This isn't necessarily Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr. Hyde, but the pairing of Mike Gnacadja's two production monikers, the tropically influenced Momma's Boy and the more house-leaning MikiX the Cat, certainly yielded some interesting results. A bouncing bass-heavy riddim carries "At Night" through its six minutes, while repetitive vocal samples and rubbery atonal synth squelches fill in the gaps. Obviously, since the track's EP is seeing release on DJ Donna Summer and Jubilee's Nightshifters label, the song is a massive dancefloor heater, and comes with extra heat from remixes by Dubbel Dutch, Act Yo Age, Søvngaer, and Supabeatz.
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Maryland resident Bradford Johnson crafts space-traveling beat music on his first solo EP, M0ths, released under the name Busy. The sounds on "A Camphoraceous Elixir" (go ahead, look the word up) are not dissimilar from his west coast counterparts on the Brainfeeder label—Johnson's hip-hop tendencies provide the same sort of slapping backbone for his synthetic cosmic noise experiments. However, Busy's nine-song EP comes to us courtesy of Japanese label Circulations, and marks the arrival of a producer strong enough to get a solid East Coast/West Coast rivalry going.
Just when you thought Madlib could get no more bugged-out, along comes the first installment of his monthly Medicine Show series, a 17-track prequel to the upcoming OJ Simpson album with Guilty Simpson (no relation). Tracks like "Ode to the Ghetto," "Lucky Guy," and "Pigs" offer grimey underground hip-hop at its dusted, blunted, and drunken best—hinting at likely instant classic-status for the proper album. Read more »
Amidst collaborations with LA's Flying Lotus and Georgia Anne Muldrow, avant-hip-hop/soul singer Declaime (a.k.a. Dudley Perkins) found time to work on his latest full-length album, FONK. The prolific artist enlisted the help of the otherworldly funk-leaning beat maker Quazedelic to help bring his new record to life, a few tracks of which are available on Perkins' MySpace page now. Read more »
London duo Deep Teknologi isn't just another on-the-rise production team emerging from the city's rich talent pool—these guys are practically plotting a takeover. They've got their own club night, their own label, their own TV/video production operation, and a weekly Sunday night "show" on Ustream. It was there that "People's Choice" was created, as producers S.E.F. and T. Williams assembled a track live on the internet using feedback and suggestions from viewers. The bleepy house tune is also a precursor to the forthcoming T. Williams EP, set for release later this month on the new Local Action imprint. (via FACT)
Brooklyn bass producer AC Slater has teamed up with rap crew Ninjasonik for his latest single, a brazen and blazing take on the heavy bass sound that's been taking over many clubs. Nadastrom's remix of "Take You" is a bit more subtle, removing many of the rap stems and creating a piece that combines the trance-leaning house of Marc Romboy with the deep bashment beats of the original. Perfect for a late-night bender ending at Market Hotel, the remix has a momentum that is sure to propel dancefloors throughout the summer, and with the single on sale now featuring more remixes from Drop the Lime and Lazer Sword, among others, there's no reason not to jump on this piece right now.
Take has been crafting beats for more than ten years, but with his latest full-length Only Mountain, the Angeleno is poised to claim his spot at the top of his city's burgeoning beat scene. "Neon Beams" is a perfect slice of space-age funk, complete with bright arpeggiating synths, laser-beam effects, and a silky smooth synthesized bass. With lush synth flourishes and a rump-shaking beat backing it all up, the track is likely to become a late-night summer staple.
The 2000 classic hipster film High Fidelity wasn't exactly hip-hop, but Donwill (of Tanya Morgan) channels his inner Rob Gordon to deal with his quarter-life crisis, addressing his relationship woes through a clever concept album. Using the film's timeline, the MC creates a thoughtful and comical 16-track odyssey with Don Cusack in High Fidelity. Read more »
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