Detroit techno godfather Kevin Saunderson is set for a big summer, with the release of his History Elevate, a gigantic retrospective package made up of two CDs and 20 years' worth of music by the man who operates under multiple musical guises, from his given name to Tronik House, The Reese Project, EssRay, and one of his more recent monikers, E-Dancer. Here's a track from the latter project, and the deep-house vibes here prove Saunderson doesn't always stick strictly to techno in his work. History Elevate will be released June 9.
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Saying you feel like Leonard Cohen if he owned a jet ski doesn't exactly describe the sound of your music, so when it comes to Ciao!, the latest album from Tiga (who said such a thing—perhaps in jest, perhaps not—in a recent press letter), we're left to guess at what the Montreal-based producer has in store for the follow-up to 2007's Sexor. Fortunately, the folks at Last Gang unleashed this track, and the witty, snare-heavy electro number should provide a decent clue. Or you could just dance to it.
Ciao! is out May 19 in digital format and May 26 as a physical release.
We last herad from producer Brian Lindgren (a.k.a. Mux Mool) when he created a special radio edit of his track "End Guy" for the XLR8R crew earlier this year. His Just Saying is All EP recently saw the light of day, and here's the second track off that moody, brooding, synth-heavy release.
L.A. beatmaker Ras G's latest release, Brotha from Anotha Planet, is aptly titled, given that the 13 tracks on this album—his first for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint—maintain a vaguely trance-like, otherworldly aura as they transition in and out of one another. It's as though he made the album while trapped inside a thick veil of smoke. Or maybe that's just what happens when one makes instrumental hip-hop beneath the smog-drenched L.A. skyline. Brotha from Anotha Planet is out now. Photo By Art Vibez.
Off-kilter hip-hop beats deserve some off-kilter lyrics, so Flying Lotus commissioning fellow L.A. resident MC Blu to throw some words over his tracks seems like an appropriate move. Blu has some quirky (and sometimes racy) lyrical choices here, including everything from Scrooge McDuck to Bathing Ape hoodies and female body parts over FlyLo's dusty rhythms. More on those lyrics here.
The original version of "GNG BNG" appears on Flying Lotus' Los Angeles, out now.
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Part driving techno, part ambient synth composition, and a little bit chiptune is this new track by Bronnt Industries Kapital, who will release a third full-length, Hard for Justice, later this month. The Bristol, England-based producer joins the Get Physical family for this release, and also uses his multi-instrumentalist abilities to craft a sound that would fit well inside something like an action-packed suspense film... or a dancefloor in the early hours of the morning. Photo by Kelly Humphries.
Whether it's bagging one’s own groceries in the checkout line or exercising on a daily basis, Daly City Records artist Th' Mole (not to be confused with Montrealer/Berliner The Mole) has several tips—which he shares here—on how to be cool that don’t include ridiculous clothing. How 2 B Cool is the next installment in the Chrome Kids Fre-Release series, which comes packaged with a few remixes and an instrumental version of the track. Here's a reinterpretation from Germany's Robot Koch. How 2 Be Cool is out May 4.
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