Maps' We Can Create would make a good soundtrack to a science fiction movie, with an epic palate of sound that stretches from space-like folk to whispering, warped vocals and glossy pop melodies accompanied by unpredictable chord progressions. The album is a pretty impressive feat, especially when one considers the fact that the UK-based producer created every layer of sound on a battered, 16-track recorder.Read more »
Groomed by the Project Blowed crew in the early-'90s, L.A.-based MC Busdriver has had been all over the country, dropping albums and playing shows since stepping into the solo realm in 1999. Last year's RoadKillOvercoat–which features production from Nobody and Boom-Bip, as well as much breaking of genre barriers–is still turning heads and gaining acclaim, and with master of weirdness Daedelus and sample king Girl Talk coming along for several dates, Busdriver's latest tour should be one nutty ride.Read more »
Wham City’s done it again! Ocdj, a.k.a. Dan Gaeta, makes 8-bit “candy” crunk and Baltimore club that sounds like Tetris and feels like the dirty south. A mix of melodic synth compositions and 8-bit hip-hop remixes (Rich Boy, Young Buck), Hooray! is a blast from start to finish. RH
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Get past the atrocious name of this six-day event and you’ll discover there’s a hell of a lot to get excited about if you’re in Chicago at the end of September for the Estrojam Festival.
First and foremost, ESG will play what is supposedly the punk-funk group’s last show ever at the festival. A quick hunt around the band’s MySpace page wielded no further explanation, so this may very well be your last time to check one of the most sampled bands in the history of music.Read more »
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