Simon Kealoha as Calika has absolutely no problem probing into the depths of electronic and acoustic possibilities. At once droning, rhythmic, and painstakingly experimental, "2 Quarters Make Half A Smile" will make any Aquarius Records' shopper as excited as any post-rock super fan. Melody and arty sound collages rarely match up better.
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2006's UK-based sensation The Go! Team is back for another go-around with its Sub Pop debut, Proof of Youth. Featuring more of the cheerleader-esque vocal chants, '60s soul melodies, and guest spots from Chuck D and Marina from Bonde Do Role, the sextet is well on its way to the same praise of Thunder, Lightning, Strike. Proof of Youth is out September 11.
The newest signing to Benbecula Records knows his way around the jazz-funk bend. San Diego-based Brian Ellis employs instruments from a 12-string Mandolin to the theremin to sitars creating his world of psyched-out madness. Taking electronic cues from slow-moving acts like Boards of Canada and Autechre, Ellis' debut beams with a a diverse background and future potential.
He's a man of many monikers (E:gum, Jerry Lusion, Hp.stonji), but Particles, his new full-length, marks Jens Döring's first release under the e.stonji moniker. Made up of breakbeats, IDM flavors, and hints of ambiance, the album is a combination of thoughtful abstraction and dancable beats.
Following 2005's Feels, the fun-loving, unpredictable experimentalists in Animal Collective gear up for the September 10 release of Strawberry Jam. Sure, the band played songs off this, their eighth studio album, for the better part of 2006, and the album’s first three tracks were leaked on June 12, but there are still remaining goodies to be heard. Check the full album for the full experience. Photo by Adriano Fagundes.
Playtime Is Over is 15 tracks of UK grime pioneer Wiley waxing poetic about his life and background (including a track dedicated to his newborn daughter!) over rough bass hooks and smashing keyboard tones. The MC has announced that Playtime will be his last album as an MC, so it's well advised to jump on this. Photo by Andy Whitton.
Moving on from Platinum Pied Pipers' Triple P (2005), Robert O'Bryant (a.k.a. Waajeed) gathers Tiombe Lockhart, Invincible, Ta'Raach, and material from the late J Dilla for his latest album, The War. "The Overtaking" features ominous beat arrangements, slow, suspense-building guitars, and Lockhart on vocals. Photo by Dustin Ross.
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