Asthmatic Kitty's resident Renaissance man furnished XLR8R with this exclusive track, which seems to encompass every genre and instrument on the planet. No surprise there. Rafter Roberts is known for love of eclecticism, having spent his youth darting between punk bands, house shows, and everything in between. His recently released Music for Total Chickens album is a bizarro pop music journey, with twisted time signatures, distorted guitars, and drums that sound as though they're having a wresting match.
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Don Cavalli hails from France, but you'd never know it listening to his album Cryland. The postmodern folk release captures the spirit of Americana with as much precision as a long-faced man in a Nashville bar, and Cavalli also maintains originality by incorporating electronic elements into the songs via his laptop. The album's heart lies somewhere between gospel, soul, and lo-fil electronic music.
Frenchman Débruit's latest LP finds the man and his machines making danceable bangers so varied in style they sound as though each could have been made by a different producer. From its Modeselektor-esque synth jams to drum programming à la Flying Lotus, Coupé Décalé will likely be on the hard drives of every DJ's digital set from here to Copenhagen.
Super Furry Animals member Gruff Rhys and L.A. experimental hip-hop producer Boom Bip have joined forces for Stainless Style, an album packed with synths and vocoders, and centered around the life of engineer John DeLorean (the dude who invented the sports car in Back to the Future). If that weren't enough of a party, Spank Rock, Yo Majesty, and Fat Lip all stop in for guest appearances.
Producer and designer Diego Chavez holds quite the musical resume for being only 23. From participating in hip-hop groups and rock bands to making downtempo on the side, he seems bent on exploring as many different types of music as possible. As Otic Angst, he steps into electro territory, with a soul flavor to it that's sharp and memorable.
House and techno producer Oliver Ho has worked under his Raudive guise for the last couple of years, using it to explore the darker, more experimental sides of electronic music. Taken from the brand new Poker Flat compilation Dead Man's Hand, this track sees label boss Steve Bug turning the acid-flavored "Needles" into a snappy dancefloor number, driven by pianos, synths, and hi-hats.
Come Into My House marks the first release for No Kids, the Vancouver, Canada trio of multi-instrumentalists who combine crisp, sharp programming and sweeping orchestral arrangements. In the words of Owen Ashworth (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), the album, set for release on February 19, "turns the mundane into cinemascopic musical extravaganza."
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