Tomorrow brings Boozoo Bajou’s “Sign” single (from the current album Grains) with this exclusive mix below, and later this year, a full remix collection featuring reworks from Prins Thomas, Idjut Boys, and Quantec will drop. Will they all invoke a candlelit, D’Angelo pumping, red wine drinking, purple satin sheets rustling, babymaking fest? Dunno. But this one sure does. Silky.
Boozoo Bajou - Sign (DJ DSL Mix)
Boozoo Bajou - Same Sun (Tontelas Roots Version)
Boozoo Bajou - Same Sun
Boozoo Bajou - Messengers
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Who better to tighten Gang Gang's baggy global drum tendencies than DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek, Dutty Artz' resident beat dilligents? Their remix of "Bebey" stems from a new mix CD, Solar Life Raft, out November 11th through The Agriculture, which, and here we're just guessing from the title and this song, will contain loads of floaty, incandescent rhythms colliding with other crazily headspinning sounds. Looking forward to taking a dip in that swamp.
Gang Gang Dance - Bebey (DJ /rupture And Matt Shadetek Remix)
Gang Gang Dance - House Jam
Gang Gang Dance - Princes (feat. Tinchy Stryder)
Gang Gang Dance - House Jam (XXXchange Remix)
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No band ever was more squarely at the intersection of punk and reggae than the Slits. Was? Sorry, is—chief agitator Ari Up (see if you can guess which one she is) has had the pioneering ’70s/’80s group back in action for a while now, alongside original Slit Tessa Pollitt and three younger disciples. Now they’ve chiseled their return into stone, with their first new album in more than 25 years, Trapped Animal, coming on Narnack in early October. The record nicely maps the band’s original stylistic moves onto modern cartography, like this’n, “Ask Ma,” with its buzzing, snaky bassline and chanted exasperations.
The Slits - Ask Ma
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It's a little weird that, considering the parties involved, this tune isn't all that danceable, unless your vision of groove resides some place where stuffed animals throw parties in bouncy castles and synthesizers sound like bulbous water balloons flying around at varying velocitites. If so, consider this your new jam; if not, just get weird with us for a second. Metronomy lost a member to Your Twenties this year, though they're coming back with a new EP, Not Made For Love, out September 21 in the UK. The release does not include this refit from Joakim, so completists and adventurists and all those not able to cop the full thing–grab it below.
Metronomy - Not Made For Love (Joakim Remix)
Metronomy - A Thing For Me (Sinden Remix)
Joakim - Love & Romance & A Special Person
Kleerup - Longing For Lullabies (Joakim Remix)
Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire (Joakim Remix)
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (Joakim Remix)
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This track has been driving me crazy for days, ever since I picked up Pit Er Pat’s new High Time Remixes EP (pressing of 300, hurry). The Chicago trio, now an L.A. duo, struck a flawless Slits-style post-everything dread vibe on the original of “Evacuation Days.” The remix by NGUZUNGUZU (of L.A.’s Wildness party fame) is all that and so much different, a ghost-dub shaker with tropical highlights drawn out into the light of darkness. It’s driving me crazy! Maybe Pit Er Pat will do an all-night version of the song when they play their first duo shows in Brooklyn at Market Hotel and the Bell House this weekend (drummer Butchy Fuego then goes deep as one of nine drummers in Boredoms’ Boadrum 9).
Pit Er Pat - Evacuation Days (NGUZUNGUZU remix)
Pit Er Pat - Evacuation Days
Pit Er Pat - The Good Morning Song (Lucky Dragons Remix)
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Do you remember Memory Tapes? As Sam Duke said exactly one month ago, whoever's behind this beautiful, anonymous noise has a 12" out through Loog Records, backed by a remix from The Horrors - this remix from The Horrors. It begins like Ennio Morricone and Mike Oldfield meeting in the midnight rain and ends as a throbbing, yet surprisingly tender, club take on New Order's "True Faith", wandering synths tied to a compulsive arpeggio and snare drum THWACK. It's fucking great. No sign of Memory Tapes' identity slipping just yet, though.
Sounds Like: Patten, New Order, Chromatics
Memory Tapes - Bicycle (Horrors Cosmic Dub)
Memory Tapes - Bicycle
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As if we need to be convinced to check a mixtape calling itself "a journey where no musical boundaries exist!," The Echo Bass Sessions is also the newest release from A Gun Called Tension, Dann Gallucci and Sean Reveron's inscrutably awesome punk/dub/electro-whatever project. Since Gallucci played in the Murder City Devils and Modest Mouse and Reveron collaborated with the Beta Band, sung for Exodus 77, and co-founded Rockers NYC, this mixtape sounds like the record collection of some dudes who listen deep and wide. Which is essentially what it is. And we haven't yet mentioned that the last track is an evidently super rare collaboration between Reveron (as Koolie Ranks) and 2Pac. At least, that's what he told us.
Sounds like: Public Image, Ltd., TV On The Radio
A Gun Called Tension - The Echo Bass Sessions Mixtape (Full Album Download)
A Gun Called Tension - 2 Gold Franxs
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It's been a minute since we picked up the first BLK JKS 10" (actually, about a year and a half), and at this point the grooves are a little worn down so we're psyched the South African dub-prog quartet announced the release of their debut album. After Robots–out September 8th through Secretly Canadian–was recorded in Bloomington, IN by The Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis and features appearances from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who are profiled in the current New Yorker. Hypnotic's burps are all over the dare we say Zappa-ish "Molalatladi," which, according to the minds at P4K, translates to "rainbow." We can't confirm that but it will certainly make you see colors.
Sounds like: Frank Zappa, Sean Kuti & Egypt 80, The Mars Volta
BLK JKS - Molalatladi
BLK JKS - Summertime
BLK JKS - Summertime (Carlos Ramos version)
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Like most of his fellow Broken Social Scenesters, lead guitarist Andrew Whiteman has his own thing on the side. His Apostle Of Hustle project began in 2001, when looking for a singular venue for Cuban folk aspirations and other off-the-cuff musical fancies. Over the years, between touring and recording stints with B.S.S., the "group" has released two albums and as many EPs of colliding, percussive pop, with a new one, Eats Darkness, set for release May 19th via Arts & Crafts. "Soul Unwind" is third on the album, a brimming, clean guitar sprint where sirenic female lines and Whiteman's through-the-telephone yelp get together on the hook. You can also pogo to it, which is rather sweet.
Apostle Of Hustle head out on a tour of the Northeast next week. Dates and Eats Darkness pre-order at their website.
Sounds like: Dirty Projectors, Professor Murder, TV On The Radio
Apostle Of Hustle - Soul Unwind
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Here's a special treat coming your way thanks to Jamaica's tropical trade winds (and the reggae that comes with them.) Jamaican master percussionist Larry McDonald is culminating his forty year legacy in the reggae world by releasing his first solo album "Drumquestra." Produced by Sidney Mills, it is a sublime, rhythmical magnum opus. Or in the words of McDonald, "a drummical experience." For proof, just shut your eyes and sway to the track below, featuring Brooklyn underground reggae and dub artist MC Dollarman.
Sounds Like: Ras Tesfa, Toots and The Maytals, Peter Tosh, Stranger Cole
Larry McDonald - Head Over Heels (Feat. Dollarman)
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