Last year, LA beatsmith Asura (a.k.a. Ryan York) splashed onto the music scene with a string of well-received singles and, Asura, his debut full length. Not content with just a big entrance, the Topanga Canyon resident is currently hard at work on a proper follow-up and a collaborative album with Ana Caravelle. Considering such a busy workload, it's a pleasant surprise that York has announced the imminent release of If I Am This Forest, a brand-new EP to be released on Non Projects. As a teaser, he's offered up the title track, which features a wild combination of haunting vocals, organic atmospherics, and shambling 8-bit rhythm synthesis. If I Am This Forest will see release September 13, and pre-orders for the limited-edition vinyl pressing are currently being taken on Non Projects' website. The perpetually curious can check out the album art and tracklisting after the jump. Read more »
It's putting it lightly to say that Sherard Ingram has an impressive resume. Famously kicking off his career with a residency at a motorcycle bar in Detroit (with Moodymann of all people), Ingram later went on to be Drexciya's tour DJ, DJ Stingray. Read more »
Forgive us for stating the obvious, but London-based grime MC Wiley is exhaustingly prolific. With last month's just-dropped album, 100% Publishing, in the bag, he's now going into full-on promo mode for his next LP—previously announced as an EP—Evolve or Be Extinct. The lead single is called "Link Up," and Wiley has offered up the "Alex D Remix" of the track as a way of whetting our appetites. Taking the original song's detuned bassline and replacing it with a fuzzy, overdriven synth-bass, Alex D's remix turns the track out, doing the party-rap vocals justice with an overhaul that's simultaneously stripped down and amped up. "Link Up" is out now. Evolve or Be Extinct drops later this summer.
One of the most alluring aspects of the anonymous UK production outfit Gescom is the stylistic freedom the group exhibits from one release to the next. This is likely due to the constantly shifting personnel responsible for the project's 16-plus-year-spanning discography, a roster that has been known to include Sean Booth and Rob Brown of Autechre. Nevertheless, despite the fluidity of Gescom's sound and cast of producers, there's always been a disjointed, hip-hop-indebted framework tying it all together. Four years after the release of its last record, the acid-tinged A1 - D1 EP, that inherent style is apparent as ever on the new, five-track Skull Snap EP, although it's been skewed this time with samples of horns, strings, and other live instrumentation. Read more »
Poutine. MUTEK. Smoked meat sandwiches. Montreal is known for a lot of things, and thanks to the efforts of producers like Jacques Greene, LOL Boys, Hissy Fit, and HGLDT, the city may soon be able to add forward-thinking bass music to that list. HGLDT (a.k.a. Henry Goury-Laffont) heads up the Swing and Skip imprint, which recently dropped its second release, a split 12" from UK beatmaker Damu and the label head himself. "Mo(ve)ments in Time" may not appear on the record, but it does offer the same kind of boundary-crossing spirit, combining snappy, Neptunes-style hip-hop drums with a whimsical synth melody and an adorably creepy vocal that kind of sounds like a mogwai—the creature from Gremlins, not the band.
Leave it to Brooklyn trio Lemonade to seek out a relatively unknown (and most certainly forgotten) cut from the Beverly Hills Cop III soundtrack, and rework it into a fresh tune with slow-grooving dance rhythms, hazy equatorial vibes, and plaintive vocal hooks. The inherent elements of '90s R&B and the infusion of tropical motifs could come across as a bit über-trendy, even kitschy in the wrong hands, but Lemonade makes this cover sound like it comes from a place of true sincerity, without as much as a knowing wink to discredit their efforts. The band is playing tonight in San Francisco and later this month in New York, the details of which are after the jump. Read more »
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