Long-standing LA glitch-hop outfit The Glitch Mob finally put the finishing touches on its highly anticipated debut album, Drink the Sea, and will release the beat-heavy beast next Tuesday, May 25 via Glass Air. A while back, we premiered the first single from Drink the Sea, "Drive It Like You Stole It," and now we're pleased to bring you the exclusive stream of the forthcoming record in its entirety. Get your blap on and check the album artwork after the jump. Read more »
Berlin's Motor City Drum Ensemble does his usual routine on this remix of London-based indie-rockers Archie Bronson Outfit's new single, taking the pleasant, rocking stems from the original of "Hoola" and filtering them through a German's perspective of what Detroit house sounds like. In fact, this remix sounds almost exactly like a Moodymann or Mike Huckaby outtake, and considering the genius of those two producers, this is high praise.
Sounding something like we imagine Pictureplane's new party, Real Is a Feeling, to sound, his treatment to rapper Lil B's "Real Life" marries the original track's gritty vocal performance with producer Travis Edegy's patented style of electro-influenced darkwave music. It's not exactly a song we'd expect the Denver native to take a crack at, but Pictureplane's distorted bass synths and crunchy beat work make Lil B's flow sound right at home. (via Pitchfork)
Bay Area-via-Panama crew Los Rakas have a new video out for their single "Soy Raka," and it sizzles with some of the finest Latin-flavored turfin' you've ever seen. Filmed in East Oakland, the vid features kids in traditional dress as well as members of the Turf Fienz crew doing some nasty footwork along the streets. While you're watching, peep Uproot Andy's mix of Los Rakas' take on Gyptian's "Hold Yuh," which we posted this past Monday. Read more »
Bangana's Alf Tumble and Combo originally intended this remix of the Godfather of Soul to appear on a tribute compilation, but decided that releasing a bootleg version of it was an infinitely better idea. Good news for us, since the Swedish duo craft a disco-funk mix of "Get Up Offa That Thing" that not only does justice to JB's original, but also grooves hard enough to recall a totally sweet Major Swellings or Idjut Boys track. In fact, the vocal samples are so carefully chosen and bass is so bouncy and clean that one can easily imagine DJ Harvey rocking this joint towards the apex of the night, a compliment bestowed upon only the best edits.
London's Mock & Toof will finally see the release of their first full-length record after an incredible run of singles and remixes for the likes of Hot Chip, Holy Ghost!, Groove Armada, and more. Tuning Echoes is a 13-song collection filled with the clubby nu-disco that the group is known for, as well as a more pop sensibility that the duo has kept under wraps until now. Check out the tracklisting after the jump, and download the album's first track for free here. Read more »
Somewhere along the way of touring the world in support of his debut full-length, Causers of This, young music maker Chaz Bundick dropped the highly synthesized sounds that initially defined his Toro Y Moi project for something a bit more live and organic. On his new single, Bundick belts out some lyrics about heading home from what sounds like the middle of a barren tunnel, as simple guitar strums and drum beats fill the space around him. "Leave Everywhere" is a completely new sound for Toro Y Moi, and may simultaneously win and lose Bundick a handful of fans amidst the transformation. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
UK funky champion and XLR8R person of interest Roska (Roska, Roska...) hooked up the world with a brand-new mix to stoke everyone on his upcoming appearance at this year's Sonar festival. The rising music star was handpicked by Mary Anne Hobbs as the sole representative of UK funky on her stage at the music fest, which also includes future-dubstep and beat music icons Joy Orbison and Flying Lotus. Read more »
Since the release of Shlomoshun Deluxe early this year, SF/LA music maker Shlohmo has been on the tip of every herky-jerky beat-lover's tongue, and we'll admit we've also been keeping our ear perked for what's coming next from the young producer. As it turns out, his next salvo is going to be the Camping EP, slated for release on the Friends of Friends label, who have passed along a taste of the seven-track affair with the new jam "Birthday Beat." Read more »
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