Mike Hansen loves his turntable so much, it's almost hateful. The Toronto-based sound artist takes just about any sound that can be produced by a turntable and flips it into thick, piercing screeches of blistering noise. Not far from the tree of Mute's legendary noise-monger NON, Hansen has created a world that may make one's headphones feel as though they've been possessed by a gnarly nocturnal force.
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Black Moth Super Rainbow's name says it all: T-R-I-P-P-Y. These five Pennsylvania-based artists make psychedelic pop with reality far out of their grasp. "Sun lips" is the band's acid-drenched expedition into the coldest moments of Can and the rhythmic warmth of Air, where hazy guitars, prog-synths, and affected vocals complete this musical collage that's simultaneously pastoral and radical.
Brother Ali is one of the most honest rappers in the indie-rap game. The Minnesota-based Islamic MC revels in introspective verses that range in topic from political outrage to parental strife. Rarely can MCs make boom-bap this compelling or energetic as Ali, but just listen to the fist verse of "Uncle Sam Goddamn" for further proof.
Jona Bechtolt (a.k.a. YACHT) is the culmination of a punk-rocker's past butting heads with the possibilities of electronic production. As one-half of th electro-pop duo The Blow, Bechtolt has proves he knows his way around a laptop. As YACHT, he's redefined the pop gamut, fusing Beach Boys-eque melodies with hard-hitting, synth-heavy, electro-grooves.
While the press may classify !!! as a dance-punk outfit, one need only listen to the octet's Warp debut, Myth Takes, to see that these Brooklyn dudes create a wild breed of vocal house. Employing funked-out, jangling guitars, live drumming, soulful vocals, repetitive basslines, and percussion from all angles, !!! has become synonymous with the word party. "Heart of Hearts" is just further proof of this.
Breakcore is alive! Venezuela's Cardopusher doesn't rely on cliché spooky samples or excessively scattered, distorted drums. Instead, homeboy melds Latin rhythms, trance synths (and, yes, they sound rad), dubstep-influenced bass, and fierce breakdowns. For the I Need Someone I Can Imitate EP, Cardo brings along Breakcore vets Sickboy and Retrigger. Chaos awaits.
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