After a weekend filled with Indian summer sunshine, we here in San Francisco were greeted with a grey autumn Monday morning, the kind of weather perfectly soundtracked by the cinematic post-rock of bands like Codes in the Clouds. Sure, the UK quintet owes a serious debt to bands like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky, but sometimes it's okay to forget about originality for two seconds and just get all pensive and moody.
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Culled from the third installment of Asthmatic Kitty's Library Catalog Music series, "Big Moth" is a jamming example of a hi-tech take on the old school hip-hop breaks aesthetic, replete with intense polyrhythmy, sudden tempo changes, and the sound of record hiss. Though Foubert is most known for his collaboration and engineering work with indie juggernauts like Sufjan Stevens, and McAlister is well-noted as a member of Ester Drang, the two have created a piece that would be well-suited to hip-hop and breaks DJs for years to come.
The musical chameleon known as Jimi Tenor has paired up with Fela Kuti's oft-remixed former drummer Tony Allen for a quirky, slow-grooving take on the afro-jazz sound that Allen is most known for. Taken from the duo's forthcoming Inspiration Information collaboration and marked by some subtle drumming, wonky vocal sections, and blaring saxophone, the piece is perfect for these waning days of autumn, when every hint of warmth gives one the privilege to leave work early.
Few artists bring the druggy sounds of Berlin's underground to San Francisco quite like C.L.A.W.S., and on his latest EP, I've Got Problems, the man born Brian D. Hock drops another batch of high-quality late-night techno tunes. The pulsing beat and tweaker synths of "You (I've Tired of) Ah Ah" conjure images of a wild night at Berghain, only there's no danger of inadvertently wandering into an MDMA-fueled orgy.
Emerging out of the hiss, a bright, four-note phrase repeated as lackadaisical percussion beats a lazy tattoo while low-frequency, almost bong-like gurgles simmer beneath it all. With secondary percussive elements, banjo, and cello incorporated into the piece as well, "Salvador" has the feeling of a Dirty Three track, only more stoned. Read more »
It takes something special to make interesting electro-house in today's jam-packed, ever-evolving electronic music environment, but Berlin's Magnum 38 has managed to do so in a big way. His latest EP is comprised entirely of noise-influenced electro that takes its emotional feel—not to mention plenty of samples—from the almighty doyenne of nightlife, Grace Jones. "Slave" utilizes cut-up vocal samples from "Slave to the Rhythm" above a crunchy, hissy beat and some surprisingly ethereal backing synths. Though some of Jones' fans might not appreciate the reworking of her clarion voice, many more are sure to be blasting this beast into the winter.
BD1982 brings it with a chopped-and-sliced dubstep tune powered by trancey synths, dusty-sounding beats, and samples of an equally old-school vintage. Philly's Starkey and Dev79 have been putting out excellent tunage on their Seclusiasis label, and this piece only continues the trend.
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