"West Coast," the title track off Junk Culture's West Coast EP is a lovely, trippy blend of stuttering vocals, live drums, and a classic cut-up hip-hop break. It leaves you hanging in wonderment for a good long while, then drops you into bliss. Perfect for sunset watching.
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XLR8R exclusive! A super-fun club mash-up from the new collaboration between Jubilee of Nightshifters and Udachi of Trouble and Bass (among other things). Its ripsaw synths and cut-up vocals run over a truly bumpin' beat that changes up ever four bars, and a healthy dose of rave feel rounds out the fun. If you like it check the other remixes on the EP that's out Sept. 8. Read more here.
Lauded as a "techno kingpin," NYC's Abe Duque has been hard at work proving his title on his latest single with fellow DJ/producer Blake Baxter, the entrancing "Let's Take It Back." On King Roc's remix, the song is given more room to breathe as he pulls the beat and bass into the background and pushes the vocal track and percussive elements to the forefront.
As a teaser for the new album from U.K. house producer Jamie Jones, Don't You Remember the Future, we were sent the non-album bonus track "Soak" to pique our interest. Well, PR Agent, you've succeeded. The track's minimalist groove, ethereal vocal samples, and arpeggiating synth work create the kind of tension we think the dancefloor could always use. You can consider us officially looking forward to your client's next album.
One of San Francisco's premiere techno and house DJs, Alland Byallo's star will surely continue to rise with the release of his first full-length Brick By Brick. Here we have the record's closing number, featuring unexpected rhythmic shifts, subtle sonics, and some fierce, bouncing bass. Paired with high-frequency white noise pans and a two-to-one note punctuated harmony, "War Zero" will definitely be heard on dancefloors the world over this autumn.
The sample that opens Del and Tame One's "Special" makes it abundantly clear that the two insanely gifted MCs are fed up with mainstream hip-hop, and they're going to tell you all about it. In the rhymes, the duo weaves throughout Parallel Thought's classic breakbeat instrumental, pop culture references are dropped like bricks, and cuts at some of rap's biggest names whiz by your head like polished stones. Del and Tame One may not have invented lyrical hip-hop, but they've certainly made it their own.
Whisked in shoegaze fuzz and drone-pop vapor, the hazy hooks on this song from the New York duo's Cameo EP slink through your open window like a crawling mist while you sleep and blanket you with sweet, sweet dreams. Plenty of ghostly moans and narcotic riffs to go around here so fans of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive look no further.
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