There is no question Brooklyn duo Sub Swara has been at the forefront of US dubstep for the past three years. Since 2007, Sub Swara founders Dhruva, Haj, and Sunder have played host to Mary Anne Hobbs, Poirer, and The Bug at their monthly club night, solidifying them first as tastemakers. Dhruva and newcomer Sharma now make up the production chapter of what is Sub Swara, having released their first album, Coup d'Yah, to critical acclaim in 2008. The Sub Swara sound is never easily pinned down—the duo has done a wide swath of unofficial and official remix work for everyone from Mos Def to Balkan Beat Box, but dubstep is certainly in the foreground. That said, Sub Swara's second full-length Triggers, out November 9 on Low Motion Records, will showcase the duo's increasing interest in live instrumentation and collaboration—album guests include Dead Prez, Lyrics Born, Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic, and even session horns from the Antibalas Afrobeat crew. "Steam" is taken from the album, and it's a thundering piece of percussive energy that brings to mind UK funky's drum love and kuduro's relentlessness, all before the track does an unexpected, albeit brief about-face into dubstep's familiar shuffle.
The inaugural mix in a series meant to showcase young talent, Brackles' 17-track strut through the post-dubstep landscape sounds, at times, more like a revival than the next leap forward. Deep house sounds and two-step rhythms are there if you want them, but it's the stylish, oft-kilter beats and assured, fluid delivery that mark Rob Kemp as a DJ pursuing new directions. Read more »
Los Angeles' darlings of dreamy post-punk, the lovely Warpaint quartet (who helped make this Q&A with Ariel Pink the interesting read it is), are a week from releasing their debut album on Rough Trade, but thanks to the magic of the internet, you can listen to The Fool in its entirety now. Read more »
As editors, critics, and fans look at their stack of 2010 releases, there is no question that many of them have placed Matthew Dear's chilling and endearing Black City high in the overwhelming heap. Dear recently kicked off a lengthy set of tour dates (see here for dates), so he's unleashed this digital bonus track "Innh Dahh." The track serves as an appropriate afterword to the density of Black City with its short, intimate vocal loops providing comfort to Dear's submerged voice. While the song is squarely of the album's somber mood, it seems to drift and float away in beatless ambience, nostalgic for Black City's imagined spaces yet comfortable to be left at the fringes of the action.
We're still weeks from the release of Brooklyn beatmaker Shigeto's debut album for Ghostly, Full Circle, yet pieces relating to that LP continue to make their way into our ear holes. Following the download we recently offered of Circle track "Relentless Drag" comes this remix of the production by LuckyMe tunesmith and fellow NY resident Mike Slott (pictured above). The auspicious artist re-dubbed the song "Unrelentless Drag," and inserted his own lazy hip-hop rhythms and upright bass grooves into the plinking, ethereal soundscapes that encapsulate Shigeto's original. Slott's remix sounds like Shigeto's tune performed by a ramshackle jazz combo in some rainforest shanty on the astral plane. That is to say, it's really pretty, and we like it. (via FACT)
Did you guys ever play that weird Japanese videogame Katamari Damacy? It's this sort of puzzle/action game that takes place in a hyper-stylized, cartoonish version of Earth. You play as a tiny little alien prince that travels around the world, rolling up the blocky, pixelated mishmash that litters the many environs of our planet until it becomes this crazy, massive ball of tea cups, bikes, cows, cars, houses, stadiums, monuments, and whatever other inexplicable stuff. Anyway, that game is a lot of fun, and this new video for Flying Lotus' Pattern + Grid World cut "Kill Your Co-Workers" reminds us of the cutesy graphics and playful nonchalance of it, though with a hilariously sinister touch. Read more »
Minnesota-bred rapper, well-regarded freestyle battler, and turntablist Michael Larsen—who wrote and rhymed under the moniker Eyedea, often with his partner-in-crime DJ Abilities, and also made music in the bands Face Candy and Carbon Carousel—was found dead by his mother on Sunday, October 17. Larsen was known best in the hip-hop community for his albums released via the Rhymesayers and Epitaph labels, the most recent record being 2009's By the Throat. Read more »
Tom Ford (a.k.a. Peverelist) and his Punch Drunk label have been solidly representing Bristol's dubstep scene since 2006, but even with an established name and fanbase, he continues to push things forward. "The Hum" b/w "rrrr" single comes out today, and it finds Ford working in tandem with relative newcomer Hyetal. Read more »
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