Busy Ganges, Melissa Lavaudais, and a rotating cast of friends follow up last year's Farewell Forest EP with Sinister Militia, and to celebrate, they've enlisted some cats to assume remix duties on select tracks. Here, Tyler Pope of !!! adds tribal drums and warps guitar and vocal notes into stretchy, deliciously catchy sound bytes.Read more »
The Berlin-based !K7 imprint is responsible for releasing some of the most noteworthy dance records of 2007 thus far (namely, Joakim’s Monsters and Silly Songs and DJ Kicks: Hot Chip). Now, the cornerstone label is continuing one hell of a year with releases from pop’s remix master Ewan Pearson and improv outfit Cobblestone Jazz.
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Sometimes wearing a mask can benefit an MC beyond merely helping develop a recognizable image. According to an army of pissed-off indie hip-hop bloggers and message board scribes, MF Doom pulled an advanced Ashlee Simpson move last night at a sold-out show at San Francisco’s Independent venue. Apparently, a masked “Doom” took to the stage, and lip-synched over a prerecorded mix. According to blogger Fucs Jones:
Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt (a.k.a. Matmos) put San Francisco on the map as a hotspot for groundbreaking electronic music. Now, as they pack up and head for a new life in Baltimore, they reflect on the effect the Bay Area (and the dot-com boom) had on their music, and speculate on what's ahead.
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Portland-based, post-ambient producer Adam Forkner has a definite pension for the stranger side of things (on his MySpace page he states he wants to play in "healing huts"). On his latest offering, Prism of Eternal Now, Forkner's universe is composed of rich, delayed textures, Eastern drums, and engulfing feedback. Recording for both Marriage and Kranky Records, this young mystic may be the next Eno. Look for White Rainbow on tour with Dirty Projectors and YACHT in a town near you.Read more »
If pop music can in any way be lovable, then six-piece outfit Architecture in Helsinki is the band to make that happen. On Places Like This, the group's third longplayer, the traditional verse-chorus-verse formula is livened up with some tropical flavors, rhythms that call reggaeton to mind, and vocals that may warm some and annoy others, but are nonetheless extremely unique.Read more »
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