It's quite rare to see Tom Jenkinson's music (usually performed under the name Squarepusher) finding a home on any label but Warp, especially within the past decade, but we always welcome a bit of change. About a year after his last album of inventive bass noodlings, Jenkinson will release Cryptic Motion this month on French party-starting label Ed Banger. Read more »
Amsterdam's Rush Hour label just announced it will be releasing a new album of various music handpicked by underground Detroit house legend Rick Wilhite, entitled Vibes New & Rare Music, named after the DJ/producer's 17-year-old record store. The forthcoming compilation serves as a snapshot of the current house scenes in Detroit and Chicago, as it features new tunes from the likes of Theo Parrish, Kyle Hall, Urban Tribe, and Wilhite contributing a bit of his own music under the name The Godson. Read more »
We recently posted the video for Chromeo's latest single, "Don't Turn the Lights On," and while the eye-popping (literally) clip struck us as a little creepy, this Aeroplane remix of the song might be best described as a little sleazy, as the Belgian producer takes the original version's Hall-and-Oates-esque synth-funk and stretches it out over a bouncing disco beat. It's the kind of music one would expect to hear in an episode of Miami Vice when Crockett & Tubbs have to bust some dealers at a nightclub. (That's a good thing, in case you're wondering.) Aeroplane's debut album, We Can't Fly, will be released in September, and in the meantime, he's put together a free DJ mix for public consumption. As for Chromeo, the duo's forthcoming full-length, Business Casual, will also see the light of day in September, but you can pre-order the album here.
At the beginning of The Way Out, the fourth album by found-sound-obsessed duo The Books, a man says, "Welcome to a new beginning." It sets the tone for one of music's most indescribable acts to reinvent itself—a strange task for a group whose work is sometimes called "a genre of one." And yet that is what's kept The Books' music beyond comparison for over eight years; the more they change, the more they stay the same.
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Exactly when did every hipster in the world figure out that R&B was cool? We're not complaining about the music being turned out by people like Tom Krell (a.k.a. How to Dress Well), but it is kind of funny to see every kid with an asymmetrical haircut and cutoffs lose their shit over this the same way they would if The Arcade Fire and The xx teamed up to make an album of Arthur Russell covers. On a serious note, "Take It On" is a blissfully ghostly slice of R&B, which almost sounds like a lo-fi take on a Sade track. It's taken from a 7" single that's dropping this month, but Krell's debut full-length album, Love Remains, will be released September 21 on the Lefse label. (via FADER)
Like everyone else who heard it, we LOVED the Crazy Cousinz remix of Kyla's "Do You Mind?" when it dropped in 2008. (To be honest, we're still loving that track.) Ever since then, we've been waiting for the UK pop diva to come up with something similarly awesome. Her latest single, "Don't Play With My Heart," has its moments—peep the video here—but it's not really a funky track. But when we spotted this Roska remix of the song over at FACT yesterday, our mouths definitely began salivating a bit. Unfortunately, Roska's re-work doesn't quite reach the heights we were hoping for, but it does swap out the original's glossy hip-hop/R&B production for his usual assortment of stripped-down kicks and snares. He also employs a sparse little synth melody that quickly installed itself in our heads, so even though this tune may not qualify as an instant classic, it's certainly good enough to tide us over for a few days.
Pittsburgh isn't usually the place you associate with rad electronic music, but come October 1, that's gonna change. Read more »
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