Awol One has been making hip-hop for nearly 20 years, but he shows no signs of slowing down. Only Death Can Kill You, his latest release, sees Awol make a temporary break from his conventional backpack-style hip-hop. Skid Row-esque guitar samples and loose percussion make his uniquely biting voice more scruffy and agro than ever, and we caught up with the vocal marauder to see what tracks inspired this album, his spookiest vision yet.
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In part two of our series on San Francisco's Recombinant Media Labs, XLR8R Technology Editor Ken Taylor looks at the state-of-the-art sound facility through the eyes of Berlin-based musician Stefan Betke (a.k.a. Pole). To a soundboard master like Betke, the lab is not only "a dreamland," but a fertile ground for his dub-heavy explorations. Watch as he experiences Recombinant Media Labs for the first time.
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When three percussionists from post-rock behemoth Tortoise make a breakbeat record, the odds are that it's going to be groundbreaking. Bumps' first release for Stones Throw, Beats, Breaks, Raw, Drums, beams with Latin, Jazz, Afroabeat, and yes, a little post-rock rhythm. Is there anything these guys can't accomplish musically?Read more »
Fans of all things techno, take note. Cologne-based imprint Kompakt Records is set to unleash the third installment of its Speicher (“Extra”) series, a collection of compilations showcasing the label’s best 12” tracks in a single mix CD.
This time around, labelhead Michael Mayer and Jorg Burger (a.k.a. The Modernist) take the reigns, steering the mix through melodic intros, peak-time dancefloor numbers, and straight into 4 a.m, dropping some of the freshest techno tracks Kompakt has released to date.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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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 »
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