He had the biggest summer single by taking on a sacrilegious topic, he’s been a recent guest on Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show, and his label has racked up an impressive set of chart-topping dancehall riddims. Is there any doubt that the baritone-voiced deejay Shaggy is on track to make another run at the Billboard charts? Already one of reggae’s most successful selling artists, the 38-year old–born Orville Richard Burrell–will drop his eighth album, Intoxication, November 13 on Big Yard/VP.Read more »
Trojan Records’ celebrity mix series (where influential artists cull their all-time favorites tracks from the Trojan vaults) continues, with the October 15 release of The Orb–I’ll Be Black, a double-disc set compiled by The Orb’s Dr. Alex Patterson.Read more »
The avant-rockers in Les Savy Fav have got a lot to be stoked about, with a comeback album–entitled Let’s Stay Friends–released this week on French Kiss and an extended North American/European tour, including one date at Randall’s Island with The Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Blonde Redhead, and newcomers Wild Light.Read more »
Anders Trentemøller knows how to maintain the perfect balance between dancefloor slashers and pensive mood music in his mixes. For The Trentemøller Chronicles, the Copenhagen-based artist’s forthcoming, two-CD release, fans can expect more of the dirty synth noise and ambient hues that have helped to make Trentemøller one of the most sought-after DJs and producers in the current techno scene.Read more »
XLR8R hangs out with Maya Hayuk as she sets up her most recent exhibit, at Upper Playground's Fifty24SF gallery in San Francisco. She discusses how everything she's done–painting, photography, skateboard/snowboard/clothing/shoe design, even an Absolut campaign–has been shaped by music, and what a relief it is that art has finally been liberated from the "faraway, enchanted land" of museums.
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