Post-everything instrumentalist outfit Battles drops its debut longplayer, Mirrored, this spring on Warp, following 2006's compilation EP C/B EP. On the new album, the London-based four-piece continues to defy all logic–and most genres–to create puzzling, yet captivating music.
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Aja West is best known as one-half of Seattle-based funksters The Mackrosoft. On Total Recall 2012, he's joined by Money Mark (Beastie Boys), Reggie Watts (Maktub/Soulive), and others, for an album packed with minimalist drums, roughneck falsetto vocals, and lyrical content that encompasses everything from pimping to girls' soccer.
San Francisco-based world/electronic duo ZAMAN 8 draws on Persian and Indian classical traditions, jazz improvisation, African rhythms, and modern dance grooves to create music that’s eclectic, likable, and built to last. The duo finds an apt home for its music on Six Degrees' Emerging Artists compilation series.
He might be best known as one-half of hip-hop duo Mad/EQ, but Matthew Peters (a.k.a. Mad EP), isn't looking to be pigeonholed into one genre. Part sound designer, part storyteller, he runs the gamut of breakbeat, classical, jazz, noise, hip-hop, and funk in his many projects, setting himself apart from the crowd.
Bring forth the unpredictable and energetic debut solo project from Portland's Panther, the self-proclaimed 'one-man disaster squad' and currently one of the most bizarre-yet-addictive guys making music today. Secret Lawns only furthers his aim to mash as many synth freakouts, falsetto lyrics, and jittery dance routines as possible together.
Alberta, Canada-based Mark Templeton kicks things off for the brand new Anticipate label. Fans of all things experimental and minimal will delight in this inaugural release, whose bend is towards acoustic instruments manipulated digitally and accompanied by carefully arranged layers of field recordings.
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