Taken from the Blu Jemz-curated Beat Machine compilation, "Tetris" is a slinky slice of instrumental synth-funk put together by Waajeed. Best known as an original member of Slum Village and a founder of Platinum Pied Pipers, Wajeed will be hitting the road as part of the Beat Machine tour that kicks off tonight.
Christopher Willits tackles drum recording using a three-mic set-up.
In this episode, Christopher returns to Sound Arts Studio to show us drum mic-ing techniques with Jeff Pierre, a 16-year-old drummer from Haiti who plays the tanbou segón. Read more »
What makes this piece interesting isn't really the music itself, which falls squarely into the shiny indie-electro category, but the method of dissemination: the new Friends of Friends label sells unique t-shirts commissioned by a specific musical artist, and every t-shirt contains a download code to a release by that artist as well as a musical compatriot. On the label's second release, Swiss duo Larytta tapped their countryman Bauchamp to share the release and artist Tatiana Rihs to design the t-shirt. With shirt and download code in hand, one can not only hear the six-track release itself, but remixes by Lazer Sword, Hecuba, and more.
The press promptly hailed A Place to Bury Strangers as “the loudest band in New York” when the trio released its self-titled debut in 2007—quite a compliment considering the masses of sonic terrorists lining up to play Brooklyn’s DIY venues. Now with Exploding Head, APTBS has refined its industrial shoegaze into something more tuneful, but no less brutal. Actual songs peek out from under the great morass of singer Oliver Ackermann’s scathing guitars. Read more »
Magda is a member of the Minus family for good reason—she's probably the best female techno DJ in world right now. It's no surprise, then, that she was tapped to mix the 49th installment of Fabric's lauded mix series. Featuring an eclectic selection of everything from the Italian horror of Goblin to the minimal atmospherics of Farben, the mix is "dark and groovy, with a soundtrack feel to it," as Magda herself puts it. Just in time for those stark, spooky winter nights! Read more »
The iconic Slumberland label is celebrating its 20th anniversary with back-to-back shows in D.C. and New York, featuring the best acts from the current Slumberland roster as well as groups from the label's past. With sets from bands as sonically diverse as Crystal Stilts and Lorelei, both shows are sure to be packed with fans of noisy avant-pop. To learn more about the label, check out September's Labels We Love feature on Slumberland, in which label head Mike Schulman talks about 20 years of releasing records. Read more »
Matias Aguayo never does what is expected of him, so it is no surprise that the first single from his upcoming Kompakt album sounds like a bit like an outtake from an early TV on the Radio session—though a slow beat forms the track's backbone, much of the remaining sonic texture comes from multi-layered vocal elements reminiscent of a barbershop quartet. Of course, Aguayo's sexy croon is on full display throughout, though the track can't hold a candle to anything from the Closer Musik discography. With this piece as a teaser, let's hope the rest of Ay Ay Ay is as equally puzzling and pleasing.
The team of Tignino and Leo pair up with Mark Kerr to create a bouncy tech-house track displaying wet handclaps, a dubby mid-frequency synth stab, and an apex that leads into a creepy, sexual vocal element. Somewhat reminiscent of Glimpse's or Itamar Sagi's recent work, and an ass-shaker for sure, this piece is bound to end up getting some major props during earlier club sets. "Into the World" is culled from Great Stuff's Munich Disco Tech Vol. 5, which also features Juan Sanchez, Denis Horvat, and a remix by Oliver Klein.
If there were any justice in this world, Brother Ali would be a solid contender for the title greatest rapper alive. Working with the same producer (Atmosphere's Ant) for most of his career has bolstered Ali’s already-consistent output, and his latest release, Us, is quality from top to bottom, as Ali vacillates between boastful jabs, message-mongering uppercuts, storytelling segments, and spiritual revelations. Meanwhile, the beats range from uptempo slams and funky, bouncy head-nodders to neo-exotica and retro-gospel. Read more »
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