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DJ /rupture & Matt Shadetek Solar Life Raft

From two of today’s most uniquely fascinating producers, Solar Life Raft arrives as less a mix than a statement of purpose: a repositioning of experimental bass music into the context of contemporary …

Various Artists ZZK Sound, Vol.2

Over the past two years, Buenos Aires-based collective Zizek has checked a few items off the to-do list. Promoted experimental cumbia into a dance-music watchword? Check. Taken its DJs and artists to …

Hot Chip A Bugged Out Mix

Their contribution to the DJ-Kicks series instantly added “DJ heroes” to the long CV collected by U.K. electro-geek pop band Hot Chip. While most DJs delineate themselves along partisan micro-genre li…

Various Artists Boogaloo Pow Wow

Like all the best dance crazes, boogaloo—the passionately funky, vivacious combination of soul and Latin jazz—lasted but a heartbeat on the musical scene of ’60s America. The quality of records produc…

Kush Arora The Dread Bass Chronicles

San Francisco producer Kush Arora makes digital dancehall for us to dance to in 2012—a futuristic, globalized, bhangra-infused ragga built for the impending eco-disaster foretold by the Mayan calendar…

Mi Ami Watersports

A Rorschach drawing of D.C. noise-punks Black Eyes’ musical oeuvre would surely prompt a slew of one-word responses—from standards (“fiendish,” “misanthropic”) to the made-up (“bloodfugue,” “seminalst…

DJ Sprinkles Midtown 120 Blues

The comma of a warm, undulating chord wash, the semi-colon of a synthesized energy pulse; there are no full stops or harsh question marks imposed by the Balearic bounty of Midtown 120 Blues. I’d imagi…

The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band Darkest Light

Even in the chock-full annals of rare-groove samples, The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band looms large. You don’t have to be a hip-hop head to recognize the opening sax on “Darkest Light,” made into a cultura…

Aidan Baker and Tim Hecker Fantasma Parastasie

Amongst the many visions conjured by this debut collaboration between two big names in the admittedly small circle of ambient/drone music, few are musical. Think of the bizarrely cellular organics of …

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