San Francisco expatriates and Brooklyn residents, the sun-loving trio Lemonade, are set to expand on their ecstasy-fueled, tropically rhythmic dance jams with the release of a new EP March 9 on True Panther. Read more »
Yeah, we know hyphy is dead and we're not exactly stoked on the song's message—for the record, we definitely DO give a fuck about hoes, erm... women—but damn if this new video for the remix of Oakland rapper D-Lo's street anthem "No Hoe," featuring jaw-dropping guest turns from E-40, Beeda Weeda, and The Jacka, doesn't make us want to pull out our white tees, start turfing, ride the yellow bus, and yell "BAY AREA" like it's 2006 all over again. Read more »
Philadelphia's Golden Ages is another one of these bedroom producers whose actual identity is shrouded in mystery. Yet although we're not sure what his mom calls him, we do know that he's coaxing his undoubtedly lo-fi equipment into producing some of that obnoxiously named yet undeniably pleasant chillwave (no, we don't like the name either) à la Memory Tapes, Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, and the rest of the glo-fi gang. Comparisons and internet buzz words aside, "Everything Will Be All Right" is a soothing slice of spacey electronic pop powered by swirling synths, blown-out low-end, and Mr. Ages' ghostly vocals. His debut album, Tradition, comes out this spring.
Paul Rose, experimental dub producer known as Scuba, hangs tough with XLR8R in this week’s Inbox. Rose (also founder of Hotflush Recordings) remembers early rock aspirations, dishes up some killer bolognese, proclaims his creative isolation, and gives some love to his main squeeze and Andy Warhol. Read more »
If the steady stream of club heaters is any indication, the Top Billin collective appear to have Finland's party scene on lock. The latest offering comes from Helsinki 78-82, a new project from crew members Flipper and Koobra. The duo's self-titled EP marks a creative left turn of sorts for Top Billin, as the guys eschew heavy bass and B-more beats in favor of sunny synth disco. While most listeners will gobble up "So Lifelike," a vocal remake of Lifelike's choice 2007 electro tune "So Electric," we prefer "Cruising," as its warbling keys and relaxed vibe are the sonic equivalent of sucking on an Otter Pop in a July heat wave. It's just the thing to perk us up in the dead of winter.
Italian-born Riva Starr (a.k.a. Stefano Miele) is difficult to pin down. His talent for catchy hooks is as well known as his predilection for pilfering sounds from various genres, and both tendencies are on full display here. Read more »
It's nice to see New York's Michna taking a stab at remixing a Joy Orbison track that's not "Hyph Mngo." That song's breakout has threatened to completely overshadow the producer's other brilliant tunes, and, here, Michna gives "BRKLN CLLN" its due by pumping up the bass and percussive elements—making his hometown-referencing version a sort of laidback banger. Hopefully we can catch this track live during Michna's short jaunt around middle-America with Rusko. (via Mad Decent)
Characterizing Martin Dosh's music has never been easy. Take "Subtractions," which features scatting vocals, arpeggiating bass synths, stabbing string sections, and an entire roll call of percussive instruments. It could fall into the realm of Tortoise-esque, jazzy post-rock, but there is hardly enough "rock" in Dosh's sound palette to fit such a genre. It's the lead track from the Minneapolis musician's upcoming album for Anticon, Tommy, which will undoubtedly be filled with plenty more unusually pleasant sonic juxtapositions.
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