After a year of shying from the spotlight, Khaela Maricich has resurrected her musical endeavors as The Blow with a string of tour dates and promises of new material. This time out, in lieu of collaborating with YACHT founder Jona Bechtolt, Maricich has enlisted the help of audio/visual artist Melissa Dyne to craft the backdrop for her airy vocal delivery. Read more »
Reclusive pop genius Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti band will tour North America this summer in support of the June release of Before Today, the group's 4AD debut. Before Today is said to be the most accessible record ever from Pink, and the group will unleash those new sounds upon a capacity audience at New York's Mercury Lounge on May 4, then continue touring the rest of the country starting in July. And with the first single "Round and Round" floating all over the internet, fans can easily whet their appetites for Pink's record and live show. Check out tour dates after the jump! Read more »
DJ/producer Dubbel Dutch is just like any self-respecting southerner: he likes his beats interesting and his bass big. Austin resident Marc Glasser is currently taking his proclivities on the road for a string of dates on the West Coast—including some already completed stops in LA, a show tonight in Costa Mesa, and a special performance this Saturday at San Francisco's premiere future-house-flexing club, Icee Hot. Read more »
The summer wildfire season is still a few months away, but Los Angeles is on fire right now. Seriously, the Southern California beat scene is absolutely bursting with talent and it seems like a new mindblowing record appears every few days. On April 27, Matthewdavid's Leaving Records will be adding El-Aylien Part 1, the latest EP from abstract beatmaker and Flying Lotus cohort Ras G, to the canon. Read more »
The boys of Horse Meat Disco are back with the second installment of their mix series on Strut Records. Following in the tradition of their first mix, the collection includes everything from rarities such as Madleen Kayne's "Cherchez Pas" to Italo classics such as Kasso's "Walkman," thus illuminating the astounding breadth of the disco genre. With a teaser mix now up, the most popular disco crew from the UK seems set to continue winning fans of their disco-love vibes. Check out the tracklist after the jump! Read more »
XLR8R favorites Teengirl Fantasy met native Estonian Bakey Ustl while studying in Amsterdam, and have been slowly spreading word of Ustl's astounding productions ever since. "First Class" is a track with sonics existing somewhere between contemporary UK funky sounds and the deep, jazzy house found on Stuttgart's Philpot label. With delirious, lush synths and intense polyrhythms running throughout, the high-frequency flourishes, squelchy bits, and rumbling bass play off of an exemplary sonic core. Though he doesn't have a record deal yet, be assured that a label will snatch up Ustl sometime very, very soon, especially given his eclectic palette and range of influences.
As one part of the Wolf + Lamb DJ/production team, Gadi Mizrahi has certainly seen his star rise to unforeseen heights in the past year, and with his new vinyl-only imprint releasing tracks like "Beautiful Thang," he can only rise higher. A funky track obviously inspired by Miami's musical history, "Beautiful Thang" features a killer bass, nicely-padded kicks, and cut-up samples forming a melodic backbone. Combined with breezy, sexy vocals from Cnyce of Soul Clap and a backing synth drone that mirrors a prominent Kraftwerk line, the piece is certainly attuned to a club vibe, placing it in solidly in the the summer hits category.
As the last testament from the format-catholic PDX noise duo, the fittingly titled Going Places crystallizes the tension that made for Yellow Swans' sporadic genius and, one assumes, their unraveling. Like Gowns, another foiled and convincing noise band, Yellow Swans' music is political in the most bummed and personal way. "Opt Out," "Limited Space," and "New Life" are titles of some of the dark-hued, percolating dust clouds contained on the record. Read more »
After a year-long battle with cancer that also included a much-publicized heart attack, MC Guru passed away last night. Founder of the pioneering hip-hop group GangStarr, Guru was not only known for his uncompromising flows, but an approach to hip-hop production that paid homage to (and included collaborations with) jazz legends such as Donald Byrd and Branford Marsalis. Read more »
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