Detroit is one amazing city when it comes to hip-hop and Phat Kat is proof. This Motor City veteran hit the scene early, collaborating with the late J Dilla on the First Down project–and has since blown up the hip-hop underground collaborating with Black Milk and Elzhi. "Cold Steel" is more gritty street music that's got the D and everyone else psyched.
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Paul Dickow (a.k.a. Strategy) has been making post-ambient tracks for nearly a decade, and none have been as realized as those found on Future Rock. The perfect mesh of dub, ambient, and synth-pop, Strategy's compositions are as spacey as they are totally accessible. "Can't Roll Back" is a the percussive equivalent of any great jazz-drummer scarfing some peyote with Battles on Magic Mountain.
Matthew Dear is the champion of potently poppy electro-house. Although Asa Breed is only his sophomore full-length, this Texas-bred producer has already released a mountain of singles under the several monikers (Audion, False, Jabberjaw). "Pom Pom" finds Ghostly's flagship artist at his most dynamic and accessibly banging.
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Representing the Netherlands-based collective Beat Dimensions, Hudson Mohawke joins the circle of hip-hop producers following the electro-heavy footsteps of the late J Dilla and company. "Trace" runs through synth squiggles, deep hip-hop percussion, and tons of layered effects, helping propel a scene bourgeoning with appreciation for the untapped. Alongside his counterparts on Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett Present: Beat Dimensions Vol. 1, Hudson and company may be the face of the future.
Black Moth Super Rainbow's name says it all: T-R-I-P-P-Y. These five Pennsylvania-based artists make psychedelic pop with reality far out of their grasp. "Sun lips" is the band's acid-drenched expedition into the coldest moments of Can and the rhythmic warmth of Air, where hazy guitars, prog-synths, and affected vocals complete this musical collage that's simultaneously pastoral and radical.
Mike Hansen loves his turntable so much, it's almost hateful. The Toronto-based sound artist takes just about any sound that can be produced by a turntable and flips it into thick, piercing screeches of blistering noise. Not far from the tree of Mute's legendary noise-monger NON, Hansen has created a world that may make one's headphones feel as though they've been possessed by a gnarly nocturnal force.
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