As one half of prog-horror instrumentalists Zombi, drummer A.E. Paterra knows his way around propulsive rhythms and analog synths, not to mention epic songwriting. Here, the Pittsburgh musician uses the name Majeure to focus on his sci-fi-obsessed cosmic-disco efforts with the 13-minute jam "The Dresden Codex." It's a stunning opener for Paterra's debut album, Timespan, as it starts slow with spacey, arpeggiated melodies and cold atmospherics that recall Tangerine Dream's Risky Business movie score before morphing into a beat-heavy, analog synth explosion rivaling just about any song written by his other band.
XLR8R’s Inbox touches base with jovial French tech-house producer Etienne Jaumet, who has just come back from sharing the deck with Dirty Soundsystem on a Cosmic Cruise around an artificial lake in Paris. Jaumet gushes about Carl Craig, compares himself to crayon colors, eats too fast, and sets his sights on the next gubernatorial race in California. Read more »
There’s only one thing better than a new DOOM album—a collection of supervillainous collabs. On Unexpected Guests, the artist list reads like a lyrical enthusiast’s wet dream: De La Soul, Vast Aire, Count Bass D, Masta, Talib Kweli, various Wu members, and more. Album highlights include “Sniper Elite,” on which Ghost and DOOM join up for black-ops fun over a Dilla beat, and the self-explanatory “Quite Buttery,” where the Count and the Dr. trade high-cholesterol lines. Read more »
Just a quickie to take you further into the holiday weekend—last week's hot, hot lovers' rock mix courtesy of FACT Magazine and Kevin "The Bug" Martin's King Midas Sound project. All Tanya Stephens, Gregory Isaacs, even Sade! Grab it while it lasts (that's three weeks, by the way), and let it soothe turkey coma number two. Read more »
There's a harsh truth about label best-of compilations—there's no excuse for filler. Unfortunately, at least half of this two-disc set feels like just that. Shir Khan draws from the Exploited catalog, including unreleased cuts, focusing heavily on electro-house and baile funk. Read more »
Perpetually masked Italian electro-punkers The Bloody Beetroots have created an album that should be easier to hate, especially if you flip directly to vainglorious textbook electro track "I Love the Bloody Beetroots." Still, with cameos from the likes of indie electronic artist Beta Bow and British house songstress Lisa Kekaula, this anticipated debut offers enough variety to save it from slipping into a complete electro-sinkhole. Read more »
Fuck Buttons: A pair of Bristol punks spin ambient electro and vintage synths into apocalyptic chaos.
While Bristol duo Fuck Buttons' latest record, Tarot Sport, might skew toward ambient electro, it's hardly surprising that the band's genesis came during Benjamin Power and Andrew Hung's involvement in the hardcore punk scene as teenagers. “It's informed who I've become as a person somehow,” Power says over the phone from the UK. “We tend to make music that we enjoy, and, in a way, it doesn't really matter what's going on around us. It's not like we wanted to make a record that would appeal to a wider audience. Read more »
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