Last week, Toronto house outfit Azari & III—perhaps you remember them from our recent feature—released this new single on Tiga's Turbo imprint. Where older Azari & III efforts like "Hungry for the Power" and "Reckless (With Your Love)" were big vocal tracks, "Indigo" relegates the (still-excellent) vocals to a support role, allowing the song's pulsing synths, piano melodies, classic Chicago style, and feelgood spirit to lead the way. Don't get us wrong—this one can still be an anthem, just not one of the sing-along variety. The Azari boys are currently at work on their debut full-length, which should see the light of day next year.
Since launching their club night Secousse in London back in 2008, the members of Radioclit have been championing dance music from all over Africa and bringing it with them around the world. Now Brussels' Crammed Discs will be releasing a collection of "Club Secousse Anthems" hand-picked by Radioclit. Read more »
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Fabled Detroit record store Vibes New and Rare Music may be a thing of the past, but its owner Rick Wilhite remains an important figure in the city's music scene. This month saw the release of a Wilhite-curated compilation on the Rush Hour label, fittingly entitled Rick Wilhite presents: Vibes New and Rare Music. The comp features tunes from the likes of Theo Parrish, Kyle Hall, Urban Tribe, and Wilhite himself, operating under his alias The Godson. "Nova2" is one of his efforts, albeit one created in collaboration with DJ RayBone. It's a pretty standard Detroit cut, one with a taut beat and a simple, yet soulful, string melody and some scattered synth flourishes. In true Motor City style, Wilhite's production doesn't have a lot of flash, but frankly, it doesn't need any.
Earlier this month, Brooklyn sound-collage specialist and leftfield beatmaker Lobisomem unveiled his Onze Pedras full-length, and now he's following that up with some remixes of album cut "She's Made of Clay." This one comes from the all-star Dutty Artz collaboration of DJ /rupture and Chief Boima, the latter of whom recently relocated to Brooklyn after a long stint in Oakland. While Rupture and Boima's involvement might lead one to expect a tropical-minded dancefloor cut, the pair maintains the chill vibe of Lobisomem's original while inserting a warbling synth melody and some drums that do slap just a touch harder. Discerning ears might even catch the snippets of what sounds like highlife guitars—apparently Rupture and Boima can play the sound-collage game too.
German trio Saroos (featuring members of Iso68, Lali Puna, and The Notwist) is offering up a song from its upcoming Odd Nosdam-produced album, See Me Not. "Yukoma" sounds like a mix of all its contributors, as a chopped breakbeat chugs beneath large, fuzzy chords the song carefully takes shape and becomes a tranquil accumulation of its melodic elements. A definite head-nodder for those who like their electronica slow and serene. See Me Not will be released on November 9 via Anticon in the US and Japan and on The Notwist's Alien Transistor everywhere else.
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Salem—the trio of John Holland, Heather Marlatt, and Jack Donoghue—is a gothy/witch-house/dream-crunk/"fucking hipster"/drag-step/worst.band.ever./genius/crack-core/amaaaazing/hiding-behind-fuzz/wigger/fake-black-metal/angelic/homo-thug/Michael Stipe-endorsed/post-juke band from no place in particular. Read more »
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