On June 30, one of Brooklyn's finest, DJ Spinna will release Sonic Smash, and the new album finds the producer working alongside the likes of Elzhi, Phonte, John Robinson, and many other indie hip-hop figures. "Lyrics is Back" finds him working with New York-based MC Torae.
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Veteran producer DJ Vadim returns after a tumultuous 2008, during which he went blind in his left eye, suffered financial and family traumas, and was diagnosed with cancer. He crafted U Can't Lurn Imaginashun while recovering from the latter, and many are calling it his best record to date. "Hidden Treasure" is the first single off the album. U Can't Lurn Imaginashun is out now.
Texas isn't exactly what springs to mind upon hearing experimental hip-hop flavored with melodic electronics, but Lone Star State residents Rae Davis and Aether have made just such a track here, and there's more where "Drama Free" comes from. The two will release a collaborative EP later this year, though no name has yet been chosen for the project. Stay tuned for more details.
A new single, "Party in My Head," is on the way from Miss Kittin and partner-in-crime The Hacker, from their recently released album TWO. A few remixes will come packaged with the song, including this one, from Thieves Like Us. "Party in My Head" is out June 19. Photo by Vincent Flouret.
Post 2006's Through the Cardial Window, drone master Gregg Kowalsky took to experimenting with tape loops, cassette players and recorders, analog synths, and a wealth of other instruments. His time spent with this arsenal of equipment eventually turned into the highly abstract and wonderfully challenging Tape Chants, which he has provided an excerpt of here. Tape Chants is out June 8.
Detroit hip-hop veteran Karriem Riggins will, later this month, embark on the Virtuoso Experience tour (with DJ Dummy and Pete Rock), and he was nice enough to whip together an exclusive track for the occasion. "Soul on Top," a hip-hop, soul, and funk-inspired jam, would make the likes of Marvin Gaye smile, and, according to Riggins, is some of what we can expect to hear at the upcoming shows. Catch him on the road June 22 in Seattle, June 24 - 25 in Oakland, and June 28 in Minneapolis.
They may have dubbed their latest release Traffic Jam, but the sounds made by the members of Cobblestone Jazz are anything but messy when it comes to making music. The Canadian trio continues fusing techno tracks with funk and jazz on this release, and this track (which originally appeared on the group's debut album, 23 Seconds) also sees the inclusion of a Rhodes and some very precise drum programming. Not so much a traffic jam, this one.
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