DJ, designer and, enterprising A&R man Chicken George has compiled a new volume of his The Swed.u.s.h Connection series, with volume two focusing on a variety of U.S. producers and music styles that should cause a stir in the downtempo and jazz club scene. George compiled a previous volume featuring tracks by Take and Hydroponic Soundsystem for the Swedish Brandy label, home to Freddie Cruger and Southside Break Crew (a.k.a.Read more »
JDH & Dave P have helped renovate New York nightlife with their FIXED parties. These two ex-punk patriots have had everyone from Ewan Pearson to Lindstrom to Peaches to M.A.N.D.Y. destroying nights at their always-ripping parties–and based on Zombie Nation's Gigolo-tech history, this event will definitely be one for the books. Brooklyn already has its hands up.Read more »
ROIR has a long history of releasing amazing records, especially in the live department (uh, Christian Death’s Decomposition of Violets, hello), so Cool Out and Coexist, the latest offering from hardcore/dub band Dub Trio, seems the logical next release for the label.Read more »
Boots Riley, the leading MC of political-rap group The Coup is absurdly active when it comes to communal action. He’s served on the central committee for the progressive Labor Party, helped build the Anti-Racist Farm Workers' Union in California, and founded the Mau Mau Rhythm Collective–a group bent on taking various organizations’ messages and spreading them on a cultural platform (namely, hip-hop).Read more »
Referencing ’80s synth-funk may seem like a played-out tactic after the recent explosion of ironic electro/new wave/punk-funk bands on the scene, but Canadian duo Chromeo doesn’t merely reference the cultural zeitgeist of the era–they embody it. Call them nostalgic, call them hopeless romantics, but don’t call them kitschy or ironic.
Who cares if UK-based Maximo Park's core audience is in their teens? The band's newest record, Our Earthly Pleasures, is far from immature. Featuring more of the driving guitars, danceable drums, and pop vocals the quintet is known for, this album is heavy as a pocket full of rocks. "Our Velocity" is exemplary of a band unafraid to branch out and make its own type of noise.Read more »
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