As a long-standing figure of the U.K. electronic music world, Howie B, has worked with Bjork, Tricky, U2, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor and Goldie, among others. Now he’s teamed up with five-piece Italian favorite, Casino Royale. “Plastico Mistico” is off of Not in the Face, Howie B’s re-imagining of the band’s 2006 release, Reale. In the song’s intro, demented descending notes repeat, giving way to quirky glimpses of accented screech guitar on top of a simple bass line and a hollowed-out snare. A lonely sax breathes in unexpectedly over the stark percussion backbone of this rolling funky layered dub melody. Lulu McAllister
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It's still a bit of a wait for The Juan MacLean's forthcoming full-length, The Future Will Come, which is due out in early 2009. Never fear though, there are still plenty of offerings from the band in the meantime. Besides a tour and a new single, "The Simple Life," set for release on September 16, Juan and Co have also leaked this track off the new album. As danceable as any of the band's other numbers, this one features echoing vocal choruses and hypnotic piano chords that sort of induce a trance-like state.
Seasoned sub-underground experimentalist Joseph Raglani has released an LP, tapes, CDRs and small-run CDs under labels such as Gameboy, IDES, Kvist, and his own Pegasus Farms imprint. “Jubilee” is the first widely distributed release off his latest album, Of Sirens Born. The bizarre textural dreamscape of this song features scratchy synths, deeply atmospheric reverberated cooing, and other unexpected, but pleasant, accents. Somewhere in the background of this sound playground, a bagpipe (or something like it) whines occasionally while warm buzzes and clicks enter and exit seamlessly. The composition is like a psychedelic insect jam session in the clouds. Lulu McAllister
Milwaukee-based, Los Angeles-bred J Todd, the beat genius behind monikers such as Leo Minor, Def Harmonic and Innerstance. Beatbox, guides listeners through a swanky, sultry journey with the appropriately-named cut, "Luxxxurious," off his forthcoming X.O.X.O. release. Though he stays true to his love of body-shaking bass, layered synths, and head-bopping beats here, he also incorporates a light dosage of glitch, to indulge listeners in a Luxxxurious experience from the bedroom to the dance floor and all points in between. Justin Maxson
Taking influence from just about everything under the sun (including the sun itself), San Francisco-based trio Lemonade has steadily built a name for itself around town with a strange brew of psych-heavy tropical rock and sweat-drenched live performances. Comprised of childhood buddies Callan Clendenin, Alex Pasternak, and Ben Steidel, the band is preparing for the release of its self-titled debut, out October 7 on True Panther Sounds. Having already shared the stage with an eclectic array of headliners, such as Black Moth Super Rainbow, White Williams, Modeselektor, and Crystal Castles, the boys are well ready for their upcoming West Coast tour that begins this weekend, followed by an appearance in New York for CMJ 2008. Sip up!
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Talkdemonic's third longplayer, Eyes at Half Mast, will be released tomorrow, so naturally, the Portland, OR-based instrumental pop duo has unleashed the first single off the album, ready and waiting for the iPod. If the dense, melody-heavy string arrangements and bluegrass-style guitars on this track are any indication of the band's latest musical musings, we'll be caning this album for a few weeks to come. Be sure to check the band on the road this fall.
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