He's a found sound fanatic, and for his third full-length, avant-experimentalist producer Ethan Rose reels in the sounds of Oaks Park Roller Rink in his hometown of Portland, OR, manipulating the strains coming from the rink's 1920s Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Rose himself assisted with organ repairs from time to time over the last year, an activity that no doubt provided plenty of inspiration for Oaks, which seems to be, at it's heart, a meeting place for modern technology and antiquated machinery. For the truly inspired, read about Rose's studio secrets while taking a listen to this track. Oaks 01 On Wheels Rotating 02 Rising Waters 03 Grand Marcher 04 The Floor Released 05 Fortunate 06 Scenes From When 07 Mighty Mighty 08 Bottom
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Beat-bender Mochipet released his wobbly, warped hip-hop album, Microphonepet, back in the spring of this year. Then he went and announced a remix companion to the album, slated for a December 2 release via his own Daly City imprint. Jahcoozi, Darko, and Boreta all hold spots on the tracklisting, as does London's Fliami Vice, who did this track. As was the case on the original cut, Oakland's E Da Boss and Bicasso (of Living Legends fame) show up for guest spots. Microphonepet Remixed 01 Get Your Whistle Wet (CLP Remix) 02 Banana Split (Fliami Vice Remix) 03 Get Your Whistle Wet (DJ C Remix) 04 Lazy Day (Starting Teeth Remix) 05 Rambunktion (Mochipet’s Audio Graffiti Remix) 06 Rambunktion (Boreta Remix) 07 Rambunktion (Jahcoozi Remix) 08 Vnecks (Darko Remix)
Gainsesville, Florida-based hip-hop collective CYNE dropped its third album via Hometapes last month, proving their lyrics are still as sharp as they were when the band emerged some years ago. And since it took seven years to complete Pretty Dark Things, we can expect much fanfare and promotion of the album to happen over the next couple of months, along with some remixes, the first of which comes courtesy of Holopaw member Michael Johnson. This is one for dubstep fans and deep basslines.
Now hear this! New York buzz DJ Drop the Lime (Luca Venezia) has created an energetic 4/4 Chicago-house number in his latest single “Hear Me,” off the namesake EP. Almost-cheesy male vocals break into a pop moment that briefly trips into stripped dubstep before swinging back into full gear. The song finishes with whomping bass synths fluctuating on top of tinny, polyrhythmic hits of percussion and fake rock guitar. The EP also features remixes by ghetto-breakbeast Buraka Som Sistema and fellow New Yorker AC Slater. Lulu McAllister
“195 lbs.” is off of Nightmares of Wax’s sixth album, Thought So…, released earlier this year. The album is rooted in lead man George Evelyn’s experiences during a road trip from his birthplace of Leeds to his new home in the middle of Ibiza. This single’s jazzier reggae beat matches the song’s muffled vocals, which take a back seat to the peaceful melody and loping hip-hop rhythm. In the N.O.W. tradition, this is a low-key groove to kick back to among friends. Lulu McAllister
Jimmy Tamborello and Mike Skinner aren't two people you'd automatically associate with one another, but the former has gone and covered Skinner's "Blinded by the Lights," which appeared on 2004's A Grand Don't Come for Free. No, Tamborello isn't rapping on this version. Rather, he's turned the number into a synth-heavy instrumental that mimics the melody of the original. The track is one of a few he's recently recorded and made available via the Dntel site. Photo by Robin Laananen
This track unfolds a bit like a day smack in the middle of January would–slowly, softly, and with melancholy undertones. Off The Sight Below's soon-to-be-released album, Glider, "Life's Fading Light" is a dreamy blend of barely touched acoustic guitars and echoing loops laid over a beat that mimics a human heartbeat. Sunny music this is not, but it's easy to picture the reclusive, unnamed producer behind the album hard at work in drizzly Seattle. Glider will arrive in full on November 11, just in time for winter. Glider 01 At First Touch 02 Dour 03 Without Motion 04 Life's Fading Light 05 Further Away 06 The Sunset Passage 07 Already There 08 A Fractured Smile 09 Nowhere
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