Known primarily for its massive club and ongoing DJ-mix releases, Fabric is set to venture into new territory with an upcoming compilation series. Using the unusual title of Elevator Music, each edition of the series is meant to showcase unreleased songs from producers that have caught the ears of Fabric's staff. With a quick look at Volume 1's tracklist, it's easy to see they've been listening to a lot of dubstep, UK funky, and all around bass-centric music. We wholeheartedly approve. Fabric's Elevator Music Vol. 1 will be available January 18 and you can check the tracklist after the jump. Read more »
Author David Stubbs contributed to the influential fanzine Monitor before writing for Melody Maker. He is also a former reviews editor of The Wire and has written books on Jimi Hendrix, Eminem, and Ace Records. Read more »
The frenetic dubstep of Robot Koch gets the remix treatment from a mysterious young buck from Los Angeles. Taking the original from Koch's forthcoming album, Death Star Droid, Shlohmo slows its breakneck pace, creating a piece where the sampled Angolan vocal stems are still evident, but put to a dark, low-slung bass slice. A piece meant for blunted, late-night drives through the 'hood, Shlohmo's remix of "Gorom Sen" shows that the 19-year-old has earned his upcoming mini-album on Friends of Friends.
If Yay Area native D-Lo hadn't proved he knew how to get dumb with his smash hit "No Hoe," he'll definitely prove it with this new joint. With DJ Fresh's nasty, non-traditional rhythmic structures providing the track's backbone, D-Lo spits about hoes, guns, and fucking your girlfriend behind your back. Mr. Tower provides the strongest verse on the track, but generally, this is some dope hyphy business that'll definitely be blasting in your 'hood in the coming months.
The first sounds heard on the debut full-length from Montreal-based producer Michael Silver (musically known as CFCF) are a slow, bouncing beat matched by a handful of poignant synth tones that could have swirled straight from the hands of a lovesick android. Continent's opening track, "Raining Patterns," is more future-R&B than disco dance party, and sets the mood for an album more about the upper half of your body than the lower. Read more »
Following 2007's strange and heartfelt Made in the Dark, the UK's geeky, R&B-loving electro-pop outfit, Hot Chip, has another album to share. On February 9 the group will bring us the cleverly titled One Life Stand, a new full-length that's purported to be more "cohesive," "soulful," and "ambitious" than their three previous albums. Read more »
Four of our favorite musicians in four of our favorite cities show off their local watering holes.
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