Daniel Gray Kontar is a multi-dimensional guy, having excelled in music, journalism, poetry, and teaching, so it's fitting his debut album under his Replife guise turns out to be much more a straightforward hip-hop release. With help from producers like Dego, Bugz in the Attic's Kaidi Tatham, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and others, Kontar manages to turn the release into a compelling hybrid of nu-jazz, broken-beat, and soul that's a combination of sunny rhythms and serious lyrics.
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Brooklyn-born performer Barbara Tucker has provided vocals for Pet Shop Boys, Dave Steward, Deee-lite, Wyclef Jean, George Clinton, and Reel to Reel over the course of the last two decades. While her music generally resonates more in the European market, one should also consider her a legacy in the New York dance scene, as co-founder of The Underground Network (The Big Apple's longest running club). In this pulsing, eight-minute single, “One Desire Part 2,” the soulful dancefloor diva takes us “way down” into the belly of early house music, with help from Spanish DJ Guiseppe Tuccillo–an acquaintance from Tucker’s residency at Space in Ibiza. Lulu McAllister
Beat-bender Mochipet released his wobbly, warped hip-hop album, Microphonepet, back in the spring of this year. Then he went and announced a remix companion to the album, slated for a December 2 release via his own Daly City imprint. Jahcoozi, Darko, and Boreta all hold spots on the tracklisting, as does London's Fliami Vice, who did this track. As was the case on the original cut, Oakland's E Da Boss and Bicasso (of Living Legends fame) show up for guest spots. Microphonepet Remixed 01 Get Your Whistle Wet (CLP Remix) 02 Banana Split (Fliami Vice Remix) 03 Get Your Whistle Wet (DJ C Remix) 04 Lazy Day (Starting Teeth Remix) 05 Rambunktion (Mochipet’s Audio Graffiti Remix) 06 Rambunktion (Boreta Remix) 07 Rambunktion (Jahcoozi Remix) 08 Vnecks (Darko Remix)
He's a found sound fanatic, and for his third full-length, avant-experimentalist producer Ethan Rose reels in the sounds of Oaks Park Roller Rink in his hometown of Portland, OR, manipulating the strains coming from the rink's 1920s Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Rose himself assisted with organ repairs from time to time over the last year, an activity that no doubt provided plenty of inspiration for Oaks, which seems to be, at it's heart, a meeting place for modern technology and antiquated machinery. For the truly inspired, read about Rose's studio secrets while taking a listen to this track. Oaks 01 On Wheels Rotating 02 Rising Waters 03 Grand Marcher 04 The Floor Released 05 Fortunate 06 Scenes From When 07 Mighty Mighty 08 Bottom
Gainsesville, Florida-based hip-hop collective CYNE dropped its third album via Hometapes last month, proving their lyrics are still as sharp as they were when the band emerged some years ago. And since it took seven years to complete Pretty Dark Things, we can expect much fanfare and promotion of the album to happen over the next couple of months, along with some remixes, the first of which comes courtesy of Holopaw member Michael Johnson. This is one for dubstep fans and deep basslines.
Now hear this! New York buzz DJ Drop the Lime (Luca Venezia) has created an energetic 4/4 Chicago-house number in his latest single “Hear Me,” off the namesake EP. Almost-cheesy male vocals break into a pop moment that briefly trips into stripped dubstep before swinging back into full gear. The song finishes with whomping bass synths fluctuating on top of tinny, polyrhythmic hits of percussion and fake rock guitar. The EP also features remixes by ghetto-breakbeast Buraka Som Sistema and fellow New Yorker AC Slater. Lulu McAllister
“195 lbs.” is off of Nightmares of Wax’s sixth album, Thought So…, released earlier this year. The album is rooted in lead man George Evelyn’s experiences during a road trip from his birthplace of Leeds to his new home in the middle of Ibiza. This single’s jazzier reggae beat matches the song’s muffled vocals, which take a back seat to the peaceful melody and loping hip-hop rhythm. In the N.O.W. tradition, this is a low-key groove to kick back to among friends. Lulu McAllister
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