Justice has the feedback-laden electro sound down pat, but here's another take on the ridiculously popular Paris duo's music, courtesy of Mexico's Toy Selectah. The recent XLR8R Artist to Watch has a free EP currently up for grabs on the Mad Decent blog, in which he's remixed the likes of Santigold, Boys Noize, Devendra Banhart, and others. Here's a cumbia-infused version of the aforementioned French duo's track "One Minute to Midnight."
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S.F.-based DJ and producer Kush Arora has teamed up with Trinidadian toaster MC Juakali for this track, off Kush's fourth full-length, The Dread Bass Chronicles. As suggested by its title, the new release is a futuristic dancehall collection that sees contributions from an all-star cast, including Warrior Queen, MC Zulu, the aforementioned Juakali, and others.
Mr. Lif just won't slow down. The conscious MC is currently on a massive, 40-plus date tour of North America, playing and performing like mad in support of his new album, I Heard It Today. The Boston-based MC takes on our troubled times (flailing economy, housing crisis, apathy, fear, etc.) with the new release, and offers some tips on how to optimistically ingest the uncertain future.
He'll release I Heard It Today tomorrow (April 21), through his own Bloodbot Tactical imprint.
Last year, Diplo and Switch holed up in Jamaica to produce a collaborative album under the name Major Lazer, and the pair's debut album, Guns Don't Kill People—Lazers Do now has a release date and a little leakage, in the form of this track. In the words of Diplo himself, the music here is like "digital reggae and dancehall from Mars in the future." Guns Don't Kill People—Lazers Do is out June 16.
San Francisco troubadour Jason Quever (a.k.a. Papercuts) recently dropped You Can Have What You Want, another collection of hazy, reverb-drenched pop gems. Here, New Zealand outfit Ruby Suns infuses "Future Primitive" with tinkling synth swirls and bassy stabs, transforming a restrained pop number into something more kinetic.
Chicago avant-rap duo Serengeti & Polyphonic are set to release their sophomore album, and if "My Patriotism" is any indication, they've once again paired Geti's socially aware, stream-of-consciousness rhymes with Polyphonic's skittery, IDM-flavored beats that often recall the late '90s Warp catalog.
Terradactyl is out June 23.
Brooklyn-based experimental hip-hop artist Kotchy recently released his fun, R&B-inflected I’d Have to Be High EP, which features remixes from The Chap, Dev79, and Hrdvsion, among others. Here, Parisian Dj dÉbruit remixes “Check Out My Keychain” as his bump-hop alter ego KeeCLAC. I'd Have to Be High is out now.
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