DJ Idee has clearly spent a lot of time in front of Grand Theft Auto of late. The new video for his track "The Right" features leggy ladies and car jackings galore, and we can't tear our eyes away from anything Jean Grae has a hand in. Oh, and the editing on this one pretty much blows most other music videos out of the water. Read more »
What's better than Elvin Estella (a.k.a. Nobody) and Niki Randa readying another Blank Blue release? Try a Blank Blue EP complete with a couple remixes courtesy of Flying Lotus.
Dive, set for release September 23, will feature future-folk remixes of the track "Sonic What?!," off this year's Western Water Music Vo. II full-length, followed by a couple cuts in which Flying Lotus adds his trademark sound of wobbly loops and static noise to the dreamy originals.
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We always thought "Talk Like That," off The Presets Apocalypso release, sounded a bit like a church congregation that decided to throw a rave, what with the grand organs slathered over a fast-paced electronic beat. Apparently Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes thought so too, as the new video for the track features a wispy girl praying before she goes bezerk on the drum set. Jonas & Francois, the team responsible for Justice's "D.A.N.C.E." video and Kanye West's "Stronger," was behind the directing helm on this one. Read more »
The Minus crew is heading Stateside! Berlin-based DJ, producer, and innovator Richie Hawtin, along with his roster, will spend August and September in the Western Hemisphere, darting around North and South America. Expect sets from the likes of Magda, Troy Pierce, Konrad Black, and Marc Houle. No word yet as to whether or not the magic cube will be in attendance, but here's hoping.
08/27 Portland, OR: Holocene w/ Richie Hawtin
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XLR8R rounds up 10 new things DJs should cram in their hard drives.
Abstract Beats, Broken, Dowtempo:
“The Undatow 2”
This upstart Oakland, CA-based crew is going to heat up Fall 2008 with this smoking four-track EP. Picture future-funk and dreamy beats that lie between Flying Lotus and Boards of Canada territory. Evocative and supremely bumpin’.
Modern Clubber EP
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Stars Like Fleas have been on our radar a few years now, but when the Brooklyn-based band dropped its folk-meets-jazz-meets-rock album, The Ken Burns Effect this past June, the music world sat up and took note of the band's ambitious musical arrangements that seem both soothing and disorienting. It's a combination that seems apt for live performances, and we'll see for sure when the band hits the road this fall. Check this track for a hint at what's to come.
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