The number of disparate sounds and rhythms used here would spell disaster for some bands. Yet Pit Er Pat manages to exercise control over the myriad of musical instruments and influences that crop up in the trio's latest album, High Time, which will drop next week via Thrill Jockey. Apparently the band holed up in the studio with everything from guitars to kalimbas, and if "Evacuation Days" is any indication, the entire release is likely a cross between free-form jazz and art-rock that required some serious musical mastery to pull off. Maverick Newberry. Photo by Melanie Schiff.
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Despite all the ink and blog posts devoted to baile funk in recent years, relatively few Brazilian artists and DJs have been able to make the trek to the United States and deliver their sounds directly to gringo audiences. Hopefully, Cabide DJ can reverse that trend, as tonight, the man known as "Brazil's #1 Sampler" is kicking off a month-long U.S. tour. A veteran DJ who has been playing Rio de Janeiro's favelas since the late 1980s, Cabide puts his insane MPC skills to work on this bootleg remix of Cassie's "Me & U." Infusing the original R&B track with Miami bass beats, Cabide's version is a rollercoaster of stops, starts, and tempo changes that reflect funk carioca's DIY spirit and devotion to the dancefloor. Cop the track and get yourself to one of these shows. Unfortunately customs won't let Cabide DJ bring his famous fire-breathing sampler along for the tour, but we suspect these clubs will be hopping nonetheless. Shawn Reynaldo Dates 10/17 Boston, MA - Club Lido 10/18 Queens, NY - Made in Brazil 10/19 Danbury, CT - Tuxedo Junction 10/23 Boston, MA - "Bass Invaders" at Milky Way 10/24 Framingham, MA - Old Station Steakhouse 10/25 Hyannis, MA - Pufferbellies 10/26 Boston, MA - Rumor 10/30 Philadelphia, PA - Medusa 11/03 Philadelphia, PA - "Jang House" at The Barbary 11/06 Baltimore, MD - "Bananas" at Bedrock 11/08 New York, NY - "Batida do Funk" at S.O.B.'s 11/13 Baltimore, MD - Sonar w/Diplo, Boy 8-Bit, Blaqstarr
Brothers and sisters! Oakland-based duo Zion I (DJ Amplive and MC Zumbi) have got a genuine old-school mixtape (as in an actual cassette), The Search and Seizure, on the table while we wait for their January release, The Takeover. This fresh offering is loaded with re-envisioned versions of hip-hop classics (side A) and electro and indie-rock tracks (side B). “The Rebel” is a cut off the former, pairing glitchy soul and other glimpses of the original, Public Enemy’s “Rebel Without a Pause,” against Zumbi’s cutting lyrics and crystal delivery. Synth horns, Wurlitzer, and a frayed electronic underbelly combine the best of now and then. Lulu McAllister
Sebastien Grainger knows the language of rock music very well, and that's not just because of his speaker-shredding work with the now-defunct DFA 1979. Like any good boy with a guitar, he shrieks and riffs his way through Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains, his first solo full-length, set for release October 21, and it's refreshing to know an artist can easily switch from angry dance-punker to heartfelt songwriter. It really does feel like Grainger means every single word he sings and note he plays, as evidenced by this track, which Saddle Creek was kind of enough to leak before the full album drops in a few days. Jennifer Marston. Photo by Eva Michon.
Who says techno can't have soul? If Dinky had her way, the whole genre would probably be populated with tracks like this one, which manages to sound emotional while still maintaining a minimal format. The key lies in the way she subtly sneaks in a synth line here, a minor chord there, and an understated loop of bleeps and blips that give "Mind" a rather hypnotic feel. No doubt the meticulous arrangements can be attributed to both Dinky's musical upbringing, as well as her stint with the famed Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, where every little move counts. Maverick Newberry
Here comes another remix courtesy of Amplive. This year alone, the Oakland, CA-based producer has dropped a Radiohead remix record, mashed up MGMT and Of Montreal, and turned over remixes of The Jealous Girlfriends and Tokyo Police Club. The latter featured a guest appearance by Aesop Rock, and Amplive had pulled a similar tactic with this reworking of Jamie Lidell's "Out of My System." Zion I–whose new album, The Takeover is slated for a January release–was kind enough to spare group member MC Zumbi for the remix. Zumbi threw some raps over Lidell's crooning, and the resulting product is a funky, danceable number that's brimming with soul. Photo by Paul O'Valle.
Hot Chip continues its ongoing, deep-seeded love affair with synthesizers and highly danceable beat structures on this remix of Big Dada rude boy, MC Roots Manuva's track "Let the Spirit." In this glorious amalgamation of dance-rock-meets-dancehall-meets-hip-hop, the boys from Hot Chip bring an onslaught of booming synths and unyielding beats featuring a gospel-esque chorus and quick-witted, cunning rhymes to craft an upbeat, head-bobbing, body-shaking banger. The Let the Spirit EP drops digitally on October 28th. Justin Maxson
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