Just in terms of its sheer volume, this mixed archive of chillout moods and grooves from the early to mid-1990s is an essential audio document. One of the features of this release is a digital-only, three-hour-plus continuous mix that includes tracks by Peter Namlook, Sun Electric, MLO, Theorem, and FUSE. Read more »
Philipp Jung (of M.A.N.D.Y.) and Matthew Dear have a new party called Buddies. Hosted by Sigu in the heart of New York City, the party will see the two spinning house, disco, and deep soul every month at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, with the aim of bringing their crowd-pleasing road show to the city they sleep in. Read more »
If you're still working off that hangover from SXSW, why not take a trip down to Mexico tomorrow? On March 25, XLR8R and Hilda55 team up to host a party that will feature performances by Ghosts on Tape and Nguzunguzu. This invitation-only soiree will be held in the HQ El Tinieblo at Morelos 870, Barrio Antiguo, Monterrey. In order to grab an invitation, go here. Read more »
The city of Madison, Wisconsin, might not seem like a natural place for techno, but it is certain that at least DJ Homewrecker is keeping the beats coming. "La Bootalla" is a tribal banger that shares an affinity with the works of the Underground Resistance crew, particularly the Latin-infused techno-funk of Los Hermanos and the jazzy flavor of UR's "Hi-Tech Jazz." Featuring a lovely, bright sax line riding above massive kicks and sopping hand-claps, the track also includes organ stabs and some raucous vocal clips, making it perfect for mixing with anything from a Detroit slice to a more progressive techno piece from the Cocoon cohort.
Fresh-faced beatmaker and Brainfeeder mix contributor Alex B sent over this premiere of a track from his forthcoming debut, Moments. Entitled "You and I Both Know," this diddy is a brief look into the type of herky-jerky rhythms and smooth, spaced-out sonics to be heard through the album's 17 tracks. Within two minutes we are treated to a tweaked soul loop, delayed vocal stabs, sporadic percussive elements, and swirling synth arpeggiations wrapped around a descending bass melody. It all comes off sounding more like an interlude between larger movements, but we can only know for sure when Moments is released April 6 via Alex B's own Elm and Oak imprint.
If Fela Kuti recruited a nine-person band with modern electronics, fiery guitars, and a full horn section in Norway, Afrobeat might sound like One-Armed Bandit. Like Charles Mingus' big bands, Jaga Jazzist relies on well-schooled players to navigate multilayered song structures that practically demand 3-D pop-up charts to write out, then charge through them with an interlocking, untrammeled joy that transforms a potentially chin-beardy mix of instrumental jazz and post-rock into something closer to a cerebral-yet-gutbucket funk. Read more »
In anticipation of his performance at San Francisco's Icee Hot jump-off, UK funky upstart and Blunted Robots label don Shortstuff has put together this exclusive half-hour mix to offer a taste of the tunes he'll be dropping stateside come this Saturday. Read more »
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