Portland-based hip-hop duo Lifesavas is unquestionably one of the most soulful outfits to grace the indie scene without coming close to cheesy soul status." Gutterfly is another tight offering beaming with horn-sample-heavy, production and lyrics that prove how fly both VURSATYL and JUMBO's collaborative work can actually be. "Gutterfly," the single, features Camp Lo (the East Coast soul reps), whipping up more versatile hip-hop that Shaft himself could vibe with. Photo by Amanda Lopez.
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Dolby-Anol is the chip right off of the electro-psych block. This Glasgow-based duo composes the most righteous analog-house, sample-shuffling dance tracks this side of Simian Mobile Disco. Taken from the boys' Tigerbass debut Dolby & Gabbana, "Heather, I'm Dry" is imbued with layers of colorful synth-dirge and bleeping chaos from the cosmos.
Michael Vater a.k.a. Phonique is one of those producers that straddles the tech-house-pop-everything else fence. Good Idea is filled with deep kick drums, the occasional vocal-house track a la Matthew Dear, and features a slew of collaborators from Gui Boratto to Steve Bug. "Always Wanted" is only a fraction of this Berlin-based producer's capability.
A Touch of Class is the remix duo the world's been waiting for. Known for taking electro-chances since the late '90s, Oliver Stumm and Domie Clausen have made clubs cry with infectious reinterpretations of everyone from Services to The Gossip to Le Tigre. The duo's latest offering, A Touch of Class Still Sucks!, is another collection of electro-slappers that has clubs on their heels.
Evil electro will cleanse the soul–and Motor is top-shelf cleanser. These two London producers have mastered the art of melding metallic synth-lines and doomy drums for the harshest dance party imaginable. "Bleep #1" is the demon spawn of Nitzer Ebb and a reminder that Mute's dark tradition is well-kept.
Following the arty noise-pop tradition of Baltimore's Warm City crew (Ecstatic Sunshine, Dan Deacon), Videohippos have taken pop to another dimension. Featuring a collision of driving drums, catchy synths, and the remnants of '90s punk, VH is the B-More gift from the most accessible warehouse in the city. Unbeast the Leash is bound to turn some heads and convert some non-believers along the way.
It's been ten years, and Finnish-born, Berlin-based Vladislav Delay is still cranking out experimental dance destruction. "I Saw a Polysexual" is a dub-heavy sound collage that could light up any soundlab or club-ready crowd in seconds. Responsible for an array of monikers, including Uusitalo, Luomo, Conoco, and Sistol, this guy has done it all (seriously– house, noise, glitch, and collaborations with Black Dice and Massive Attack,). Whistleblower is another nice treat from an always challenging production kingpin.
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