Ohio-based neo-classical composer Tim Story has made a life-long ambition come true teaming up with producer Hans-Joachim Roedelius, better known as the producer behind German band Cluster. The two began working together in 1996, and for Inlandish, their latest collaborative album, they brought in Roedelius' trademark pianos, acoustic instruments and jagged electronics. It's a challenging listen, but, as with many things in this world, ultimately rewarding by the end.
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Brooklyn-based funk imprint Daptone Records has been busy digging out its most treasured 45s and compiling them together for Daptone 7 Inch Singles Collection, Vol 2. The digital-only compilation was released earlier this week, and sees 13 of the label's most famous tracks from artists like Lee Fields, the Mighty Imperials, and Sharon Jones. Daptone laced us with this groovy, soul number from Charles Bradley, whose raw vocals make a pretty convincing case for his broken heart in the track.
Producer J Rawls–responsible for work with Mos Def, Masta Ace, Talib Kewli, and other hip-hop greats–teamed up with vocalist Middle for this collaborative album simply titled Rawls & Middle. The two apparently met by random chance when Rawls needed a vocalist, and after that brief project, they decided to make a full album together. The result is a release that explores a variety of musical styles, from future-jazz to Latin to downtempo, while Middle Child's voice soars over the never-ending supply of catchy hooks and basslines.
S.F.-based label Machete Vox is set to unleash its first sampler, Sneak Preview and from the sounds of it, the compilation is shaping up to be a fine showcase of Bay Area hip-hop from the likes of Dnae Beats, Boac, Conceit, Million Bucks, and even an appearance from Gift of Gab. Z Man–who also drew the cover for Sneak Preview–provided us with this track off the sampler, which features Dnae Beats on production duties.
Said to be "a requiem for the new dark age," Twine's fourth full-length, Violets is a musical canvas of sparse guitars, distorted vocals, and fractured drum programming that keeps the listener guessing. For the album, the Greg Malcolm and Chad Mossholder drew inspiration out of everything from current affairs to day-to-day domestic existence. "Disconnected" is an entirely instrumental track that retains a haunting quality throughout its four minutes and strikes a nice balance between an abstract composition and a poignant, melody-driven song.
Producer and graphic designer MtO fell in love with music when he saw the Wu Tang Clan on MTV at the age of 11, and since then, he's been creating electro-flavored hip-hop beats and making a name for himself on the French underground scene. "Bring in on Now" hits stores this month, and will come packaged with a dark, druggy remix by Paris-based minimal duo Remote and one from remixer extraordinaire Hatchmatik.
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