Archive for the ‘electro’ tag
I’ll be damned if “Sunshine” isn’t one of the funnest dance jams I’ve heard in a while. Just try to get the thumping dusty drums, honey vocals, and that whistle out of your head, or better yet don’t. Portland based Adam Forkner (sounds) and Justin Leon Johnson (voice) sum their collective Purple and Green steez up rather well as PSYCHEDELIC LAZER FUNK & FUN TIME JAMS. ’nuff sed. Enjoy people!
A recent mix by Detroit-based producer Fake Gold Chain is currently girding through my speakers and countless other speakers in Europe and parts unknown. Given how intrinsically Detroit electro this music is, chances are listeners around the globe will gravitate to it more than American audiophiles. Frankly that’s the way it’s always been.
Fake Gold Chain recently put out a mix called The Law of Club and Fang that delves into various parts of either Juan Atkins-style early techno, soul-driven Craig Huckaby type blacktronica and then veers into areas that are exclusively his own. For more on the project, go check out The Loop.
With the post, I’m also announcing the end of my semi regular Detroit Heat post here at LxNxM. The city is so all over the place with music that makes global listeners fawn… much of which we’ve posted without the Detroit Heat moniker that I’ve decided to give it some rest. You can be on the lookout for the full podcast/CD/DVD/straight to HBO mini movie in the near future. Until then, keep Detroit on your radar and listen to Fake Gold Chain.
As I was combing the internet for good music yesterday, I found a new song from French electro-funk producer SebastiAn that features M.I.A., “CTFO” (Chill The Fuck Out). I had never heard of this SebastiAn guy before – apparently, he’s a kind of a big deal to some people. sue me. – and, to be honest, I wasn’t really feeling that track. Sad to say, but I think this one’s going straight to the junk heap that has become M.I.A.’s music as of late.
I was still curious, though, and I clicked around and found this other jawn he did with Mayer Hawthorne, “Love in Motion,” which had been circulating on the blogs and twitters for the last week or so (I see you, @melenie). At first, I didn’t even recognize the Stone’s Throw crooner’s self-described “hanging-by-a-string falsetto” through the distortion effects. I thought that maybe the track had been mislabeled. But a few seconds in I was like, “Dang, this is kinda nice. It’s a funkier, almost Prince-like Mayer that I never knew existed.” Perhaps you’ll agree. Unfortunately, this radio rip is the best quality I could find, but it’s not that bad, and its definitely worth a listen or few while you wait for the HQ version.
After jammin out to “Love in Motion” a couple times, I dug a little deeper and found this video for the track “Embody,” which premiered back in March (again, shouts out to melenie). The single was released in early April. Late pass, sure, but I had to share it. It’s by far my favorite track that I’ve heard off of his upcoming LP, Total, on Ed Banger Records. I’m sure it’s not the first time that this has been said about a French electro producer’s music, but this song’s got an old school Daft Punk air to it, which I actually enjoy a lot. The video is hella fun too. The little man is unstoppable.
Total drops May 30th in Europe and June 7th Stateside.
When I saw this new video on UGSMAG, purveyors of new hiphop media for those seeking refuge from the swag and trap stylings of the day, I rushed to the record shop and copped the album Dialogue. After listening through and blabbing to the homies about how dope the whole album is, I was surprised to find out that the album actually came out in 2009. I’m more than a little embarrassed for managing to sleep on Thavius Beck, cause the album is more creative and cutting edge than most of the hip hop I’ve heard for a minute.
“Go” and the rest of Dialogue speak to my love for lyricism. Beck’s rapid fire delivery kinda reminds of me of Living Legends Eligh, however unlike many dense rhymers he shares space with his epic, degenerate beats in a sonic dialogue that shatters the standard verse/bar formula. If I had to go into battle against an army of soulless terminators – this is what I would bump before facing my fate. A Mush records signee and certified Ableton guru, Beck boasts collaborations ranging from Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta, Saul Williams’, and 2MEX. I will be watching/hoping for some new face-mashing music from dude soon.
While our spoiled LxNxM brothers are dropping tequila shots, and dropping pounds traversing under the hot- ass sun of downtown Austin at SXSW, it’s only right that me and the Krieganator – without the slightest shred of jealousy – soldier on to bring you that new new.
Enter the Dropping Gems crew “a collective of musicians based in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to share a particular vision of the future of humanity as it’s expressed in the form of electronic music. So we produce and release albums, and create events for people to come hear us and those that we love and respect”. This combination of ambitious vision and love shines through the amphibious, conscious-percolating sound layers of Gem Drops. Representing the crews first digital compilation, and featuring a mindful selection of other U.S. based electronic innovators – all of the proceeds of Gem Drops are entirely committed to raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Listening through, I haven’t been this pumped about an electronic compilation since the first Beat Dimensions in ’07.
Don’t be a cheapskate when you name your price for this album. Whet your appetite for future-hop and support a good cause. For $15 you can get the handmade CD with artwork. Don’t sleep on these big beats made by big hearts.
Some of you may be up on this mix already, but for the rest of you I feel obligated to put you on to this here hot ish.
By the tasteful selection and mature vibe of the mix, its hard to believe that Greene is just 21 yrs old. The mix has all of the nostalgic warmth and soulful sonic foundation of the house and garage you fell in love with- but weaves in the creative blippage and vocal experimentation of the new school.
Overall it feels like a smooth but high energy contrast to the epic and raunchy booty tech sound that seems to be carrying the banner for house at the moment. Look out for Greene’s upcoming album “The Look” in just a few days on Jan 5th, released on NYC label LuckyMe also home to LxNxM faves Lunice & Hudson Mohawke. Download the mix, check out the teaser for “The Look” the below, tracklist for mix after the jump.
Merry Christmas, y’all! Hope you’re having a good one. Here’s a dope new album I’ve been bumping for the past few days and that I’ve been meaning to share. Hella blogs posted this already, but I think it’s well worth reposting. Consider it the best re-gifted Christmas present of the year.
It’s a compilation by French dude Brodinski, and he goes hard on this one. He commissioned a bunch of his homies to create the illest electro remixes of mainstream hip hop and r&b tracks they could, and they’re pretty much all done to perfection. Hence the title, The Best of Everything Vol. 2.
Peep vol. 1 here.
When it comes to tropical Latin dance music, there are few people who’s ear I trust more than DJ Darwin’s. He’s had his brain wrapped around this quasi cumbia resurgence mania before it even happened and is in tight with the crew at ZZK Records down in Buenos Aires. Having brought the label head from ZZK and a few of their flagship artists to Seattle before, its no surprise that he’s helping to bring Frikstailers (pronounced Freak Stylers) to Seattle as well this Wednesday, September 29 at Nectar. The Argentinian duo just dropped a legitimate banger of a mixtape called Bicho de Luz earlier this month and promise to bring some serious energy when they hit Nectar in two days. Their style touches on amped up IDM-infused cumbia, kurduro, house, dancehall, techno and anything else that goes hard. Be sure to dive into their brand new ZZK mixtape which is linked below for your enjoyment, and the Bicho de Luz as well. We like to specialize in mixtapes, so we’ve got your covered.
ZZK Mixtape Vol. 10
Bicho De Luz
Hit the jump for fresh video of these space cadets going retro extraterrestrial live on Argentinian television. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Trust us on that.
So last night my weekend told me it wasn’t ready to settle in just yet, so I said – okay weekend let’s bounce up off this couch. I landed at the always all ages, Seattle landmark venue Vera Project and ended up peeping out Javelin, a Brooklyn based duo – comprised of funky cousins Tom van Buskirk, 27, and George Langford, 29. Armed with drum pads, mpcs, a dollar store piano guitar, an electric kazoo and slew of other merry noisemaking tools – Javelin proceeded to rock the modest yet giddy crowd.
The set made me feel alot of things, a few I’ll name here: merry go rounds, mexican ice cream trucks, miami sound machine, that movie batteries not included, kisses, a quechua disco, Herbie Hancock, dancing like a kid at a Chuck. E. Cheese animatronic show, rainbows, Dilla. It was fun. These guys pride themselves on digging for dollar bin gems and transforming them into that new new. Javelin are signed to Luaka Bop the label of eccentric maestro David Byrne. You can download the very fresh, very free mixtapes World Midi Classics Vol.2 or Andean Ocean Tape below. Still, do yourself a favor and earn what! u aint up on this? points by copping the recently released, and thoroughly pleasing full length No Mas, here .
Here is vibrationz, a guaranteed summertime jam off of No Mas.