The young Somethinksounds label continues to gather steam with its latest release, the seven-track The Quixotic EP by the multitalented Tommy Tempa. Using a host of eclectic field recordings and inventive studio tricks, the artist has crafted a seamless piece of experimental dance grooves for his solo offering, one portion of which is reworked here by London producer Mau'lin (pictured above). The spacious original track is torn apart and wrapped collage-style around a blown-out, fractured dance beat that strains against the confines of its digital husk. "Now or Never (Mau'lin Jagged Refix)" provides a much-needed visceral counterpart to the extremely personal musique concrète of Tommy Tempa's handcrafted mini-opus.
It's really hard to know how to begin to describe Chrissy Murderbot, or his third album, Women's Studies. The Chicago-based artist is a virtual walking encyclopedia of the last 30 years of dance music, but this album is about choice quotes rather than sample overload. On "Under Dress," housey horn stabs from 1986 are paired with slack-talk princess Warrior Queen. "Pelvic Floor" features piano-house chords from 1992 with dancehall MC Rubi Dan riding a fierce flow over top. The music shouldn't make sense, but it totally does.
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Elijah and Skilliam, the tastemaking DJs behind the notable Butterz label, have made a couple announcements we thought we should share. First and foremost, the imprint will soon be releasing its first ever vocal record (pictured above), courtesy of UK grime MCs P Money & Blacks. Read more »
If there's one succinct way to properly describe the mind-bending hybrid of sound that is Battles' music, it might be "all of everything, all at once." That's at least how it feels sometimes when you're attempting to wrap your brain around the intricately woven polyrhythms, shapeshifting time signatures, and melodic experimentation of the trio's latest tune, "Ice Cream (feat. Matias Aguayo)," and this crazy music video for the song follows suit. Read more »
Shlohmo has taken this originally midtempo electro-pop tune from Dexter Tortoriello (a.k.a. Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross a.k.a. Houses, pictured above) to a darker, more desolate place than we're used to hearing from the SF beat head. Slowing things down to a lazy march, Shlohmo begins his remix with delicate twists of Tortoriello's crooning, turning them into unintelligible, ominous chants that seem to emanate inside an empty hall or a dank underground sewer. Gradually the trademark Shlohmo techniques start to creep in when drawn-out electric piano chords and detailed percussion begin to swell and Tortoriello's original vocals finally take on a more familiar pitch. Building and brewing the elements together in a dark moody swirl, the remixer deftly walks the line between ominous beat cloud and introspective boom-bap with rather impressive results. Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross' Blow EP, where you'll find the original version of "Blacks," is out now, strangely enough on Mad Decent.
To date, the pairing of Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek as Africa Hitech has been an odd one, with the duo previously dropping two EPs on Warp of prickly robofunk hopelessly tangled up in disparate influences. It's a thicket so obscured that it's hard to figure out what, if anything, to call this music, and the duo's debut album, 93 Million Miles, doesn't get us any closer to the answer. Read more »
Yes, this "documentary" is more of a long-form ad for Moog than it is an unbiased attempt at documenting the rise of Bob Moog's widely sought-after Minimoog synthesizer. But, hey, if you're anything like us, the synth lover inside of you should be delighted at the chance to see some sweet vintage gear and to hear a rather candid history of the Minimoog's design and use throughout the '70s. All this amounts to a little over eight minutes of highly concentrated nerding out, so prepare accordingly. Read more »
Somewhere on New York's Lower East Side, Lizzie Bougatsos' phone is ringing. She's in the street hailing a cab to get up to Union Square, where a sculpture of Andy Warhol is about to be unveiled in a few minutes. Read more »
From their recently released collaborative EP for Sweden's Discobelle label/blog, Kult Leader, DJ Wool and Spoek Mathambo just handed over this pulsating cut for your downloading/listening pleasure. "Red For Danger" deftly pushes the same kind of tense dancefloor rhythms we heard previously on this video for the EP's title track, albeit with a noticeably deeper thump. The duo's sound arsenal of percussion, sub-bass frequencies, buzzy synth tones, and tweaked vocal drops continues to swell in size and intensity as the tune progresses, resulting in a disorienting electro-house groove that's surprisingly tasteful. You can grab the rest of Wool & Spoek's fresh six-track EP here.
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