Back in 2007, Brooklyn label Barbès Records released The Roots of Chicha, a collection of psychedelic, surf-influenced electric cumbias from '60s and '70s Peru. The compilation was a surprise success, so much so that, on October 12, Barbès will be releasing a second volume. Read more »
Either Andreya Triana sold her soul to the gods of electronic music or she's just got awesome connections. Case in point: she follows the brilliant Flying Lotus remix of her "Lost Where I Belong" song (a collaboration most anyone would pine for, at this point) with another re-work produced by one of the hottest outfits in post-dubstep, Mount Kimbie (pictured above). And yes, Kai Campos and Dominic Maker deliver another bit of their trademark sound—complete with the pops, clicks, fuzz, bass, and soul that we've so thoroughly enjoyed on Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers debut. The duo's treatment of "A Town Called Obsolete" works especially well thanks to the natural pairing of the R&B-flavored instrumental with Triana's buttery vocal work; it sounds like something we might hear from Mary J. Blige decades from now.
"FM Tan Sexy" is the latest track to leak off of El Guincho's much-anticipated new album, Pop Negro, and actually fits its nonsensical title quite well. It wears a radio-friendly sheen on top of its funky, Timbaland-esque beat, the twinkling hook and surrounding melodic elements are all reminiscent of carefree days spent soaking up the sun, and when the bass really starts to work, things get downright steamy. El Guincho's new song is certainly a departure from the warbling, psychedelic soundscapes of 2008's Alegranza!, but as other bits of Pop Negro have shown, it's a trajectory that producer Pablo Díaz-Reixa follows with aplomb.
If you're not up to date on the latest in side-project trivia, one of the dudes from Portishead, Geoff Barrow, has another band; it's called Beak> and it's infinitely more kraut-y and formless than his main band. Barrow's three-piece released its self-titled debut nearly a year ago, and just recently dropped a new single called "Wulfstan," which is available to download on Bandcamp. Read more »
We've already gushed over the news of the first Model 500 single to be released in over a decade, so you can imagine how excited and privileged we feel to be sharing that track with you now. Below, you'll find "OFI," the a-side track from Juan Atkins', "Mad" Mike Banks', and Mark Taylor's forthcoming 12" for R&S. Read more »
If you stay up on our pages (both print and web), you'll be well aware of our ongoing affair with New Orleans' sissy bounce scene and one of its biggest exports, Big Freedia. So, needless to say, we're happy to see that folks are finally getting as excited about the gay-centric, hyperactive booty music as we've been. Read more »
London-based design house Give Up Art has more than just a clever name behind it. Amongst numerous projects, the husband-wife team of Stuart and Emma Hammersley has also been responsible for the visual identities of dubstep powerhouse Tempa Records, and Appleblim's Apple Pips label. Read more »
After years of producing, Wolf + Lamb compatriot Nicolas Jaar still doesn't have a proper debut album, but we're okay with that, seeing as how he wisely spends his time making tasteful, intricate edits like this one for Nina Simone's version of "Feelin' Good." Jaar's production, entitled "Nico's Feelin' Good," is a dark, brooding number that exists equally on planes of swirling textural ambience and softly undulating deep-house grooves—the varied sounds not once interfering with the indelibly haunted vocal performance by Simone. The New York producer may not yet be known for his work with edits, but after hearing this track, not to mention the rest of the free six-song EP it comes from, we'll happily trade the release of his debut for another handful of these re-works. You can download the 6 Edits EP via Resident Advisor, here.
Yes, Universal Studios Florida is a pretty awesome band name, but names alone won't get you very far. We need the music to make us move, and the two Seattle residents in U.S.F. make the kind of blissful, summery synth-pop that we've been moving to for some time now. Like a slow-grooving Delorean tune, "Branss" offers a thick wash of hazy atmosphere and lilting melodic elements alongside the slow bounce of its island-inspired rhythm. It's the aural equivalent of a bright afternoon spent alone on a white-sand beach, throwing a colorful beach ball into the surf and watching it bob up and down in the warm water as you swim towards it lazily—completely content in the day's relaxing simplicity. And if you yearn for more musical goodness from the production duo, check out a preview of U.S.F's forthcoming new album, The Spray, over on Bandcamp. (via 20 Jazz Funk Greats)
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