From the ashes of the early 1970s comes Pieces of Peace. The band's original debut–a Chicago soul-style album that is now considered an important part of the city's musical history–was shelved for decades and, thanks to the likes of Dante Carfagna, Rob Sevier, and DJ Shadow, is being handed to the masses at last.
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Let it be known that TTC doesn't give a shit. While the vast majority of hip-hop outfits take themselves way too seriously, this four-piece act from France revels in the innate silliness of spitting lyrics in French, and delivers an album of goofy, energetic, and sometimes profound proportions. 36 15 TTC is a non-stop party that features slick production work from the likes of DJ Orgasmic, Para One, and Modeselektor, and turns hip-hop into good old-fashioned fun for the ears. Photo by Bastien Lattanzio.
Formerly known as Beyond, Musab has risen from the Minneapolis hip-hop scene to work with groups like Atmosphere, Micronauts, and others, as well as release his own artist albums. A recent move from Rhymesayers to Hieroglyphics' imprint finds this rapper dropping an autobiographical full-length that has tight beats and a lot to say about pimping. Bag this.
The name says it all. "Acid Taste," from the recently released A (Kemado), is post-italo, Kraut-psychedelia with analog in mind. Not unlike Faust or CAN, Turzi and his band Reich IV, write tripped-out, live music that will make any machine envious. If there was ever a time for acid, it's now.
L.A.'s punk rebirth may not lie solely on the shoulders of Randy Randall and Dean Sprunt as No Age, but they certainly have played their part. Often associated with the all-ages art space The Smell, this dynamic duo combines the proper lo-fi energy of thrash's past, but with a fearless appreciation for noise and melody. "My Life's Alright" is all the proof in the world.
Airships Fill the Sky finds Brooklyn-based producer Morgan Packard weaving acoustic and electronic sounds together while maintaining his trademark sound of heavily-textured loops. The album–recently released on Ezekiel Honig's new Anticipate imprint and packaged with a DVD of live performance–is a sea of cellos, accordions, saxophones, and digitally manipulated sounds that hypnotize the listener into the dreamiest of states.
San Francisco-based duo the Rondo Brothers drops a sultry, slow-grooving electronic track–taken from their new album, Seven Minutes to Midnight–that's adorned with soaring female vocals, sprinkles of guitar chords, and a throbbing bassline that provides a firm foundation for the entire song. Makes me want to sway my hips.
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