At first, it seems incongruent that South South Million hails from Detroit. The music that the duo makes under the moniker sounds breezy and carefree in comparison to the hard-edged, mechanical dance tunes which the Motor City is unequivocally known for, nor does it bear any direct resemblance to the timeless Motown legacy. Yet there is still something about the group's debut album, Wind Hand Caught in the Door, that feels inexplicably connected to the kind of rigorous work ethic, gritty aesthetics, and classic sensibilities that are also among its hometown's hallmarks. It's not that the music is necessarily at odds with itself, as each cut is impeccably composed and often flows seamlessly into the next, but most of South South Million's album sounds like the work of musicians attempting to create something new underneath the weight of the past. That sort of tug-of-war makes for a record that both excels and falters because of its ambitious displacement from its roots and its creators' constant need to recall vintage sounds. Read more »
The release of Error Broadcast's Fly Russia compilation in 2010 certainly helped Moscow's fledgling beat scene gain a larger international audience and some well-deserved praise. In particular, young Muscovite producer OL was a beneficiary of this expanded fanbase, as his Random Phrase EP was the label's very next release. As Russian-made beats continue to grow in popularity, driven in large part by the work of artists such as Pixelord and DZA, OL is still turning out new sounds, having released a mixtape earlier this week ahead of a forthcoming new 12" on Error Broadcast. This track, "IWM," won't make it on to the EP, titled Body Varial, but nonetheless features well-crafted, atmospheric beats similar to those of labelmate Shlohmo.
As was heretofore reported, UK producer and Rinse FM DJ DVA will be releasing his debut full-length album, Pretty Ugly, on March 20 via Hyperdub. In previous posts regarding the album, we've only alluded to the kinds of club-oriented, UK funky-leaning riddims you might find on the artist's forthcoming work, but this time we have a full stream of all 12 tracks. Read more »
Monster Rally & RUMTUM (a.k.a. Ted Feighan and John Hastings), two producers out of Ohio, will be releasing their debut collaborative work later this month on Sacramento-based Waaga, a sublabel of indie-oriented Lefse. "Tribes" is taken from the EP, and is a bubbling piece of hip-hop beatwork with colorful psych-pop textures. The record, titled MR&RT, is set for a March 13 release on both digital and cassette formats, with the tape version containing two bonus tracks. The full tracklist with the bonus cuts can be found, along with the artwork, after the jump. Read more »
DJ, producer, and Detroit native Kyle Hall's record label, Wild Oats, has re-released a rare, out-of-print 12" by fellow Midwesterner and techno mastermind Anthony "Shake" Shakir, pairing it with unheard music from the same sessions and a collaborative track by the two artists. Read more »
It was just yesterday when UK producer Graphics (a.k.a. Alfie MacGibbon) colorfully announced that he was starting his own label, LYWat Records, and gave away its first free tune, the moody "Dogs Yawn." Apparently, he's eager to keep the ball rolling; MacGibbon quickly got back in touch with us—handing over a second tune from his free EP, the deep skitter of "I Don't Wanna," inside of another illuminating email that further elaborates on his motives behind the new endeavor. As the artist/label boss explains it, "Basically, the reason I'm doing this is that I've got about 10 tracks that I wouldn't play out at the moment and that I wouldn't want to put on an album if I'm even gonna do one soon." But music is apparently not the only thing we can expect from his imprint. "My love before music used to be film, and that's all I wanted to do," Graphics continues. "So, for example, I'll be doing videos about pretty much anything, with a free song, etc." If the quality remains this high, we look forward to receiving many more tunes, videos, and emails from MacGibbon.
Texan club-tune label Freshmore is getting ready to drop its next record on March 12, the Sipslow EP from New York producer Mess Kid. The release features the original title track alongside remixes from Cedaa, Nikko, and—featured here—Kansas' own Morri$ (you might remember him from this recent collaboration). His lengthy rework of "Sipslow" is an 808-abusing, rap-screwing, armageddon-summoning monster of a production with more sub drops than ought to be allowed in any single tune. Make sure to check out previews of the rest of Mess Kid's EP, too, after the jump. Read more »
In the bustling UK music scene, where genres come and go in what seems like the bat of an eye, there's always a strong focus on the new. New artists. New sounds. New labels. New parties. While this kind of outlook sometimes leads to novelty trumping actual quality, it's not an attitude that's been wholesale adopted by the entire slate of UK music makers. Krystal Klear is a perfect example of those bucking the trend. Read more »
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