Taking a cue from the space jazz of his aunt, Alice Coltrane, the upcoming record from Flying Lotus promises to be one of the more mind-melting releases of 2010. Cosmogramma expands on the lauded sounds featured on FlyLo's Los Angeles, bursting further into psychedelic realms of soul, evidenced by collaborations with harpist Rebekah Raff, bass virtuoso Thundercat, and a host of vocalists ranging from Thom Yorke to Laura Darlington. Read more »
Calling an album "mature" is often a death knell for creativity and excitement, but in the case of To Realize, it's good thing. Clipd Beaks have never been tied to traditional songwriting—their 2006 Preyers EP and 2007 full-length, Hoarse Lords, were both cacophonous collections of spastic yelps and unruly bursts of noise—but To Realize is downright epic. Read more »
It's a strange thing that after releasing two well-received and widely loved albums, not to mention having a member whose name and voice is immediately recognizable, The Whitest Boy Alive has never toured the United States. Thankfully, that will change come this April. Read more »
Twenty-three-year-old Londoner Sam Shepherd is all over the map. Literally. When I contacted the busy producer, DJ, and bandleader who records as Floating Points, he was gigging in Greece and his MySpace page listed bookings across Europe several months deep. It's been a quick ascent for Shepherd, who, until recently, had only three official EP releases and a few songs on compilations. Read more »
Whenever M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade collaborate, the result is sure to be some floor-filling, ass-shakingly elegant tech-house. Here, the quartet's single, which originally appeared on the 2007 5 Years Get Physical 5 compilation, has been remixed by Gui Boratto, who uses a dub techno stem from the original to form his version's heart, propelling the track towards an early peak that practically oozes arpeggiation. Though most of the stems remain unchanged sonically, Boratto's rearrangement is decidedly more punchy and effective than the original. The single also includes remixes from Boy 8 Bit, James Talk, Ben Hoo, and Logistics, and Booka Shade will also be doing their own version of "Donut" on their new album, slated for release later this year.
New York is no stranger to disco-influenced electro-pop, what with The Golden Filter and the stable of DFA artists, but there's always room for another addition to the party. Elizabeth Harper and Mark Richardson are Class Actress, a Brooklyn outfit born from a mutual love for vintage synths and classic pop. The title-track from their Journal of Ardency EP is just that; cool and collected vocal hooks from Harper's sultry croon floating atop a straightforward dance beat rife with shimmering synths and bouncing basslines.
If being called Little Girls wasn't creepy enough for you, how about turning "10 Mile Stereo" by Beach House (a favorite of many little girls to be sure) into something that sounds like Ian Curtis reuniting Joy Division from beyond the grave. Producer Josh McIntyre removed Victoria Legrand's original vocal from his version, and inserted a particularly large amount of lo-fi doom and gloom in its stead—leaving the rest of the music more or less intact.
Despite not having dropped a group album in almost a decade, Souls of Mischief still have enough gusto to keep hip-hop heads listening. No, SOM's latest effort, Montezuma's Revenge, is not as consistently surprising as their classic debut, 93 ‘Til Infinity, but just because they don't outdo themselves doesn't mean members Opio, Phesto, Tajai, and A-Plus don't sound noticeably reinvigorated here. Read more »
London resident Fatima will finally see her first solo EP released early this spring. The soulful songstress, whose collaborations with Shafiq Husayn, Floating Points, and Slum Village have made her one of the most talked-about singers on the scene, will be dropping some leftfield nu-soul on fans' ears with the Mindtravelin EP. Read more »
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