The fourth installment of Dam-Funk's 5-LP debut Toeachizown drops October 20, and the theme for the latest chapter is 'hood,' music of the street corners and boulevards of Southern California. "Hood Pass Intact" features a deep, one-note bass pulse, a dreamy bell-synth loop, and the gauzy boogie synths that Dam is known for. Add some gunshot sounds and the high frequency hip-hop squelch endemic to LA, and you have a perfect piece for cruising through the hood, whether you're in Philly, Detroit, or Turku.
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From Sol Selectas label head and NYC Latin-beat enthusiast Sabo, "Kuff Kumbia," created with the help of friend Cassady, finds the DJ/producer trading his usual house-friendly musical styles for more of a dancehall-meets-cumbia sound. The release from which this track is pulled, Bersa Discos #6, contains more remixes and re-edits of upbeat grooves from the worlds of cumbia, Colombian folk music, and merengue, and is Sabo's first release on the burgeoning West Coast label. (For more on Bersa Discos, check out our recent Labels We Love feature.) Thankfully, his switched-up style sounds as natural and well-worn as the indigenous music the producer culls his inspiration from. Release parties for Bersa Discos #6 are happening on both coasts—this Saturday in San Francisco and next Thursday in New York. Check out all the details here.
Chicago's shape-shifting trio A Lull creates a vast sound far more massive than the sum of its parts. Their beat-heavy brand of post-rock relies equally on instrumental rhythms as it does melodic vocal percussion, a fact showcased fluidly on the XLR8R exclusive "Weapons For War." Ripped from their current sessions for next year's forthcoming debut album, Confetti, A Lull's song inhales as much as it exhales—trading in swirling electronics and tribal beats for acoustic rhythms and harmonized vocal hooks as it breathes. A Lull's Ice Cream Bones EP is out now on Lujo.
Part Netherlands and part Colorado, the elusive Brim Liski is a collective of underground producers who remain "happily depressed." Their collective output sounds something like M83 covering Depeche Mode remixing a Three 6 Mafia beat, and "Fight" is a great example of the group's ability to balance a head-nodding beat with poignant atmospherics and hushed vocal work.
Taken from the Blu Jemz-curated Beat Machine compilation, "Tetris" is a slinky slice of instrumental synth-funk put together by Waajeed. Best known as an original member of Slum Village and a founder of Platinum Pied Pipers, Wajeed will be hitting the road as part of the Beat Machine tour that kicks off tonight.
What makes this piece interesting isn't really the music itself, which falls squarely into the shiny indie-electro category, but the method of dissemination: the new Friends of Friends label sells unique t-shirts commissioned by a specific musical artist, and every t-shirt contains a download code to a release by that artist as well as a musical compatriot. On the label's second release, Swiss duo Larytta tapped their countryman Bauchamp to share the release and artist Tatiana Rihs to design the t-shirt. With shirt and download code in hand, one can not only hear the six-track release itself, but remixes by Lazer Sword, Hecuba, and more.
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