San Franciscan indie-folk outfit Vetiver has shared the stage with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom and won crowds over with a warm, poignant acoustic sound. Now, the band is preparing to release its fourth full-length album, Tight Knit, on February 17. “Everyday,” off this new album, is a low-key song with a pretty, retro vibe smacking of heroin-era James Taylor. Lead man Andy Cabic’s sweet crooning follows honest guitar strokes and, with a few casual shakes of the tambourine and some buoyant counter-guitar, the song fills out nicely. Lulu McAllister
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Adam Ohana (a.k.a An-ten-nae) is the man behind “Get Freaky,” a recurring club night in San Francisco. This song, off of his Acid Crunk EP 3, begins by gurgling from ear to ear, then a rounded beat booms in, followed by a more playful half-rhythm. Eventually plinks and bonks offset an edgy background synth tempered with quick hits of jungle. It's perfect for when you want to take a little trip. Lulu McAllister
We need only look at the artist lineup on Tigerbass Vol.1 to know what we're getting into on this 12". Along with Trouble & Bass residents Drop the Lime and Math Head, as well as the Party Crashers, Tigerbeat 6's head honcho, Kid606, released this single in 2007. Supposedly the stores shelve this one under electro, but from what we can tell, it's more like a chaotic funnel cloud of styles, in which B-more, techno, baile, and lots of heavy bass spin. Here's Kid606's track. Note that vaguely demonic voice in the background growling "What the fuck?" over and over.
If you haven't heard of AC Slater yet (insert obvious joke related to a particular '90s TV show), we'll make sure you do by the end of 2009. Known to his pals as Aaron Clevenger, he's garnering substantial attention with remixes for Moby, Freestylers, and Drop the Lime. Recently, he chopped up the house classic "Can You Feel It? (Jack Had a Groove)" and turned it into the bass-and-synth-heavy "Jack Got Jacked." We now find him back in remix territory, taking on Hostage's track "Shake It," off last year's Shake It EP. Expect further remix carnage from this man in the near future. Photo by Clayton Hauck.
While the lead single off Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn's Welcome to Scokland is a tad too close to cheeseville for our liking, this track, also off the new album, sounds more like the rough-edged hip-hop we've come to expect from these two—almost. Keak and San Quinn got their hands on a synthesizer, and the upbeat feel of the track indicates they had a lot of fun with the instrument. Then there's the multi-layered vocal chorus that makes for an odd-but-compelling contrast to Keak's scratchy rhymes. Welcome to Scokland is out now.
Jan St. Werner stepped away from his work with Von Sudenfed and Mouse on Mars to release another album under his Lithops guise. The resulting YE VIOLS, which will drop January 27, is limited to a mere 1,000 copies that will come packaged with an 11" x 17" poster and a hand-printed cover (that's on recycled paper, no less). "Handed" originally premiered at at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin, accompanying an exhibition by Rosa Barba and David Maljkovic. Ever the experimentalist, Werner's turned over yet-another eclectic collage. YE VIOLS 01 Graf 02 Handed 03 Sebquenz 04 21. Jhrdt 05 In Nitro 06 Apps 1 07 Apps 2 08 Bacchus 09 Penrose Ave. 10 Inductech 11 Wammo
Most artists just talk about their musical influences. Señor Coconut prefers to make tribute albums for his, and now that he's finished giving a nod to Daft Punk, he's ready to revisit his El Baile Alemán. Originally released in 2000, the album is a collection of Latin electronic covers of Kraftwerk songs, including the famous "Showroom Dummies," which, here, sounds fit for a cocktail party at the ocean, although we surmise the club kids also go crazy for this one. Nacional recently re-released the album in digital format.
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