Back in January the Simian Mobile Disco boys alluded to a new, techno-oriented album in an interview with BBC's Radio 1. Nearly a year has passed since then and SMD has just announced a massive, two-disc album of all-new "unmixed and mixed techno" called Delicacies, which will be released November 30 on SMD's own imprint also titled Delicacies. Read more »
Amidst the CMJ-related craziness happening across New York this week are flocks of bright-eyed 20-somethings out for a cut of that indie cake. One of those 20-somethings is Spencer Stephenson (a.k.a. Botany), whose music has been storming the internet as of late and drawing comparisons to Caribou's intoxicating synth-pop formulations. Read more »
For this episode of XLR8R TV, San Francisco rapper DaVinci took one of our cameras with him and his SWTBRDS crew on a trip to the A3C Festival in Atlanta, where he performed with the likes of Mistah FAB, Moe Green, Truthlive, and more. They hit the festival, hang with their homies, and head to Waffle House in this day-in-the-life sketch, brought to you by Converse. Read more »
Sasu Ripatti is a man of many hats. Since the late '90s, the Finnish producer, probably best known as Vladislav Delay, has also released high-profile work as Luomo, Uusitalo, and Conoco. As such, it wasn't exactly shocking to see him revive his Sistol moniker earlier this year after more than a decade of dormancy, yet it certainly wasn't the expected move either. Read more »
The inaugural mix in a series meant to showcase young talent, Brackles' 17-track strut through the post-dubstep landscape sounds, at times, more like a revival than the next leap forward. Deep house sounds and two-step rhythms are there if you want them, but it's the stylish, oft-kilter beats and assured, fluid delivery that mark Rob Kemp as a DJ pursuing new directions. Read more »
There is no question Brooklyn duo Sub Swara has been at the forefront of US dubstep for the past three years. Since 2007, Sub Swara founders Dhruva, Haj, and Sunder have played host to Mary Anne Hobbs, Poirer, and The Bug at their monthly club night, solidifying them first as tastemakers. Dhruva and newcomer Sharma now make up the production chapter of what is Sub Swara, having released their first album, Coup d'Yah, to critical acclaim in 2008. The Sub Swara sound is never easily pinned down—the duo has done a wide swath of unofficial and official remix work for everyone from Mos Def to Balkan Beat Box, but dubstep is certainly in the foreground. That said, Sub Swara's second full-length Triggers, out November 9 on Low Motion Records, will showcase the duo's increasing interest in live instrumentation and collaboration—album guests include Dead Prez, Lyrics Born, Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic, and even session horns from the Antibalas Afrobeat crew. "Steam" is taken from the album, and it's a thundering piece of percussive energy that brings to mind UK funky's drum love and kuduro's relentlessness, all before the track does an unexpected, albeit brief about-face into dubstep's familiar shuffle.
Los Angeles' darlings of dreamy post-punk, the lovely Warpaint quartet (who helped make this Q&A with Ariel Pink the interesting read it is), are a week from releasing their debut album on Rough Trade, but thanks to the magic of the internet, you can listen to The Fool in its entirety now. Read more »
As editors, critics, and fans look at their stack of 2010 releases, there is no question that many of them have placed Matthew Dear's chilling and endearing Black City high in the overwhelming heap. Dear recently kicked off a lengthy set of tour dates (see here for dates), so he's unleashed this digital bonus track "Innh Dahh." The track serves as an appropriate afterword to the density of Black City with its short, intimate vocal loops providing comfort to Dear's submerged voice. While the song is squarely of the album's somber mood, it seems to drift and float away in beatless ambience, nostalgic for Black City's imagined spaces yet comfortable to be left at the fringes of the action.
We're still weeks from the release of Brooklyn beatmaker Shigeto's debut album for Ghostly, Full Circle, yet pieces relating to that LP continue to make their way into our ear holes. Following the download we recently offered of Circle track "Relentless Drag" comes this remix of the production by LuckyMe tunesmith and fellow NY resident Mike Slott (pictured above). The auspicious artist re-dubbed the song "Unrelentless Drag," and inserted his own lazy hip-hop rhythms and upright bass grooves into the plinking, ethereal soundscapes that encapsulate Shigeto's original. Slott's remix sounds like Shigeto's tune performed by a ramshackle jazz combo in some rainforest shanty on the astral plane. That is to say, it's really pretty, and we like it. (via FACT)
Did you guys ever play that weird Japanese videogame Katamari Damacy? It's this sort of puzzle/action game that takes place in a hyper-stylized, cartoonish version of Earth. You play as a tiny little alien prince that travels around the world, rolling up the blocky, pixelated mishmash that litters the many environs of our planet until it becomes this crazy, massive ball of tea cups, bikes, cows, cars, houses, stadiums, monuments, and whatever other inexplicable stuff. Anyway, that game is a lot of fun, and this new video for Flying Lotus' Pattern + Grid World cut "Kill Your Co-Workers" reminds us of the cutesy graphics and playful nonchalance of it, though with a hilariously sinister touch. Read more »
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