Michael Vater (a.k.a. Phonique) is one of those producers that straddles the tech-house-pop-everything else fence. Good Idea is filled with deep kick drums, the occasional vocal-house track a la Matthew Dear, and features a slew of collaborators from Gui Boratto to Steve Bug. "Always Wanted" is only a fraction of this Berlin-based producer's capability.Read more »
Jamaican music has seen plenty of singers come and go; a few old-timers even come back for another shot at the business. Among the more successful longtime singers who’ve regained prominence are Earl Sixteen, Cornell Campbell, Anthony Johnson, Robert French, and the regal Winston Rodney (a.k.a. Burning Spear). But there are far more great vocalists who reappear only infrequently despite their time-tested talents.Read more »
The early-to-mid-’90s was a great time for hip-hop–especially in the realm of fashion. Who could forget the oversized denim with Timberlands? But hip-hop style has developed in many different ways throughout the years (see one gold tooth as opposed to grills), in ways that have ultimately become adorned with larger fits, more colors, and a much higher price tag (with the exception of the white tee). But if one hip-hop ensemble has managed to retain the vibe of old-school hip-hip flavor, it’s been Oakland’s Hieroglyphics collective.
Vladislav Delay (a.k.a. Sasu Ripatti) is a Finnish producer who has set the standard for techno experimentation. With a knack for layering delay effects and soft, hitting percussion, Delay bridges the gap between sustained clouds of harmony and 4/4 dance-central.
With the exception of artists with a steadfast punk-ethic, tours are being chopped into “select dates” for veteran acts. Face it: When was the last time Booka Shade took on South Dakota and preceded to drive straight on through to Indiana? Never. So in honor of the badass touring habits of today’s established ensembles, here are a couple of short-lived tours pit against a punk venture.
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