Last week, we offered up a streaming preview of Long Distance, the latest effort from boogie-minded French producer Onra. The 21-track opus has plenty of memorable moments, but few rhymes, as it's a mostly instrumental effort. But when MCs do pop up on the record, the results are incredibly natural. On "The One," T3 of much-missed Detroit outfit Slum Village—who incidentally have a new album on the way—builds on the upbeat vibe of Onra's funky grooves, lending the track an old-school summertime feel. Now that temperatures are heating up, feel free put this tune on at your local backyard BBQ—we promise, no one is going to be upset.
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Flying Lotus produced this latest slice from Killer Mike, the ATL MC best known for his 2003 hit, "A.D.I.D.A.S." The woozy sonics of FlyLo certainly shine through on the track, which features rolling bass fuzz, spacey synth lines, and a strange peeping of a section of Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body." Killer Mike's sure, relaxed delivery mixes perfectly, and there's no doubt that he ain't lying when he spits that "we smoke Thai sticks 'til we look Chinese." A definite summer jam.
Ann Arbor's Charles Trees contributed some synth-laden, blap-leaning dance tunes to a new string of EPs from the Musique Large label. The series is called Tour de Table, and this track, "Mahjongg," comes from Trees' The Dream EP. It starts out with a terse melody that sounds quite a bit like the theme song to The Exorcist, but that quickly gives way to a drum machine clap and head-knocking kick drum doing all they can to make you sway. Heaps of synths are tossed throughout the mix alongside swirling sound effects—giving "Mahjongg" a strong Lil John Lost in Space vibe.
If you didn't think the happy-go-lucky pop tunes from Norway's Casiokids could get anymore upbeat and danceable, this new remix from fellow countryman diskJokke (pictured above) just might change your mind. diskJokke's remix follows the treatment handed over from his Balearic-inspired cohort Prins Thomas, which we posted here. Not so surprisingly, lead singer Ketil Kinden Endresen's high-pitched vocal delivery fits the producer's buoyant disco stylings quite well, and remain a constant during the nine-minute jam's epic journey through rhythmic synth stabs, funky bass lines, and more percussion than most producers would know what to do with. Casiokids' Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar is out tomorrow on Polyvinyl.
From The Rapture-run record label Throne of Blood comes this funky, Italo-tinged dance tune. Belgian producer Mugwump crafted the song as the lead number for his forthcoming two-song EP, and it's easy to tell why; the song kicks off right away, immediately setting a slyly serious tone with arppeggiated synths, rubbery bass riffs, and a backbeat tailor-made for folks looking to flex some fancy footwork. But that's all prior to a tense string section taking over the whole track, and transporting it into spatial oblivion before taking it back to the initial groove.
Electronic atmosphere creator and XLR8R TV go-to-guy Christopher Willits has a brand-new album coming out via Ghostly in late July. The record is called Tiger Flower Circle Sun, and the first single, "Sun Body," is a precious piece of warped electronic textures loosely wrapped around a live drum beat and heartwarming vocal samples. The shimmering track starts out quietly with a bunch of plinking sounds twisting and turning on themselves, but eventually changes its form multiple times to fit the plethora of musical ideas and experiments at work in Willits' head.
This upbeat Delorean remix premiered today of on the Mad Decent blog, and, being the lovers of Spain's blissful dance-pop outfit we are, we just had to share the goodness. Before the group's debut performance next week at San Francisco's Tormenta Tropical, trans-California production duo Banana Clips—consisting of Bersa Discos' Oro11 and Dutty Artz's Chief Boima—snagged the pieces of "Stay Close," from the amazing, just-released Subiza album, and turned the song into something better suited for Caribbean shores or African townships than Ibiza raves. The track is obviously a remix, but the kind of wide-smiling vibes propagated by BC's tropical riddims and bouncing melodies sound almost like Delorean's islander alter-ego. And don't miss our former cover stars on another lengthy US tour, kicking off tonight in New York.
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