If you asked someone to describe what is needed to create a song, or asked them what elements music in general should consist of, you're likely to get a handful of long-winded responses that could be boiled down to two parts: rhythm and melody. Aside from, say, certain noise and experimental acts, it's a fair enough breakdown, but it makes us wonder where Chicago's juke/footwork scene fits in. Like with this track from DJ Nate's upcoming Hatas Our Motivation EP for Planet Mu, much of the genre isn't the least bit interested in discernible melodies (save for quickly pitch-shifted, atonal vocal samples), and much of the bass-centric rhythms involved are so all over the place that a groove can be difficult to find. Still, there's obviously no denying that this is music pure and simple; it just happens to be unlike anything else we've had the pleasure of putting our ears to. (via 20JFG)
Not saying that you have to, but if you watch this video stoned, you might end up thinking it's the best thing ever. Amsterdam-based DJ/production duo Homework recently released its Fissa Tune EP, and the video for the title track is totally weird, warmly colorful, oddly funny, and chock full of DIY special effects. Read more »
While London's Night Slugs imprint has undoubtedly been one of the most exciting labels of 2010, its discography to date has only featured a few bits and pieces from joint bossmen Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990. As of next week, that situation will be remedied, as the latter will be dropping the Forever You EP, a five-track release featuring the bubbling future-house sounds that L-Vis 1990 is known for. Read more »
Brooklyn producer Brad Loving (a.k.a. Lobisomem) is one of those guys who is anything but married to a single style or sound. Lazy journalists might just slap the IDM tag on him and call it a day, but that glosses over Loving's extreme attention to detail and ability to fold together minute slabs of audio from varied genres, influences, and even continents. On September 14 he'll be releasing Onze Pedras, his full-length follow-up to the Brightest Solids EP that came out earlier this year. "Concussus" is the only snippet we've heard so far, but it appears that Loving's desire to elegantly combine sounds from across the musical spectrum remains unabated. Utilizing a sparse casio beat that could have been borrowed from the Morr Music catalog, Loving brings in a warbling trumpet, crackling bits of static, finely chopped vocal snippets, and slowly boiling synth swells before the track's four minutes come to an end. Let's hope that the rest of Onze Pedras contains similarly unique recipes.
Brooklyn DJ/producer extraordinaire Brenmar has been hard at work crafting remixes, his own tunes, and tracks for his band These Are Powers, but still found time to put together this awesome mix of soulful, club-appropriate selections for free download. Read more »
After checking out New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia's show at Toronto's NXNE Festival a couple of weeks back, we just couldn't help but grab the MC for a few (very informal) words the next morning at our hotel. The super-motivated Freedia told us all about coming out as a 12-year-old, what Hurricane Katrina did for bounce music, and the only item she needs to rock the party.
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Apparently, the well of quality vintage post-punk hasn't gone dry just yet. While the onslaught of post-punk nostalgia over the past decade often makes the latest reissue of a previously hard-to-find "gem" a dubious prospect, Brooklyn's SoftSpot label has seemingly discovered the genre's last great untapped field—Belgium. Last year the label kicked off with the reissue of a 7" from early-'80s Belgian outfit AA, and just this month has followed it up with the release of We Live in a System, a 12" LP featuring the work of fellow Belgians Kebab. "Life It's a Joke" originally appeared on a 1982 7", and finds the quartet's angular guitars and bouncing basslines sounding a lot like those of contemporaries Delta 5 and Bush Tetras. The original "Life It's a Joke" 7" was long a staple on record collector want lists, but now it's been reissued on vinyl and compiled with all of the band's known studio recordings and key selections from its original 1981 demo tape. The We Live in a System 12" is available for sale here.
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