In comparison to the noisy rock sounds propagated by contemporaries such as HEALTH, Ganglians, and Liars, Dinowalrus is a far more unhinged outfit whose heavily reverberated atmospheres, herky-jerky basslines, and warped soundscapes bring to mind earlier days of post-punk. Read more »
The song "Water" sounds something like a nursery rhyme penned by Three 6 Mafia or Lil Wayne, but performed instead by malfunctioning androids. In reality, the track comes courtesy of now LA-based duo Pit Er Pat, who recorded the song as the kick-off of their new album, The Flexible Entertainer. It's strange to say the least, but the elastic basslines, looped strings, and herky-jerky drum-machine beats somehow join forces to create a wonky cut that just might be the Top 40 of the future.
The recordings for Jamie Lidell's forthcoming third album, Compass, started down in Los Angeles while he was working with Beck on the artist's Record Club project (essentially a group of musicians coming together for an impromptu covering of classic albums). After things began to take off in Beck's home studio, Lidell moved the sessions all around between studios in LA, New York, and Canada, making time to catch contributions from Feist, Beck, and members of Grizzly Bear and Wilco. Read more »
This video for "La Mara Tomaza" by El Hijo de la Cumbia (which translates to Cumbia's Son) was shot entirely in Mexico throughout the NY-based DJ/producer's recent tour, though the song itself was released back in 2008 on Bersa Discos. Read more »
The New Orleans genre known as bounce, which came into being in the late '90s, is being documented and celebrated in an upcoming exhibit at New York's Abrons Art Center. Titled "Where They At," the exhibition is casting a special spotlight on the sissy bounce genre, whose practitioners are among the most outspoken queer and transgendered performers in all of hip-hop. Read more »
These Are Powers has been crafting claustrophobic, paranoid dance music for a while now, but it is with the group's next release on RVNG that the sonic assault really comes to its apex. "World Class Peoples" features a stomping house beat, rumbling bass, Middle Eastern war synths, and truly menacing multi-layered vocals. The sound is something like the perfect mix of the confrontational sexuality of mid-period Gang Gang Dance, the leftfield house aesthetics of Excepter, and a healthy dose of mid-'90s European electro. In fact, one of the track's main synth lines has the feel of a weird reconfiguring of Robin S.'s "Show Me Love." Sweaty basement dance parties will be blaring this for months to come.
Mike Slott's remix of "AM System" by American Men eschews the original's sleepy vocal lines and replaces them with bright, lush synths, radiophonic wobblings, and a dry, steady beat. Though a vocal line still closes the track, its appearance is short enough to allow Slott's dense rework to really shine beyond the original's straight-up indie-rock appeal.
Seven years in the making, Massive Attack's Heligoland doesn't quite carry the comeback expectations their Bristolian trip-hop compatriots from Portishead faced when releasing Third, but that's probably as good thing, as Heligoland isn't in the same league. Although it's better than their 2003 disappointment, 100th Window, and also sees the return of founding member Daddy G, the album is more of a continuation than a reinvention. Read more »
In the mid-'90s, Kompakt head Wolfgang Voigt launched Profan, a sub-label dedicated to the more abstract side of techno and minimal electronics. But with only one release since 2000, it seemed as if the label had gone the way of minimal itself ...until now! Read more »
"The way I work and try to use different styles and mediums is based on a solid restlessness," says Michael Thorsby, best known as graphic-design force PMKFA, from his parents' house in the deep forests of Småland, Sweden. And considering that the country has just been blanketed by a snowstorm, the air there is nearing single-digit temperatures, and Thorsby has spent the day waiting on platforms for severely delayed trains, that restlessness is palpable. Read more »
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