The Los Angeles-based dublab crew first released its Freeways compilation in 2001, and now, having grown into a heavily-trafficked website and production company, the collective is once again giving fans a chance to hear the sounds that originally put dublab on the map. The re-release of Freeways sees the compilation in digital format for the first time ever. Sample a slice of dublab history with this track by L.A.-based jazz-funk duo Ammoncontact.
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Imperial Teen's Will Schwarz and Tussle's Tomo Yasuda are already known in Europe as the duo Hey Willpower. Now, the U.S. will become acquainted with the electro-pop team, with the Stateside release of their debut, P.D.A.. This re-vamped version of the album features a new track sequence, all-new artwork, and a cover of Architecture in Helsinki's well-known track, "Heart it Races." Fans of laid-back dance music, take note.
Kap10Kurt first released material on John Selway's MemoryBoy imprint in 2003. Since then, the Switzerland-born, New York-based producer has enjoyed spots on many label compilations, from Plantmusic's The Sound of Young New York series to Kitsuné samplers, as well as making a few remixes–alongside fellow Europeans Booka Shade and Digitalism–for Dave Gahan's Hourglass album. "Dangerseekers" finds the producer rolling out the usual tech-heavy beats and epic synthesizer progressions.
A mainstay in several Melbourne hardcore bands, Pikelet made a sharp left turn recently and released an album of lo-fi harmonies and ambient melodies. Fellow Australian Faux Pas, whose own Changes EP recently dropped, assumed remix duties for "Bug-in-Mouth," adding an housy feel reminiscent of the early '90s to Pikelet's original composition.
Though by no means his debut album (he's released nearly ten, along with a couple literary magazines), Nostalgialator is a first of sorts for Boston-born, Paris-based Mike Ladd. This latest album marks his debut for EL-P's Definitive Jux imprint, a fact that has the music world buzzing. Fans of Ladd should expect his usual hip-hop-meets-rock-meets-electronics mashup.
And you thought only Madlib was in the midst of a musical identity crisis. Ticklah, co-producer of Easy Star's Dub Side of the Moon release, keyboard player for Antibalas, and founding member of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, splits his personality in half for the third Ticklah/Victor Axelrod release. Recently noted on XLR8R as "a battle in dub reggae against his own perfectionism," Ticklah Vs. Axelrod is a near-perfect album of crisp reggae, Latin, and African beats, tightly arranged songwriting, and endless energy.
Twilight and Ghost Stories is an aptly eerie title for Long Beach, CA-based Chris Schlarb's debut solo album. Sound clips–contributed by the likes of Black Mountain's Stephen McBean, Asthmatic Kitty founder Sufjan Stevens, Triptych Myth's Tom Abbs, and more–of pianos, clarinets, children screaming, and in-womb heartbeats explore a multitude of themes, many of them reflecting the recent losses and gains in Schlarb's own life.
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