Clocking in at just over eight minutes, this track gives us a taste of what Tortoise has in store for its sixth full-length, Beacons of Ancestorship. Post-rock and freeform, jazzed-out electronics have always formed the basis of the band’s music, and here they employ those styles with a mish-mash of stop-and-start guitar riffs, keyboards that crescendo up and down, and a hearty bassline that bubbles underneath. By all accounts, the musical trajectory on this track seems to have a mind of its own. Beacons of Ancestorship is out in June.
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Top Billin members DJ Pushups and Sir Nenis have recently spent some hours with their side project, making music under the Sharkslayer guise. Just as their name sounds, the duo's music tends to, uh, slay the crowds in dance clubs, mixing heavily layered synths with tech-house, ghetto-house, dubstep, and more.
With less than two weeks to go before their sophomore album, Brooklynati, is released, the Tanya Morgan boys unveil another track off the record. “Morgan Blu" is a far more soulful affair than the last song we heard from the trio, no doubt largely due to the contributions of hip-hop/gospel singer Blu. Brooklynati is out May 12.
UUVVWWZ's music is as strange as their name. The Lincoln, Nebraska-based avant-rock quartet will release its self-titled debut album at the beginning of July. In the meantime, this track should give a hint at the electric guitar mayhem to come. UUVVWWZ is out July 7.
As previously reported, Canadian rapper, Buck 65, has teamed up with Belgium-based electronic producer Greetings from Tuskan. The resulting album under their Bike for Three! guise finds these two honing in on their respective musical powers, with sharp rhymes falling over 8-bit-style electronics. Impressive, particularly considering the two never actually met face-to-face during the recording process. The duo's album, More Hearts Than Brains, is out May 26.
The Major Lazer boys—Diplo and Switch—are causing something of a storm these days, despite the fact that their debut album, Guns Don't Kill People—Lazers Do is more than a month away from hitting stores (via Downtown Records). Regardless, the pair's tracks are already undergoing the remix treatment. S.F.-based producer Adam Ohana (a.k.a. An-ten-nae goes for the lowest, loudest bass on this reworking of the track "Hold the Line," which also features Santigold on vocals.
You wouldn't necessarily think Mozart's “Sonata in A Major” and rapping in double-time would make good bedfellows. Busdriver proves us wrong with this track—off his forthcoming eighth studio album, Jhelli Beam—in which he turns the classical masterpiece on its head and throws a fat bassline underneath. Jhelli Beam is out June 9.
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