A product of Pontiac, Michigan, One Be Lo (a.k.a. Nahshid Sulaiman) grew up amongst the despair and urban decay of a region devastated by the rapidly disappearing auto industry. Rapping and producing since his high-school days under the name One Man Army, he first made waves as one half of Binary Star before breaking out as a solo artist, founding the Subterraneous label/collective and changing his name to One Be Lo in the mid-'00s. Sulaiman converted to Islam as a young man, which inspired trips to the Middle East and his eventual move to Egypt in 2007; he now splits time between metro Detroit and Cairo. Currently putting the finishing touches on his new album, Baby, which should see the light of day this spring, One Be Lo took the time to let us know about a few joints he's been feeling. Read more »
Friendly Fires and Holy Ghost! first came up with the plan to cover each other's tracks in Corsica last summer, but only after several months has the plan come to fruition. Holy Ghost! have their contemporary classic "Hold On" covered, while Friendly Fires' "On Board" is given a nice re-work which includes some of the last drumming that the legendary Jerry Fuchs ever recorded. Available March 8 as a split single on XL and DFA, you can check out a preview of Holy Ghost! covering "On Board" after the jump! Read more »
"Twist in My Sobriety" was, unfortunately, never as big a hit in the US as it was in Europe, but with the arrival of Alf Tumble's lovely edit of Tanita Tikaram's 1988 pop masterpiece, its obscure status is bound to change. Like Giorgio Moroder's lush take on Janis Ian's "Fly Too High" or any number of Kate Bush edits, Tumble does a masterful job of preserving the original's emotional intensity as well as expanding upon its synth work, bulking it up and adding some fierce kicks below it. Inspired by his own "battle" with alcohol and coffee—he claims to be three weeks clean on both fronts—perhaps Tumble's finest move was to leave Tikaram's amazing vocals intact, with only minimal tweaks here and there. Though not necessarily a floor-filling banger, this edit of "Twist in My Sobriety" is perfect for wistful bedroom dancing, and sometimes, that's perfect.
It's a wonder that Ellen Allien has time to make records any longer, what with running BPitch Control, designing clothes for her fashion line, and constantly touring the world. But even with this frenetic pace of activity, Allien has taken only two years to finish her follow-up to 2008's Sool. Read more »
DJ Donna Summer (a.k.a. Jason Forrest) does an interesting turn on "Raw," incorporating some excellent tribal house beat samples into what's otherwise a serviceable bass track. With the incorporation of excellent secondary percussive bits, a seductive vocal snippet and a spacey, somewhat squelchy melodic line, the piece certainly does have its charms. Taken from DDS's latest EP, which comes out tomorrow, you can also peep the video for the track here.
Been Meaning to Tell You is an album whose actual music is only half the story. Released by the innovative LA label Friends of Friends, the latest record from Ernest Gonzales is accompanied by a book of art pieces for each track, a viral website, and a covers version of the album, as well as the preceding EP with extra non-album tracks. Read more »
If you weren't already thinking up a ton of reasons why you should ditch your day job and trek out to the pristine beaches and beautifully moderate climate of Spain, well, chances are you will be soon. The country's premiere electronic music festival, Sónar, has just announced its full line-up for their upcoming events in Barcelona and A Coruña. Read more »
Neither Benjamin Boguet nor Julien Briffaz owns a car. But it hasn't stopped them—the duo herein known as Bot'Ox—from creating moody electronic soundscapes perfect for moonlit drives down dark stretches of highway. Read more »
The last time UK trip-hop forefathers Massive Attack made it to the US, the tour followed on the heels of a contractually obliged compilation of greatest hits and unreleased materials put out in 2006. Now, with the release of Heligoland, their first studio album in seven years, Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall are making it back to North America in May for a brief stint of live performances. Read more »
The wacky digi-punk sounds found on the original track "Bastard Kids," by Belgian outfit The Brown Acid, are just about completely removed on this remix by Ikonika. Her incongruous version of the song turns up the dubstep and garage levels to the max with the sheen of glossed-over percussion, wavering synth tones, and a head-slamming beat that'll move just about any room in her native UK. Once the sparkling melodies rise to the top of the whole jam, Ikonika will have won over anyone within earshot of the track.
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