Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins (a.k.a. G&D) are two of the few soul revivalists that don't have to hide behind retro samples and extravagant producers. Growing up under the wing of '70s progressive jazz and funk, the duo has reinvigorated the songwriting and production process, using both live keyboards, an array of synths, and primitive software. "One" taken from The Messsage Uni Versa (Look), is a new face of conscious soul that transcends overtly positive hip-hop and all things throwback. Photo by Peter Z. Jones.
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Sam Sparro and Steve Spacek have a lot in common–at least when it comes to producing intergalactic soul. Sparro's deployment of gritty synths and Marc Ronson-esque vocal harmonies are the perfect compliment to his heavy, nu-electro-inspired percussion. Taken from the Black & Gold EP, the single of the same name will win over moms and partygoers alike.
One third of Restiform Bodies and purveyor of the ever-evolving anticon. sound, Telephone Jim Jesus has made quite a name for himself in the avant-garde hip-hop realm. Anything Out of Everything is an instrumental album of warm atmospherics and effected acoustic guitars, where dark and light constantly play off one another.
"Heart Entire" sees L.A.-based producer Nosaj Thing pitting gritty electronics à la Justice against sultry hip-hop undertones–and the two worlds meet with a surprising smoothness. Having already played with the likes of Daedelus and Eliot Lipp, self-released an EP, and promised us a full-length for later in the year, this is one producer worth keeping an eye on.
If narrative themes of impending disaster, individual struggle, death of the universe, and hopefulness in the face of all that is to your liking, take note of Sam Simkoff's first album under his Le Loop moniker. The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly takes its inspiration from Dante's Inferno and a pice of folk art by James Hampton, and juxtaposes its heavy subject matter with simple banjo plucks and steady keyboard melodies.
Back in 2006, brother/sister duo The Beautiful Club put some tracks on MySpace and suddenly found themselves on the radar of established artists like Seiji (of Bugz in the Attic), Ty, Eliot Lipp, and Black Spade. The sudden attention seems rightly deserved. The Detroit-based duo pulls from an array of genres, including house, techno, and hip-hop, to make tracks whose production is tightly-crafted, with just a hint of gloss that embellishes rather than overdoes the job.
Is it laser house? Electro house? As long as DatA keeps making this kind of music, it doesn't really matter where the adoring public chooses to pigeonhole him. The white shirt-wearing, Sébastian Tellier-loving upstart from Paris is one of the new guns on Ekler'o'shock, and, in keeping with the majority of artists on that label, he is here to ensure the party rages until the wee hours and beyond.
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