Nu-jazz crooner Jose James continues to soothe with his smokey intonations on this track from his latest album, Black Magic. There's something of the late Marvin Gaye in James' voice on the piece, whose crackling beats and vintage organ samples could only come from LA's Flying Lotus. In short, "Code" is perfect for some sexual seduction, but if you want a more immediate experience of FlyLo's musical prowess, the producer is also making some limited live appearances in the coming months, which you can check out below. Flying Lotus Tour Dates: 03-17 Austin, TX - The Phoenix [Warp SXSW Showcase] 03-27 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine 03-30 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge 04-01 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick 04-02 Chicago, IL - Double Door 04-03 Minneapolis, MN - BarFly Loft
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Yes, we know that this is the theme song to that goofy new show on HBO where the most witty and attractive "hipsters" on the planet hustle their way through the "mean streets" and "glamorous nightlife" of a fantasyland version of the Big Apple. Yes, we also know that the average shelf life of TV theme songs is about four days. But damn if this track from LA soul-slinger Aloe Blacc isn't the finest slice of vintage-sounding, piano- and horn-powered funk we've heard in quite some time. We're not usually big on nostalgia parties, but if you can't enjoy a few laps in the "I Need a Dollar" pool, you're officially dead inside.
Taken from the second of All City's set of 10 collaborative 10" releases highlighting acts from LA's burgeoning beat scene, Take's "Soul Particles" begins with a soulful disco sample, then launches into a shuffle that would make Flying Lotus proud. Snippets from the original sample form the regal melodic backdrop for the piece, with echoing female vocals and a nice, lilting synth line doing most of the work in front of secondary blips. With his more sample-heavy, experimental approach to crafting beats, Take is on track to become one of the most unqiue artists to emerge from what is an increasingly crowded genre.
Here's the latest in buzz-worthy NSFW internet drama. Dancehall MCs Ms. Thing and Psycho Tanbad have rallied their vocal skills atop of Brooklyn producer Dre Skull's Smoke Machine riddim, which was also the basis for last year's "Yuh Love" track by Vbyz Kartel, and come up with the hyper-sexual "Bonify." So what's the controversy? Well, listen to the song. Over Skull's upbeat, melodic riddim, Thing and Tanbad wax erotic—explaining every reason they prefer each other to their respective partners—in graphic detail. There's a video for the track here, and a super raw, so-not-okay-for-the-office video floating around the internets as well. Lil Kim and R. Kelly, eat your hearts out. You can buy the "Bonify" single on iTunes.
This subdued piece of techno comes to us from the new Youandewan EP, Sub-Rosa, who crafted this dub of the original track by dOP. The Leeds-based producer's sparse, reverberated percussion nicely compliments the subtle, throbbing low-end and serves as the perfect backdrop for the chopped-and-screwed vocal loop to dance about from one ear to the other.
Texas has long been a hotbed for DJs and producers messing about with cumbia and other Latin rhythms, and DJ Orion has carved himself a niche right in the thick of it. The former Yo Majesty tour DJ and leader of the Austin-based Peligrosa blog/party just unveiled Carajo Colombia, a collection of his own remixes and edits of classic cumbias and other Latin jams. "Ritmo de Juventud" finds Orion slicing up accordion riffs and slapping them down over a fiesty B-more beat—Carajo Colombia is loaded with these kinds of heaters, and the whole thing is available for free download. New Yorkers should also take note that Orion has left the warm confines of Austin this week, as he'll be spinning at the always-banging Que Bajo?! party with Uproot Andy on Thursday night at Santos Party House.
Our favorite global-bass-loving Germans, Schlachthofbronx, have offered up this back-to-basics remix of the latest tune by DJ Mujava, whose contribution to the forthcoming Ayobaness: The Sound of South African House EP follows a strange hiatus since releasing 2008's massive Township Funk single. The remix retains many of the original's elements, namely the melodic dual vocals, but tightens up Mujava's sounds for a giddy club track that could put some pep into anyone's step.
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