Somewhere between post-rock, indie-rock, and folktronica sit Lymbyc Systym, the brother/brother duo that hates vowels and loves vintage keyboards, analog effects, lots of drumming, and are quickly carving a name for themselves as Mush's latest laptop-rock creation. Fans of Tortoise, Four Tet, and My Bloody Valentine, take note.
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African Underground: Depths of Dakar is a collaboration between Senegalese MCs and Nomadic Wax Recordings, who set up shop in Dakar and opened the studio doors to anyone willing to grab the mic and spit some lyrics. The result is an album of tight musical production and politically-charged lyrics that act as the mouthpiece for social change in the country. Definitely not your average rap music–the citizens of Dakar are evident in every track.
A veteran of the Detroit hip-hop scene who has worked with Slum Village and Young RJ, Black Milk now stands solo as a rising producer and MC. His second album, Popular Demand, will be released in March on Fat Beats, complete with his sharp lyricism, catchy hooks, his unmistakable swagger, and a bonus DVD. Fans of all things indie, take note!
PJ Geissinger has been performing as Starkey for only three years, but boasts one hell of a resume. Co-owner of Slit Jockey Records, and a member of Philadelphia’s Seclusiasis music/design group and NYC’s Trouble & Bass Crew, he released his solo debut track in March of 2006. Stay tuned for 2007 releases on Terminal Dusk, Trouble & Bass, and Lo-Dubs.
This is the solo debut from 24-year old Ben Cooper (who gained recognition from his other project on MorrMusic, Electric President). Working now under the Radical Face moniker, Cooper's new record, Ghost, turns short stories into songs, weaving the narrative through pianos, guitars, and accordions. The result is a gentle arrangement of chamber folk, pocket symphonies, and passionate melodies.
With her album Happy In Grey, Damero brightens up winter with haunting pop-melodies and dance anthems for the soul. The figure behind these tracks is Marit, otherwise known as BPitch Control's promotion counter, and when boss-lady Ellen Allien accidentally heard the tracks, she realized at once what hidden talent flowered in her BPitch Control greenhouse.
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