Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman—if you can call a guy who sits on the floor during their shows a frontman—Tobacco's sophomore solo effort, Maniac Meat is rapidly approaching its May 25 release date. "Fresh Hex" is the latest album taster to be released into the wild, and it features an all-star guest appearance from LA troubadour Beck, whose trademark quaver pairs quite nicely with Tobacco's usual assortment of blown-out hoover beats, psychedelic synths, and hip-hop beats.
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So maybe this whole moombahton thing has some legs after all. What started as Dave Nada slowing down some Dutch house tunes to appease his Latin-music-loving little cousins is beginning to blossom into a full-fledged movement. Enter Munchi, a producer from the Netherlands who has previously dabbled in dubstep, B-more, bubbling, baile funk, and a number of other genres. But now he's unveiled the Moombahton Promo EP—which can be downloaded for free from his blog—and dude has seriously upped the ante on this nascent style. The entire EP is loaded with infectiously blaring synths and rumbling reggaeton beats, but "Metele Ballaco" is especially potent with its "Planet Rock" samples and fired-up raps en español.
Although LA art-noise merchants HEALTH spent much of the past year melting faces with selections from their excellent Get Color album, it's clear that the boys never lost their affinity for the dancefloor. Their forthcoming DISCO2 is packed with remixes from Javelin, Salem, Blondes, Pictureplane, and more, but it also features "USA Boys," the only new original track to appear on the album. Yet the song doesn't seem out of place; devoid of the band's usual ear-splitting aesthetic, the track rolls along on a hip-hop beat flanked by synths that wouldn't sound out of place on a Rihanna cut (this is a good thing), yet still features the band's spooky vocal stylings and just a touch of their signature squall.
A short while back we gave you the heads up on Dirtybird's five-year spanning, three-disc compilation, and now its release date has finally arrived. A bonus track that didn't make it on Five Years of Dirtybird, "Hakazou!," by Berlin's sub-loving duo Hickup, is a bouncing slice of heavily percussive club music that boasts one of the thickest grooves we've heard in a while. Quick vocal stabs and reverberated bird noises are peppered throughout the track's six minutes, which are also complimented by a rolling cowbell and some sinister synth sounds. "Hakazou!" is stellar counterpart to the fresh-faced pair's track that did make it on Five Years, "Hickup Theme."
The folks behind SF's Icee Hot party—Low Limit, Ghosts on Tape, Rollie Fingers, and yes, XLR8R's Disco Shawn—have already made waves by importing talent from the ultra-fertile UK funky-post-future-whatever scene, but now the guys are coming correct with their internet game. They've tapped Austin's Dubbel Dutch (pictured above), who happens to be headlining the next Icee Hot on Saturday, April 24, to cough up an exclusive track, an edit of Silkie's "Quasar." You can download the cut-and-paste wonky synth stormer here, or find it over on the Icee Hot Soundcloud alongside mixes from the residents and former guest DJs.
Space travel isn't a new theme for the burgeoning beat scene, but few seem as focused on exploring such inspirations as LA's Ras G (& The Afrikan Space Program). His latest bass-driven intergalactic escapade, "Breakfast Blunts," comes from the third installment of the All City label's ongoing 10" series dedicated to So Cal's head-nodders, on which he shares wax space with fellow Brainfeeder Samiyam. On "Blunts," a crunchy beat gallops along with an arsenal of distant transmissions from who knows where always floating along at its side. Ras eventually joins the company of someone who sounds a lot like Chris Tucker ranting indecipherably before taking off again to discover new sonic realms.
Gomma co-owner Telonius might be more well-known for crafting electo-infused post-disco gems, but the original of "Hit Me" is more likely to find acclaim among slow-motion disco fiends who are waiting for the next Lindstrøm track to drop. With its brash bassline, bright synth harmonies, and wet percussion, the track sounds like a lost gem from those heady days of the '80s, when electro and house were taking over from disco but techno hadn't invaded the electronic landscape yet. The fun, somewhat absurd Italo-style vocals and hypnotic synth flourishes seal the deal: "Hit Me" is a throwback piece in the best sense of the term, and is just perfect enough to be placed next to Freeez or Baldelli's latest cosmic offering.
- September 18: New Forms Festival 2014 with Oneohtrix Point Never, Hieroglyphic Being, Helena Hauff, Madlib, and More
- September 24: Decibel Festival with Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, FaltyDL, John Roberts, Steffi, Simian Mobile Disco, and More
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
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