Veteran MC Roots Manuva is set to unleash his seventh album of dubby hip-hop gems next month via his decade-plus home, Big Dada, and we've got its opening track right here. "Butterfly Crab Walk (feat. Riddla)" ushers you into Duppy Writer with some strong irie vibes; low-slung bass plucks, a simple drum pattern, stabbing organ melodies, and Manuva's trademark rasp—occasionally fed through a healthy bit of delay—all offer a good-natured and welcoming start to this long-awaited record. It's easy to hear that producer Wrong Tom, who shares the artist credit with Manuva, is sticking to his, um, roots on the instrumentation for Duppy, which is ideal seeing as how most of the upcoming record is a series of re-works from Manuva's back catalog. Duppy Writer comes out September 21.
The dark, ethereal soundscapes coming from Portland's Grouper are about to grow two songs stronger with the release of a limited-edition tour 7" on the Australian label Room40. The lead number on the two-song disc, "Hold," is available to stream before the Hold/Sick 45 comes out on October 6, and finds solo artist Liz Harris waxing existential about "[observing] one’s own emotions... You’re in that space where you’re not sure whether to follow or reel them in." Read more »
Wolf + Lamb: A Brooklyn DJ/producer/promoter/label Collective Disguises its Viciously Deep Beats in Sheep's Clothes
To say that there's a mythology surrounding Wolf + Lamb's parties is a gross understatement. "Eli from Soul Clap always says that [it was] only after they came to one of our parties that they really got what we're about," explains Gadi Mizrahi, one half of the NYC-based promoter/label/producer/DJ duo. Read more »
No, this isn't Mariah Carey's Shake it Off, but Pollyn's tune by the same name certainly carries the same sentiment put forth by the pop diva; don't let the bad times get you down. James Pants takes the idea to heart with this revelrous remix taken from the LA-based band's fourth and final remix EP, Shake Out the Other Way. Huge drum beats, uproarious horn stabs, thick synth melodies, and loads of busy percussion all contribute to the hyperactive vibe on Pants' driving production, which could just as easily find its way into a Broadway musical soundtrack as it could motivate you to get your sad self off the couch and out of those sweatpants. You can find more hotly tipped treatments of tracks off Pollyn's debut album, This Little Night, from Nosaj Thing, Exile, and Them Jeans when the Shake EP is released on August 31.
Continuing with his long-stretching career working with musique concrète and delivering the second part to his One trilogy, Matthew Herbert is set to change the way you think of the term 'club music.' The producer's new album, entitled One Club, "is a return to Herbert's roots in dance music," says the record's press release. "It is also, in its simplest form, club music made out of a club. Read more »
We're glad to hear James Ford and Jas Shaw are ditching the vocal-pop inclinations showcased on their most recent record for the kind of depraved, mechanical churning that made parts of Simian Mobile Disco's debut, Attack Decay Sustain Release, so insidiously catchy. As the title for "Nerve Salad" might insinuate, SMD's new single sounds something like the random firing of impulses resonating from within a robot programmed to kill (or at least maim). Barren clicks, bleeps, and bloops surround the consistent chug of the song's meticulously rhythms. "Salad" rises and falls in intensity without ever reaching a boiling point, but will likely stand as a bit of downtime when heard within the context of SMD's inaugural mix album for a new series curated by NYC jump-off Fixed. Simian Mobile Disco is Fixed comes out October 12.
Romanian producer Cosmin TRG is bringing his next-level garage tunes to the Fabric club's Room One on Friday, August 20, along with Redlight, MJ Cole, Addison Groove, and others. The night is sure to be a doozy, but if you happen to be skeptical or simply can't get your fill of smooth, forward-thinking club music, FABRICLIVE cooked up just what you need. Read more »
Toronto house fiends and recent XLR8R feature focus Azari & III are preparing their debut full-length for release in early 2011 via Turbo. Before the Canadian label drops that long-awaited disc of dance music, an EP of the record's first single will make its way to retailers. Read more »
Looking back, 2010 might wind up being thought of as the year dubstep got in touch with its feelings. Or perhaps it will just be the year that everyone remembered that the last Burial album was really amazing even though it didn't have any skull-crushing basslines with all the subtlety of a chainsaw. Come to think of it, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are so young—15 and 18, respectively—that who knows if they were even listening to dubstep when that Burial record came out in 2007. Well, if the boys, who produce together under the name Disclosure, continue making soulful tracks like "Linstigator," no one is really going to care what tunes they were rocking three years ago. The song's 2-step percussion, soft synths, and melancholy vocal snippets are wise beyond the brothers' years, and have us excited to hear the duo's debut 7", "Offline Dexterity"/"Street Light Chronicle," which is slated for release in early September. (via Pitchfork)
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