Often referred to as a cross between Prince and the B-52s, J*DaVeY is always pleased to serve up a mix of funk, soul, hop-hop, and electronic music on their releases. The latest number to arrive from the Los Angeles-based duo is "Slooow," and as its name suggests, this is a smooth, sultry affair that features funk-driven basslines and slinking synths. Not to be forgotten are the vocals here, which add a sexy, R&B-style flavor to the number.
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Sébastien Tellier is keeping busy this summer. His latest album, Sexuality, will hit American Apparel outlets on July 22 and be exclusively through the retailer, and the French songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and trilingual singer will also embark on a brief tour in support of the release. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper album launch without a remix here and there, and Tellier has commissioned Berlin-based producer Alex Ridha, the man behind Boys Noize, to fashion a little reworking of this track. Here, Ridha cuts up the vocals, throws on the synth chords, and turns this number into an all-out party for the headphones.
Parenthetical Girls, sometimes endearingly referred to as (((GRRRLS))), is actually comprised of four men and one woman, but the band sees a regularly rotating cast of musicians contributing to its music, as evident on its forthcoming Entanglements for Tomlab. As its name might suggest, the release is a dense arrangement of sound, orchestral in style, with synths, organs, accordions, snares, and the odd piano here and there. Combined, these instruments create a composition that hangs in the balance between pop and experimental–with an edge of darkness thrown in for good measure.
Seven years, numerous solo projects, and a lot of music has happened since we last saw a release from Resitorm Bodies, whose self-titled debut album dropped in 2001. Now, Bomarr, Telephone Jim Jesus, and Passage have reunited as a collective and are unleashing TV Loves You Back, their first proper release since hiatus and their debut record for Oakland, CA-based imprint anticon. Equal parts hip-hop, pop, and new wave, the new album carries a distinctly dark feel to it, with heavy, ghettotech-style bass and lyrics spit over the mic at an aggressive pace. "Bobby Trendy Addendum" takes a bitter stab at impulse buying and nightly, fear-mongering news programs (which, according to this track, are somehow linked), and is a good introduction to this cult group's sound.
Hot off the press comes this remix of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop," which marks one of the first tracks producer Eprom and Boreta of The Glitch Mob have made under the Nasty Ways moniker. Here, the well-known rapper's lyrics are chopped, stirred, and manipulated, then thrown atop a thick layer of synths, feedback, and dubby, glitchy programmed beats. One doesn't normally associate laptop-produced music with the word sexy, but that's an apt term in this case. A few wavy synth melodies interspersed with the heavy beats add a layer of gentleness as a final touch.
Rainbow Arabia is the married couple of Danny and Tiffany Preston, and the two have risen from the L.A. underground with their amalgamation of experimental dance music and Middle Eastern flavors. The resulting sound, which can be heard in full on the duo's forthcoming EP The Basta, is a mix of up programmed electro beats, riffing guitars, strange, call-to-war vocals, and an endless amount of energy. The duo is finishing up a full-length now, slated for release in late 2008/early 2009.
Gas is the abstract musical project of producer and Kompakt Records co-founder Wolfgang Voigt. Under this moniker, he's become known for hypnotic synth loops, relentless bass drums, and samples manipulated beyond recognition. Gas, Zauberberg, Königforst, and Pop were all released between the years 1996 and 2000 on experimental label Mille Plateaux. Kompakt has gotten ahold of the four albums and released them once again in 2008. The four-CD boxed set includes remastered versions of each track packaged with artwork prints a couple new tracks for the truly die-hard.
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