Paul Dickow (a.k.a. Strategy) has been making post-ambient tracks for nearly a decade, and none have been as realized as those found on Future Rock. The perfect mesh of dub, ambient, and synth-pop, Strategy's compositions are as spacey as they are totally accessible. "Can't Roll Back" is a the percussive equivalent of any great jazz-drummer scarfing some peyote with Battles on Magic Mountain.
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Since the mid-nineties, Someone Else has been crafting electronic music for the masses in one way or another. Whether releasing single after single through his electro-pop outfit Flowchart, through labels like Morr Music and Darla, or DJing at legendary spots like Fabric and the Panorama Bar, this certain somebody has his foot wedged in the history of dance music. "Pooty Call" is an exciting display of click-house that'll make any fan of the Pokerflat sound shiver.
Detroit is one amazing city when it comes to hip-hop and Phat Kat is proof. This Motor City veteran hit the scene early, collaborating with the late J Dilla on the First Down project–and has since blown up the hip-hop underground collaborating with Black Milk and Elzhi. "Cold Steel" is more gritty street music that's got the D and everyone else psyched.
Matthew Dear is the champion of potently poppy electro-house. Although Asa Breed is only his sophomore full-length, this Texas-bred producer has already released a mountain of singles under the several monikers (Audion, False, Jabberjaw). "Pom Pom" finds Ghostly's flagship artist at his most dynamic and accessibly banging.
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Representing the Netherlands-based collective Beat Dimensions, Hudson Mohawke joins the circle of hip-hop producers following the electro-heavy footsteps of the late J Dilla and company. "Trace" runs through synth squiggles, deep hip-hop percussion, and tons of layered effects, helping propel a scene bourgeoning with appreciation for the untapped. Alongside his counterparts on Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett Present: Beat Dimensions Vol. 1, Hudson and company may be the face of the future.
Black Moth Super Rainbow's name says it all: T-R-I-P-P-Y. These five Pennsylvania-based artists make psychedelic pop with reality far out of their grasp. "Sun lips" is the band's acid-drenched expedition into the coldest moments of Can and the rhythmic warmth of Air, where hazy guitars, prog-synths, and affected vocals complete this musical collage that's simultaneously pastoral and radical.
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