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Continuing their foray into the music world, Scion A/V is back with yet another serving of party fuel, this time pairing the legendary NYC hip-hop duo EPMD with a few of London's most respected front-runners of the club music scene. Here, U.K.-based producer Sinden takes a couple vocal loops from the original track, cranks up the tempo dramatically, and adds a wobbly-ass bassline the way only he can.
MC Apoc and producer Rel's first full-length under The Ritz moniker stretches in many directions stylistically, utilizing synths, string arrangements, and programmed beats to make hip-hop that constantly darts between dark and upbeat. Supposedly, noir films were the inspiration for the album, which explains the cinematic feel of the tracks, including this one, a breezy instrumental that incorporates film snippits in the mix. Elsewhere on the release, fellow Chicagoans Racecar (of Modill) and Rhymesayers artist Psalm One show up for guest appearances.
The notoriously cranky Koushik might have a chip on his shoulder the size of a boulder, but he sure does make some wonderful music. For Out My Window, his forthcoming Stones Throw full-length, he merged the sounds of the 1960s with his trademark hazy hip-hop beats, a move that resulted in catchy tracks that are as listenable as they are danceable. This one features an arsenal of percussion and a horn section that starts out quietly and calculated, then escalates into musical mayhem at the end. Top it off with some Indian flavors in the last seconds of the track. Out My Window 01 Morning Comes 02 Be With 03 Lying in the Sun 04 Coolin 05 Butterflybeat 06 See You 07 Nothing's the Same 08 Welcome 09 Corner of Your Smile 10 In a Green Space 11 ifoundu 12 Outerlude 13 Bright and Shining 14 Forest Loop 15 Out My Window 16 Floating On
Takka Takka experimented with everything from psychedelia to future-folk on Migration, its latest album, but gentle melodies are definitely a common denominator throughout the release. Case in point is this track, which features shimmering keyboards and vocalist Gabriel Levine's flawless voice working together with a bluesy bassline. Migration's an apt name for the entire album, as the music tends to wander into unexpected territories, sliding between minor chords and upbeat rhythms and constantly keeping the listener guessing. Definitely a refreshing take on the traditional band setup.
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XLR8R cover star Daedelus just sent this one over, and as it usually happens with his tracks, we can't stop listening to it. "For Whithered Friends" is a reworking of the title track from Fairweather Friends, his Ninja Tune EP from last year. Daedelus has always given off the positive vibes, but this track finds the artist in an extra-good mood, and the cheer should rub off pretty quickly. Props to him for rhyming the words "restitution" and "confusion." Read more about Daedelus in Issue 120 of XLR8R. Photo by Ye Rin Mok
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