Ready for a new beat? With the alt-rock and club-techno scenes taking up the major share of music headlines these days it would be easy to overlook the abundance of nu-soul, future jazz, and broken beat music that’s arriving on record-store shelves and download sites. Three famous labels in particular, renowned for their consistency, don’t let our thirsty ears down with these full schedules of new releases.
For its next foray in the hip-hop world, Adult Swim joins Definitive Jux and Williams Street for the Definitive Swim compilation. The usual Jukies, like EL-P, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, make appearances, and for those wanting to get in touch with their darker side there's even a cameo by NIN's Trent Reznor.
Digital video art and electronic music both move as fast as the engineers programming those new technologies, so it’s no surprise that techno culture has long been a testing ground for the latest developments in motion pictures. The Optronica Festival–held March 14-18 at the National Film Institute in London’s Southbank area–cements the connections between these two cultures, moving DV art out of the ghetto of rave VJing and DVD extras, and onto the BFI Imax, the largest movie screen in Europe.Read more »
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