (via Butterz) Read more »
Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves. Read more »
Panamanian-born MC Zulu is in the midst of an ambitious multi-release project entitled Crowd Control, on which he is set to release an EP and album comprised of tracks featuring guest producers from around the world with a variety of musical leanings (artists such as Poirier, South Rakkas Crew, Lion Dub, Kush Arora, Mochipet, Radiohiro, Top Billin, and Knight Riderz are all said to make an appearance). The first effort from this project, the Mad Crowd EP, is where you'll find "Crowd Control," an intense anthem that showcases Zulu's MCing abilities on top of production from the UK's The Bumps. The track's dancehall groove is enhanced with frantically moving synth bass and rave stabs that are only overtaken by Zulu's forceful vocals, which jump effortlessly from moments of call-and-response to self-harmonizing, all while keeping the proverbial "crowd" in check, and ensuring that they are indeed paying attention by the time the chorus comes asking, "Are you listening?" Yes, yes we are.
Though the Berlin-based producer has lately traversed the realms of club-friendly production on albums like Turning Dragon and Totem's Flare, Clark recently surprised his fans with a DJ set of relatively straightforward dance tunes, which premiered on Tom Ravenscroft's show on BBC 6 Music just last week. And now, the mixmaster has uploaded the excellent mix on to Soundcloud for us to stream and download for free. Read more »
The avant hip-hopper Buck 65 has been honing his craft for quite a long time now, the better part of the last 20 years in fact, hence the title of his newest LP, 20 Odd Years. Buck 65's first LP since 2007 finds the rapper/producer exploring territory more similar to his 2003 album, Talkin' Honky Blues, where he began crafting songs that somehow combined the disparate worlds of hip-hop, blues, country, folk, and indie rock. Read more »
As if the legendary Detroit techno producer didn't have enough on his plate between releasing a 20-year retrospective and planning a world tour for his Planet E label (which you can read all about here), Carl Craig recently got hipped to the fact that his track "The Climax," which he had released under his Paperclip People moniker back in 1995, had been used in a mash-up for an anonymous bootleg vinyl pressing. Well, Craig decided to respond to the bootleg by taking the available audio and making his own re-edit of the track, which is what we've got available for you here. And re-edit he did, cutting, looping, and manipulating the audio into a seven-plus minute excursion into the cold, intricate Detroit techno Craig's been masterfully producing for years. (via Juno)
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