Diplo and his Mad Decent crew are expanding their annual free block party outward from Philly to include stops in LA, NYC, and Chicago this year. Read more »
NY-native-turned-LA-resident P.U.D.G.E. will release his debut full-length next week on Ramp, but before that, we've got an exclusive preview of one of Idiot Box's slow-grooving jams. "Insensitivity" is a synth-addled MPC jam with a swagger not unlike that of beatmaking greats Madlib and J.Dilla. Like Madlib, P.U.D.G.E. fills in the gaps of his rhythms with wonky noise and random textures, and like the late Dilla, he uses thick, soulful basslines, head-knocking kicks, and massive claps to make up the meat of his track. P.U.D.G.E. still has a ways to go before gaining the same notoriety of his sample-rocking forefathers, but if "Insensitivity" is any indication, he's off to a great start.
This brand-new slow-burner comes courtesy of NY DJ/producer/label-head extraordinaire, Abe Duque. The techno/house/acid fiend has a double-disc mix album coming in September, Live and On Acid, which includes three fresh tracks from the veteran music maker. One such tune, "Bumble Bee" is a massive dancefloor heater that boasts a bulbous, hypnotic groove, some acid-y synth squelches, and an indecipherably haunting vocal presence from vocalist Virginia. The entrancing number can be heard mixed into the Live portion of Duque's forthcoming release, but will also be released as the first 12" on his Abuse Industries imprint in a couple of months.
New York-based music download hub RCRD LBL got its hands all over one of the three remix EPs Tiga has been releasing after last year's Ciao! album. From the Overtime Remixes EP, a treatment of "Overtime" by Germany's Motor City Drum Ensemble was just offered as a free download on the website. Read more »
Before his sophomore album, Outside the Box, is released August 9, dubstep mainstay Skream is giving away handfuls of free tracks, announcing the downloads via his Twitter page. He's already hooked up two batches of tunes, and just announced the lastest installment, Freeizm Vol. 3. Read more »
From his freshly released second EP, Shigeto's "What We Held On To" is another intricately produced piece of melodic beat music. The track is full of micro-samples, wafting atmosphere, and crunchy textures—all wrapped around the Michigan-based tunesmith's slap-heavy beats and plinking synth melodies. It's another reminder of how preciously constructed Shigeto's music is, and how, no matter how many moods he flips within one track, each one is treated with delicate care and painstaking attention to detail. You can snag this track, along with the entire new EP, for absolutely free from Ghostly, here. Full Circle, Shigeto's first full-length album, will see the light of day later this year.
Here's another piece of pristine footage matched with one of DaVinci's conscious hip-hop tunes. Shot and directed by Marcus Ubungen, the video for "Concrete Jungle Juice," from his recent The Day the Turf Stood Still debut, is as smoothly hyped and tastefully flashy as the track itself. Read more »
Two masterminds of our era's most eccentric, forward-thinking indie groups, Xiu Xiu and Shearwater, have come together on a new project of unprecedentedly strange pop music. Jamie Stewart (pictured above) and Jonathan Meiburg are Blue Water White Death, "a pair of reclusive eccentrics making music in a derelict mansion, perilously balancing beauty and horror with the absurd," (says their press info). Read more »
Berlin/New York-based party-starting music hub Nightshifters is finishing up work on an upcoming compilation of its favorite singles from its discography, along with a few brand-new ditties thrown into the mix, too. Entitled Nightshifters Selections One, the release features 16 tracks culled from the past two years, including jams from Rob Threezy, AC Slater, Rampage, Hostage, Udachi & Jubilee, and label head DJ Donna Summer. Read more »
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