We have another one off Detroit hip-hop player Black Milk's recently released third full-length, TRONIC. Given that sampling is so damn expensive these days for anyone who isn't Jay-Z, the 25-year-old producer opted instead to focus on live instrumentation for this release, which also features Pharoahe Monch, Royce Da 5'9", Sean Price, and DJ Premier guesting. "Bounce" is the album's second track.
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Invaders Must Die makes for The Prodigy's fifth studio album, and the first featuring all three members of the band since 1997's The Fat of the Land. Naturally then, it's a release where new material is steeped in the old-school rave sensibilities that first propelled Liam Howlett and Co into the electronic music spotlight. If the album's title track is anything to go by, these lads haven't lost their energy over the years, and their sound remains as unabashedly hard and heavy as it was when this photo was taken. Judge for yourself on March 3, when the album is released. Invaders Must Die 01 Invaders Must Die 02 Omen 03 Thunder 04 Colours 05 Take Me To The Hospital 06 Warrior's Dance 07 Run With The Wolves 08 Omen Reprise 09 World’s On Fire 10 Piranha 11 Stand Up
Barbara Morgenstern recently released her fifth album, titled BM. As with the rest of the release, the single, “Reich und Berühmt,” is grounded by a Bechstein Grand Piano. With this piano providing both melody and rhythm elements, the song moves from understated jazz at the beginning to a soaring, electronic-inflected orchestral exploration by the end. Morgenstern’s voice is breathy and organic–like she’s sharing some old German wisdom with us. Oh, and non-German speakers might be relieved to know that this is the first of her albums that is translated into English. Lulu McAllister
The last we heard from Jeremy Shaw–better known as the musical force behind Circlesquare–was over two years ago, when he released his Fight Sounds EP on Trevor Jackson's now-defunct Output Recordings. 2008 finds Shaw–now based in Berlin–gearing up for the release of another full-length, Songs About Dancing and Drugs, which will hit stores early next year via the fine people at !K7. In the meantime, he's given us this melancholy, minimal Christmas jam.
Fans of sweet piano solos, take note! The latest release from the Bang Gang crew comes courtesy of Melbourne-based boyfriend/girlfriend pair ZZZ, currently being touted as "the ultimate techno power-couple." "Lion" will hit stores on December 19 and come packaged with a couple of remixes on the b side. In the meantime, here's the piano-heavy original track. "Lion" A1 Lion A2 Leonine B1 Lion (Bag Raiders Remix) B2 Lion (Breakbot Remix) B3 Lion (Lowbrows Remix)
Today finds us getting our remix on with this version of E-Hustle's "Get Your U On," which Keak Da Sneak, Baby S, and Q-Z have reworked into a Bay Area hip-hop rhyme frenzy. While the trio raps over handclaps and synthesizers, hyphy ambassador E-40 makes a cameo on the mic and a catchy guitar riff bounces along underneath. The track comes off E-Hustle's Word Pimpin 2:We Don't Need You, released last month.
Bay Area neo-cumbia powerhouse, Bersa Discos, just pressed up another helping of Latin-flavored dance music with the Bersa Discos #4 EP. The new release features Brooklyn's Uproot Andy on the a side, remixing the Afro-Colombian folk music of Petrona Martinez, Toto La Momposina, and Grupo Naidy, while Netherlands-based Sonido del Principe takes the b side. We have Uproot Andy's dancefloor-friendly remix of Petrona Martinez here. Bersa Discos #4 is limited to just 1,000 copies worldwide, so this one's best not slept on.
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