Friends since the second grade, Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin (a.k.a. Animal Collective) have been recording tracks together for nearly as long as that, each living in separate time zones, writing individually, yet remaining one of the most intimate acts around. The band has cycled through experimental phases that range from choppy noise to freak-folk to tribal drum escapades, garnering a new army of devout followers with every release. But the Collective’s newest gem, Strawberry Jam, exceeds any experimental expectations–this is pop!Read more »
Various Speicher CD3 Kompakt
Kompakt is responsible for some of the most textured, melodic techno ever, and Speicher CD3 follows suit threefold. Featuring melters from DJ Koze, Stardiver, John Dhalback, and mixed by The Modernist and Michael Mayer, Speicher 3 is the peak-time bleep-fest champion of the year!
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Amir Sulaiman is an MC who has merged the fierce raps à la Chuck D and urgent lyrics akin to KRS-1 into a single ball of poetic fire. His latest release, Like A Thief In the Night, summons traditional boom-bap and conscious lyrics that never impede into preachy territory. "I Love You" may be Sulaiman's entrance into the underground elite.Read more »
We kicked off the week with Portland’s brother duo Lifesavas, who shared tips on how to live the gutterfly lifestyle. Next, Tigerbass’ electro-psych outfit Dolby-Anol set Tuesday’s dirty synth standard, while S.F.-based club killer All Teeth and Knuckles came through with a mid-week drunken sex jam. What better way to follow up a handful of electro tracks than with Guitar’s instrumental clouds of delay and feedback? Finally, we closed the workweek off with the cutthroat sub-heat, courtesy of Bassnectar.Read more »
Though there’s plenty of room to be proven wrong, it’s possible R. Kelly just released the greatest album of 2007 (or at least, the most compelling). Somewhat surprisingly, his long-awaited Double Up LP shows that Kelly has actually escalated his sexually tinged lyrics (see "Sex Planet," "Get Dirty," and "Havin' a Baby"), rather than toning them down.Read more »
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