James Pants unveiled his Stones Throw debut, Welcome, in early 2008, and the wildly divergent, often '80s-inspired album won the Spokane, WA native his place among music's most off-kilter artists (and a spot touring with Jamie Lidell). Welcome is still kicking around over a year later, in the form of EPs and remixes, including this dark reinterpretation of the track "Cosmic Rap," from electro king Egyptian Lover. Photo by Darcy Caputo.
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Noise, noise, and more noise. After hearing this track from Michael Quinn (a.k.a. Corridor), we understand his recent appearances with the likes of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Rainbow Arabia. The multi-instrumentalist will release his self-titled debut album on May 26 and, from the sounds of this track, likely avoid any genrefication in the process.
Camilo Lara (a.k.a. Mexican Institute of Sound welded folk, electronics, and vintage synths together on his recently released Soy Sauce album. For those who take their Latin music with just a bit more kick, here's the highly danceable remix of "Yo Digo Baila," in which one of Berlin's busiest DJs and producers, Shir Khan, transforms the cut from tribal to techno.
Retro soul and funk outfit El Michaels Affair tackles the Wu-Tang Clan for its latest release, a collection of 15 Clan tracks the group has transformed into instrumentals and dubbed Enter the 37th Chamber. "Duel of the Iron Mics" originally appeared on GZA's 1995 solo album, Liquid Swords, to which Wu-Tang members Ol' Dirty Bastard, Masta Ace, and Inspectah Deck contributed. Here's El Michaels Affair's rhythm-heavy instrumental take. Enter the 37th Chamber is out now.
Though it's been a little while since we heard anything from Foals, the Oxford, England-based outfit hasn't been idle. The band is rumored to be working on a follow-up to 2008's Antidotes, but they've ventured into remix land too, reworking this track off The Field's sophomore album, Yesterday and Today.
Mexicans with Guns is an avid remixer of other artists (Faunts, Animal Collective, and XRABIT & DMG$ among them), but for once, he's getting the remix treatment of his own work. The Nuts and Bongos EP is a single track that appears in six different variations, including an instrumental version and four remixes. Here's Ninjasonik's take on the track. Nuts and Bongos is out now.
Sally Shapiro has finally unveiled the first single off her forthcoming follow-up to 2007's Disco Romance. As with previous tracks, her longtime friend and collaborator Johan Agebjörn produced the cut, this time with help from producer Roger Gunnarsson, and Shapiro's sound is as steeped in '80s Italo-disco as ever. "Miracle" will be out June 16.
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