The first sounds heard on the debut full-length from Montreal-based producer Michael Silver (musically known as CFCF) are a slow, bouncing beat matched by a handful of poignant synth tones that could have swirled straight from the hands of a lovesick android. Continent's opening track, "Raining Patterns," is more future-R&B than disco dance party, and sets the mood for an album more about the upper half of your body than the lower. Read more »
If Yay Area native D-Lo hadn't proved he knew how to get dumb with his smash hit "No Hoe," he'll definitely prove it with this new joint. With DJ Fresh's nasty, non-traditional rhythmic structures providing the track's backbone, D-Lo spits about hoes, guns, and fucking your girlfriend behind your back. Mr. Tower provides the strongest verse on the track, but generally, this is some dope hyphy business that'll definitely be blasting in your 'hood in the coming months.
Following 2007's strange and heartfelt Made in the Dark, the UK's geeky, R&B-loving electro-pop outfit, Hot Chip, has another album to share. On February 9 the group will bring us the cleverly titled One Life Stand, a new full-length that's purported to be more "cohesive," "soulful," and "ambitious" than their three previous albums. Read more »
Four of our favorite musicians in four of our favorite cities show off their local watering holes.
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San Serac, Baltimore native and established disco revivalist, has announced the release of his new EP, Music Never Ends, due to hit the streets November 10 on Environ Records. The digital download also includes a quirky remix by labelmate—and label head—Morgan Geist. Read more »
The epic opener of Etienne Jaumet's Night Music is cut in half by Jaumet himself. The looped, occasionally acidy arpeggiations of the original are kept in place, as are the synthesized saxophone melody and the track's pastoral ending. Really, all that's changed is the length. Whether the edit is a nod to the dancefloor or those listeners with short attention spans, it is a welcome bit of editing from the French loop-master. For more on Jaumet and his influences, check this feature out.
What starts out dark, ominous, and sounding like ESG's "UFO" re-imagined by The Knife slowly evolves into a lonely ballad on "Blinking Pigs," a poignant piece of electro-pop from Swedish outfit Little Dragon. The song, taken from their recently released Machine Dreams album, features the band's trademark bass squelches, pattering drum beat, and swirling synth work all coalesced under singer Yukimi Nagano's subtly soulful vocal delivery.
From two of today’s most uniquely fascinating producers, Solar Life Raft arrives as less a mix than a statement of purpose: a repositioning of experimental bass music into the context of contemporary avant-garde artwork, as worthy of a gallery as the club. Read more »
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