Experimental, experimental, experimental. That more or less sums up the music Merrill Garbus creates under the name tUnE-yArDs, a moniker she adopted, capital letters and all, in 2007. "Sunlight," off Garbus' recently released album BiRd-BrAINs, was made using just a hand-held voice recorder, ukulele, and some noisy, off-balance drums.
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Loer Velocity’s Uninfatuated EP, which is free to download here, tracks the rise and fall of the New York-based emcee’s relationship with a special someone over the course of one year. Set to sexy, soulful background music, LV’s lyrics trip and glide alternately through the seasons in “Seasonal.”
In the hands of producer, DJ, and megamixer Shir Khan, this track—made by Berlin-based new-wave band Kissogram—becomes an old-school-style disco cut in which Cock Rock Disco's Otto Von Shirach lends his own vocal hook to the mix. Suffice to say that, thanks to those vocals, the storyline of the track, about a solider breaking away from the army, becomes slightly skewed.
Not all of the tracks on Circlesquare's recently released Songs About Dancing and Drugs are ones to which the feet naturally move, but this remix proves itself highly danceable. DFA's Juan MacLean turned Jeremy Shaw's original into an acid-drenched, tempo-changing number that will be released on an EP of the same name later this month (March 24). Hey You Guys will also include an instrumental version of the track and another remix, from Ed Banger's Micky Moonlight.
Today, Von Pea, Donwill, and Illyas (a.k.a. Tanya Morgan) unveil a first glimpse of their forthcoming sophomore album, Brooklynati (named after a fictional landscape the boys concocted). If "So Damn Down" is any indication, the new release is a soul-meets-hip-hop world with a distinctly classic feel to it. Brooklynati is out May 12.
Any good n5md artist knows well the importance of crafting tracks that are both sophisticated electronic compositions and emotionally evocative confessions, and no one epitomizes this practice more than Stephen Hummel under his subtractiveLAD guise. "Through the Trees" is the lead track off Where the Land Meets the Sky, Hummel's fifth album and another exercise in Eno-inspired ambiance. Where the Land Meets the Sky is out now.
dEbruit follows up on last year's Coupé Décale album with a new EP, Clé de Bras. Little holds the France-based producer back on the new release, which often sounds like leftfield hip-hop that's spent a substantial amount of time in the company of the Ed Banger crew. Clé de Bras is out March 26 (vinyl) and April 9 (digital).
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