Whereas Sigur Ros builds their ambiance around structured songs, Jonsi & Alex, the side project from guitarist/vocalist Jonsi Birgisson and his boyfriend Alex Somers, relies on the ambiance alone for their debut album for XL, Riceboy Sleeps. Like Panda Bear, but on even more Quaaludes, "Boy 1904" coasts along gracefully with unintelligible vocals guiding you from its reverberated core.
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Proud label owner Gregor Tresher sent XLR8R the latest release from his techno imprint, and it's a driving exercise in classic techno from hardworking German DJ Karotte. Here, Italian duo Microdinamic tweaks the elements into an even more minimal affair with an eight-minute jam that's all head nod and bounce.
A new collaboration from Eliot Lipp and Leo 123, Dark Party's "Status" is an electro-funk dream—a DJ could place it next to Newcleus or Dam-Funk effortlessly, its lush synth pads and sample-based hook bringing memories of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo to mind. Catch Dark Party on tour this summer. 07/10 Charleston, SC - The Pour House 07/12 Philadelphia, PA - Silk City 07/14 Richmond, VA - Canal Club 07/15 Savannah, GA - Live Wire 07/17 Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre 07/18 Asheville, NC - Stella Blue 07/19 Columbia, SC - The White Mule 07/20 Boone, NC - Boone Saloon 07/22 Raleigh, NC - The Pour House 07/25 Miami, FL - The White Room 07/26 Orlando, FL - Will's Pub 07/28 Tampa, FL - The Crowbar 07/31 Austin, TX - The Parish 08/02 San Antonio, TX - Limelight 08/03 Dallas, TX - The Lounge On Elm St 08/07 Birmingham, AL - Zydeco 08/08 New Orleans, LA - Dragon’s Den 08/11 Chattanooga, TN - The Lowdown 08/13 Lexington, KY - The Dame 08/14 Knoxville, TN - World Grotto 08/15 Nashville, TN - Exit/In 08/20 Milwaukee, WI - Apartment 730 08/21 Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle 08/23 Columbia, MO - TBA 08/24 Chicago, IL - Pritzker Pavilion, Millenium Park 08/28 Detroit, MI - TBA 09/04 Breckenridge, CO - Three 20 South
Honestly, Toeachizown is like most, if not all, of Dam-Funk's productions—it makes you want to cruise down Wilshire Boulevard smoking a fat blunt. Slow-motion boogie kicks, low-end bass groove, and bright analog harmonies make this quintessential Dam-Funk—and that is a damn good thing.
Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton brings a similar sound to his upcoming second full-length, Central Market, though the more orchestral flourishes evident on "Uffe's Woodshop" might surprise fans. With soaring, looped string and piano sections and kazoos galore, the track is a bit of intensely syncopated whimsy that will simultaneously please fans of contemporary classical and indie-dance.
James Pants of Stones Throw notoriety rides shotgun on this zinger of a pop tune from French group Fortune. Giving birth to an entirely different beast, Pants strips the song down to its bare bones and shines it up nice with a jazzed-up electro-pop sheen.
Powerhouse producer Glimpse (with a little help from Alex Jones) has got the skillet spiced up and fully ablaze on this jackin’ number from his upcoming EP, The Lazer Bather. Rolled up tight in a thick batter of deep techno then dipped in a light coating of jazz, the tune leaves us feeling stuffed, yet somehow craving more.
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