Alias is set to rise again with his first instrumental solo album in five years. During his hiatus, the man born Brendon Whitney has collaborated on a couple of projects and left his 8-year home in Oakland, California to move back to Portland, Maine. Oh yeah, and he's been hard at work crafting Resurgam, his most melodic album to date that's filled with electric guitars, strings, layered synth rhythms, and plenty of drum machines. Whitney also dabbles in ambient territory on this album with some one-minute interludes in between tracks. For "Well Water Black," he's joined by WHY? frontman and fellow anticon. artist Yoni Wolf.
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Brooklyn's Trouble & Bass collective has a love of all things low-end, and the same goes for their latest release, this time from Finaland-based Top Billin' crew member Sharkslayer. Remixing this track from Curses! (who also happens to be T&B player Drop the Lime), Sharkslayer strips the musical elements down to their minimum, cranks up the bass, and let's this onslaught of electro-house and B-more breaks rip. Just add it to his already hugely popular remix catalog, which currently has the fancy of everyone from Diplo to BBC.
Producers and Midwest transplants Craig Sopo and lovehate bring some Detroit techno and Chicago house to the B-more music scene with Below the Line. Just released via their More or Less imprint, the digital EP from Sopo himself is packed with stabbing synth lines, chopped-up vocals, and a couple remixes by Josh Dahlberg and Beretta Music manager Brian Kage that are apparently great for both drives on the Interstate and raves in the middle of the day. “Shell Tone,” is the EP’s lead track, and is fit for the darkest hours on the dancefloor.
Tanya Morgan is not one but three people, and after unleashing their debut full-length, Moonlighting, in 2006 to much praise, Donwill, Ilyas, and Von Pea are set to join the Hieroglyphics crew on the road this summer for the Freshly Dipped Tour. Musically, the album's songs calls to mind '70s feel-good beats spun beneath sharp, conscious raps that have earned the group performances with Ghostface Killah and the respect of many a hip-hop heavyweight. The Bridge EP, just released this week, picks up where Moonlighting left off, and contains this track.
It seems that every producer on the planet jumped at the opportunity to remix Shally Shapiro's Disco Romance album, and she and producer John Agebjörn apparently had quite the time narrowing down the choices for Remix Romance Vol 1., which dropped in April, and Remix Romance Vol. 2, which hits record stores today and marks the first release in Paper Bag's new digital venture. The chosen few on the latter include Dntel, Solvent, the Russian Futurists, and Montreal-based Mike Silver who, under his CFCF guise, turns "Time to Let Go" into a dreamy house and disco number.
Tilly & the Wall is adept at being simultaneously aggressive and fun-loving, something likely due to the fact that each member of the five-person songwriting collective from Omaha, NE brings their own particular style to the table when making music. On their third, nameless album that's simply being referred to as "O," the group blends fierce attitude with party-friendly antics in the form of chugging guitars and in-your-face vocals. Bright Eyes member and engineering maestro Mike Mogis produced the album, giving songs that slick edge he's become so noted for in his work. Fans of gossip should heed the lyrics of this song, "Pot Kettle Black," as it wisely points out how talking smack will eventually catch up with you.
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