After 10 years of pounding out that sweet pop charm, the Asthmatic Kitty stable veers off the pop battlefield into "Hub City"—that's Lubbock, Texas—for its Library Catalog series, and this instrumental track from sound pioneer 900x (a.k.a. James McAllister) is just a small slice of what's to come. Cruising through the South Plains region of Northwestern Texas, McAllister tightly weaves strands of deep space ambience through a wash of padded beats and '80s synths to spruce up the serene landscape just outside the car window.
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A lovely piece of guitar-based experimentation here from two veterans of the scene. Sometimes evoking a more organic, raw version of Polwechsel & Fennesz's collaborations, "F# Song" is a meandering piece taken from their recent Sycamore album that comes to its apex with some melancholy Spanish-style licks that recall early evenings on cobblestone streets in foreign lands. With a drone emerging just at the track's end, David Daniell and Douglas McCombs have crafted a mysterious and pleasing piece of processed improvisational music.
Bringing together four masterminds from the hip-hop world, Oakland resident Jern Eye joins up with Mistah FAB, Zion I's Zumbi and producer Jake One on this soul-infected cut from Eye's forthcoming offering, Vision. With beats as raw as the hood he hails from, "Get Right" should have no problem becoming the latest bass-blasting anthem for the '09 fall season.
The UK's BURNS has found a kindred spirit in "First Move" remixer Fred Falke. No stranger to burning down the house, Falke smooths out BURNS' punchy electro-house beats with his trademark warm pad-synths and funky bass and guitar work, while leaving the bouncing energy of the original intact—a formula that promises to ignite any willing dance party.
The teaming of UK electro-house heads Clavertron and Itchy Feet has birthed something perfectly fitting for the Chicago-based Potty Mouth label, a hyperactive and foul-mouthed club pleaser they've dubbed "Dwarf Porn." On his remix, New Zealand's Magik Johnson has paired his own bass-heavy dance beats with the "weird night gone worse" vocal assault, making a track that sounds something like Major Lazer presents The Streets.
Schlachthofbronx hooked up XLR8R, and all those who peruse its website, with this new jam hand picked off their forthcoming eponymous debut album. "Mad Instrument" is an upbeat exhibition of the Munich outfit's capacity for dousing below-the-equator beats with high-octane German precision. Shlachthofbronx is available in stores Sept. 18.
Borrowing equally from dissonant, late-'90s DC punk and more contemporary takes on sprawling indie rock, Tempo No Tempo's "The Rat (Part One)" bounces between tense rhythms and the pitter-patter of relaxed backbeats before resting permanently in tapestries of delayed guitar and crashing cymbals. The trio may wear their influences on their collective sleeve, but it's refreshing to hear this stripped-down and visceral sound coming from the fertile San Francisco underground.
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