Bluff, Element, Scoobs, and Six are back as Custom Made, and they have another mixtape to hand to the masses. Street Cinema Vol 6: The Lost Weekend, is made up of tracks recorded during the band's studio sessions for albums like 2007's Truth Be Told and last year's Original Dynasty. There's no fluff—lyrically or musically—here. The L.A.-based crew keeps the beats tight and the lyrics sharp and serious on this track.
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Bright synths meet wobbly beats and basslines on this track, which is from B. Bravo's Analog Starship EP. The Bay Area-based producer sounds as though he took a music-making seminar taught by Flying Lotus, Eliot Lipp, and the rest of the wobble-hop crew. Analog Starship is out now. Photo by Dulce Paz.
Leipzig, Germany-based Kassem Mosse—whose work has drawn comparisons to the likes of Theo Parrish and Basic Channel—is well familiar with ambient techno territory, and he's given us this untitled track from his back catalog to gear fans up for his Workshop 08 release. This number should sooth even the most frazzled nervous systems, and if you're planning to host a chill-out room anytime soon, add it to the playlist.
Dubstep iconoclast Pinch takes on reggae legends Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle with this remix. The original version of "Watch We" appeared on Andy and Beedle's Inspiration Information collaborative release, but here, Pinch gives the roots and club reggae sounds some heavy bass and ethereal atmospherics.
S.F.-based DJ and producer Kush Arora has teamed up with Trinidadian toaster MC Juakali for this track, off Kush's fourth full-length, The Dread Bass Chronicles. As suggested by its title, the new release is a futuristic dancehall collection that sees contributions from an all-star cast, including Warrior Queen, MC Zulu, the aforementioned Juakali, and others.
Justice has the feedback-laden electro sound down pat, but here's another take on the ridiculously popular Paris duo's music, courtesy of Mexico's Toy Selectah. The recent XLR8R Artist to Watch has a free EP currently up for grabs on the Mad Decent blog, in which he's remixed the likes of Santigold, Boys Noize, Devendra Banhart, and others. Here's a cumbia-infused version of the aforementioned French duo's track "One Minute to Midnight."
Mr. Lif just won't slow down. The conscious MC is currently on a massive, 40-plus date tour of North America, playing and performing like mad in support of his new album, I Heard It Today. The Boston-based MC takes on our troubled times (flailing economy, housing crisis, apathy, fear, etc.) with the new release, and offers some tips on how to optimistically ingest the uncertain future.
He'll release I Heard It Today tomorrow (April 21), through his own Bloodbot Tactical imprint.
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