This Sunday, February 10 marks the second anniversary of J Dilla's untimely death, and to coincide with that, as well as today, which marks the hip-hop veteran's birth and the release of Donuts, Stones Throw has unveiled latest installment of its podcast series in tribute to one of hip-hop's most esteemed and prolific producers.
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February is officially reggae month in Jamaica, and things kicked off Friday with an Irie FM interview that featured Rita Marley outside of the Bob Marley Museum. A complete list of reggae month events is available online. Gatherings, lectures, and stage shows will continue throughout the month, including The Reggae Academy Awards showcase on February 23. Read more »
With Miami's Winter Music Conference just around the corner, Gui Boratto and Martin Eyerer team up for their first collaboration as producers and try to breathe a little warmth back into techno. "The Island," out February 18 on Audiomatique, finds Brazil-based Boratto and Stuttgart, Germany's Eyerer combining their talents for a track of choppy, stabbing beats and cleverly constructed synth hooks. Read more »
Eno, The Orb, Underworld, Radiohead, and Loscil are a few notable electronic/indie standard-bearers who dazzle listeners with their subtle, sublime, amorphous music. The term “ambient” doesn’t do justice to these artists, who incorporate cinematic features, dub bass, layered melodies and of course, clever rhythmic addition and subtraction. Now, add Edmonton, Canada’s classy five-piece ensemble Faunts to the aforementioned list of dream-inducing sound sculptors, with their new M4 EP as compositional evidence.
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