Producer and graphic designer MtO fell in love with music when he saw the Wu Tang Clan on MTV at the age of 11, and since then, he's been creating electro-flavored hip-hop beats and making a name for himself on the French underground scene. "Bring in on Now" hits stores this month, and will come packaged with a dark, druggy remix by Paris-based minimal duo Remote and one from remixer extraordinaire Hatchmatik.
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Said to be "a requiem for the new dark age," Twine's fourth full-length, Violets is a musical canvas of sparse guitars, distorted vocals, and fractured drum programming that keeps the listener guessing. For the album, the Greg Malcolm and Chad Mossholder drew inspiration out of everything from current affairs to day-to-day domestic existence. "Disconnected" is an entirely instrumental track that retains a haunting quality throughout its four minutes and strikes a nice balance between an abstract composition and a poignant, melody-driven song.
Philadelphia-based grime/electro/hip-hop DJ and all around bass pioneer Starkey got his hands on this track from Keith Tenniswood, a.k.a. Radioactive Man, whose new full-length, Growl was released earlier this month. Here, Starkey adds some heavy bass and grimey, two-step rhythms to the mix, for a bouncin' track fit for the darkest of dancefloors. Those in the U.K. can catch Starkey tonight (Friday, May 30) at London's Fabric nightclub, where he'll play alongside Toddla T, Ghislain Poierier, and Patchwork Pirates.
Like a suburban grow-house quietly preparing a halogen-lit crop of sweet herb, Denver, CO has been nurturing a sub-rosa experimental electronic scene into a budding success. Plastic Sound Supply is a collaborative label run by a number of those Denver-based groups, Scaffolding and Cacheflowe among them. These two artists are in the process cutting up one another's tunes, running their sounds through a blend of genres, and releasing the results as The Reprogramming Project. "Rebuild" glitches its way through a solid beat and around some nice vocals from Sarah Marcoliese. Sounds like harvest time. Wyatt Williams
Lulu Rouge is longtime Trentemøller collaborator DJ T.O.M. and Copenhagen DJ Buda, and after releasing an album that went straight to number one in their homeland of Denmark, the duo now turns its attention to the rest of the world. Comprised of slowly building synth arpeggios, haunting vocals, and echoing electronics, their debut album, Bless You, sees contributions from Danish Music Awards nominee Mikael Simpson, MC Jabber, and Trentemøller himself. Photo by Mike Sheridan.
Golden-era hip-hop informs the second solo full-length from Souls of Mischief member Opio, who recently announced details of the new album, to be titled Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 1. Oakland, CA-based The Architect lent his production expertise for these 14 tracks, which will come packaged with a bonus DVD of animated short films and music videos. Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 1 will be the first in a forthcoming trilogy.
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