Disclosure, Sam Smith and Schoolboy Q? (“Latch” has been remixed by many, including DJ Premier. Not to mention, their biggest song to date.) Disclosure have just finished their whirlwind tour, wrapping up their last live show of the year yesterday and today they announce this track with Schoolboy Q. These guys never let up. This year was a phenomenal one for Disclosure, we can’t wait for their return. Listen after the jump.
This week, we are pleased to have none other than the Green Llama himself, Mr Dibia$e, sharing his favorite tracks of the moment. He’s been prolific from first emerging on the scene and hasn’t slowed down since. He keeps churning out that head nod shit to make you break your neck so be sure to keep up with him on Bandcamp and Twitter for more beats and peaces. Check out Dibia$e’s top ranking ALBUMS of the moment after the jump.
And now, for something a little different.
While Gene Simmons is claiming rock is dead, Death from Above 1979 releases a new album. The Physical World is the Canadian band’s sophomore effort and first release in 10 years. While it is not as much of a nose-bleed rager as their first and only other LP, You Are Woman, I Am Machine, it shows the band’s ability to grow their sound, while still remaining true, as well as take a 10 year hiatus and not flop. Something to note about DFA1979 is their attention to detail and level of commitment. Their logo remains the same, their artwork still clean and precise, and their onstage attire always black and white. The Physical World shows how much effort they’ve put into crafting new material and not using left overs from their previous release. If there is anything that DFA1979 does really well, it’s that they leave you wanting more. Looking forward to hearing more. Listen to the first track on the album, “Cheap Talk”, after the jump.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 27, 2014. In the tradition of Record Store Day, this is the second year of Cassette Store Day in the US and UK. The tape we’re probably most excited for on this year’s list of releases is a tape by My Hollow Drum beatmaker, yuk. with a tape called a n a k off Leaving Records. And where did volume 3 of Ras G’s Raw Fruit come from? Plus reissues of Donuts and Madvillainy on tape, what what? Look for more of this year’s highlights after the jump.
Jake The Snake has been a close homie since before S&S came to fruition, way back in the hanabatta dayz at KTUH. The man has immaculate musical taste from hip-hop to house and electronic, not to mention being sartorially inclined and adept. He’s been an inspiration, spiritual guide, supporter, and friend through it all so we are excited to present his favorite tracks of the moment:
[[Photo by Trav15 // Bonobo feat. Erykah Badu @ The Warfield, San Francisco]] For the past year and a half Simon Green has been on the road working hard bringing The North Borders album and the rest of his catalogue to life. With his full band and beautiful guest vocalist Szjerdene they have ignited cities across the world with their live versions. As a document of this long tour Bonobo will have an official release of the recorded video and audio. See the trailer and look out for the DVD/Book/Vinyl/CD this October.
We were first introduced to him by a friend. We all shared a quiet lunch together where Los Angeles native Yosaku, or Kyle Pyo, told me of his passion for music and his meticulous work process. Yosaku’s extreme attention to detail is evident in his track “Future Paradise” which has been acclaimed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Kenny Dope, Eddy Meets Yannah, Jason Palma and more. As if that’s not enough, his 2009 release Rehashed, says it all. Yosaku typically plays Hip Hop, Broken Beat, Latin/Brazilian, Funk, Groove, and House. Being that he is so well versed in various music genres, it was a no brainer that he does this week’s “In This Moment.”
The Designers Republic have been a part of Warp Records as much as any of their legendary artists. So much of Warp’s catalogue bears the unmistakable aesthetic of TDR but their designs are subtle enough to seamlessly blend with the sonic aesthetic to create an almost synesthestic experience. With Richard D. James’s newest release on the horizon (sidenote: great interview on Rolling Stone here) we are treated to a sneak peak of the limited edition vinyl packaging and some explanation of the teaser artwork on Creative Review. See some of our favorite TDR designs on our favorite Warp Records releases after the jump:
Jon Kennedy has been in our speakers since high school. After first hearing his track Smith vs Smith, probably downloaded off Napster, we were hooked. Since his first releases on Tru Thoughts, he’s gone on to craft more albums, EPs, and grown his own label, Jon Kennedy Federation, to give exposure and support to the emerging artists he loves. After all these years, Jon Kennedy is still going strong, producing and DJing so check out his site and Soundcloud for up-to-date releases and mixes.
So without further adieu, here are Jon Kennedy’s top tracks of the moment:
Update: alternate version is even better!
OK fine, it’s an Ariana Grande song but this is Cashy Cat production all the way. Annie’ll probably kill me for this but get your first real listen to this pop masterpiece. Gotta love those cute sounds by Cashy. And now that Benny Blanco’s been getting the Cat more pop work you can bet that we’ll be hearing more of his great production on tracks. Let’s just hope he doesn’t forget about a full-length follow up to Mirror Maru and Wedding Bells.
Photo by Halfway Crook
One-third of the group Pac Div, Like has been rhyming and making beats since high school. Nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me” off Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City., Like is just getting started showing off his production prowess. With his first cassette release, Soundscape, that dropped earlier this year on Paxico Records, the man has just released two new collections of instrumentals on his bandcamp that are the perfect soundtrack as summer cools into fall: LightWork and Zesty.
Here are Like’s top ranking tracks of the moment, showing some current taste and older inspiration: