Rob Brown and Sean Booth, the two English IDM pioneers that make up Autechre, have been relentlessly tweaking their distinct sound for the last 20 or so years. Autechre hasn’t released a record since 2005’s Untilted, making for the longest break in Brown and Booths' career thus far. Quaristice is their response to that break, a 20-track album as varied as anything they’ve ever released. They’ve talked in interviews about a long tour and a relocation contributing to the delay, but the album’s relatively short tracks sound like they’ve been shaped and distilled over time, much to their benefit. The result is an assaulting sweep of damaged synths and impressionistic noise. “Altibzz,” the opening track, is both a spell of drony, ambient bliss and a calm before the storm. Wyatt Williams
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Formerly of the band El Guapo (which eventually became Supersystem), New York-based duo Nate Smith and Pete Cafarella joined forces as Shy Child in 2006. The two will unveil their Noise Won't Stop album for first time in North America this May, thanks to the good folks at Kill Rock Stars. Produced by Chris Zane (known for his work with Les Savy Fav), the album blends, keyboards, guitars, electro, and punk together, and features Spank Rock on one track.
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Boston’s Akrobatik has been dropping singles for 10 years now, enough time to earn himself mainstream success without ever losing underground status. Yet, he’s been too busy for the past five years to release a follow-up to his first solo record. He's collaborated with Mr. Lif as the Perceptionists and released Black Dialogue, the politically charged album that pushed both of them into the national spotlight. It hasn’t been all politics, though–Akrobatik has been rapping the latest in sports news on Boston’s 95.5 FM, too. Finally, he's found time to release Absolute Value, that long awaited second record, and it features an extensive list of guest spots that speak to the rep Akrobatik has earned. “Put Ya Stamp On It” is the banging lead single, featuring a posthumous beat from J Dilla and guest spot from Talib Kweli.
We recently posted Bay Area beatmaker Mochipet's "Hope Again" track, which features Mykah9 and Taiwankid on the mic. Now, L.A.-based producer edIT has gotten his hands on the vocals and mashed them together with some of his own glitchy beats. The track appears on Mochi's Feel My China 2 release. Mochipet's Microphonepet will be released April 1 on his Daly City Records imprint. Photo of edIT by Barbara Talia.
Part of Paris' Guerrilla Funk roster, rapper Truth Universal embodies the spirit of political awareness and DIY ethos with sharp, insightful verses that examine racism, self-hatred, the Bush administration, prison systems, and issues surrounding his hometown of New Orleans. "Black Culture" is off Truth's debut album, the aptly titled Self Determination, and features rappers Wise Intelligent and Digable Planets' Doodlebug.
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