Known for creating genre-skewing, head-noddng beats, Denver-based Ca¢heflowe recently released his latest EP, Cache, Stacks & Queues. The experimental dubstep/glitch-hop offering features collaborations with Machinedrum, Starkey, and, on this track, the Flobots’ Brer Rabbit. “Flowebot feat. Brer Rabbit” boasts a heavy dub beat and grimy synth line that plods along beneath intermittent playful clinks and hollowed droplets. Brer Rabbit’s stern vocal delivery complements the weightier side of this roomy composition. Lulu McAllister
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Spanish-born Javier Barrero has performed in a thrash-punk-pop band and crafted soundtracks for pornos and short films. Here, we find him as muto, the alter ego to his other alias, Logical Disorder. On “You Know,” rhythm thumps dully into a crisp snare beat and crinkling electronic accents in the background. Then, currents of candied synths drive in and a new wave tremolo paints across the infectious multi-layered instrumental. The song inhales, pulling back for a bridge and then rebuilds, sighing blissfully with rising vapors of nuanced pop. Lulu McAllister
Belleruche members Kathrin deBoer, Ricky Fabulous, and DJ Modest describe their sound as “Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Christian and Cut Chemist stuck in a dusty, second-hand record store with rum and a sampler.” The band recently released a highly-anticipated sophomore album, The Express. On the first single, “Anything You Want (Not That),” buzzy bass cushions a catchy soul melody that percolates down through the Motown beat and funky piano line. This arrangement saunters alongside deBoer’s grainy, coquettish vocals and only a bluesy solo from Fabulous on his 40-year-old acoustic guitar cuts through DJ Modest’s turntabled groove. Lulu McAllister
News of The Whip's album getting a U.S. release date a couple weeks ago thrilled those of us who've been playing tracks like "Divebomb" and "Trash" for the last couple years, hoping to see a full album eventually come Stateside. That day will arrive in early 2009, with X Marks Destination, and the aforementioned "Trash" is the lead track on the album. In this writer's opinion, the Mancunian quartet puts most of the rave-rockers currently crowding up the blogosphere to shame. Check out the spooky video too.
Combining electro with more traditional cumbia and champeta sounds from their native Colombia, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Bogota duo Monareta is part of the growing wave of artists pushing the boundaries of exactly what constitutes "Latin" music. Taken from their latest album, Picotero, "Me Voy Pa'l Mar" features a pulsing beat, crunchy electronic flourishes, and a sultry female vocal (en Español, of course). What results is a song that could easily get hips swinging on both sides of the equator.
Up-and-coming producer Aether's got a solo album in the works, Artifacts, due out November 25, but in the meantime, the San Diego beat-maker who doesn't sleep has remixed Swedish future-pop queen Lykke Li for fun. "Little Bit" saw an earlier reworking from DFA's Tim Goldsworthy, under his Loving Hand guise, which was a minimal and very electronic affair. Aether's chosen a somewhat different route here, opting for heavier drum sounds, airy synths, and lots of reverb added to Ms. Li's sugar-sweet vocals. Photo by Andy Eisberg.
Just released last week is Heralds of Change/Lucky Me member Mike Slott's second solo 45 this year for Dublin's All City Records. As with his previous endeavor for the label, Slott rolls a whole bunch of soul up with the hip-hop beats on this release. "Flunky" is definitely the bouncier number of the two, while "Deux Three" features some smooth vocals and futuristic synths. Preview the latter here.
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