One-man beatmaker and new Anticon signee Baths certainly knows how to keep things interesting, with tracks ranging from Dilla-like funk to this little summertime glo-fi gem. A nice shuffle is paired with enough noisy little squelches and secondary percussion to keep things interesting on "Hall," but it is perhaps the earworm of a vocal melody that serves as the piece's most winning trait: a soaring falsetto rides beautifully over acoustic guitar samples and synth knob-twists. Imagine the best sort of freak-folk remixed into something beat-heavy and palatable and you just might have "Hall."
Yes, The Stimulus Package was a creative success, as Freeway's streetwise rhymes perfectly complimented Jake One's soul-sampling beats. But can we talk about this video? No offense to Freeway, but is that beard really getting up close and personal with that caliber of lady? Read more »
RAMP Recordings is launching a new sub-label, PTN, which promises to focus more intently on the house and funky sounds coming out of the UK right now. The first release is the debut EP from Welsh producer Doc Daneeka (pictured), which includes tracks that have been given big ups from the likes of Brackles and Martyn over the past few months. Read more »
Beginning with a minute of brooding synths and bells that could have been lifted directly from Silent Shout, then moving towards a more Jan Hammer circa Miami Vice vibe, Diamond Vampires' "The Mineral Room" eventually becomes a full-blown dark balearic track. Watery vocoded elements, killer kicks, and some secondary synth harmonies that scream late-night rave round out the piece, cementing the group's place among the non-chillwave crowd of newer electronic musicians making people dance. (Via 20JFG)
The mere mention of Brooklyn-based dancehall MC Jahdan Blakkamoore's name is enough to get the XLR8R staff excited, so we were thrilled to see that Jahdan voiced several tracks on Concentric Circles, the new album from bass producer and fellow New Yorker Nate Mars. Also featuring guest vocals from artists such as Dub War resident Juakali and UK grime MC Nika D of Virus Syndicate, Concentric Circles finds Mars brewing up a low-end strain of dubstep that leans heavy on the dub. "Above & Beyond Dem" is a quality primer, as an AutoTuned Jahdan sings sweetly over a burping synth and low-end rumble.
Among the many Afrobeat comps out there, Strut's reissue of Duncan Brooker's impeccably curated Afro-Rock, Vol. 1, originally issued on Kona in 2001, is especially welcome. It doesn't take a collector to appreciate the consistent, engaging quality of this disc, which lovingly showcases choice cuts of East African funk, soul, and jazz from the '60s and '70s. Particularly notable here are Orchestra Lissanga's "Okuzua," its guitars ringing with a delicate, delightful cadence, and the funky, infectious opening track, Ishmael Jingo's "Fever," an essential in this realm. Read more »
OK, let's get the obvious part out of the way: XLR8R loves Bok Bok. If it seems like we're writing about the guy every four seconds, well, that's because we are. Tell you what, let's make a deal right now. When the Night Slugs co-founder stops doing rad things, we'll stop drooling over his every move. Look, we know it's embarrassing, just deal with it and enjoy the good tunes. OK??? Read more »
Buenos Aires cumbia-toting groove maker Andrés Schteingart (a.k.a. El Remolón) just offered a brand-new mixtape of tropical remixes, dirty mash-ups, and mid-tempo heaters courtesy of the ZZK label. The party-starting mix follows last year's Pibe Cosmo and Pibe Cosmo B-Sides albums, and precedes his new album and EP scheduled for release later in 2010. Read more »
If you're into Roscoe Dash and Soulja Boy's "All the Way Turnt Up"—and who isn't, judging by the way it's been booming from cars for months now—you'll truly appreciate A-Trak's version, which is a veritable mash of the ATL duo's lyrics and Claude von Stroke's "Vocal Chords." Die-hard techno heads will frown upon this track, but clubbers who enjoy some fun, ridiculous four-to-the-floor will definitely be slamming to this track in the coming weeks. Taken from A-Trak's upcoming Dirty South Dance 2 mixtape. (via The Fader)
The German-born DJ/producer Christoph Caominh (a.k.a. Caltrop) may release his music on the practically un-Googleable Portland-based Nude Photo Music label, but he calls the Bay Area home. His latest track for the imprint, "Good to See You," sounds like Caltrop traveling between the three locations. The motorik churn of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" is invoked while Caominh's brightly colored synths, calming melodies, and passing analog textures call to mind the beach cliffs and mountain tops seen on drives through the Pacific Northwest.
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