Stars Like Fleas gave experimental rock an emotional touch earlier this year, with the release of its third full-length, The Ken Burns Effect. Steeped in dizzying guitar textures, layered vocals, and the occasional interlude of quirky electronics, the Brooklyn-based band's album is a convergence of free-jazz, indie rock, and soft folk flavors, as seen with this track, which also features some subtle Americana strings. Finally, check the band on tour this fall.
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Danny and Tiffany Preston have dropped another call-to-war-style single off their forthcoming EP, The Basta. Judging from this and a previous track, duo's got an uncanny ability to make music that calls to mind the disconcerting feel of war (you know, bullets and tanks and invasions and such), while still providing an energy that would work on the dancefloor. "Let Them Dance" could also work in a rock setting, with its driving guitars layered over synths and quick-paced breakbeats.
We're currently loving the eclectic musings of Lausanne, Switzerland-based duo Larytta, mostly because the music made by Guy Meldem and Christian Pahud sounds like, well, nothing else we've had come through the office the entire year. Mixing off-kilter electronic beats with African chants and rhythms, vocal harmonies, and a bunch of other laptop-generated sounds, tracks on the boys' debut album, Difficult Fun, certainly live up to its name. This is entirely danceable music that simultaneously needles the brain and makes you scratch your head and wonder what in the hell is going on. More tracks from these guys will be available come October 3, when the full album drops on Creaked Records. Difficult Fun 01 Wonder Vendor 02 Money For Pizza 03 Bauch Amp 04 Voodoo Thing (Difficult Lee) 05 Love Love Odyssey 06 Ya-Ya-Ya 07 Is This Cheese? 08 Spoiled Kids 09 Souvenir De Chine 10 The Money 11 The City Walls 12 Filthy Jim 13 Tous Mes Amis
Another goody from Hamilton, Ontario-based duo Stereo Image, otherwise known as Junior Boys founding member Johnny Dark and disco master San Serac. As with previous tracks we've seen from these two, "Red Nights" is a combination of futuristic synths and minimal beats. Fans of this style of music can expect a boatload of it on September 23, when Dark and Serac drop their self-titled debut album. S/T 01 Pack Moves 02 Strange Life 03 Your Collapsed State 04 Dark Chapter 05 Red Nights 06 Double Mirror 07 Exposure 08 Clamoring
Robert Nelson's music is tough to keep pace with–in the best possible way. On Subroutines, his just-released full-length for Fourthcity, The Seattle-based producer who works under the alias eR DoN has crafted an album of original samples, like keyboards, field recordings, guitars, and soft percussion, then distorted these sounds so thoroughly you'd be hard pressed to match the new version with the original. Add to that a tempo that takes its cue from the erratic, ever-changing pace of a free jazz session, and you've got an album that will get the experimental electronic music lovers bouncing around like the tracks themselves. Subroutines 01 Havewards 02 Millions Mega 03 Combs 04 Why Candy Thumbs 05 Placemats are for Plastic 06 My Sense Forgets 07 True Pros Call Name Calling a Calling 08 Hot Lungs 09 Tomorrow is Not a Promise 10 Dow Jones Locker 11 Two Nelsons and a Detachable Face
From spending his days with Egyptian Lover to hanging out in the West Coast hip-hop scene and working with N.W.A., Arabian Prince was constantly merging the worlds of rap and electro. Born Mik Lezan, he released his first solo album, Situation Hot, in 1985 and dropped records up through 1993 that explored this sound. Stones Throw, a label constantly digging up little pieces of hip-hop history, has compiled tracks from Lezan's discography and placed them on a single release entitled Innovative Life, and the crew just leaked this track to rev fans up for the collection's release, which is today. The disc will come packaged with a 20-page booklet documenting the rise and fall of the Los Angeles electro-rap scene, with previously unseen posters and photos. Throw this number on as a soundtrack to your reading. Innovative Life 01 Strange Life 02 Beatdabeat 03 It Ain't Tough 04 Take You Home 05 Lets Hit The Beach 06 Innovative Life 07 Innovator 08 Situation Hot 09 Panic Zone 10 Professor X Saga 11 Freak City 12 Simple Planet
Dub Gabriel has returned, and he's brought a boatload of artists with him this time. The forthcoming Anarchy & Alchemy, due out September 11, sees everyone from Michael Stipe to Dr. Israel making a guest appearance. The result of all this collaboration is a dancehall-meets-breaks-meets-hip-hop fest, with all sounds held firmly in place by heavy, rumbling basslines. "Chasing the Paper" features Brooklyn-based MC Jah Dan.
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