Shlohmo's (pictured above) original version of "Post Atmosphere" is part of the hazily unhinged beat tunes on his debut release Shlomoshun Deluxe, but this remix comes from the producer's recent EP, Camping. Fellow California-based beat-making youngster Will Wiesenfeld (a.k.a. Baths) translated the tune into a heavily, um, atmospheric piano-led number full of bass rumblings and crunch. Along with the piano, you can make out the distant voice of Wiesenfeld cooing melodies into the expanse of the track—effectively transforming Shlohmo's head-knocking jam into a new version that is as patently poignant and melodic as Baths' original productions.
Eclectic UK global-beat/electronic label Honest Jon's has culled some of its favorite tunes from esoteric South African producers for a forthcoming compilation highlighting the region's vibrant dance music scene. Entitled Shangaan Electro, the 12-track release focuses on a style called shangaan, which is a super-fast (around 180 BPM) sound that utilizes plenty of marimba, organ, and vocal sampling. Read more »
For their fourth installment of the I'm Starting to Feel Okay compilation series, the Mule Musiq and Endless Flight labels have brought together new and exclusive tracks from the likes of KZA, Mugwump, Marcos Cabral (from Runaway and pictured above), Sect (a.k.a. Soul Clap), Moscow, DJ Sprinkles, among many others. Read more »
Brooklyn's Frankie Rose has earned her lo-fi-pop cred spending time in bands Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls, and Crystal Stilts, but her new project, Frankie Rose and the Outs, puts the singer/songwriter at the helm of the dreamy garage-pop band. From the quartet's self-titled debut album for Slumberland, "Little Brown Haired Girls" is a jangly, rocking number that puts an emphasis on the steady drum beat, bright cymbal flourishes, and beautifully arranged vocal harmonies. It's an easily digestible piece of precious songwriting, which will undoubtedly be in abundance on the band's full-length album when it's released September 21.
Party-starting production duo The Count & Sinden have finished work on their debut full-length album, Mega Mega Mega, and, despite not yet having a releasing label picked out, are set to drop the thing August 23. The new record is 12 tracks of humongous, bass-heavy dance music made with the ethos of the production duo's own club night—which shares its name with the upcoming record—in mind. Read more »
Much like the music-related programs offered by Red Bull or Mountain Dew, Rolex is in its fifth year of offering fresh and innovative artists an opportunity to be taken under the wing of a legend in their field with the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. All of the creative outlet bases were covered in the proceedings (dance, theater, literature, film, visual arts, and music), and the final results have just been announced. Read more »
When we posted the MP3 for The Books' latest leak off their forthcoming album, The Way Out, we likened "A Cold Freezin' Night" to the infamous sadistic intro to Wu-Tang's "Method Man." But if we had to compare the video for the duo's new song to anything, we'd say it's something like a homemade version of America's Funniest Home Videos, but, of course, on plenty of assorted psychedelics. Read more »
Apparently, this is from MED's forthcoming new album for Stones Throw, but no real details are available on that release. Regardless, "Classic" is a, um, classically soulful affair produced by Karriem Riggins, and full of softly plucked guitar melodies, ethereal vocal "ahs," and muffled orchestral arrangements. But the elements of the track's soft side are all balanced out by the crisp boom and bap of the slow-grooving hip-hop beat that really carries the song. Over it, both MED and Talib Kweli deliver even-handed flows that highlight their loves for tasteful lyricism and timeless instrumentals—both of which "Classic" has in spades.
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