Seven years, numerous solo projects, and a lot of music has happened since we last saw a release from Resitorm Bodies, whose self-titled debut album dropped in 2001. Now, Bomarr, Telephone Jim Jesus, and Passage have reunited as a collective and are unleashing TV Loves You Back, their first proper release since hiatus and their debut record for Oakland, CA-based imprint anticon. Equal parts hip-hop, pop, and new wave, the new album carries a distinctly dark feel to it, with heavy, ghettotech-style bass and lyrics spit over the mic at an aggressive pace. "Bobby Trendy Addendum" takes a bitter stab at impulse buying and nightly, fear-mongering news programs (which, according to this track, are somehow linked), and is a good introduction to this cult group's sound.
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Parenthetical Girls, sometimes endearingly referred to as (((GRRRLS))), is actually comprised of four men and one woman, but the band sees a regularly rotating cast of musicians contributing to its music, as evident on its forthcoming Entanglements for Tomlab. As its name might suggest, the release is a dense arrangement of sound, orchestral in style, with synths, organs, accordions, snares, and the odd piano here and there. Combined, these instruments create a composition that hangs in the balance between pop and experimental–with an edge of darkness thrown in for good measure.
Hot off the press comes this remix of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop," which marks one of the first tracks producer Eprom and Boreta of The Glitch Mob have made under the Nasty Ways moniker. Here, the well-known rapper's lyrics are chopped, stirred, and manipulated, then thrown atop a thick layer of synths, feedback, and dubby, glitchy programmed beats. One doesn't normally associate laptop-produced music with the word sexy, but that's an apt term in this case. A few wavy synth melodies interspersed with the heavy beats add a layer of gentleness as a final touch.
Rainbow Arabia is the married couple of Danny and Tiffany Preston, and the two have risen from the L.A. underground with their amalgamation of experimental dance music and Middle Eastern flavors. The resulting sound, which can be heard in full on the duo's forthcoming EP The Basta, is a mix of up programmed electro beats, riffing guitars, strange, call-to-war vocals, and an endless amount of energy. The duo is finishing up a full-length now, slated for release in late 2008/early 2009.
Gas is the abstract musical project of producer and Kompakt Records co-founder Wolfgang Voigt. Under this moniker, he's become known for hypnotic synth loops, relentless bass drums, and samples manipulated beyond recognition. Gas, Zauberberg, Königforst, and Pop were all released between the years 1996 and 2000 on experimental label Mille Plateaux. Kompakt has gotten ahold of the four albums and released them once again in 2008. The four-CD boxed set includes remastered versions of each track packaged with artwork prints a couple new tracks for the truly die-hard.
Up next in the All City Records 7 x 7 Beat Series is a track from Mweslee. Known for is layered instrumental hip-hop and electronic compositions, the Galiza, Spain-based producer cites everyone from Freestyle Fellowship and Hot Chip to Tadd Mullinix and Yo! MTV Raps as influences on his music. "Jamas Jame Jamon" is the flip to the soul-drenched "Chandal 500" track, and features an amalgamation of heavy synths, hand-claps, and, somewhere buried beneath all the electronics, some shades of hip-hop.
Huge Hephner is the alias of producer Billy Dalessandro, co-founder of Siteholder Records and an artist frequently credited with merging the respective 4/4 worlds of Chicago and Europe. Dalessandro first used the name a year ago, when he released The Booty Drop EP on Siteholder's digital sub-label. Since then, he has curated his first vinyl release, Pimp Slappin', as well as his debut full-length, Nymphotech. Despite the vaguely hip-hop-sounding titles of these releases, the Hugh Hephner style remains firmly rooted in house and techno, mixing the warm, upbeat vibes of Dalessandro's hometown Chicago with the dark, sinister sounds more commonly found across the ocean.
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