It seems that the Jamaica Observer agrees with Pon Di Wire’s assertion last week that this summer’s next big dancehall artist is most definitely the quick-tongued MC Munga Honorable. ”Earthquake,” “Wine Pon It,” and “Bad From Mi Born” are all receiving strong spins from soundsystem and radio DJs around the globe.Read more »
The English and French have been busy cultivating a scene that has been embraced by the next generation of dance fanatics. Jas Shaw and James Ford (a.k.a Simian Mobile Disco) have been at the head of the pack and after a stint of immaculately successful 12”s and remixes, the electro-house duo is unleashing its first long-player. Slated for release on Wichita (Bloc Party, The Blood Brothers), Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release is going to go completely insane for the duo’s gritty analog magic.
In part one of a series, XLR8R Technology editor Ken Taylor takes you on a tour of one of electronic art's finest facilities, Asphodel and Recombinant Media Labs. Comprised of an unprecedented 16.8.2 -channel, 10-screen surround-cinema performance environment with an external control room, a suite full of new and old synthesizers (all in mint condition), a DVD- and CD-mastering studio, and a recording studio with top-of-the-line equipment spanning nearly every era of electronic music, Asphodel and RML is a sound artist's dream come to life. Read more »
Dolby-Anol is the chip right off of the electro-psych block. This Glasgow-based duo composes the most righteous analog-house, sample-shuffling dance tracks this side of Simian Mobile Disco. Taken from the boys' Tigerbass debut Dolby & Gabbana, "Heather, I'm Dry" is imbued with layers of colorful synth-dirge and bleeping chaos from the cosmos.Read more »
Odd Nosdam Level Live Wires Anticon.
Odd Nosdam is to experimental hip-hop what Herbert is to disco. Although samples abound, it’s the field recordings (exploding SUVs, gang shootings) in his latest LP that make it a truly intriguing (and often moving) collection of cinematic, fuzzy bricolage. Put this on your headphones, look at the people sitting around you on the bus at night, and enjoy.
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Portland-based hip-hop duo Lifesavas is unquestionably one of the most soulful outfits to grace the indie scene without coming close to cheesy soul status." Gutterfly is another tight offering beaming with horn-sample-heavy, production and lyrics that prove how fly both VURSATYL and JUMBO's collaborative work can actually be. "Gutterfly," the single, features Camp Lo (the East Coast soul reps), whipping up more versatile hip-hop that Shaft himself could vibe with.Read more »
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