Last year, Diplo and Switch holed up in Jamaica to produce a collaborative album under the name Major Lazer, and the pair's debut album, Guns Don't Kill People—Lazers Do now has a release date and a little leakage, in the form of this track. In the words of Diplo himself, the music here is like "digital reggae and dancehall from Mars in the future." Guns Don't Kill People—Lazers Do is out June 16.
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Mr. Lif just won't slow down. The conscious MC is currently on a massive, 40-plus date tour of North America, playing and performing like mad in support of his new album, I Heard It Today. The Boston-based MC takes on our troubled times (flailing economy, housing crisis, apathy, fear, etc.) with the new release, and offers some tips on how to optimistically ingest the uncertain future.
He'll release I Heard It Today tomorrow (April 21), through his own Bloodbot Tactical imprint.
San Francisco troubadour Jason Quever (a.k.a. Papercuts) recently dropped You Can Have What You Want, another collection of hazy, reverb-drenched pop gems. Here, New Zealand outfit Ruby Suns infuses "Future Primitive" with tinkling synth swirls and bassy stabs, transforming a restrained pop number into something more kinetic.
Chicago avant-rap duo Serengeti & Polyphonic are set to release their sophomore album, and if "My Patriotism" is any indication, they've once again paired Geti's socially aware, stream-of-consciousness rhymes with Polyphonic's skittery, IDM-flavored beats that often recall the late '90s Warp catalog.
Terradactyl is out June 23.
Brooklyn-based experimental hip-hop artist Kotchy recently released his fun, R&B-inflected I’d Have to Be High EP, which features remixes from The Chap, Dev79, and Hrdvsion, among others. Here, Parisian Dj dÉbruit remixes “Check Out My Keychain” as his bump-hop alter ego KeeCLAC. I'd Have to Be High is out now.
A.M. Architect is the San Antonio-based experimental side project of Daniel Stanush (a.k.a. Magic Note, the lead guitarist for Panic Division) and Diego Chavez (a.k.a. Aether216). This Ernest Gonzales remix of their track “Next of Kin” blends ambient outdoor sounds with the din of distant conversation, giving the impression of a garden party interrupted by a complex instrumental of buzzy bottom synths, light interwoven electric guitar, and sped-up bongo and electronic hand claps.
Krazy Baldhead’s forthcoming album, The B-Suite, will feature four movements and 49 minutes of music from the playful Ed Banger vet. This club remix of “Sweet Night,” off the new album, features the jazzy vocals of Outlines on top of a funky electro beat punctuated with tinny accents and robotic back-up vocals. Halfway through the song, the pulse trips into driving, choppy, polyrhythmic layers that speed to a serene close. Catch Mr. Baldhead on tour in Europe this spring with fellow Banger buddy, DJ Mehdi. The B Suite comes out on April 27.
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