Yo Majesty's Shunda K recently hit the studio with Brooklyn-based beatmaker Kotchy. The resulting Le Passion EP blows through an impressively large range of styles over the course of four tracks, covering smooth R&B, soul, slick hip-hop, and one cut from Kotchy that we'll file on the "experimental electronic" shelf. Love is, according to a recent post by Kotchy, the central theme on the release, tying the tracks together. A street date for the EP is still in the works. Since Kotchy is off to Europe to promote his debut album and Shunda is currently on the world's largest tour with Yo Majesty, it will be a bit of a wait before we see the pair performing Le Passion live. Get your dance on with this track in the meantime.
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Tim Hecker's work has, in the past, garnered the label "cathedral ambient," so it's no surprise that this track sounds a little like a pipe organ being played inside of a massive church. What is somewhat more unexpected is the bassline here, which provides a small bit of chord progression underneath the otherwise unchanging keyboard notes. "Sea of Pulses" is off Hecker's forthcoming full-length, An Imaginary Country, which will hit stores on March 9, courtesy of kranky.
Adam Ohana (a.k.a An-ten-nae) is the man behind “Get Freaky,” a recurring club night in San Francisco. This song, off of his Acid Crunk EP 3, begins by gurgling from ear to ear, then a rounded beat booms in, followed by a more playful half-rhythm. Eventually plinks and bonks offset an edgy background synth tempered with quick hits of jungle. It's perfect for when you want to take a little trip. Lulu McAllister
San Franciscan indie-folk outfit Vetiver has shared the stage with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom and won crowds over with a warm, poignant acoustic sound. Now, the band is preparing to release its fourth full-length album, Tight Knit, on February 17. “Everyday,” off this new album, is a low-key song with a pretty, retro vibe smacking of heroin-era James Taylor. Lead man Andy Cabic’s sweet crooning follows honest guitar strokes and, with a few casual shakes of the tambourine and some buoyant counter-guitar, the song fills out nicely. Lulu McAllister
We need only look at the artist lineup on Tigerbass Vol.1 to know what we're getting into on this 12". Along with Trouble & Bass residents Drop the Lime and Math Head, as well as the Party Crashers, Tigerbeat 6's head honcho, Kid606, released this single in 2007. Supposedly the stores shelve this one under electro, but from what we can tell, it's more like a chaotic funnel cloud of styles, in which B-more, techno, baile, and lots of heavy bass spin. Here's Kid606's track. Note that vaguely demonic voice in the background growling "What the fuck?" over and over.
If you haven't heard of AC Slater yet (insert obvious joke related to a particular '90s TV show), we'll make sure you do by the end of 2009. Known to his pals as Aaron Clevenger, he's garnering substantial attention with remixes for Moby, Freestylers, and Drop the Lime. Recently, he chopped up the house classic "Can You Feel It? (Jack Had a Groove)" and turned it into the bass-and-synth-heavy "Jack Got Jacked." We now find him back in remix territory, taking on Hostage's track "Shake It," off last year's Shake It EP. Expect further remix carnage from this man in the near future. Photo by Clayton Hauck.
While the lead single off Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn's Welcome to Scokland is a tad too close to cheeseville for our liking, this track, also off the new album, sounds more like the rough-edged hip-hop we've come to expect from these two—almost. Keak and San Quinn got their hands on a synthesizer, and the upbeat feel of the track indicates they had a lot of fun with the instrument. Then there's the multi-layered vocal chorus that makes for an odd-but-compelling contrast to Keak's scratchy rhymes. Welcome to Scokland is out now.
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