London-based Fabric resident and electronic music titan James Lavelle (a.k.a. UNKLE) is unleashing War Stories–the first UNKLE release on Lavelle’s very own Surrender All imprint. While it’s not exactly clear why the album won’t be released on the more established Mo’ Wax, or how these labels are distinctively different, his third full-length should definitely be a project of vast significance.Read more »
Call the music of Tampa, Florida’s Yo Majesty what you will–club, rave rap, whatever–but be advised no genre restrictions will tame these three rambunctious women. Fresh from South by Southwest destruction and West Coast mayhem with The Gossip, the three ladies of Yo Majesty have become the toast of the town in just about any urban setting.
Reggae singer Nanko, known for the hit “Lucky You” (Downsound), has reportedly gone AWOL, and his label is claiming breech of contract. According to the label's press release, Nanko was signed to Downsound Records with production and management contracts since December 2005, with the label spending a significant sum of money for his recordings, videos, personal expenses, and promotion.Read more »
Paul Dickow (a.k.a. Strategy) has been making post-ambient tracks for nearly a decade, though none have been quite as realized as those found on his latest album, Future Rock. The perfect mesh of dub, ambient, and synth-pop, Strategy's compositions are as weird and spacey as they are totally accessible. "Can't Roll Back" is the percussive equivalent of any great jazz-drummer scarfing some peyote with Battles on Magic Mountain.Read more »
Portland-based Marius Libmun (a.k.a.Copy) is an electro gift from the future. Taking cues from italo-disco, melodic techno, vintage hardcore, and new wave, Libmun proves himself a production renaissance man on his latest album, Hair Guitar. We sat down with the bearded wonder to see what records have led him into this champion terrain.
Hair Guitar is out now, on Audio Dregs.Read more »
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