Friday, April 8, 2011

NOSAJ THING COACHELLA 2011...

Coachella is next week and Nosaj Thing is on the bill. Here's a sneak peek at his visual show.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: SOMA \\ SHLOHMO...

SF (by way of LA) beat maker Shlohmo tours SoMa and discusses his musical process. Good stuff.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

L.A. SERIES #10...

Out this week is the final installment in the L.A. Series from All City Records featuring the notable talents of Exile and Free the Robots. This one is a no-brainer. Cop it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

MANIFESTATIONS EP...

Dope new collection of tunes from Brainfeeder affiliate Mono/Poly. The Manifestations EP features 7 new tracks including standout single "Forest Dark". It's a bi-polar affair for sure. Equal parts industrial funk and lushed-out ambience.

Monday, April 4, 2011

K IS FOR KELSON...

New video from stay-puft favorite Bibio. This is "K is for Kelson" from the recently released Mind Bokeh. Easily one of my favorite tracks on the record. Love the feel good vibe.

Friday, April 1, 2011

MEYRIN FIELDS EP...

New companion EP from space rock duo Broken Bells (James Mercer & Danger Mouse) out this week. The Meyrin Fields EP features 4 new tracks that come off a bit heavier than the content on last year's The High Road but are nonetheless enjoyable. Fans of the debut album from this duo won't be disappointed.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

MUSIC FOR TROUBLED MACHINERY...

Musician/producer Leb Laze lost a dear friend this year, his MPC 2000. As his trusty production tool was dying, it started to randomly spit out all of the sounds loaded within it in their raw and unedited form.. over and over again. Leb Laze began to record and embrace these freakouts, using them as a basis for the majority of the songs on his new album Music for Troubled Machinery.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

HER TEARS TASTE LIKE PEARS...

Also out this week courtesy of Ninja Tune is Her Tears Taste Like Pears, the new EP from electronic beat maker Dorian Concept. The EP is only 4 tracks deep but it covers a lot of musical territory ranging from dancefloor friendly workouts to introspective downbeat numbers. Good stuff throughout.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MIND BOKEH...

Out this week via Warp is Mind Bokeh, the highly-anticipated new record from lo-fi electronic wizard Bibio. The album picks up where 2009's Ambivalence Avenue left off with a stunning blend of sun-kissed folk, cut-n-paste-post Dilla beats, hazy psychedelia, and crunchy beats. So good.

Monday, March 28, 2011

THE SHE ONLY CHAPTERS (ALBUM SAMPLER)...

About 1 month from now The She Only Chapters from Prefuse 73 will hit. Here's a little album sampler to whet the appetite.

Friday, March 25, 2011

$FREE.99: KNXWLEDGE - MANGO EP

Hotly-tipped Philly beat maker Knxwledge is giving away a new micro-EP called Mango. It's only about 8 minutes long, but hey, it's FREE so you can't complain! Click here to download.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

L.A. SERIES #9...

The penultimate release in All City's L.A. Series also came out this week featuring tracks from LA photographer Coleman and Motor City native Ta'Raach. Good stuff on this one, check for it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BUBBLE WORKS...

Out this week via Eliot Lipp's Old Tacoma Records is Bubble Works, the debut EP from feel-good electro beat maker Mike Bubbles. The one screams summertime! I love it!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

W.A.R.

Also out this week is W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), the highly-anticipated new album from supa emcee Pharoahe Monch. The album features guest spots from Immortal Technique, Styles P, Phonte, Jean Grae and Royce Da 5'9" alongside production from Exile, Marco Polo, M-Phazes and Diamond. The album is a little hit-and-miss but from a lyrical standpoint Pharoahe proves he's still got it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

COMPANION...

Out this week via Ghostly International is Companion, a compilation of Gold Panda's early 2009 EPs (Before, Miyamae, and Quitter's Raga) along with a slew of previously Japan-only bonus tracks. Very good stuff.

Friday, March 18, 2011

UNDFTD SF...

Now that HUF SF has officially closed it's doors, it looks like one of LA's finest will be moving in to serve the Hayes Valley faithful.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

$FREE.99: SIR MICHAEL ROCKS - THE ROCKS REPORT

Remember The Cool Kids? They were supposed to drop their debut full-length When Fish Ride Bicycles forever ago. Uh yeah, it's still not out. As we continue to wait, Mikey Rocks, er, Sir Michael Rocks has gone for dolo in the form of a FREE mixtape called The Rocks Report. Click here to download.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

LOVING YOU IS KILLING ME...

This video makes me smile. This is Aloe Blacc with "Loving You Is Killing Me" from last year's Good Things. Courtesy of Stones Throw.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ANTONIONIAN...

Also out this week is the self-titled debut from Antonionian, better known as Jordan Dalrymple of Subtle/13 & God fame. The production on this record is not what I expected. The stoney indie rock style that both Subtle and 13 & God are known for is replaced by electro-funk-leaning avant-pop tunes. Unexpected, but a pleasant departure.

Monday, March 14, 2011

PLACES EP...

Out this week courtesy of Friends of Friends is the Places EP from hotly-tipped electronic beat maker Shlohmo. I really like the new direction on this EP. The crunchy basslines and boom-bap energy of previous releases have been replaced with moody, introspective soundscapes that really spread out nicely. Highly recommended.

Friday, March 11, 2011

INTERNATIONAL...

New video from Matthewdavid. This is the title track from the recently released International EP on Brainfeeder featuring vocals from Dogbite.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CONDUCTING INTERVIEW...

Production wiz Mike Slott sits down with Adam Saewitz in his home in Brooklyn to listen to songs and discuss his instincts and the potential effects of music on the soul.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

INTERNATIONAL EP...

Also out this week courtesy of FlyLo's Brainfeeder imprint is the International EP from LA beat scene veteran Matthewdavid. The 4-track EP is a challenging listen at times but it grows on you with repeated spins.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

LASERS...

Out this week is Lasers, the highly anticipated new album from hip-hop wunderkind Lupe Fiasco. I've listened to the record several times through already and I must admit I'm a little underwhelmed. Both the production and sing-song hooks are just a little too pop for me. It feels like a record without much staying power. Only time will tell.

Monday, March 7, 2011

BEGIN END BEGIN (TAKE REMIX)...

New video from Take (aka Sweatson Klank). This is a remix of "Begin End Begin" by Take himself from Only Mountain: The Remixes on Alpha Pup. Check it.

Friday, March 4, 2011

BLUE MOVIE...

New video from Anti-Pop veteran Beans. This is "Blue Movie" produced by Son Lux from the recently released End It All. This one is not entirely safe for work so be ready with that Alt-Tab.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

PONIES...

Rounding out the trio of micro new releases for the week is Ponies, the debut EP from Leo123. Best known for his work alongside Eliot Lipp as Dark Party, Leo123 breaks out on his own and delivers a batch of crisp, angular electro heaters. Good stuff.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MARRIAGE...

Also out this week courtesy of Ghostly International is the Marriage EP from stay-puft favorite Gold Panda. The EP features the gorgeous original production alongside remixes from Star Slinger, Baths, Forest Swords and Halls. Essential.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

THE NOTHING/NIGHTLY, DAILY...

A trio of exciting new EPs out this week. First up is The Nothing/Nightly, Daily, the new single from 2010 breakout artist Baths. Peep the audio for lead track "The Nothing" after the break.



Monday, February 28, 2011

$EASONS...

New video from Brainfeer affiliate Jeremiah Jae. This is "$easons" from the forthcoming Rappayamatantra EP. Check it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

MORNIN'...

Psychedelic new video from Star Slinger. This is "Mornin'" from Volume 1 directed by Alan Jensen.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

BETWEEN TWO POINTS...

New video from The Glitch Mob. This is "Between Two Points" featuring Swan from last year's Drink The Sea.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

ONLY MOUNTAIN: THE REMIXES...

Also out this week is Only Mountain: The Remixes from LA beat scene veteran Take. The album features tracks from last year's Only Mountain remixed by the likes of Mono/Poly, Alex B, TOKiMONSTA, Mux Mool, Free the Robots, Shigeto, Eliot Lipp, Om Unit and more. SOOO good.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

UNDERNEATH THE PINE...

Out this week is Underneath the Pine, the highly-anticipated new album from electro-popster Chaz Bundick, aka Toro Y Moi. Mr. Bundick really delivers the goods with this one. Expect to see it on a lot of "Best of 2011" lists at the end of the year.

Monday, February 21, 2011

ALL OF THE LIGHTS...

DOPE new video from KanYe West. This is "All Of The Lights" featuring vocal contributions Rihanna, KiD CuDi, Elton John, Fergie, John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson and Alicia Keys. All on one song. Wow. Directed by the incomparable Hype Williams.

Friday, February 18, 2011

STAR SLINGER - BEDROOM JOINTS

Out this week is Bedroom Joints, a new 3-track EP from hotly-tipped electro specialist Star Slinger. Nothing but R'n'B inflected day-glo electro goodness on this one. Click here to listen and download.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

MARRIAGE...

Stunning new video from Gold Panda. This is "Marriage" from the stellar Lucky Shiner on Ghostly International. Video directed by Ronni Shendar.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WHEN I'M SMALL...

New video from Phantogram. This is "When I'm Small" from their 2010 effort Eyelid Movies. Another great video from this duo. Check it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

END IT ALL...

Hip-hop auteur Beans is back with a new batch of steely verbal assaults to melt your mind. End It All features production from Nobody, Four Tet, The Bumps (a.k.a. Tortoise), TOBACCO, Son Lux, In Flagranti and more. Check out "Superstar Destoyer" after the jump. It's my personal favorite.



Monday, February 14, 2011

NIKE SB STEFAN JANOSKI SPORT RED...

The ├╝ber successful Stefan Janoski pro model returns in sport red. Very nice.

Friday, February 11, 2011

ULTRAMODERN VERANDAH...

Eliot Lipp and vyle. are Auburn. "Ultramodern Verandah" is the first single from their forthcoming full-length collabo. Peep the video below.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

GONE BABY, DON'T BE LONG...

New video from the always soulful Erykah Badu. This is "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long" from New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh. Video directed by Flying Lotus.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

NIKE SB ZOOM ERIC KOSTON...

Eric Koston gets his first original shoe from Nike SB. Looks fresh.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

COMPLEX HOUSING...

Also out this week via FoF Music is Complex Housing, the debut full-length from SF-based electro-funkateer Salva. The album feature ten original productions and several remixes from the likes Lando Kal, Machinedrum and My Dry Wet Mess. It's solid from front to back. Recommended.

Monday, February 7, 2011

JAMES BLAKE...

Out this week is the highly-anticipated self-titled debut from British electronic composer/singer-songwriter James Blake. The buzz on this kid is major right now. Peep the video for "The Wilhelm Scream" below to find out why. You won't be disappointed.



Friday, February 4, 2011

NEW BEAT...

Another new video from electro-popster Toro Y Moi. This is "New Beat" from the forthcoming Underneath the Pine due on February 22nd via Carpark. Check it.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

LEVELS...

New video from OG neo-soul crooner Bilal. This is "Levels" from his most recent release Airtight's Revenge. Video directed by Flying Lotus. Peep it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

EXCUSES...

New video from lo-fi electronic wizard Bibio. This is "Excuses" from the forthcoming Mind Bokeh due March 29th on Warp. So good!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

FULL CIRCLE REMIXES...

One of my favorite records from 2010 gets the remix treatment. Full Circle Remixes features one new track from Shigeto and a slew of top notch remixes from the likes of Mike Slott, Om Unit, Mux Mool, Samiyam, Beautiful Bells and Take. Peep the Take remix of "Look At All The Smiling Faces" after the jump. It's essential.



Monday, January 31, 2011

COLLAB SERIES NO. 1...

First up in the Collab Series from All City is the somewhat unlikely pairing of Martyn and Mike Slott. The single features two collaborative tracks one of which has Martyn's dance floor friendly fingerprints all over it while the other screams of Mike Slott's trademark mid-tempo swing. Peep the latter after the jump. It's dope.



Friday, January 28, 2011

MIND BOKEH (ALBUM SAMPLER)...

Mind Bokeh, the highly anticipated new album from Bibio lands on March 29th and I for one can't wait. The album sampler below only gets me more excited. Check it.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

STILL SOUND...

New video from electro-popster Toro Y Moi. This is "Still Sound" from the forthcoming Underneath the Pine due on February 22nd via Carpark.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

$FREE.99: KANYE WEST - POWER (PAPER DIAMOND REMIX)

Paper Diamond (a.k.a. Alex B) remixes "Power" from KanYe West. Really good. Click here to download.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

$FREE.99: PAPER DIAMOND - LEVITATE

The first month of 2011 has been all about the free music giveaways. Case in point - Levitate, the new EP from Paper Diamond (a.k.a. Alex B of Pnuma Trio). Alex B's output as Paper Diamond is a bit more uptempo than his solo work but that hip-hop influence is still there. Good stuff all the way through. Click here to donate and download!

Monday, January 24, 2011

$FREE.99: MUX MOOL - DRUM EP 2

Free batch of head nodders courtesy of electronic beat maker Mux Mool. Drum EP 2 is the end result of a self-imposed beat challenge to make an EP's worth of music during a series of plane rides. Click here to download and donate.

Friday, January 21, 2011

NIKE AIR JORDAN III RETRO...

Who's waking up early to grab these?