The five dudes who make up future-funk trailblazing outfit Galactic hail from New Orleans, but one listen to their sixth album, From the Corner to the Block, and you wouldn't need us to tell you that. The Louisiana city echoes throughout this release, flavoring the brassy horns, Mardi Gras anthems, and, not to mention, in the numerous guest appearances by the city's local heroes.
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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.
Bémbé Ségué and Mark de Clive-Lowe have run all over the broken-beat/nu-jazz map, wowing fans and working with the likes of Platinum Pied Pipers, Dego, Spinna, and Kenny Dope. Making music as The Politik, the two continue exploring every jazzy hook and soulful chord it's possible to squeeze out of an MPC, and if this, their self-titled debut, is any indication, these two should be around a long time yet.
Though they're known for making lots of noise and conceptual songs, for their fourth album under the Liars moniker, Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill, and Julian Gross embrace a more traditional way of writing tracks. It seems that this move surprised even the band: "If you told me last year Liars would release a record like this, I would have laughed," says Andrew. "I'd have called you a liar." Photo by Steve Gullick.
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2006's UK-based sensation The Go! Team is back for another go-around with its Sub Pop debut, Proof of Youth. Featuring more of the cheerleader-esque vocal chants, '60s soul melodies, and guest spots from Chuck D and Marina from Bonde Do Role, the sextet is well on its way to the same praise of Thunder, Lightning, Strike. Proof of Youth is out September 11.
Simon Kealoha as Calika has absolutely no problem probing into the depths of electronic and acoustic possibilities. At once droning, rhythmic, and painstakingly experimental, "2 Quarters Make Half A Smile" will make any Aquarius Records' shopper as excited as any post-rock super fan. Melody and arty sound collages rarely match up better.
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