It seems fitting, given that the late J Dilla was considered one of the foremost veterans of the Detroit hip-hop scene, that "We Here," the first single to drop from his little brother's Illa J's Yancey Boys album, is a tribute to the city itself. Laid over a previously unheard Dilla track, the cut features Illa J's soulful voice trading raps with Guilty Simpson, who stopped by to guest on the new album. The beats here have literally gone untouched for over a decade, and the presence of Dilla is strong here. Photo by iNickel.
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XLR8R cover star Daedelus just sent this one over, and as it usually happens with his tracks, we can't stop listening to it. "For Whithered Friends" is a reworking of the title track from Fairweather Friends, his Ninja Tune EP from last year. Daedelus has always given off the positive vibes, but this track finds the artist in an extra-good mood, and the cheer should rub off pretty quickly. Props to him for rhyming the words "restitution" and "confusion." Read more about Daedelus in Issue 120 of XLR8R. Photo by Ye Rin Mok
Angry dubstep meets sweet melodies on this track from Winnipeg, CA-based breakcore master Jeremy Pillipow, who makes sinister tunes under his Cakebuilder guise. There's something cinematic to the quality of the music here, with light orchestral arrangements laid over relentless beats and basslines, a combination fit for a car chase scene, or perhaps a really fucked up horror flick. The cut is off Pillipow's second release for Ad Noiseam, a four track EP that bears the comforting title of Feed the Worms.
Toronto, ON-based duo Woodhands is all about the keytar and drum sound, which music heads will be able to hear for themselves today, as the group's album, Heart Attack, has just been released. They've remixed Sally Shapiro, shared the stage with like-minded acts such as Crystal Castles, and this track is a whirlwind of synths and beats, singing that borders on screaming at certain points, and, of course, the good old-fashioned hand claps. Meanwhile, pick up Heart Attack today and stay tuned for news on the remix EP, as well as a Stateside tour.
Last time we heard from the Trouble & Bass crew, they were making a left turn and pushing the gentle, melodic strains of Little Jinder, proving there was more to the New York-based collective than dirty bass bangers. Well that's all fine and good, but few bomb the dancefloors the way this group does, and they've returned to dropping heavy hitting tracks with a cut from Mikix the Cat. Suffice to say, your speakers will rumble with this one, which is off the Freeze EP, set for release on September 16.
Madvillainy, from 2004, marked a seminal release in the career of producer and L.A. indie hip-hop darling Madlib. Four years on, Stones Throw has reissued, repackaged, and remixed the album (okay, technically Madlib did the remixes himself), and wrapped it all in a mysterious box that's only available via the label's site. And while we could go on and on (and on and on and on) about how much we love the multi-genre-influenced, crisp-as-a-whip beats, Madlib's music has always spoken for itself. So just hit download now.
A recent find of ours on the music discovery crapshoot that is MySpace, Harrison Blakoldman crafts his own brand of electro-soaked hip-hop beats meant for those tuned into the exciting wave of forward-thinking boom-bap. The Paris-based beatsmith, who tells us he is "59 years young," is a somewhat mysterious character, offering no real photos or information on his website. Instead, he lets the music speak for itself. On “Full Speed,” Harrison delivers some Dabrye-esque appregiated synth lines alongside swing-heavy drum programming that could easily be enjoyed in the headphones or the whip.
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