Weird, noir, hysterical, and gnarly are a few words that come to mind upon hearing Magnum 38's latest album, Old Europe Strikes Back, and the man behind the moniker–Oliver Greschke–wouldn't have things any other way. Here he tweaks and twists his musical inspirations found around the globe into a jarring, lively mash-up of sounds as danceable as they are worthy of thoughtful analysis.
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Is it laser house? Electro house? As long as DatA keeps making this kind of music, it doesn't really matter where the adoring public chooses to pigeonhole him. The white shirt-wearing, Sébastian Tellier-loving upstart from Paris is one of the new guns on Ekler'o'shock, and, in keeping with the majority of artists on that label, he is here to ensure the party rages until the wee hours and beyond.
Let it be known that TTC doesn't give a shit. While the vast majority of hip-hop outfits take themselves way too seriously, this four-piece act from France revels in the innate silliness of spitting lyrics in French, and delivers an album of goofy, energetic, and sometimes profound proportions. 36 15 TTC is a non-stop party that features slick production work from the likes of DJ Orgasmic, Para One, and Modeselektor, and turns hip-hop into good old-fashioned fun for the ears. Photo by Bastien Lattanzio.
From the ashes of the early 1970s comes Pieces of Peace. The band's original debut–a Chicago soul-style album that is now considered an important part of the city's musical history–was shelved for decades and, thanks to the likes of Dante Carfagna, Rob Sevier, and DJ Shadow, is being handed to the masses at last.
Formerly known as Beyond, Musab has risen from the Minneapolis hip-hop scene to work with groups like Atmosphere, Micronauts, and others, as well as release his own artist albums. A recent move from Rhymesayers to Hieroglyphics' imprint finds this rapper dropping an autobiographical full-length that has tight beats and a lot to say about pimping. Bag this.
The name says it all. "Acid Taste," from the recently released A (Kemado), is post-italo, Kraut-psychedelia with analog in mind. Not unlike Faust or CAN, Turzi and his band Reich IV, write tripped-out, live music that will make any machine envious. If there was ever a time for acid, it's now.
L.A.'s punk rebirth may not lie solely on the shoulders of Randy Randall and Dean Sprunt as No Age, but they certainly have played their part. Often associated with the all-ages art space The Smell, this dynamic duo combines the proper lo-fi energy of thrash's past, but with a fearless appreciation for noise and melody. "My Life's Alright" is all the proof in the world.
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