Every weekend 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.
Liphemra – Part 3
The debut mixtape from mysterious drummer/vocalist Liphemra is only 15 minutes long, and we’ve had it on repeat. The LA-based talent counts FlyLo as a mentor, makes left-field pop and reminds us of Karen O: “What I want to say, I’ll say, I’ll say, motherfucker, I’ll say.”
Zuse – Bullet
Zuse has a voice unlike anything in hip-hop, fusing the dancehall flow (and patois) of his Kingston hometown with the weirder cadences of his Atlanta base of operations. Backed by hitmakers DJ Spinz, Metro Boomin, 808 Mafia, and FKi, this one bangs.
John Barera & Will Martin – ‘Awake’
A rusher and a half from Barera and Martin’s recent EP for Yen, with heavy hints of Soundstream and Bangalte. Hardly original, but if you wouldn’t give it trance hands to this after a couple of drinks you’ve officially lost your edge.
Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting – In The Trauma Center
Sludgy, noise-drenched Screw-influenced jams from one of Portland, Oregon’s weirdest (and most crucial) sons? You don’t have to tell us twice.
Strict Face – ‘Fountains’
Mr. Mitch’s Gobstopper label has been in fine form this last couple of years – ‘Quartz’, ‘Tash Wax’, The Room Where I Belong – and Australian producer Strict Face’s contribution keeps the levels high. Fans of The Room Where I Belong should be all over this, in fact – it’s got that same zero G grime feel, but replacing that EP’s minimal airlock feel with lusher strokes of colour.
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love
Twenty minutes of noisy, cathartic punk with hints of riot grrrl that brings back memories of teenaged nights spent in dank basement clubs.
Zmoney/Various – The Mobb Tape
This tape might have dropped a few weeks ago but it gets better with each repeat spin. Need proof? Check out ‘Umma Dogg’ and ‘Anyway’ and then report back.
Various – Bombay Disco
This must-hear reissue collects late-1970s attempts to reconfigure disco for a hungry Bollywood market. The results are a demented glam-meets-disco-meets-Bollywood psychological nightmare.
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry – ‘Johnny and Mary’
One of the year’s most anticipated dance albums drops on Monday, and it’s, er, not that much of a dance album at all (sound familiar?), with as much chintzy piano and moustachioed lounge jazz as kick drums. This magnificent Robert Palmer cover, at the centre of the record, could’ve easily snuck onto the Drive soundtrack had it been released a few years previous.
The entire PC Music discography
The London-based dance-pop label caught our attention with their DISOwn mix last week, but A. G. Cook and company have been at it for over a year, churning out undeniable tracks that are the sonic equivalent of snorting Pixy Stix.