Somewhere between Grace Jones, vintage Calvin Klein, and backwoods biker bars lies the street-meets-high fashion designs of NYC boutique/clothing line OAK. In their six years as a storefront and in-house design team, co-creators Jeff Madalena and Louis Terline have remained true to their style ideals since opening their first store, the women's-only Canary. "The concept was simple," explains OAK's designer Kristopher Whitman. "To bring a knowledge of fashion to an unpretentious retail setting. Read more »
The UK's Kelpe straddles many different genres of electronic music, from hip-hop and electro to filter-house, with referents to bass music and dubstep thrown in for good measure. Here, France's Subjex transforms a bass-driven filter-disco tune into a tech-funk monster that could have come from the underground Detroit scene of the late '90s. Above ass-shaking bass and mid-frequency arpeggiations, three-note melodic lines swirl psychedelically, making the track a perfect piece to mix with everyone from Dam-Funk to Mr. De. Kelpe's latest full-length, Cambio Wechsel, is out now.
Not counting the space-traveling two-and-a-half-minute intro, Jens Moelle, one-half of Digitalism who produces solo under the name Palermo Disko Machine, has manufactured a piece of driving, robotic dance music on instrumental anthem "Theme From Palermo Disko Machine." The brooding track of dancefloor-ready disco, soon to be released on Alan Braxe's Vulture imprint, comes complete with catchy basslines, filtered synths, and a classic beat that resonates well with the music's vintage sounds. It's a fine b-side for lead single "Vesuvia," which hits stores and online retailers mid-October.
OOIOO's superkinetic music is subject to the subtle changes and smart inconsistencies of a band with enough ideas to think three albums ahead, yet focused enough to remain totally committed to the present. Arminico Hewa follows in the densely percussive style of 2006's Taiga but initially sounds a little more cluttered—the earlier album's taiko-like floor-tom patterns move over in favor of rushing punk snares on AH. Read more »
Early this year we featured up-and-coming French duo Kap Bambino as an Artist to Watch whose synth-punk style is as equally indebted to Nirvana's brashness as it is the repetitious electronics of Suicide. Now, with their Batcaves EP out soon on iTunes and their third full-length, Blacklist, to see release next year on Because, vocalist Caroline Martial and producer Orion Bouvier are launching their sonic assault on a handful of North American cities this November. Tour dates after the jump. Read more »
Some of Luciano's fans have been less than pleased with his upcoming album, Tribute to the Sun, but quite honestly, the haters have cloth in their ears. The record is a gorgeous, well-crafted artist statement, and while much of it might not have overt dancefloor efficacy, whining about it doesn't do Tribute to the Sun justice. "Sun, Day and Night," for example, is a soft-focus, polyrhythmic ride, featuring the warm intonations of Tricky collaborator Martina Topley-Bird over synthetic bells, squelches, and vocal clips. Sure, the track is more apropos of a sunny day lolling about the park than a dank night slamming in the clubs, but when the sounds are so pleasing, who cares?
Taking its lead from the 2003 documentary film of the same name, Afro-Punk is a community based around outsider music, film, art, and skateboarding. Their annual festival, which premiered in 2005 in Brooklyn, is ground-zero for the "multi-cultural" movement, and has just recently sprouted legs to embark on its first tour throughout North America. This week, the traveling show hits the east coast, midwest, and Canada with headliners Saul Williams and CX KiDTRONiK & Tchaka Diallo. Other assorted openers, like Houston's American Fangs and NY-based Earl Greyhound, will be peppered throughout the many dates of the month-long tour. Check out the dates and full line-ups after the jump. Read more »
In preparation for his upcoming performance at the LuckyMexCitinite parties in London and Glasgow, Florida-based Gosub (a.k.a. Shad T. Scott) has shared with XLR8R "Black Nova in G," a new track from his forthcoming release for UK label Citinite. Gosub's production is a deceptively mellow affair with a solid groove comprised of bouncing antique electronics and smooth melodies—elements which coalesce to give "Black Nova in G" a retro-futuristic lounge sound all its own.
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