Somewhere between the melancholic pop sensibilities of The Cure and the lush soundscapes of The Field you can find 2020Soundsystem playing the first single from their second album, Falling. The slow burning number, "Satellite," floats in an atmospheric swirl of mystery and longing propelled by the song's steady rhythm section and somber vocal track.
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The duo of Experimental Dental School sounds more like a quartet, what with a specially rigged guitar-bass, live drums, and synthesizers. Though the Deerhoof comparisons are inescapable, XDS manages to make some highly accessible experimental pop music, and the track below should explain the group's popularity to the uninitiated: it is a gorgeous, spacy, intensely weird piece of songwriting.
Comin' straight outta Modesto, CA, D-Lo has become the Bay Area's new hyphy favorite with his female nay-saying track "No Hoe." Here, as an exclusive to XLR8R, the recent hit gets treated to a remix with extra verses from E-40, Beeda Weeda, and The Jacka, all delivered with the appropriate pungence over a dark, stripped-down beat.
Californian Ethernet (a.k.a. Tim Gray) brings some blissed-out washes of sound with "Kansai," a track that owes as much to White Rainbow as it does to the genius of the Chain Reaction label—syncopated synths swirl amidst hi-frequency throbs, with an insistent kick filling out the low end with quite a rumble. Look forward to a full-length on Kranky this autumn!
Always ready to provide a soundtrack for the nights of the living dead, the U.K's Zomby comes at us again with a sinisterly simple track from his upcoming mini-album, One Foot Ahead of the Other. "Helter Skelter" feels far more inspired by Charles Manson than The Beatles as the arpeggiating, 8-bit synth juxtaposes with a strong, shuffling beat to create a tension that sounds as if Zomby himself is steadily chasing after you.
James Pants and Jamie Lidell, eat your hearts out. There's a new soul-obsessed, boogie master in town, and that man is Scotland's Hudson Mohawke. Lifted off of his forthcoming debut LP, Butter, "Rising 5" is just a short taste of the synthetic flourishes, booming drum kits, and poignant songwriting featured on his October 15 release for Warp.
Kicking things off with a sample Timbaland seemed to overlook in his Missy Elliot productions, Ohio's Teengirl Fantasy built around the chanting loop a dreamy and epic piece of early-'90s house reimagined for the world's current dancefloors. The near eight-minute track, "Azz Klapz," never grows tiresome as new sounds and movements in the song are introduced just about every 15 seconds. The buoyant melodies and filtered synths give credence to the duo's lighthearted moniker.
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