In this Parallel Uni-Verse, that funk you like is back in style—if that funk is the laid-back, loop-heavy beat of '90s hip-hop overlaid with amiable wordplay harking back to Native Tongues and the Pharcyde. Read more »
The first track on Liars' forthcoming fifth album, Sisterworld, beguiles the listener—coaxing us into a soft bed of vocal melodies and quiet orchestral arrangements that, at the risk of sounding trite, sound not unlike something from a post-Kid A Radiohead. Then, ever so abruptly, a smash of drums and distorted guitars remind us this is indeed a Liars song. It's an interesting re-introduction to a band that continues to challenge themselves both musically and in concept. Sisterworld is out March 9 on Mute.
Future-soul songstress Muhsinah gets the full Flying Lotus production treatment on "Lose My Fuse," a shuffling slice filled with wobbling beats, disembodied vocals, and some truly bizarre flourishes, like sexual pantings and little whistles. Just as the track gets going, it literally loses its fuse, morphing into an almost pastoral vocal landscape. Similarities to J*Davey aside, this is another bit of leftfield R&B sure to make its way into speakers all over.
Two distinct LA flavors that taste great together!
A few weeks back when we were sitting around fantasizing who in Los Angeles we'd want to collaborate for our recurring series, Tune in an Afternoon, we pretty quickly came up with Dam-Funk and Nite Jewel. When we contacted them, it turned out they were fans of each other and had been looking for an excuse to collaborate. It was decided that Nite Jewel would produce and that their favorite store, LA's Future Music, would serve as the afternoon's launching pad. From there, things just got creepy.
Be sure to download their song, "Am I Gonna Make It," here. Read more »
While minimal techno may have died in a storm of rote blips and clicks set against 4/4 kicks, some of the genre's better practitioners haven't given up the ghost, and Pantha Du Prince is a member of this small coterie. With a penchant for melancholic chord progressions, small rifts, and icy sonic landscapes, "The Splendour" is a slice of deep techno that keeps some minimalist aesthetic alive, but eschews the genre's microscopic tendencies in favor of a dichotomy between smaller aural gestures and grander, more lush synth sweeps. Like a more detail-obsessed Lawrence, Pantha Du Prince is sure to remain at the top of the minimal field with his next full-length, Black Noise, which arrives on February 9 of next year.
New York's Bisco Smith definitely knows how to spit, with an intelligent flow similar to Aesop Rock's early work. It is safe to say, though, that Blockhead's remix improves on the stuttering beats of the original, instead placing Smith's rhymes over a more traditional, yet more hype, late-'90s sound, replete with triumphant brass loops and low-slung, heavy bass. These are "freshwater flows," but Blockhead knows how to make them work in the most proper way.
When Uproot Andy rolls out the names of rhythms, he savors them deliberately, like a hoodoo priest chews on a root: kuduro, bullerengue, cumbia. And like a root doctor, it’s from the mixing of these ethnically diverse musical styles that Andy Gillis draws power. Read more »
Ku Bo's Latin-flavored "Su Manita" gets punched up a few notches by Daniel Haaksman, who not only speeds the track's BPM to 145, but also adds enough intense electro melodies, elided vocal snips, and percussive flourishes to make any club go absolutely insane. Taken from the Ku Bo Remixes EP, which comes out today.
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