A few days ago we debuted a track from the tour-only album, 100%, by Canadian mix-master Kid Koala and members of retro-rock outfit Wolfmother. Dubbed The Slew, this touring performance is a beat-heavy amalgamation of crunching guitars and by-the-book hip-hop. Our second installment of The Slew's debut, "You Turn Me Cold," sounds like a kid playing around with his dad's Led Zepplin records, but in a way that rules and won't get you grounded.
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On this remix of "Sinister Skies," the opening track from noisy beat-smith Pollination's forthcoming Inca Orange EP, Southern California's Zoomzip brings the tempo down with a style reminiscent of the kaleidoscopic tracks found in Boards of Canada's catalog. A head-nodding beat and floating flute loop act as the centerpiece for Zoomzip's hazy remix, while indiscernible field recordings fill the gaps in the rhythm.
Chrissy Murderbot, a favorite of DJ Donna Summer and the Trouble & Bass Crew, comes at you with a reference-riddled electro-bass number. Beginning with a slowed sample of Armando's "100% of Disin' You," the track continues with some heavy, bass-loaded breakbeat that all the kids are repping.
This is some straight-up Sly Stone shit! L.A.'s SA-RA put their own little spin on this sexy, slow jam of rambling bass and wah-wah electricity from the 1971 funk milestone, There's A Riot Goin' On. Needless to say, this vamped-up R&B number slides on like a well-worn polyester suit.
It sounds like Joakim has been sticking to a heavy diet of nothing but Laurie Anderson and dirt disco as of late. This sizzler from the French producer's latest, Milky Ways, has got the shimmer of spinning disco balls and flashing strobesall over it, with some old-school computer voices and tropical guit ar loops thrown in as an added buffer.
It's all about the bump and soul on this cut from The Day After Forever, the latest from Rashaan Ahmad and the Crown City crew. Looking back to the playground for some inspiration, the Bay Area hip-hoppers crank up the juice and wax a little nostalgic '70s style, hitting up everyone from Kool & the Gang to the Pips along the way.
Brooklyn's Kingdom has pieced together a fabulous track of robotic dancehall that never loses its propulsive steam with his remix of Marcus Price & Carli's "Mat, Bira, Kvinnor, Weed." Intermingled with his booming kicks and reverberated claps are vocal samples of a vocodered MC and a classic diva—each sound working with the other to make a song that would fit perfectly on just about any dancefloor.
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