Tussle's back! With a new bandmember, a new album, and a forthcoming tour in the works, the S.F.-based experimental band is keeping very busy in 2008, but they did have a few minutes to lace us with this track off the new full-length. Cream Cuts took the band nearly two years to complete and finds the four-piece outfit playing with elements of psychedelic and dub elements, as well as incorporating its usual round of precise hi-hats and kicks, courtesy of the band's drummer extraordinaire, Warren Huegel.
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If it's dreamy, shoegazy songs you're after, look no further than Edmonton, Alberta-based five-piece outfit Faunts. The band's M4 EP is still, several months after its release, a musical tear-jerker and one of the most gorgeous discs to drop in 2008, with gauzy guitar chords, gentle, persistent snares, and densely layered synths. Formed in 2000, the band has shared a bill with the likes of fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think, and are set to embark on their first-ever West Coast tour this fall. Check "M4 (Part II)" for all the shoegazy goodness needed this week, and for the truly avid fans, we've also got "M4 (Part I)" available for download.
Delicious Vinyl's RMXXOLOGY compilation is the brainchild of Peaches and label founder Rick Ross, and came about when the two decided to commission a handful of contemporary electronic music artists to remix classic hip-hop tracks from the likes of Masta Ace, Fatlip, and Young MC. Production duo The Philippians assumed the challenge of reworking The Pharcyde's classic 1995 cut, "Runnin," and here, the Echo Park-based team adds dreamy acoustic chords and distinctly electronic programming to the synths and beats found on the original. Though they played with the vocals to some extent, chopping and staggering the chorus, the lyrical coming-of-age message is retained throughout this modern reworking of the song.
Asthmatic Kitty's newest signee comes in the form of Indianapolis-native David "Moose" Adamson, and just like the name of his Grampall Jookabox moniker (meant, apparently, to sound like a child slurring its words), the producer and songwriter has a taste for idiosyncrasy and off-kilter musical arrangements. This track might start off with a straightforward, chugging indie-rock guitar chord, but Adamson is quick to incorporate disparate rhythms made by triangles, tambourines, and kick drums, add some vaguely Arabic vocal chants, and drench his lyrical content in gallons of reverb.
Vermont-based producer and longtime member of the Stones Throw family Koushik dropped his first release on the label four years ago, but is only now getting around to unleashing his debut album. Well worth the extended wait, Out My Window combines '60s pop sensibilities with '90s-era hip-hop beats, all of which are held in place by Koushik's unique voice, which he manipulates and arranges into ethereal patterns that give the entire album a truly dreamlike quality. This one is for lying on cushions and staring out the window on a Sunday afternoon.
Drenched in nu-wave and synth-punk influences, "Pack Moves" comes courtesy of the Hamilton, CA-based duo Stereo Image, made up of Junior Boys founding member Johnny Dark and one-man disco band San Serac. The two were introduced in 2006 and quickly developed a trademark sound of futuristic synth noise and sharp, stripped down beats that often veer into the two-step realm. The boys just completed their debut album, a self-titled release that will drop on September 23 and no doubt feature the danceable, yet somewhat sinister shades featured on this track.
Sébastien Tellier is keeping busy this summer. His latest album, Sexuality, will hit American Apparel outlets on July 22 and be exclusively through the retailer, and the French songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and trilingual singer will also embark on a brief tour in support of the release. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper album launch without a remix here and there, and Tellier has commissioned Berlin-based producer Alex Ridha, the man behind Boys Noize, to fashion a little reworking of this track. Here, Ridha cuts up the vocals, throws on the synth chords, and turns this number into an all-out party for the headphones.
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