While the lead single off Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn's Welcome to Scokland is a tad too close to cheeseville for our liking, this track, also off the new album, sounds more like the rough-edged hip-hop we've come to expect from these two—almost. Keak and San Quinn got their hands on a synthesizer, and the upbeat feel of the track indicates they had a lot of fun with the instrument. Then there's the multi-layered vocal chorus that makes for an odd-but-compelling contrast to Keak's scratchy rhymes. Welcome to Scokland is out now.
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If you haven't heard of AC Slater yet (insert obvious joke related to a particular '90s TV show), we'll make sure you do by the end of 2009. Known to his pals as Aaron Clevenger, he's garnering substantial attention with remixes for Moby, Freestylers, and Drop the Lime. Recently, he chopped up the house classic "Can You Feel It? (Jack Had a Groove)" and turned it into the bass-and-synth-heavy "Jack Got Jacked." We now find him back in remix territory, taking on Hostage's track "Shake It," off last year's Shake It EP. Expect further remix carnage from this man in the near future. Photo by Clayton Hauck.
Jan St. Werner stepped away from his work with Von Sudenfed and Mouse on Mars to release another album under his Lithops guise. The resulting YE VIOLS, which will drop January 27, is limited to a mere 1,000 copies that will come packaged with an 11" x 17" poster and a hand-printed cover (that's on recycled paper, no less). "Handed" originally premiered at at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin, accompanying an exhibition by Rosa Barba and David Maljkovic. Ever the experimentalist, Werner's turned over yet-another eclectic collage. YE VIOLS 01 Graf 02 Handed 03 Sebquenz 04 21. Jhrdt 05 In Nitro 06 Apps 1 07 Apps 2 08 Bacchus 09 Penrose Ave. 10 Inductech 11 Wammo
Most artists just talk about their musical influences. Señor Coconut prefers to make tribute albums for his, and now that he's finished giving a nod to Daft Punk, he's ready to revisit his El Baile Alemán. Originally released in 2000, the album is a collection of Latin electronic covers of Kraftwerk songs, including the famous "Showroom Dummies," which, here, sounds fit for a cocktail party at the ocean, although we surmise the club kids also go crazy for this one. Nacional recently re-released the album in digital format.
Amplive stopped remixing indie rock bands long enough to help MC Zumbi put the finishing touches on the next Zion I album, and here's the first track from that release. The Oakland, CA-based duo is an act that's been historically billed as hip-hop, but you could more readily shelve many tracks from The TakeOver into your electro catalog. Not that we're surprised, given 2008's The Search and Seizure mixtape, whose a-side featured a boat load of genres. The TakeOver will be released on February 17. Bump this track in the meantime.
The über-busy DJ, producer, and megamixer we know as Shir Khan slowed down long enough to hand over this remix of the track "Mushroomed." The original cut appears on fellow Berliner Monosurround's forthcoming album Hello World. Khan's reworked it into a rather upbeat number that's absolutely screaming to be played to a crowd of dancing people.
Brooklyn-based noise pop duo Telepathe is set to release its first full-length, Dance Mother, this spring. This quirky debut album will be produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. “Lights Go Down,” off the album, is a playground of buzzing, whirring, tingling, slapping, and other disconnected sounds that dot the landscape around a straightforward beat and simple, calmly delivered melody sung in unwavering unison by band members Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais. The song feels like the ritual chanting of a group approaching an alter to sacrifice a keyboard or a Korg. Lulu McAllister
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