It sounds like Joakim has been sticking to a heavy diet of nothing but Laurie Anderson and dirt disco as of late. This sizzler from the French producer's latest, Milky Ways, has got the shimmer of spinning disco balls and flashing strobesall over it, with some old-school computer voices and tropical guit ar loops thrown in as an added buffer.
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This is some straight-up Sly Stone shit! L.A.'s SA-RA put their own little spin on this sexy, slow jam of rambling bass and wah-wah electricity from the 1971 funk milestone, There's A Riot Goin' On. Needless to say, this vamped-up R&B number slides on like a well-worn polyester suit.
It's all about the bump and soul on this cut from The Day After Forever, the latest from Rashaan Ahmad and the Crown City crew. Looking back to the playground for some inspiration, the Bay Area hip-hoppers crank up the juice and wax a little nostalgic '70s style, hitting up everyone from Kool & the Gang to the Pips along the way.
Brooklyn's Kingdom has pieced together a fabulous track of robotic dancehall that never loses its propulsive steam with his remix of Marcus Price & Carli's "Mat, Bira, Kvinnor, Weed." Intermingled with his booming kicks and reverberated claps are vocal samples of a vocodered MC and a classic diva—each sound working with the other to make a song that would fit perfectly on just about any dancefloor.
The industrial-tinged house sounds of Sweden's Dada Life—originally discovered by Scottish dancefloor minstrel Mylo—are being taken to the next level on their forthcoming debut album, Just Do the Dada. The record's first single, "Happy Hands & Happy Feet," is a driving track of dark electro-house fueled by skittering, distorted synths and a rubbery vocal sample declaring something or other about hands, feet, and disco beats. Even when you can't understand what the voice is saying, the music speaks for itself.
Sounding like a Venetian Snares track cut to less than a fourth of its tempo, the U.K's Neil Landstrumm just dropped his grimy gem "You Can't See Me (ft. Profisee)" in the XLR8R inbox. A suffocating cut from his forthcoming mini-album on Planet Mu, Bambatta Eats His Breakfast, Landstrumm's song features omnipresent bass, glitched vocals, and stomping beat-work—this seasoned producer has entrenched himself in low-end sounds, and is clearly loving every minute of it.
Born in Mexico but currently setting up shop in Los Angeles, Chico Sonido is one of the names often bandied about in conversations about the ongoing cumbia explosion. After all, his bootleg remix of Blaqstarr and Rye Rye's "Shake It to the Ground" was one of the first Latin-flavored tunes to really blow up the whole Mad Decent/global bass blogger circuit. Yet those expecting another cumbia nueva floor filler might be a little surprised by "Antes Que Nadie," the first offering from his forthcoming debut album. The music is undoubtedly steeped in Latin sounds, but its psychedelic flavor, vintage breaks, and slow burn make this much more of a crate-digger exercise.
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