Although LA art-noise merchants HEALTH spent much of the past year melting faces with selections from their excellent Get Color album, it's clear that the boys never lost their affinity for the dancefloor. Their forthcoming DISCO2 is packed with remixes from Javelin, Salem, Blondes, Pictureplane, and more, but it also features "USA Boys," the only new original track to appear on the album. Yet the song doesn't seem out of place; devoid of the band's usual ear-splitting aesthetic, the track rolls along on a hip-hop beat flanked by synths that wouldn't sound out of place on a Rihanna cut (this is a good thing), yet still features the band's spooky vocal stylings and just a touch of their signature squall.
This week, Brooklyn lo-fi acid-house revivalists and organic techno enthusiasts Blondes will be gracing the Golden State with a number of shows and DJ sets. Given that our San Francisco office has been drooling over these guys for months while our NY office repeatedly lords it over us just how great they (and apparently every other band in Brooklyn) is, we're pretty excited to check out Blondes in person. Read more »
A short while back we gave you the heads up on Dirtybird's five-year spanning, three-disc compilation, and now its release date has finally arrived. A bonus track that didn't make it on Five Years of Dirtybird, "Hakazou!," by Berlin's sub-loving duo Hickup, is a bouncing slice of heavily percussive club music that boasts one of the thickest grooves we've heard in a while. Quick vocal stabs and reverberated bird noises are peppered throughout the track's six minutes, which are also complimented by a rolling cowbell and some sinister synth sounds. "Hakazou!" is stellar counterpart to the fresh-faced pair's track that did make it on Five Years, "Hickup Theme."
The bad news: No Soma compilation for 2009. The good news: The 2010 comp is coming out considerably sooner—and it's as good as you'd expect from the highly regarded Glaswegian label. The album features standouts from Soma's roster of the past year or so, from artists like Slam (represented here with the spare, light D'Julz remix of "Positive Education" and the richly layered Joris Voorn remix of "Ghost Song") and Silicone Soul (the Ripperton remix of "Dust Ballad II," with its great elastic bassline). 2009 might be gone, but at least some of the year's best releases haven't been forgotten. Read more »
The folks behind SF's Icee Hot party—Low Limit, Ghosts on Tape, Rollie Fingers, and yes, XLR8R's Disco Shawn—have already made waves by importing talent from the ultra-fertile UK funky-post-future-whatever scene, but now the guys are coming correct with their internet game. They've tapped Austin's Dubbel Dutch (pictured above), who happens to be headlining the next Icee Hot on Saturday, April 24, to cough up an exclusive track, an edit of Silkie's "Quasar." You can download the cut-and-paste wonky synth stormer here, or find it over on the Icee Hot Soundcloud alongside mixes from the residents and former guest DJs.
Space travel isn't a new theme for the burgeoning beat scene, but few seem as focused on exploring such inspirations as LA's Ras G (& The Afrikan Space Program). His latest bass-driven intergalactic escapade, "Breakfast Blunts," comes from the third installment of the All City label's ongoing 10" series dedicated to So Cal's head-nodders, on which he shares wax space with fellow Brainfeeder Samiyam. On "Blunts," a crunchy beat gallops along with an arsenal of distant transmissions from who knows where always floating along at its side. Ras eventually joins the company of someone who sounds a lot like Chris Tucker ranting indecipherably before taking off again to discover new sonic realms.
Vis-Ed: Aaron Huey—From Afghani Drug Raids to Oklahoma Frat Houses, This is One Photographer Who Ain't Never Scared
"It's not how many, it's how deep," says Aaron Huey. Get your mind out of the gutter—I've just asked him how many countries he's visited. It's a question he doesn't like to answer because it makes him "sound like a backpacker in Thailand"—though Huey's resume would strike fear and awe into the heart of even the most intrepid Kiwi hosteller. Read more »
It's been about a year since Brooklyn's sex-obsessed, vintage-disco tweakers In Flagranti delivered a proper single, complete with cut 'n' pasted photos of stark naked women, but a follow up to "Ex Ex Ex" is finished and prepped for release. "Through a Rabbit Hole" arrives June 14 from the duo's Codek label, and shows the relatively subdued and slow-grooving side to Sasha Crnobrnja and Alex Goor's production work. Read more »
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