Mysterious trio Salem unveiled a new 7-inch today on Portland's Audraglint imprint, and while we're still a bit unsure about the group's self-proclaimed "goth juke" tag, "Frost" contains all the spooky synths and fuzzy pop undertones that made us fall in love with the band in the first place. A few months back we took a deeper look into the minds of these witchcraft-loving Midwesterners, and we're delighted to say that perhaps no other group is capable of scaring the bejeezus out of us in such a dreamily melodic fashion.
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Wow! Australia's Toecutter incorporates a Kool And The Gang sample into a filter-house track par excellence, then Flight Facilities reverse the process, using the original source material and pumping it up into a beardo-disco number that actually improves on Kool & The Gang's "Tonight," a near-impossible feat. Be prepared to hear this throughout the fall—it is a total scorcher.
Boys Noize, a.k.a. Alex Ridha, is coming out with his second album, Power, on October 6. "Starter" continues to follow the sonic path that Ridha has paved for himself, uniting fans of electro-sledgehammer music all over the world.
A lovely piece of guitar-based experimentation here from two veterans of the scene. Sometimes evoking a more organic, raw version of Polwechsel & Fennesz's collaborations, "F# Song" is a meandering piece taken from their recent Sycamore album that comes to its apex with some melancholy Spanish-style licks that recall early evenings on cobblestone streets in foreign lands. With a drone emerging just at the track's end, David Daniell and Douglas McCombs have crafted a mysterious and pleasing piece of processed improvisational music.
After 10 years of pounding out that sweet pop charm, the Asthmatic Kitty stable veers off the pop battlefield into "Hub City"—that's Lubbock, Texas—for its Library Catalog series, and this instrumental track from sound pioneer 900x (a.k.a. James McAllister) is just a small slice of what's to come. Cruising through the South Plains region of Northwestern Texas, McAllister tightly weaves strands of deep space ambience through a wash of padded beats and '80s synths to spruce up the serene landscape just outside the car window.
Bringing together four masterminds from the hip-hop world, Oakland resident Jern Eye joins up with Mistah FAB, Zion I's Zumbi and producer Jake One on this soul-infected cut from Eye's forthcoming offering, Vision. With beats as raw as the hood he hails from, "Get Right" should have no problem becoming the latest bass-blasting anthem for the '09 fall season.
The UK's BURNS has found a kindred spirit in "First Move" remixer Fred Falke. No stranger to burning down the house, Falke smooths out BURNS' punchy electro-house beats with his trademark warm pad-synths and funky bass and guitar work, while leaving the bouncing energy of the original intact—a formula that promises to ignite any willing dance party.
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