We're not really sure what to call the music on The Bug's latest offering, London Zoo. Sometimes suited to the dancehall and at other instances fit for the darkest dubstep room, the album, as XLR8R scribe Matt Earp recently noted, "careens off in unexpected directions," but it's not erratically out of control. As with his previous work over the last decade, the man born Kevin Martin cements the various styles in place with a heavy helping of bass. Roll Deep's Killa P and Flow Dan helped out on the track "Skeng," which has already gotten the remix treatment from dubstep don Kode9. Here's the original, ready and waiting for the dancefloor. Or you could just catch it in the live setting, as Martin and Co. will be galavanting about North America through mid-December.
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The three members of ANAVAN are clearly enjoying themselves while on tour, because the latest single to arrive from their forthcoming album, Cover Story, is a slightly more upbeat affair than their last offering. "The Perfect Sound" is two minutes and 24 seconds of synth-drenched melodies and sunny vocals that show off yet another side of the group and further confirm our suspicions that attempting to classify these guys is not really possible. We await further confirmation of this when the full album drops on November 11.
Termanology joins forces with an all-star studded supporting cast of Bun B and DJ Premier as they show the world “How We Rock” in proper form. Primo lays some solid ground work with a top-shelf beat featuring jazzy bass samples that evoke a sense of throwback private eye movie background music… and more cowbell. Termanology’s flow goes with the on-point vocal stylings of Bun B quite cohesively on this joint, from his debut album, Politics As Usual, which also dons collabs with Pete Rock, Easy Mo Bee, Large Professor, Freeway, and Prodigy. He’s currently on the Still High Tour with Method Man and Redman, touching down all over the states.
After an intro reminiscent of theme music from a quasi-futuristic cheesy '70s action flick, The Show Is the Rainbow (known to his mom as Darren Keen) combines witty commentary with a wide assortment of instrumentation and programming to generate a distinct sound that goes beyond our abilities to genre define. The track is a sneak preview from his upcoming LP, Wet Fist, from Omaha’s own one-man band that creates a multi-faceted, eclectic fusion of rock, electronics, and hip-hop that pays homage to the the likes of Frank Zappa, Squarepusher, and early Beck. You can catch TSITR’s energetic and notoriously audience interaction-heavy live show as he currently tours the U.S. with The Faint. Justin Maxson
Buff1 doesn’t mind coming across a little arrogant “because that’s the point,” claims the Ann Arbor, MI-based mic slinger. With a lyrical prowess backed by soulful, swanky beats, he waxes poetic about his enviable competencies well-beyond his elegantly flowing rhymes on “Real Appeal.” After spending 10 years alongside 14KT, Grand Champ, Texture, Tres Styles, Vital, and DJ Haircut, in the Athletic Mic League, and sharing the stage with the likes of Mos Def, Ghostface Killer, De La Soul, and other well-respected hip-hop luminaries, Buff1 debuted as a solo artist in 2007, with the critically acclaimed Pure. The buzz has gotten louder with his sophomore release, There’s Only One, featuring collaborations with Black Milk, The Lab Techs, Now On, and Athletic Mic League.
Daedelus has made some new friends, it seems, namely, Johnny Sierra and Beau Velasco of The Death Set, who've remixed his track, "Fair Weather Friends." The new version is most certainly not the breezy, fun-loving, summertime-suitable jam that appeared on Daedelus' recent album, Love To Make Music To. Sierra and Velasco relocated their frenzied production energy from Gold Coast, Australia to Baltimore some time ago, and the track here would best be heard between the walls of some Charm City club equipped to handle the earth-shaking bass and ear-splitting feedback. Clips of cheering crowds were added too, perhaps for the sake of authenticity. Photo by Paul O'Valle.
This one should please fans of brooding electronic music. The Emergency consists of a couple guys who go by the names Milo and Morgan, and hail from Melbourne, Australia. "Forever" comes off the duo's recently released 12", which also contains a remix by S.F. Bay Area producer C.L.A.W.S. A zillion influences spring to mind on listening to the original cut–Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Colder, and pretty much everyone on the Modular imprint. This one builds slowly, so wait patiently.
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