Most who know him consider Alfred Darlington (a.k.a. Daedelus) one of music’s true innovators, a guy who produces abundantly and constantly challenges the norms. His discography includes numerous releases with avant-electronics and sound clips from ‘30s and '40s films. He's championed the monome, a unique sequencer that carries an arsenal of sound in its dozens of buttons.Read more »
Various G-Ha and Olanskii: Sunkissed Smalltown Supersound
Smalltown Supersound has released its first mix CD and it smokes. Featuring cosmic madness from Serena-Maneesh, Glimmers, and 120 Days, this Norwegian label is setting us on fire and we dig it.
BBE's Beat Generation series more or less put the label on the map, giving producers like Jay Dee, Marley Marl, Pete Rock, and will.i.am (whose offering was surprisingly solid) free reign to put out whatever creations they could concoct. Over the years, the series gained praise for helping highlight the production prowess of some overlooked-at-the-time folks (Jay Dee, DJ Jazzy Jeff), but it also garnered not-undue criticism for putting out what amounted to glorified beat tapes (*ahem* Marley Marl).
Toronto’s Last Gang imprint garnered attention from the music world with releases by Death from Above 1979, Metric, and Tiga. Now the label sits once again in the spotlight, with the re-release of Touch Up, the debut album from Vancouver’s five-piece math poppers Mother Mother.
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