Femi Kuti—the oldest son of the legendary Fela Kuti—has been releasing albums since the late '80s, and his latest offering, Day by Day, is a rich survey of Afrobeat sounds influenced by his native Nigeria and flavored with strains of reggae and dub. For those who haven't heard the album yet, "Eh Oh" makes for a good introduction to the rest of the tracks. Day by Day is out now.
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The Presets' KIM stepped away from his main gig for a hot second to take on a new track from electro outfit Bag Raiders. Under KIM's skillful prowess at the mixing board, "Turbo Love" becomes an aural experience that will likely leave the headphones smoking. "Turbo Love" is out June 2.
School of Seven Bells continues staying busy with the release of "My Cabal," the third single off the Brooklyn trio's debut album, Alpinisms. The full package of this release also includes an instrumental number, a Seefeel remix, and this track, a reworking of "Face to Face on High Places" by Jesu's Justin Broadrick.
Green Label Sound's next release comes from L.A.-based hip-hop duo U-N-I, a pair more preoccupied with live instrumentation than programmed beats. They weren't stingy with the rolling pianos, robust vocal choruses, and live horn section on this track, their first single of 2009. Download the track here or over at the Green Label Sound site.
YACHT will release a new album, See Mystery Lights, via DFA this summer, and has sent this track out to the blogwaves to gear us up for the new release. The "Psychic City" title is in keeping with the new album's message, which, according to the YACHT crew, relates to all things paranormal, existential, cerebral, and just plain weird. Which is what happens when you record an album in the high desert of Texas. See Mystery Lights is out July 28.
German deck-meister Sepalot may shine brightest in the world of hip-hop, but on Red Handed Remixes Part 2, his tracks prove themselves adaptable to all types of musical styles. The new release features six remixes from the likes of Zed Bias, Eddy Meets Yannah, and others, including this cut from L.A.-based outfit LazRtag. Red Handed Remixes Part 2 is out June 5.
Trentemøller's latest offering, Harbour Boat Trips, is no album, but rather, a carefully mixed compilation that includes everyone from Two Lone Swordsmen to Grouper, along with a live edit of one of his own tracks. This version of "Vamp" includes a rolling, gurgling bassline, sharp snares, and the ever-present set of clicks and bleeps found in much of the Danish producer's work. Harbour Boat Trips is out now.
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