The sample that opens Del and Tame One's "Special" makes it abundantly clear that the two insanely gifted MCs are fed up with mainstream hip-hop, and they're going to tell you all about it. In the rhymes, the duo weaves throughout Parallel Thought's classic breakbeat instrumental, pop culture references are dropped like bricks, and cuts at some of rap's biggest names whiz by your head like polished stones. Del and Tame One may not have invented lyrical hip-hop, but they've certainly made it their own.
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One of San Francisco's premiere techno and house DJs, Alland Byallo's star will surely continue to rise with the release of his first full-length Brick By Brick. Here we have the record's closing number, featuring unexpected rhythmic shifts, subtle sonics, and some fierce, bouncing bass. Paired with high-frequency white noise pans and a two-to-one note punctuated harmony, "War Zero" will definitely be heard on dancefloors the world over this autumn.
Whisked in shoegaze fuzz and drone-pop vapor, the hazy hooks on this song from the New York duo's Cameo EP slink through your open window like a crawling mist while you sleep and blanket you with sweet, sweet dreams. Plenty of ghostly moans and narcotic riffs to go around here so fans of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive look no further.
Distorted bass throbs form the backbone of this remix of Canadian electro duo My Favorite Robot's latest single. Berlin transplant Pan/Tone adds some excellent, brooding synths and breathy stabs above the track's pulse, and though the vocal samples are a bit much, this is a truly monstrous electro-house tune.
A stuttering hip-house club beat begins this elegant romp through Baltic melodics and rhythms, which are astoundingly club-friendly. Who knew? South London's Boy 8-Bit continues to bring the goods here, and with peeps like Sinden, Crookers, and A-Trak repping the track, it's certain that you'll be down with the vibe, too.
Lady B, French patron of Detroit techno and Chicago house for the past 15 years, has turned a new leaf with a revised "moniker," his given name Bruno Gauthier. For Gauthier's new EP, It's Love, the veteran producer commissioned the talents of vocalist Magda Zagba with soulfully classic results. Here, label head Rob Mello gives the track a lengthy dub mix chock full of bouncing bass synths and funky guitar riffs that harken back to an era seemingly long gone.
With syrupy gobs of psych bliss drizzling down sand dunes and flowing deep to the belly of a canyon, New Mexico native Nick Noeding Jr. (a.k.a. Pollination) sets the precedent for desert living with this slab of dream-pop from his latest offering, Inca Orange. Fortunately, Yppah of Ninja Tune Records steps in to help Noeding guide your eyes and ears past the blinding rays of the baking sun and straight to the oasis.
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