Stefan Németh, co-founder of experimental label Mosz and member of groups Radian and Lokai, delivers his first solo album under his given name. The aptly titled Film is a collection of tracks originally made for various experimental films and art installations, now repurposed into a proper full-length album. Film is a blend of electronics and acoustics, and features work from members of Radian, Trapist, and others.
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A member of The Hidden Cameras, Toronto-based Laura Barrett steps into the solo spotlight with her Earth Sciences EP, with stunning results. The appeal of her songwriting lies not only in her unique voice, which pitches and soars with impressive ease, but also in her use of the kalimba, an African thumb piano on which she plucks ethereal yet haunting melodies.
Once described as a "George Clinton meets Prince in a Glasgow nightclub sound," the music of Mike Slott and Hudson Mohawke under their Heralds of Change moniker pulls from a range of styles here, with soul singer OlivierDaySoul on vocals, adding some hip-hop flavor to this funk-driven track.
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Vanese Smith, a.k.a. Pursuit Grooves makes an intimate, tender version of boom-bap, and the style has served her well over the last year. The astro-beat maker has been compared to the likes of Dilla, Cameo, the Bling 47 crew, and others, and Jay Scarlett selected a track from her Fun Like Passion album for his recent Beat Dimensions compilation on Rush Hour.
What's not to love about a band that recorded its debut album in an all-ages, downtown L.A. venue called The Smell, on obscure equipment as old as the club itself? HEALTH has been cultivating such eccentricities as this since its inception, sharing the bill with friends like No Age, The Mae Shi, and even helping Crystal Castles find its 8-bit sound on a split 7". This version of "Triceratops" comes form a new remix collection based on the group's September 2007 self-titled full-length.
The four members of Pissed Jeans are obsessed with avoiding what they call the "Straight World," a "shallow, soul-sucking vortex," and every second of their music is a testament to this. "I've Still Got You" is somewhere between hardcore and hard rock, and calls to mind sweaty, underground rock clubs where people tear their shirts off and stage dive to make cathartic statements about the world that surrounds us.
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