Six years after the release of 2002's Neon Golden, The Notwist has returned with a new album. Though the Munich-based band was begun in the late 80s as a punk and metal act, its sound has shifted over the years, and songs on The Devil, You + Me reflect both the group's experimental spirit and its time spent working on other projects with the likes of Lali Puna, Ms. John Soda, and Tied & Tickled. Let it be known that the band never officially broke up, despite its lengthy hiatus. Rather, it seems the three members waited for exactly the right time to make a follow-up to Neon Golden, and the result is a carefully crafted blend of indie-rock and abstract sounds, with lead singer Markus Acher's beautifully understated voice as a final touch. Feature: Let's Twist Again
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Golden-era hip-hop informs the second solo full-length from Souls of Mischief member Opio, who recently announced details of the new album, to be titled Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 1. Oakland, CA-based The Architect lent his production expertise for these 14 tracks, which will come packaged with a bonus DVD of animated short films and music videos. Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 1 will be the first in a forthcoming trilogy.
Their recently released self-titled album marks not only the first longplayer for the three members of Chin Chin, but also the first non-hip-hop release for Definitive Jux. Label boss EL-P claims that they're "like the world's greatest wedding band on acid," and after taking a listen to the Brooklyn-based outfit's synth-drenched, disco-flavored sound, we have to concur. Here, DJ Eli gives the track "Toot D'Amore" the cosmic remix treatment, adding plenty of catchy hooks and some outerspace noises.
Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly imprint celebrates its fifth birthday this year, and for the occasion, the U.K. based DJ and producer has combed through the label's catalog and pulled up a grip of tracks for Buzzin' Fly - 5 Golden Years in the Wilderness. The three discs on this release take the listener through the earliest days of the label all the way up to 2008 and some brand new music, all ready made for the dancefloor. The housey number "Bottoms Up" comes from an unreleased 2005 demo by S.F.-based producer Justin Martin. Photo by Mozhgan Shariat.
Barcelona-based duo The Pinker Tones make delightfully upbeat electronic pop songs that sport international influences and popularity. Their lyrics jump across language lines, using a spread of English, French, German, and Spanish for catchy hooks and verses. They've performed in what seems like every major city it's possible to get a direct flight to, and their latest album, Wild Animals, is already available in Spain, Japan, and Argentina, though it will be released in more than 40 countries this summer. "Working Bees" features a Kraftwerl-influenced hook, but simmers with with a mix of Latin rhythms and horns. Wyatt Williams
All Good Funk Alliance has been making funk flavored uptempo hip-hop for about a decade. Hailing from Alexandria, VA, the group works it the old fashioned way, putting out its own records and touring up and down the East coast to play for a loyal following. The band will soon release its latest album, Slingshot Boogie, on Funk Weapons. Check out the throw back spirit and basslines on the title track. Wyatt Williams
How hard is it to keep up with Jay Haze? Well, if he's not releasing minimal bangers as Fuckpony for BPitch Control and Get Physical, then he's working on some sick dubstep with Michael Ho and Paul St. Hilaire as Sub Version. Then again, he might be calling the shots as label boss of TuningSpork or fighting the "guerrilla war against mediocrity" that was recently declared on MySpace. And if he's not busy with any of the above, Mr. Haze just might be making music under his own name–like the hypnotic Love & Beyond album that he just released. Can't keep up? Just check out the track. Wyatt Williams
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