Venerable trip-hop icon Tricky has prepped his ninth studio album, Mixed Race, to drop October 5 via Domino. On the album's title and sounds, Tricky said, "You sat down at the table in my house and you saw every color. It’s made me much more open-minded than I could’ve been. I come from both worlds. I’ve been blessed because no one can put my music in a box—it’s not black, it’s not white, it’s not female, it’s not male. Read more »
Oakland, CA resident and multi-faceted sound artist Kristin Miltner recently contributed an edition of free-form compositions to Asthmatic Kitty's expansive Library Catalog Music Series, the label's eighth volume of such music. Taken from her installment, Music for Dreaming and Playing, "Melody From Dream" utilizes soft clapping and subtle clicking sounds to work out a pattering rhythm in the midst of her lilting synth tones and stuttering, melodic vocal samples. The song sounds preciously constructed, while simultaneously maintaining a relaxed mood of improvisation. And yes, Miltner's piece is quite dream-like, as its ethereal nature leaves only a slight indentation of a memory, best recaptured by going back to experience it again.
DJ/producer Kutmah—who was recently deported from LA back to the UK by US immigration agents, and was also brought up in the beat scene feature from our latest issue—just dropped a fresh mix of inventive hip-hop and hazy beat music for the Stones Throw label's podcast series. Read more »
As our introduction to his upcoming sophomore record, Pop Negro, Barcelona's tropically minded El Guincho just shared "Bombay," one of the producer's most straightforward and pop-friendly songs to date. Music maker Pablo Díaz-Reixa has pushed his bouncing beats into the foreground, left his island-inspired melodies unencumbered by tape hiss or vinyl crackle, let some floating sound effects occupy most of the background, and centered the whole production around his energetic, Spanish-sung vocal hooks. It's certainly less hazy and warbled than the music that initially wooed us into El Guincho's realm, but it's remarkably gratifying to hear that lovably accessible pop music suits his sound just as well.
Nearly two weeks ago, we shared an exclusive track from the collaborative efforts of Tokimonsta, Lunice, and Swede:art, which was born from their work at 2010's Red Bull Music Academy. That musical hub was home for producers from far and wide for two weeks, and now we're getting a sizable taste of what went on from this free, downloadable compilation, Various Assets - Not For Sale: Red Bull Music Academy London 2010. Read more »
No matter how you feel about cumbia digital, there's no denying that Buenos Aires' ZZK crew knows how to hustle. Constantly touring the globe and birthing new music, the Argentinian posse's latest release is Rio Arriba, the second full-length album from Chancha Vía Circuito (a.k.a. Pedro Canale). Read more »
It was nearly two months ago that we gave you an exclusive preview of the first release from London's Local Action label, the self-titled EP from T.Williams, and now we've got more streaming goodness to share from the burgeoning imprint. Read more »
For all the talk in 2009 about Bristol's next generation of dubstep producers—largely centered around the hip-hop- and G-funk-influenced "Purple Trinity" of Joker, Gemmy, and Guido—it's almost shocking how quickly the bass music landscape has changed. Read more »
It's quite surprising that Shit Robot, the veteran, Irish-born DFA producer, hasn't yet released his first full-length, but we're getting a slight taste of what to expect of From the Cradle to the Rave—which boasts contributions from James Murphy, Juan MacLean, Ian Svenonious, and Alexis Taylor, among others—months beforehand thanks to this remix by TBD. Production partners Lee Douglas and Justin Vandervolgen chop and screw the vocal track from "I Found Love" into a mess of baritone half-syllables that work impeccably with the funky basslines, arpeggiated synth melodies, and pulsing house beats that fill the rest of their remix. If Shit Robot's forthcoming album is even half this spacey and tastefully energetic, we'll all be in for a pleasant surprise come September 21.
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