Vermont-based producer and longtime member of the Stones Throw family Koushik dropped his first release on the label four years ago, but is only now getting around to unleashing his debut album. Well worth the extended wait, Out My Window combines '60s pop sensibilities with '90s-era hip-hop beats, all of which are held in place by Koushik's unique voice, which he manipulates and arranges into ethereal patterns that give the entire album a truly dreamlike quality. This one is for lying on cushions and staring out the window on a Sunday afternoon.
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Asthmatic Kitty's newest signee comes in the form of Indianapolis-native David "Moose" Adamson, and just like the name of his Grampall Jookabox moniker (meant, apparently, to sound like a child slurring its words), the producer and songwriter has a taste for idiosyncrasy and off-kilter musical arrangements. This track might start off with a straightforward, chugging indie-rock guitar chord, but Adamson is quick to incorporate disparate rhythms made by triangles, tambourines, and kick drums, add some vaguely Arabic vocal chants, and drench his lyrical content in gallons of reverb.
Drenched in nu-wave and synth-punk influences, "Pack Moves" comes courtesy of the Hamilton, CA-based duo Stereo Image, made up of Junior Boys founding member Johnny Dark and one-man disco band San Serac. The two were introduced in 2006 and quickly developed a trademark sound of futuristic synth noise and sharp, stripped down beats that often veer into the two-step realm. The boys just completed their debut album, a self-titled release that will drop on September 23 and no doubt feature the danceable, yet somewhat sinister shades featured on this track.
Sébastien Tellier is keeping busy this summer. His latest album, Sexuality, will hit American Apparel outlets on July 22 and be exclusively through the retailer, and the French songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and trilingual singer will also embark on a brief tour in support of the release. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper album launch without a remix here and there, and Tellier has commissioned Berlin-based producer Alex Ridha, the man behind Boys Noize, to fashion a little reworking of this track. Here, Ridha cuts up the vocals, throws on the synth chords, and turns this number into an all-out party for the headphones.
Often referred to as a cross between Prince and the B-52s, J*DaVeY is always pleased to serve up a mix of funk, soul, hop-hop, and electronic music on their releases. The latest number to arrive from the Los Angeles-based duo is "Slooow," and as its name suggests, this is a smooth, sultry affair that features funk-driven basslines and slinking synths. Not to be forgotten are the vocals here, which add a sexy, R&B-style flavor to the number.
Parenthetical Girls, sometimes endearingly referred to as (((GRRRLS))), is actually comprised of four men and one woman, but the band sees a regularly rotating cast of musicians contributing to its music, as evident on its forthcoming Entanglements for Tomlab. As its name might suggest, the release is a dense arrangement of sound, orchestral in style, with synths, organs, accordions, snares, and the odd piano here and there. Combined, these instruments create a composition that hangs in the balance between pop and experimental–with an edge of darkness thrown in for good measure.
Seven years, numerous solo projects, and a lot of music has happened since we last saw a release from Resitorm Bodies, whose self-titled debut album dropped in 2001. Now, Bomarr, Telephone Jim Jesus, and Passage have reunited as a collective and are unleashing TV Loves You Back, their first proper release since hiatus and their debut record for Oakland, CA-based imprint anticon. Equal parts hip-hop, pop, and new wave, the new album carries a distinctly dark feel to it, with heavy, ghettotech-style bass and lyrics spit over the mic at an aggressive pace. "Bobby Trendy Addendum" takes a bitter stab at impulse buying and nightly, fear-mongering news programs (which, according to this track, are somehow linked), and is a good introduction to this cult group's sound.
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