Over the past year, a new hip-hop subgenre has bubbled up from the streets of Los Angeles. Known as jerkin', the scene is largely populated by internet-savvy, skinny-jeans-wearing teens whose favorite artists are often like-minded young MCs and producers who operate almost exclusively on MySpace and only perform at raucous all-ages shows for throngs of wilding-out fans. Read more »
As they did on their debut, Brooklyn's Javelin will once again be screenprinting over record sleeves acquired from thrift shops for their latest 12" on Thrill Jockey. (To check out some awesome examples of their past work, go here). But this time around, the guys are inviting fans to send in their own thrifted record covers, personalizing the record in a truly unorthodox way. Read more »
The boys of Lazer Sword bring their bass-driven blap sound to CLP's collaboration with RQM, glitching it into a sharp, angular piece of hip-hop. RQM's vocals and intelligent rhymes smooth the edges a bit, but generally, this slice is perfect for floors where futuristic hip-hop and bass music reign. Pictured Above: CLP
For this week’s Inbox, XLR8R steps into the ring with Berlin-based U.S. expat Jay Haze (a.k.a. Fuckpony). The many-monikered producer and label owner coos about his Roland 808, Otis Redding, and London, swims (unsuccessfully) with dolphins in the Amazon, and deftly brings justice to his oppressors. Read more »
There is an elegance to James Pants' compositions that rides beneath their funkiness. On "Thin Moon," the first single from his upcoming album, a spacey '80s synth loop is coupled with plucked strings, electric guitar strums, and ephemeral snippets of conversation. Coupled with Pants' high, melancholy croon, the piece maintains a graceful simplicity that is part Kelley Polar and part Dam-Funk. Lovely sounds for a lonely night.
After three years of releasing 12-inches for the likes of Four:Twenty, liebe*detail, and his own Diynamic imprint, Bosnia-born, Hamburg-based Mladen Solomun unleashes his debut long-player. Overlook the mildly tacky album title (and, indeed, track titles) and Dance Baby is a quality debut that deploys deep-house signifiers with relative subtlety and nuance. Read more »
What started as a home-grown collaborative project to document the new electronic-music underground between Sheffield-based photographer Shaun Bloodworth and the Give Up Art design studio has grown into something larger with the assistance of Bleep.com. Read more »
UK dubstep/future garage phenom Joy Orbison recently dropped on new mix on the Ministry of Sound's Greenmoney radio show. Armed with new-ish tunes from several like-minded producers and a few of his own unreleased productions, Mr. Orbison offers a nice purview of UK bass music's more refined side. Read more »
Parisian label head and Italo patron Cosmo Vitelli and Tekel's Julien Briffaz are the automobile-obsessed Bot'Ox, whose leftfield new-wave disco offers some of the coldest productions in recent memory. On their remix of the French duo's latest track, "Blue Steel," Toronto's Azari & III take the track's chilly sounds and puts them into an even deeper freeze—making for a haunting number with singer Anna Jean crooning sublime melodies from what sounds like a barren ice tunnel.
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