Every Saturday we post a rundown of the music – old and new – we’ve been enjoying in our UK and US offices that week.
No emphasis on the boxfresh or the under-the-radar: just an honest account of what’s spent most time on the respective office stereos, with (where possible) links to the music.
Donato Dozzy & Nuel – The Aquaplano Sessions
Ultra-crisp and unyielding techno throbbers from the bottom of the ocean; once trading for crazy money, now reissued for newcomers by Spectrum Spools.
Murlo – ‘Roman Baths’
Someone’s written “utopia exists” in the Soundcloud comments, which pretty much sums up Murlo’s Studio Ghibli-esque version of instrumental grime.
EMA – The Future’s Void
Erika M. Anderson (formerly of red-raw drone duo Gowns) steps up to the plate on her second album of deconstructed grunge, artfully smashing lo-fi guitars and whisky-burned vocals against pristine strings and knowingly glossy radio-rock chords. Recommended for anyone who liked rock music until it went shit.
Future feat. Pusha T and Pharrell – ‘Move That Dope’
Sorry, but this is the best thing Pharrell has done in the past 12 months. Too late to arrive on our list of his 50 best tracks, sadly, but it’s great to hear ol’ Skateboard P remembering how to rap, and over a rock-hard Mike Will beat no less.
Kelis – Kaleidoscope
Getting back into this one after realising that Kelis’ collaborations with The Neptunes could’ve filled up the majority of our rundown of Pharrell’s best tracks. Plus, FACT TV tracked her down at her food truck in Austin this week.
Dakim – Stand This + Stand This B-sides
The reclusive Detroit producer is soon to return to Matthewdavid’s Leaving Records with a double dose of abstract instrumentals. Some of it is simple and direct, some of it is challenging but it’s all rewarding as Dakim continues to refine his unique take on the inherent hypnosis that lies in sampling and looping.
Badawi – Bedouin Soundclash
20 years ago this year, Raz Mesinai birthed the Badawi project with Bedouin Soundclash molding dub, hip hop and abstract into his own vision. Re-released by ROIR in 1996, the album would go on to be tied to the illbient scene that was then emerging out of Williamsburg.
Daddy Kev – A Tribute to Konkrete Jungle L.A
Before he was one of the kingpins of L.A’s beat scene with Alpha Pup and Low End Theory, Daddy Kev was also a part of Konkrete Jungle L.A, one of the original drum n bass parties to bring the sound from the UK to the west coast. This tribute mix was originally put together for dublab’s 2013 Proton fundraiser.
Slint – Spiderland
Yes, it’s obvious – but where plenty of the post-rock canon hasn’t aged well (sometimes due to the pretension, sometimes because the music just wasn’t all that) Spiderland still shocks, crushes and creeps you out with every listen. Due for the box-set treatment this year, we interviewed the group about the album this week.
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Still sounding good, and still sounding like the future.