Drew Lustman may be from New York, but as FaltyDL he creates next-level sounds that stand up tall alongside the best abstract dubstep, two-step garage, and wonky coming out of London. Fresh off the release of his debut album Love Is a Liability, he gives us "And I Really Know...," a spacey tune that simultaneously recalls both Burial and Boards of Canada with its skittery drums, haunting vocal snippets, and deceptively simple sonic expanse. Love Is a Liability is out now on Planet Mu.
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The U.K.'s latest exports, a sample-loving production duo called Keaver & Brause, mesh elements of hip-hop and hazy electronics for their debut album, The Middle Way. "Airborn," a loop-based piece showcasing a herky-jerky guitar sample as it floats over a slow and steady hip-hop beat, brings to mind Flying Lotus' more relaxed moments or a stripped-down Boards of Canada production.
Italo-disco has always matched well with horror and sci-fi from the late '70s and early '80s, so it's only fitting that contemporary producer Antoni Maiovvi would write his new album, Shadow of the Bloodstained Kiss, as the soundtrack to a nonexistent 1983 Italian Giallo film. "The Chase Part 1" sounds like something straight out of a George Romero flick, with the same driving tension that puts moviegoers at the edge of their seats.
Proud label owner Gregor Tresher sent XLR8R the latest release from his techno imprint, and it's a driving exercise in classic techno from hardworking German DJ Karotte. Here, Italian duo Microdinamic tweaks the elements into an even more minimal affair with an eight-minute jam that's all head nod and bounce.
Whereas Sigur Ros builds their ambiance around structured songs, Jonsi & Alex, the side project from guitarist/vocalist Jonsi Birgisson and his boyfriend Alex Somers, relies on the ambiance alone for their debut album for XL, Riceboy Sleeps. Like Panda Bear, but on even more Quaaludes, "Boy 1904" coasts along gracefully with unintelligible vocals guiding you from its reverberated core.
A new collaboration from Eliot Lipp and Leo 123, Dark Party's "Status" is an electro-funk dream—a DJ could place it next to Newcleus or Dam-Funk effortlessly, its lush synth pads and sample-based hook bringing memories of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo to mind. Catch Dark Party on tour this summer. 07/10 Charleston, SC - The Pour House 07/12 Philadelphia, PA - Silk City 07/14 Richmond, VA - Canal Club 07/15 Savannah, GA - Live Wire 07/17 Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre 07/18 Asheville, NC - Stella Blue 07/19 Columbia, SC - The White Mule 07/20 Boone, NC - Boone Saloon 07/22 Raleigh, NC - The Pour House 07/25 Miami, FL - The White Room 07/26 Orlando, FL - Will's Pub 07/28 Tampa, FL - The Crowbar 07/31 Austin, TX - The Parish 08/02 San Antonio, TX - Limelight 08/03 Dallas, TX - The Lounge On Elm St 08/07 Birmingham, AL - Zydeco 08/08 New Orleans, LA - Dragon’s Den 08/11 Chattanooga, TN - The Lowdown 08/13 Lexington, KY - The Dame 08/14 Knoxville, TN - World Grotto 08/15 Nashville, TN - Exit/In 08/20 Milwaukee, WI - Apartment 730 08/21 Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle 08/23 Columbia, MO - TBA 08/24 Chicago, IL - Pritzker Pavilion, Millenium Park 08/28 Detroit, MI - TBA 09/04 Breckenridge, CO - Three 20 South
Honestly, Toeachizown is like most, if not all, of Dam-Funk's productions—it makes you want to cruise down Wilshire Boulevard smoking a fat blunt. Slow-motion boogie kicks, low-end bass groove, and bright analog harmonies make this quintessential Dam-Funk—and that is a damn good thing.
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