Sega Genesis and 8-bit sounds inform the work of 24-year old Benny Boeldt, a recent transplant to Baltimore who records as Adventure and just signed to Carpark Records to release his self-titled debut album. A dancefloor homage to the early days videogaming, the tracks on Adventure really do call to mind pixelated figures running around imaginary worlds invented long before the birth of CGI, with some synth melodies and disco flavors added for an extra layer of fun.
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How hard is it to keep up with Jay Haze? Well, if he's not releasing minimal bangers as Fuckpony for BPitch Control and Get Physical, then he's working on some sick dubstep with Michael Ho and Paul St. Hilaire as Sub Version. Then again, he might be calling the shots as label boss of TuningSpork or fighting the "guerrilla war against mediocrity" that was recently declared on MySpace. And if he's not busy with any of the above, Mr. Haze just might be making music under his own name–like the hypnotic Love & Beyond album that he just released. Can't keep up? Just check out the track. Wyatt Williams
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A new 45" on Dublin, Ireland's All City imprint finds producer T-woc teaming up with legendary dub MCBrother Culture for this rumbling, bass-heavy track that bumps along at a pleasantly casual pace. One-half of Irish electronic music collective The Alphabet Set, T-woc also throws parties in Dublin and hosts a weekly radio show. Culture, meanwhile, has MCed for over 25 years and collaborated with many of dub, reggae, and dancehall's greats.
James Singleton is seemingly fearless when it comes approaching all styles of music. Under his James Pants guise, he has dabbled in everything from new-age disco to '80s electro, ditched the drum set and made ambient, beat-less tracks, and remixed artists like Too $hort. Groovy soul from the 1960s was bound to follow, and here, Singleton gets ahold of a track by Howard Johnson and throws in his own electro-flavored twist. Johnson is probably best known for his work on the tuba and other instruments, as well as his collaborations with the likes of Charles Mingus, Hank Crawford, and Archie Shep. Singleton's remix turns this song into an anthem that would fit just as well in 1960s New York as Los Angeles in 2008. Photo by Darcy Caputo.
If you don't know Willie Isz yet, the duo's summer 2008 album on Lex Records should ensure you do by the time September rolls around. Under this guise, MC Jneiro Jarel (Shape of Broad Minds) and Goodie Mob frontman Khujo make experimental hip-hop and future soul infused with just the right amount of pop. Hip-hop blog Cocaine Blunts leaked this track, and now we can't listen to anything else.
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