Like a suburban grow-house quietly preparing a halogen-lit crop of sweet herb, Denver, CO has been nurturing a sub-rosa experimental electronic scene into a budding success. Plastic Sound Supply is a collaborative label run by a number of those Denver-based groups, Scaffolding and Cacheflowe among them. These two artists are in the process cutting up one another's tunes, running their sounds through a blend of genres, and releasing the results as The Reprogramming Project. "Rebuild" glitches its way through a solid beat and around some nice vocals from Sarah Marcoliese. Sounds like harvest time. Wyatt Williams
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Philadelphia-based grime/electro/hip-hop DJ and all around bass pioneer Starkey got his hands on this track from Keith Tenniswood, a.k.a. Radioactive Man, whose new full-length, Growl was released earlier this month. Here, Starkey adds some heavy bass and grimey, two-step rhythms to the mix, for a bouncin' track fit for the darkest of dancefloors. Those in the U.K. can catch Starkey tonight (Friday, May 30) at London's Fabric nightclub, where he'll play alongside Toddla T, Ghislain Poierier, and Patchwork Pirates.
Lulu Rouge is longtime Trentemøller collaborator DJ T.O.M. and Copenhagen DJ Buda, and after releasing an album that went straight to number one in their homeland of Denmark, the duo now turns its attention to the rest of the world. Comprised of slowly building synth arpeggios, haunting vocals, and echoing electronics, their debut album, Bless You, sees contributions from Danish Music Awards nominee Mikael Simpson, MC Jabber, and Trentemøller himself. Photo by Mike Sheridan.
Golden-era hip-hop informs the second solo full-length from Souls of Mischief member Opio, who recently announced details of the new album, to be titled Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 1. Oakland, CA-based The Architect lent his production expertise for these 14 tracks, which will come packaged with a bonus DVD of animated short films and music videos. Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 1 will be the first in a forthcoming trilogy.
Six years after the release of 2002's Neon Golden, The Notwist has returned with a new album. Though the Munich-based band was begun in the late 80s as a punk and metal act, its sound has shifted over the years, and songs on The Devil, You + Me reflect both the group's experimental spirit and its time spent working on other projects with the likes of Lali Puna, Ms. John Soda, and Tied & Tickled. Let it be known that the band never officially broke up, despite its lengthy hiatus. Rather, it seems the three members waited for exactly the right time to make a follow-up to Neon Golden, and the result is a carefully crafted blend of indie-rock and abstract sounds, with lead singer Markus Acher's beautifully understated voice as a final touch. Feature: Let's Twist Again
Their recently released self-titled album marks not only the first longplayer for the three members of Chin Chin, but also the first non-hip-hop release for Definitive Jux. Label boss EL-P claims that they're "like the world's greatest wedding band on acid," and after taking a listen to the Brooklyn-based outfit's synth-drenched, disco-flavored sound, we have to concur. Here, DJ Eli gives the track "Toot D'Amore" the cosmic remix treatment, adding plenty of catchy hooks and some outerspace noises.
Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly imprint celebrates its fifth birthday this year, and for the occasion, the U.K. based DJ and producer has combed through the label's catalog and pulled up a grip of tracks for Buzzin' Fly - 5 Golden Years in the Wilderness. The three discs on this release take the listener through the earliest days of the label all the way up to 2008 and some brand new music, all ready made for the dancefloor. The housey number "Bottoms Up" comes from an unreleased 2005 demo by S.F.-based producer Justin Martin. Photo by Mozhgan Shariat.
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