The music of J*DaVeY could fall under any one of the following umbrellas: hip-hop, future jazz, electro-jazz... basically you could make up your own genre and probably find a way to fit the duo in. Jack Davey and Brook D'Leau close out the year by giving us another free track from their double EP, The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost. This one, from the former, is a slow, steady jam for the afternoon.
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Although a widely-circulated sampler has been floating around the internet since March, Diplo and DJ Benzi waited a long time to finally drop the complete Fear and Loathing in Hunts Vegas mixtape. Starring the Huntsville, Alabama-based Paper Route Recordz crew, Fear and Loathing features the Southern MCs spitting about sex, money, partying, and generally being gangsta over a crazy litany of beats. Diplo and Benzi get real creative here, littering the mix with samples of everyone from Orbital to George Michael. One joint even samples the "Soul Glo" jingle from Coming to America. Here, "Shotz" finds rappers Untamed and Dawgy Bagz rhyming over a cinematic violin melody snagged from the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack. Mad Decent is currently offering the entire mixtape on a "pay what you want" basis, so grab yourself a copy if this track gets your head nodding.
With all the holiday hoopla making everyone a little crazy and causing chaotic traffic jams in subway tunnels, we thought a track by an artist who goes by the name Calmer might be suitable for this morning. Otherwise known as Collin M Palmer, this Brooklyn-based percussionist/composer's music lives up to its name on his forthcoming album, Past is Present. Call it a fusion of avant-jazz and psychedelic-influenced electronics. The new album marks his debut for Moodgadget, and will be released on January 20. Photo by Tom Gillmore. Past is Present 01 Miles Ahead (Take One) 02 Past is Present 03 Open Source 04 Rotation (Take One)
Invaders Must Die makes for The Prodigy's fifth studio album, and the first featuring all three members of the band since 1997's The Fat of the Land. Naturally then, it's a release where new material is steeped in the old-school rave sensibilities that first propelled Liam Howlett and Co into the electronic music spotlight. If the album's title track is anything to go by, these lads haven't lost their energy over the years, and their sound remains as unabashedly hard and heavy as it was when this photo was taken. Judge for yourself on March 3, when the album is released. Invaders Must Die 01 Invaders Must Die 02 Omen 03 Thunder 04 Colours 05 Take Me To The Hospital 06 Warrior's Dance 07 Run With The Wolves 08 Omen Reprise 09 World’s On Fire 10 Piranha 11 Stand Up
We have another one off Detroit hip-hop player Black Milk's recently released third full-length, TRONIC. Given that sampling is so damn expensive these days for anyone who isn't Jay-Z, the 25-year-old producer opted instead to focus on live instrumentation for this release, which also features Pharoahe Monch, Royce Da 5'9", Sean Price, and DJ Premier guesting. "Bounce" is the album's second track.
Barbara Morgenstern recently released her fifth album, titled BM. As with the rest of the release, the single, “Reich und Berühmt,” is grounded by a Bechstein Grand Piano. With this piano providing both melody and rhythm elements, the song moves from understated jazz at the beginning to a soaring, electronic-inflected orchestral exploration by the end. Morgenstern’s voice is breathy and organic–like she’s sharing some old German wisdom with us. Oh, and non-German speakers might be relieved to know that this is the first of her albums that is translated into English. Lulu McAllister
The last we heard from Jeremy Shaw–better known as the musical force behind Circlesquare–was over two years ago, when he released his Fight Sounds EP on Trevor Jackson's now-defunct Output Recordings. 2008 finds Shaw–now based in Berlin–gearing up for the release of another full-length, Songs About Dancing and Drugs, which will hit stores early next year via the fine people at !K7. In the meantime, he's given us this melancholy, minimal Christmas jam.
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