Hamilton, Ontario residents Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark (a.k.a. Junior Boys) started out as little more than label-rejected knob tweakers confined to their bedrooms. That was 2001, but things are different six years later. Greenspan's and Dark's distinct and smooth melding of '80s pop, champagne soul, and white-boy funk has become an instantly recognizable sound.Read more »
Various Xiu Xiu: Remixed and Covered 5RC
Regardless of your stance on Xiu Xiu, this two-disc collection of remixes and covers slays. The covers disc finds an arsenal of artists–from Larsen, to Oxbow, to Kid 606–hammering out their own renditions of Xiu Xiu hits, while the remix disc features eclectic cuts from Gold Chains to To Live and Shave in LA to Grouper. There is a god.
Clothing and music meet once again, but this time in an unlikely destination. Jeff Mills and his longtime partner Yoko Uozumi have culled from the many fashions seen on their world travels and opened a high-end boutique in Chicago called the Gamma Player Shop.
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By 2006, Swiss dub producer The Interruptor had placed multiple tracks on the popular UK electronic compilation series The Roots of Dub Funk, released a debut album, and recorded a single with Jamaican vocalist Andrew Robinson for his own Interruptor imprint. But when it came to producing music, he realized that he was not entirely self-taught.Read more »
Curmudgeons like me bemoan the slow, agonizing death of the album–which is being bludgeoned mercilessly by today's short-attention-span theater of singles and individual downloads–for a lot of reasons. Like, remember when you couldn't get over on a single, a remix, and a stupid video, but actually had to have a front-to-back solid album to be considered good? Remember concept albums that actually worked and didn't get smothered by their own pretentiousness?Read more »
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