Though the album date has been pushed back from its original release date, none of the anticipation for Del The Funky Homosapien's The 11th Hour has dwindled. Indie hip-hop fans from L.A. to Roanoke are eager to hear the next batch of lyrical twists and turns from the Hieroglyphics member, and if this track is any indication, the new album will be worth the lengthy wait for it.
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Sam Baker, known to fans as Samiyam, has made leaps and bounds as an artist, considering the fact that he doesn't even have an album out yet. He performs with Flying Lotus, also his mentor, under the FLYamSAM name, has gained the attention of heavyweight DJs like Benji B and Andrew Meza, and none other than Daedelus has given this youngster his seal of approval. "Moon Shoes" is a bangin' unreleased track Baker recently made that is hopefully a hint of the instrumental EP rumored to drop in the near future.
Glass Candy whips this track from synth-pop outfit Ssion in to an Italo-disco frenzy, with plenty of thudding beats and stabbing synths. It's a collision of new wave, punk, rave, and disco, that, despite the connotations many of those genres have come to gain in that recent past, is good, solid fun for the dancefloor.
Yeasayer has been spotted on dozens of blogs and websites since the release of All Hour Cymbals in October, and with good reason. The Brooklyn-based four-piece has a knack for blending dancefloor-friendly rhythms and upbeat indie rock riffs with apocalyptic lyrics about the current state of the world. The result is an album that constantly swings between anxiety and absurdity which, after all, are pretty much the dominant feelings about today's world.
Since the strange "hiatus" for Deerhunter was announced last year, frontman Bradford Cox has been busy making music under his Atlas Sound guise, crafting what he called, in a recent interview, "a quiet rebellion." Cox's music under this name is markedly more ambient and melodic than that of Deerhunter, though his lyrics are no less urgent and cathartic.
For his latest release, the über-prolific Daedelus unleashes a live set from his July 2007 appearance at L.A. weekly Low End Theory. Armed with his monome, he drops one banging track after another of glitch-hop, avant-rap, IDM, and numerous other styles, all mixed and mastered by Low End Theory resident Daddy Kev.
Producer Lapsed teams up with turntablist Nonnon for his third full-length, and the combination produces an album that's somewhere between the triangle of glitch, electronic, and hip-hop, with an equal dose of machine-made sounds and organic scratching.
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