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Brooklyn’s LEGS Get Sprinkled with Midnight Magic Glitter

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 530 views]

Brooklyn art-rock indie-pop outfit LEGS garnered some attention when their track “So Obvious” landed on the soundtrack to Jenny Slate’s Obvious Child.
Literally a couple of pairs of brothers and their lifelong childhood friends, the band plays slinky, angular funk that would probably make David Byrne do a chicken dance.
The band’s new track “Jungle” has gotten a juicy Midnight Magic rework that beefs up the groove …

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This Soft Machine: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 959 views]
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Borrowing some titular inspiration from William S. Burroughs, like Robert Wyatt before him, Australian DJ/Producer Tim Sullivan called his music project This Soft Machine. 
Making it’s debut on Eskimo Recordings in April, This Soft Machine has less in common with the Canterbury sound and more to do with the LCD and !!!. Sullivan’s first single has a pair of cool cuts and features instrumentation from Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE a​nd Cut …

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RIP: Barron Machat, Co-Founder of Hippos In Tanks

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 866 views]
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I met Barron about 4 years ago at El Coyote.
Like a cliche, I totally walked in super late and I looked around the empty restaurant and all I saw was this smiling kid in a booth.
I looked right at him, the only dude in the room and was unsure if I was looking at Barron because A) he was so remarkably young and B) …

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Tom Vek Gives Emmy The Great a Drum N Bass Remake

Posted April 6, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,040 views]

Tom Vek is an longtime personal and KCRW favorite. Since his future classic “We Have Sound“, Vek has built his signature sound on mesmerizing loping rhythms over which he floats super catchy crystalline melodies.
When I caught up with him a few months back, he told me about his increasing fascination with the Drum N Bass sounds of his ravey mid-90s youth.
We reminisced at length about Mo’ Wax comps, Goldie’s “Metalheadz“ and Bukem’s …

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Jamie xx’s Quiet “Loud Places”

Posted March 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 798 views]

Without a doubt, one of this generation’s most talented and intriguing outfits, The xx have a white hot allure that revolves around their being virtually untouchable (even and possibly moreso to each other.)
Having seen them a number of times, most recently a few years back at Coachella, their music and dynamic all teeters on push/pull tension that feels like Oliver and Romy are Richie and Margot Tenenbaum on …

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Adrian Sherwood’s “At The Controls” On-U Sound Retrospective

Posted March 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,181 views]

UK producer Adrian Sherwood is a living legend.
His discography is bonkers and frankly doesn’t quite make sense on paper. And as good as any one of his productions are individually, no one song would necessarily give you pause.
But, like a Chuck Close painting, his discography requires you looking at it (that is, hearing it) from a distance. Trying to connect the dots up close, without hearing the work would …

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Jose Padilla’s Bright New Day

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 699 views]

Jose Padilla’s last (and most recent) release for International Feel was a deliciously woozy 12″ called “Solito“.
The totally Romantic diminutive of alone, “Solito” perhaps found Padilla exorcising some spirits of loneliness.
That release, however, was only the beginning of a budding new relationship with International Feel’s Mark Barrott. That relationship now in full bloom, has birthed a brand new Padilla release, “Day One” out this week.
A blissed-out sliver of beachy sunlight, …

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Cotto Social Anxiety SXSW 2015 Preview

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,531 views]
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I am old.
I haven’t been to SXSW in over 10 years.
And when I went it was for my cousins Bachelor Party which happened to fall at the same time as the Interactive Week. Austin was teeming with drunk nerdy people in lanyards speaking in tongues all over each other about “new media.”
Mind you this is before iPhones even.
In any case, the atmosphere gave me a kind …

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Revisiting the Roots of Now With Early Bjørn Torske

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 707 views]

10 years ago we had Jobs, Hope and Cash…now we don’t have any of those. :\
If someone had intimated 20 years ago that Norway would the be epicenter for a modern Space Disco movement, it would have seemed like an absurd claim, as nobody cared about Disco and a great number of American’s wouldn’t have been able to point at Norway on a map.
Although Röyksopp’s Melody A.M. …

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Palmbomen II: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 885 views]

Dutch Producer Kai Hugo is living the game. *And by the game, I mean a metaphor for life…but also literally a game. In 2014, soon after contributing music to Grand Theft Auto V, Hugo was contacted by Sony to soundtrack their Metrico puzzle game. He’s since relocated from Berlin to sunny Los Angeles.
Hugo’s musical project Palmbomen is a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. Palmbomen is Dutch for palm …

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