Before James Murphy "lost his edge" and The Rapture discovered the cowbell, NYC's Daniel Wang started the independent label Balihu to put out music that would end up shaping much of modern disco, house, and techno. Here, "Like Some Dream," the first track from forthcoming Balihu compilation that spans 15 years of releases, could've easily been written yesterday instead of 1993. The funky bassline, filtered synths, metallic percussion, and diva vocal loop sound even more classic for the song's history.
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It may take a leap of faith on your part, but believe us when we say that this track, recorded as a precursor to Black Devil Disco Club, was made nearly 35 years ago by the band's main man, Bernard Fevre. An unreleased track from the upcoming Lo Recordings LP The Strange World of Bernard Fevre, "Mestophiles" is an almost-psychedelic trip into Fevre's young mind, guided by analog synths and plinks and plunks panned all over the place. An incredible rarity and a hot find for any disco and kosmische diggers looking to get beyond the usual suspects.
The duo of Experimental Dental School sounds more like a quartet, what with a specially rigged guitar-bass, live drums, and synthesizers. Though the Deerhoof comparisons are inescapable, XDS manages to make some highly accessible experimental pop music, and the track below should explain the group's popularity to the uninitiated: it is a gorgeous, spacy, intensely weird piece of songwriting.
Somewhere between the melancholic pop sensibilities of The Cure and the lush soundscapes of The Field you can find 2020Soundsystem playing the first single from their second album, Falling. The slow burning number, "Satellite," floats in an atmospheric swirl of mystery and longing propelled by the song's steady rhythm section and somber vocal track.
Comin' straight outta Modesto, CA, D-Lo has become the Bay Area's new hyphy favorite with his female nay-saying track "No Hoe." Here, as an exclusive to XLR8R, the recent hit gets treated to a remix with extra verses from E-40, Beeda Weeda, and The Jacka, all delivered with the appropriate pungence over a dark, stripped-down beat.
Californian Ethernet (a.k.a. Tim Gray) brings some blissed-out washes of sound with "Kansai," a track that owes as much to White Rainbow as it does to the genius of the Chain Reaction label—syncopated synths swirl amidst hi-frequency throbs, with an insistent kick filling out the low end with quite a rumble. Look forward to a full-length on Kranky this autumn!
Always ready to provide a soundtrack for the nights of the living dead, the U.K's Zomby comes at us again with a sinisterly simple track from his upcoming mini-album, One Foot Ahead of the Other. "Helter Skelter" feels far more inspired by Charles Manson than The Beatles as the arpeggiating, 8-bit synth juxtaposes with a strong, shuffling beat to create a tension that sounds as if Zomby himself is steadily chasing after you.
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