What’s that? You want to know what’s been going in our ears this week, reverberating our cochleas and sending broader vibrations throughout our bodies and by extension our audio-addled souls? That’s a coincidence: here’s this week’s Editor’s Choice.
Michael Aniser (Contributing Editor)
Moonpool & Dead Band – Human Fly
Tagged “Slime-Lab Disco” this track by Detroit’s Moonpool & Dead Band just got released on the always amazing Not Not Fun. Sounds like a science-fiction movie gone wrong, forever trapped in the the VHS bin at an abandoned video rental place. Plus disco.
Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier – Following the Mississippi River
Felicia Atkinson develops sound and dronescapes. ‘Following the Mississippi River’ is a psychogeographical journey that resembles fluidity and sounds kind of like drowning, in a very slow and peaceful sort of way.
Daniel Jones ( Editor)
Fat Trel feat. Chief Keef – Fukkk Da Feds (prod. by Lex Luger)
Love that classic Luger sound, and you can download it too. I have a song idea for Chief Keef he can’t afford to pass up. It’s about weed.
Holy Other – Held
Been on this for a minute already, cool press guy got the previews flowing but when it comes to the new Holy Other LP my motto is ‘never enough’.
Walter W. Wacht (Community Manager / Editor)
Kalipo – Bierchucks
I can’t tell why I have is this love-hate relationship music-wise, but I’m usually pretty ho-hum about Audiolith Records‘ releases. But this time it’s different: the new single of Kalipo (the side-project of Frittenbude‘s Jakob Häglsperger) is working just fine for me. ‘Bierchucks’ comes with a very subtle bassline, a kind of balearic feel and some generic vocal hook. Far from being revolutionary, but still.
JJ DOOM – Winter Blues (Live at BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’)
Can’t have enough of MF DOOM. The L.A. based rapper might well be one of the best in the game, and his new joint project JJ DOOM with Jneiro Jarel (and their album Key to the Kuffs) is just another paragon of the masked rapper’s potential for steady reinvention. For this column I had to pick a single track, but I strongly recommend listening to the full JJ DOOM album.
Louise Bailey (Contributing Editor)
Gang Colours – Fill Me In
This doleful cover of Craig David’s ‘Fill Me In’ sees slurs of treated piano replace the cheap champagne fizz of the original.
Hit-Boy – Busta Ass N*ggas
The producer responsible for ‘N*gga’s In Paris’ stepped up with a solo mixtape HITstory this month. This cut features Bun B and Chip Tha Ripper clashing shoulders with plunges of hoover synth.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Mdou Moctar – Ana
Dam Mantle – Canterbury Pt.1
Dam Mantle is getting ready for dropping his debut album Brothers Fowl on October 7. Here’s the phenomenal first single ‘Canterbury Pt. 1’.
Photo: Viviana Druga
Brownswood Recordings’s new ace Will Ozanne aka Gang Colours has some serious champions in his corner. From Gilles Peterson and Ghostpoet to Laurie Anderson it’s no wonder his debut The Keychain Collection sounds so self assured.
Releasing on the 27th Feb, you can stream the whole album below. Dreamy, spacious production and deep cavity bass with a hint of R&B will make this a quintessential early morning listen for 2012, not unlike label mate Flako’s The Mesektet. In the most non-incriminatory way one can say this; should you by any chance be in to “purple kush” you’re probably going to need this record … just saying.