The East Bay's DJ Matthew Africa has a new podcast up which features two hours of jerk music, the L.A.-centered music movement that builds on foundations built by Bay Area crews like The Pack. With freaky mixes and nasty lyrics in surplus, this podcast is damn sure to be blasting from a lot of porches and earbuds in the coming weeks. Read more »
Tummaa diametrically opposes Finnish producer/percussionist Sasu Ripatti’s work as Luomo. Whereas that project imagines minimal, vocal-centric house as a lubricious glide through sleek clubs and luxurious boudoirs, Ripatti’s new Vladislav Delay album revives his instincts as an improvising Scandinavian jazz musician. Spurning the dancefloor and the horizontal bop, Tummaa translates Delay’s usual impressionistic, knotted strain of abstract techno into introverted jazz tropes. Read more »
Over on DJShadow.com, the Bay Area turntable superstar has made available the live broadcast from XFM London he performed alongside the Quannum Crew (Blackalicious, Lateef, Lyrics Born, Joyo) live in the studio. You can buy the download or CD of the previously unavailable performance from back in December of 2000 off of either Shadow's or Quannum's website. Read more »
London ultra-club and DJ-mix haven Fabric is readying the release of the debut album for U.K. dubstep producer Caspa. Better known for his DJ sets, singles output, and assorted remixes for the likes of Deadmau5 and Kid Sister, Caspa has crafted his first LP, Everybody's Talking, Nobody's Listening, for release on November 24, which comes complete with his latest dancefloor hit, "The Takeover (feat. MC Dynamite)." The album's tracklist is below.
02. Low Blow
03. The Takeover (feat. MC Dynamite)
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Even as the '80s revival has dubiously morphed from a passing fad into what seems like permanent status, every once in a while an artist proves that the neon decade still has some ore worth mining. Don't You Remember the Future is the debut album from U.K. retro-futurist Jamie Jones, and although it portends to be a concept album set in 2116, the music sounds a lot more like 1986, from the Prince-biting proto-rave of "Summertime" to the jackin' diva-disco of "Half Human." Read more »
Interesting news on the dubstep front. By some wonderful twist of fate, Shackleton, Appleblim, and Komonazmuk were given access to every piece of every track from early Krautrock legends Harmonia's Brian Eno-produced Tracks and Traces. The project brings Shackleton and Appleblim back in the studio together for the first time since their Skull Disco collaboration. Read more »
London's melodic MC Speech Debelle was awarded last night with the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year for her debut album on Big Dada, the poignant and original Speech Therapy. Surpassing albums by Florence + The Machine, Friendly Fires, and Bat For Lashes, to name a few, Speech accepted the award with the same confidence and grace she exhibits in her music. Make sure to catch the talented artist on her next trip to the US.
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