The consistently excellent and utterly prolific artist known as Dâm-Funk recently dropped this gem on the world as part of his Straight from the Lab series displayed on the Stones Throw website. It's another addition to his ever-growing catalog of forward-thinking boogie tunes that prominently feature thick, buttery bass synths, classic drum-machine tones, spacey analog keyboards, and a big helping of Dâm's colorful vocal delivery thrown in for extra effect. This new tune sounds both off the cuff—as it jams on only a couple of ideas for nearly four minutes—and well rehearsed in its delivery, since just about everything Dâm-Funk puts his hand to has the soulfulness and immediacy of a classic track we've listened to for years.
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Two of LA's more melodically minded beat craftsmen converge on this piece of piano-led electronic music. Newcomer Baths (above) relinquished the stems from his lovelorn number "♥"—from his forthcoming debut album Cerulean—to another beat romantic, Daedelus. Well, the remix is as painfully sad the original, especially within the realm of the oft testosterone-driven beat scene, but it's also strangely beautiful in the way one might fondly recall a fuzzy memory from years past. The muffled piano melody, the floating synth sounds, and the dragged-down vocal performance all feel warmed by a feeling of quiet solitude within which both versions were most likely born.
This one comes to us courtesy of Night Slugs, the consistently impressive label headed up by bass afficionados Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990, and its taken from a recent white-label release by fellow UK DJ/producer Lil Silva. The grime-influenced youngster just released the Night Skanker EP—which can be previewed here—and while this track won't be found on the record, it's still pretty exciting. "No Hooks" is a perplexing title for the song, as it flexes one singular bass-synth melody for three of its four minutes and is one of the more accessible UK funky tunes we've heard in a while, but the track's simple, infectious groove is definitely strong enough to stand without another sound added.
DVA (a.k.a. Scratcha DVA) shows that he isn't just some funky one-trick pony with this exclusive dub mix of "Freakout." Though the funky, pseudo-tribal percussion is still present, the synths that ride atop are more akin to tech-house sounds of the mid-oughts, showing some of the eclectic influences that the UK funky culture has absorbed into its sound. What makes the track truly special, though, are the synth gurglings that subtly drone under the piece, a flourish that only a true composer would insert into such a dancefloor workout. DVA's The New World Order EP comes out this week on his own label.
Detroit's Black Milk has a new album coming out in July, and though "Don Cornelius" didn't quite make the cut for the full-length, its sunny beats recall Dilla, and Black Milk's wordplay is as furious as ever. Though the content is the usual "big-ups-to-me" lyric we've all gotten used to, how can one deny lines like "He was the game like a relay/but still not a game like E.A./I'm on the right path like slow lanes on the freeway"? Fans will definitely get down with Black Milk's command to "keep your lighters up!"
Where Black Moth Super Rainbow's Seven Fields of Aphelion has gone the way of dreamy, ambient soundscapes, Tobacco, the group's de facto frontman, has been busy crafting beat-heavy, psychedelic fuzz stompers. Recalling mid-period Beck at his finest, "Six Royal Vipers" features crisp handclaps, an ever-warping piano loop, lazer arpeggiations, and heavily-filtered vocal harmonies. Though the lyrical content is undeniably melancholic, it is vocalized in a way that renders it more of an invocation of hazy, summertime bliss. Tobacco's second record, Maniac Meat, came out last week on Anticon, and he's pulling some extensive tour dates out of his hat for the early autumn, which you can check out here.
From Horse Meat Disco II, the forthcoming second compilation curated and mixed by the fellas of the UK club night, comes this gem of flamboyant diva disco, "Cherchez Pas" by Madleen Kane. The Swedish model-turned-singer recorded the burning dance tune—complete with horn stabs, octave bass lines, and all sorts of pattering percussion—with Jean-Claude Friederich back in 1980, but the song still sounds just as fun and club-appropriate today as it did then. The classic number resurfaces towards the end of Horse Meat Disco II amidst equally old-school grooves from Bravo, Kasso, and El Coco, to name a few, and fulfills its duty to keep the party mix going strong throughout its entire six minutes.
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