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If it's variety you want, look no further than The Octopus Project, a trio that merges distorted guitars, synthesizers, drums, violins, glockenspiels, and a horn section into its tracks with astounding ease. Taken from the forthcoming Hello, Avalanche release, "I Saw the Bright Shinies" is hard evidence of the feats that can be achieved through technology.
Marcin Czubala has spent the last decade putting his classical music training to good use, letting the rigor of study enhance his skills as an important electronic artist in the Polish underground music scene. His time spent at Kurczewski music school is evident on "Capofamiglia." The beats are intricately laced over one another with a meticulousness most don't have the patience for, and subtle bleeps and tweaks blossom throughout the music.
Maps' We Can Create would make a good soundtrack to a science fiction movie, with an epic palate of sound that stretches from space-like folk to whispering, warped vocals and glossy pop melodies accompanied by unpredictable chord progressions. The album is a pretty impressive feat, especially when one considers the fact that the UK-based producer created every layer of sound on a battered, 16-track recorder.
Detroit-based Paul Randolph boasts quite the resume. His musical history includes a stint in Sao Paulo, collaborations with Underground Resistance, Carl Craig, and John Arnold, and tracks encompassing every genre on the planet. Definitely one to look out for in the coming year.
A founding member of the Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics, Adam Carter (a.k.a. A Plus) finally stepped into the realm of solo releases this summer, with My Last Good Deed. The album sees Carter embracing the chance to explore lyrical subjects closer to his own life experience, and accepting the challenge of portraying those people and events in a positive, mature light.
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