Go ahead and do that '80s thing, but keep those annoying, faux-alienated vocals out of the damn mix. This French duo offers three tracks that illustrate two distinct ways to decorate a 4/4 machine beat: either make it cavernously abstract or simply melodic. Tasty bits from today's future-past. Read more »
New York Afro-house kingpin Osunlade and Montreal keyboard monster David Kakon go take-two on the first release for Osunlade's Yoruba label, with solid results. A warm, sloshy-but-tight horn section leads a sax and some boompty percussion through the original, while Nick Holder's remix takes it to minimal-loop paradise. Nifty and knockin'. Read more »
One of Chicago's pioneers reaffirms his vocal and production prowess on this smooth yet emotive slab. Shimmering keys, jabbing synths and a plaintive piano melody highlight the gospel-tinged original, while fellow Chi-boys Blakbeatniks remix the whole mess to edgier, more epic heights. Of course, Carroll's brazenly classic vocals make this fundamentally good-good. Read more »
Bay Area dubwise house label celebrates its second birthday with two uptempo remixes of Organic Groovers Zeb and Sasha's South Asian-flavored downskank. Sen-Sei & David Coleman jam it up with some epic keyboard-laden party atmospherics, while Dub Theory & Lyon St. Dub keep the minor key, then congo-trip it up. Propulsive. Read more »
UK hip-hop is just like American hip-hop, but not really. It's still recognizable as hip-hop, but something's...different. Fortunately, Belles In Monica's MC Kruze overcomes his Glaswegian brogue (sounding almost like Chuck D) on this dark banger. Produced by Krash Slaughta and remixed by London's Unsung Heroes. Och, aye. Read more »
There's more to Atlanta's hip-hop scene than Jermaine Dupree and Outkast, but don't expect this 12" to change the city's musical image. MCs T.I.M.E. and Balance drift on and off of producer Aslan's murky beats and the trio never quite gels as a crew. Roll out. Read more »
The second in the series from DJ Nick Name, this supplies its title's target well, this time with help from the US via Organic Grooves, DJ Angola, and Bolliger and Gloor. Four classy organic midtempo Afro/Latino cuts, good for any dancefloor. Read more »
Responsible for some of Common's finest recordings, these two Chi-town cats combine effervescent jazz loops with rugged MPC3000 beats. These at-times dusty, at-times sci-fi-soul gems play like card table dominoes: challenging, syncopated and fun. What Primo and Extra P do for NYC, Dug and I.D. do lovely for the Windy. Read more »
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