Busy Ganges, Melissa Lavaudais, and a rotating cast of friends follow up last year's Farewell Forest EP with Sinister Militia, and to celebrate, they've enlisted some cats to assume remix duties on select tracks. Here, Tyler Pope of !!! adds tribal drums and warps guitar and vocal notes into stretchy, deliciously catchy sound bytes.
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One can pretty much assume at this point that Madlib will try anything production-wise. We've seen this guy tackle hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, and numerous themes, including Movie Scenes, the first installment of his Beat Konducta project. Vol. 3-4 of this series sees him exploring Eastern sounds with as much gutless energy as a chef might experiment with spices. What's next? Madlib does alt-country?
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If it's variety you want, look no further than The Octopus Project, a trio that merges distorted guitars, synthesizers, drums, violins, glockenspiels, and a horn section into its tracks with astounding ease. Taken from the forthcoming Hello, Avalanche release, "I Saw the Bright Shinies" is hard evidence of the feats that can be achieved through technology.
Marcin Czubala has spent the last decade putting his classical music training to good use, letting the rigor of study enhance his skills as an important electronic artist in the Polish underground music scene. His time spent at Kurczewski music school is evident on "Capofamiglia." The beats are intricately laced over one another with a meticulousness most don't have the patience for, and subtle bleeps and tweaks blossom throughout the music.
Maps' We Can Create would make a good soundtrack to a science fiction movie, with an epic palate of sound that stretches from space-like folk to whispering, warped vocals and glossy pop melodies accompanied by unpredictable chord progressions. The album is a pretty impressive feat, especially when one considers the fact that the UK-based producer created every layer of sound on a battered, 16-track recorder.
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