Former rapper J-Zone’s focus is all about production these days, but his latest project is no regular album. Entitled Live @ The Liqua Sto, the project is, according to the DJ and producer, "a fun collection of one-minute booze ads," and this particular jingle also takes a gleeful stab at the good old American South. So the story goes, J-Zone and cohort Chief Chinchilla found a random redneck to throw down some crass-yet-entertaining rhymes about something vaguely referred to here as “hillbilly beer,” though whether this drink is moonshine or Bud is never specifically stated. Elsewhere on Liqua Sto, Prince Paul, RA the Rugged Man, E-Swift, and others contribute to tracks that discuss everything from White Castle to womanizing.
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If its preview, which we ran earlier this year, is anything to go by, the squad of electro hooligans that are the Bang Gang Deejays cover quite a bit of ground on their just-released remix album, D is for Disco, E is for Dancing. The double-disc set finds the crew reworking everything from A-Trak to Ghostface Killah, and here, they taken on Modular labelmates The Presets, reworking the opening track from this year's Apocalypso release. It certainly is a track for dancing–with or without the E involved. Maverick Newberry
The three members of ANAVAN are clearly enjoying themselves while on tour, because the latest single to arrive from their forthcoming album, Cover Story, is a slightly more upbeat affair than their last offering. "The Perfect Sound" is two minutes and 24 seconds of synth-drenched melodies and sunny vocals that show off yet another side of the group and further confirm our suspicions that attempting to classify these guys is not really possible. We await further confirmation of this when the full album drops on November 11.
We're not really sure what to call the music on The Bug's latest offering, London Zoo. Sometimes suited to the dancehall and at other instances fit for the darkest dubstep room, the album, as XLR8R scribe Matt Earp recently noted, "careens off in unexpected directions," but it's not erratically out of control. As with his previous work over the last decade, the man born Kevin Martin cements the various styles in place with a heavy helping of bass. Roll Deep's Killa P and Flow Dan helped out on the track "Skeng," which has already gotten the remix treatment from dubstep don Kode9. Here's the original, ready and waiting for the dancefloor. Or you could just catch it in the live setting, as Martin and Co. will be galavanting about North America through mid-December.
Termanology joins forces with an all-star studded supporting cast of Bun B and DJ Premier as they show the world “How We Rock” in proper form. Primo lays some solid ground work with a top-shelf beat featuring jazzy bass samples that evoke a sense of throwback private eye movie background music… and more cowbell. Termanology’s flow goes with the on-point vocal stylings of Bun B quite cohesively on this joint, from his debut album, Politics As Usual, which also dons collabs with Pete Rock, Easy Mo Bee, Large Professor, Freeway, and Prodigy. He’s currently on the Still High Tour with Method Man and Redman, touching down all over the states.
After an intro reminiscent of theme music from a quasi-futuristic cheesy '70s action flick, The Show Is the Rainbow (known to his mom as Darren Keen) combines witty commentary with a wide assortment of instrumentation and programming to generate a distinct sound that goes beyond our abilities to genre define. The track is a sneak preview from his upcoming LP, Wet Fist, from Omaha’s own one-man band that creates a multi-faceted, eclectic fusion of rock, electronics, and hip-hop that pays homage to the the likes of Frank Zappa, Squarepusher, and early Beck. You can catch TSITR’s energetic and notoriously audience interaction-heavy live show as he currently tours the U.S. with The Faint. Justin Maxson
Buff1 doesn’t mind coming across a little arrogant “because that’s the point,” claims the Ann Arbor, MI-based mic slinger. With a lyrical prowess backed by soulful, swanky beats, he waxes poetic about his enviable competencies well-beyond his elegantly flowing rhymes on “Real Appeal.” After spending 10 years alongside 14KT, Grand Champ, Texture, Tres Styles, Vital, and DJ Haircut, in the Athletic Mic League, and sharing the stage with the likes of Mos Def, Ghostface Killer, De La Soul, and other well-respected hip-hop luminaries, Buff1 debuted as a solo artist in 2007, with the critically acclaimed Pure. The buzz has gotten louder with his sophomore release, There’s Only One, featuring collaborations with Black Milk, The Lab Techs, Now On, and Athletic Mic League.
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