Together, edIT, Boreta, and Ooah have amassed a large number of remixes, singles, and mixtapes, but May 25 will mark the release of Drink the Sea, the debut full-length from LA's veteran blap collective. The Glitch Mob opted to drop the album on its own imprint, Glass Air, and has also given us the premiere of the album's first single, "Drive It Like You Stole It." If this track is anything, it's an anthem. Amidst a trademark head-nodding beat heavy with slap, a number of synths vie for the forefront position—like a team of buglers announcing the coming of the beat scene's heroes—before giving way to an arsenal of heavy percussion and reverberated vocal samples.
As one of the founding fathers of the French touch scene in the '90s, Alex Gopher has seen his fair share of clubs, studios, and odd experiences. On the tail of releasing My New Remixes (Go 4 Music), the prolific producer, DJ, and Air collaborator took time out from working next door to Etienne de Crecy to tell us about stolen identities, live snafus, and why he fancies himself more of a ground squirrel. Read more »
1989's "Do You Know Who You Are" might be one of the best deep Chicago cuts ever recorded, its monstrous kicks, bright wandering synths, and deliciously delayed guitars creating a blueprint for all true deep house to come, from the Burrell brothers to the almighty Kerri Chandler. Pile on synth buzz, near-subsonic bass, and watery harmonies, and there's no denying the piece's greatness, which makes it all the better that Trax and Rush Hour have just re-released Virgo's only eponymous album. Featuring new artwork and tracks remastered for maximum loudness, the release shows that Rush Hour is fast becoming the best archival house label in the world.
After a couple of albums of drab post-rock, Chicago's Pit Er Pat blossomed into a much more interesting proposition on its 2008 full-length High Time, and that bloom continues on The Flexible Entertainer. Similarities between Pit Er Pat and Gang Gang Dance exist, mainly in Fay Davis-Jeffers' narcotized-siren vocals and Butchy Fuego's lopsided, postmodern dub rhythms that push each track down unpredictable routes. Read more »
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Music geeks and tech heads, brace yourselves. VBS.tv off-shoot Motherboard, an online video blog/network that focuses mainly on technology and its effects on culture, premiered a new episode of its Electric Independence program that features the man behind Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and Erasure, Mr. Vince Clarke. Read more »
A percussive sample loop introduces us to Keepaway and the first song on the band's debut EP, Baby Style. The Brooklyn-based indie trio has penned a sweeping and poignant song with "Yellow Wings"—one that isn't afraid to utilize new technology and sonic approaches in its tried-and-true sound. Reverberated guitar textures meet with snare and tom rolls while the vocals declare, "I think I finally know what I want/I want to be in two places at once." It's a fitting statement for the song's accompanying music video, which features the hilariously low-budget performance of an amateur magician.
Preceding his release with Wolf + Lamb, the forthcoming Chicago EP, London's jozif offered up this unreleased cut of straight tech heat. "Me Loko" has plenty of great things going for it: a hard-hitting dance beat, bouncing reverberated percussion, random brass flourishes, and dollops of rumbling bass spread all throughout the track. It provides an interesting counterpart to the more soulful, antiquated acoustics to be found on jozif's new EP, set for release on April 5.
Review: Various Artists Panama! 3: Calypso Panameño, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Típica on the Isthmus 1960-75
Among Caribbean nations known for producing music, Cuba and Jamaica tend to soak up most of the attention, yet Panama has also proven to be particularly fertile ground for indigenous rhythms, as this latest collection of Isthmus-originated songs proves. Beginning with Lord Panama's "Fire Down Below," Panama! Read more »
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