Producer Clive Chin, son of Randy’s Records founder Vincent “Randy” Chin, has a great story about how his father recruited the Trinidadian singer Lord Creator to voice an ode to Jamaica’s independence. “[Creator] came to the island in 1962 to perform with a set of musicians from Guyana and Trinidad, and my father liked what he heard and said, ‘why don’t you do a song for my label–but do an independence song,’” recalls Chin, from his home in New York. Read more »
When Matthew Dear's Leave Luck to Heaven dropped on Ghostly in 2003, it was pretty much unanimously decided by the electronic music community that "Dog Days," a punchy number featuring crisp beats and an arpeggiated synth melody, was the standout track on the release. Remix albums had yet to become the standard practice back then, and so we don't have twenty versions of the track up on Discobelle, though Ghostly is about to change that with the September 9 release of Dog Days: The Robsoul Remixes.
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Berlin's Get Physical imprint is keeping up with the times. The dance music label run by the members of M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade just launched a brand-new, digital-only sister label, the cleverly named Get Digital. The imprint will function as a digital platform for many of Get Physical's future releases, though the company's founders are quick to point out that this is not the end of the original label, but rather, a new development. Read more »
Jake Dutton, who prefers to go by the graf-writer handle Jake One started off making beats in the mid-'90s for Seattle-based Conception records. Since then, he’s been able to straddle both independent and mainstream hip-hop, working for the G-Unit production team, while maintaining ties with underground artists.
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When one's in the great outdoors, nothing passes the time more than destroying things. Don't worry, the Oxford, U.K.-based indie rockers in Foals aren't burning trees or killing birds. Rather, joined by a crew of floppy-headed young lads, the band goes bezerk in the wooded enclave and smashes some TVs and furniture, not to mention the odd plastic crate and tire swing. Perhaps it's a statement of what man might become if left to his own devices in the wilderness. Perhaps we should ask David Ma, who directed the video.
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As much as there is a Berlin techno sound, there is a Berlin techno look: clothing is cut comfortably but cleverly, lines are clean, colors muted and minimal. It’s not flashy or fraught–it’s fashion designed to take you from a luxury hotel to the apocalypse in style. And perhaps no one sports this look better than Ellen Allien, DJ/producer, Bpitch Control label head, and, in the last few years, fashion designer. Read more »
James Murphy makes an appearance on this, the third video for a track off Hot Chip's Ready for the Floor album. An apparent jujitsu master, Murphy shows off his skills by pounding the shit out of a punching bag whilst the members of the band lift weights, wear garbage bags, and sing on rooftops. We have to say, Murphy does actually pierce the camera with a slightly intimidating stare in this one, and if you didn't know him as the erstwhile member of disco-punk outfit LCD Soundsystem, you might actually be a bit scared. Read more »
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