Although LA art-noise merchants HEALTH spent much of the past year melting faces with selections from their excellent Get Color album, it's clear that the boys never lost their affinity for the dancefloor. Their forthcoming DISCO2 is packed with remixes from Javelin, Salem, Blondes, Pictureplane, and more, but it also features "USA Boys," the only new original track to appear on the album. Yet the song doesn't seem out of place; devoid of the band's usual ear-splitting aesthetic, the track rolls along on a hip-hop beat flanked by synths that wouldn't sound out of place on a Rihanna cut (this is a good thing), yet still features the band's spooky vocal stylings and just a touch of their signature squall.
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Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman—if you can call a guy who sits on the floor during their shows a frontman—Tobacco's sophomore solo effort, Maniac Meat is rapidly approaching its May 25 release date. "Fresh Hex" is the latest album taster to be released into the wild, and it features an all-star guest appearance from LA troubadour Beck, whose trademark quaver pairs quite nicely with Tobacco's usual assortment of blown-out hoover beats, psychedelic synths, and hip-hop beats.
A short while back we gave you the heads up on Dirtybird's five-year spanning, three-disc compilation, and now its release date has finally arrived. A bonus track that didn't make it on Five Years of Dirtybird, "Hakazou!," by Berlin's sub-loving duo Hickup, is a bouncing slice of heavily percussive club music that boasts one of the thickest grooves we've heard in a while. Quick vocal stabs and reverberated bird noises are peppered throughout the track's six minutes, which are also complimented by a rolling cowbell and some sinister synth sounds. "Hakazou!" is stellar counterpart to the fresh-faced pair's track that did make it on Five Years, "Hickup Theme."
The folks behind SF's Icee Hot party—Low Limit, Ghosts on Tape, Rollie Fingers, and yes, XLR8R's Disco Shawn—have already made waves by importing talent from the ultra-fertile UK funky-post-future-whatever scene, but now the guys are coming correct with their internet game. They've tapped Austin's Dubbel Dutch (pictured above), who happens to be headlining the next Icee Hot on Saturday, April 24, to cough up an exclusive track, an edit of Silkie's "Quasar." You can download the cut-and-paste wonky synth stormer here, or find it over on the Icee Hot Soundcloud alongside mixes from the residents and former guest DJs.
Space travel isn't a new theme for the burgeoning beat scene, but few seem as focused on exploring such inspirations as LA's Ras G (& The Afrikan Space Program). His latest bass-driven intergalactic escapade, "Breakfast Blunts," comes from the third installment of the All City label's ongoing 10" series dedicated to So Cal's head-nodders, on which he shares wax space with fellow Brainfeeder Samiyam. On "Blunts," a crunchy beat gallops along with an arsenal of distant transmissions from who knows where always floating along at its side. Ras eventually joins the company of someone who sounds a lot like Chris Tucker ranting indecipherably before taking off again to discover new sonic realms.
Gomma co-owner Telonius might be more well-known for crafting electo-infused post-disco gems, but the original of "Hit Me" is more likely to find acclaim among slow-motion disco fiends who are waiting for the next Lindstrøm track to drop. With its brash bassline, bright synth harmonies, and wet percussion, the track sounds like a lost gem from those heady days of the '80s, when electro and house were taking over from disco but techno hadn't invaded the electronic landscape yet. The fun, somewhat absurd Italo-style vocals and hypnotic synth flourishes seal the deal: "Hit Me" is a throwback piece in the best sense of the term, and is just perfect enough to be placed next to Freeez or Baldelli's latest cosmic offering.
Another stand-out remix from the just-released Ghostly compilation, The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night, Paul White's version of Mux Mool's "Wolf Tone Symphony" ups the original's hip-hop vibe quite a bit. In fact, you'd almost expect the track title to come with an "(Instrumental)" tag; the shuffling rhythm of White's reworked beat sounds is dying to be rhymed over. Only vocal samples are present, however, but White properly fills in the available space with enough melodic synth work to make up for "Symphony"'s lack of fiery cadence.
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