Producers Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Dan Snaith (Caribou/Daphni) have more in common that just unruly whiteboy ‘fros. The two each have a decade-long career of making interesting electronic tunes that lean towards the listener more than the dancer. Both also scored big in 2010 with critically acclaimed album—The Is Love In You for Hebden and Swim for Snaith—which brought them larger audiences than they’ve seen in several years. And now the pair are releasing a split single on Hebden’s Text label, which finds both artists in a playful upbeat mode. No release date has been set, but you can stream both tracks here.
File under hip-hop we actually care about, pt 2 (still not talking about the Grammys edition). Our friends over at Self-Titled Mag scored themselves the exclusive stream of Anti-Pop verbal conflabulator Beans‘ new album, End It All. The record drops tomorrow on Anticon, and features production by Four Tet, Nobody, Bumps (of Tortoise), Tobacco, and more. We’ve already heard TV on the Radio‘s Tunde Adebimpe supplying vocals on first single, “Mellow You Out.”
This year has been quite a ride for music: Nicki Minaj mania upped wig sales everywhere, M.I.A.’s anti-Google crusade fell flat, and the annoyingly adorable 20-somethings of Glee took over America’s airwaves. Between all the accomplishments and pitfalls, an array of artists began to prove themselves as interesting and appealing digressions from the typical. And since my theory is that 2011 will be the year of originality (..or something), I felt it was only appropriate to endow my readers (reader) with my personal picks for next year’s musical cream of the crop.
It’s been six years since Beans hit us with the double barrel of albums Tomorrow Right Now (2003) and Shock City Maverick (2004). Now the member of Antipop Consortium is back in the solo saddle with End It All due out in February. The album features guest vocals by Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, as well as production from Four Tet, Clark, Tobacco, Nobody, Son Lux, Interpol‘s Sam Fogarino, and Bumps (the drum section from Tortoise). No word on if Beans is still jocking the porn and anal sex lyrical steez, but with his mile a minute flow, it’s hard to tell anyways. …MORE
German-born and Berlin resident Sascha Ring, also known by his more recognizable name, Apparat, has had one of the most consistent electronic artist careers to date. With his knack for beautiful compositions and sonic artisanship, Apparat has developed a unique style of his own through a synesthetic blend of ambient, downtempo, techno, glitch and even trip-hop elements. Having an exceptionally bright solo career, his work with Modeselektor last year under the name Moderat was more than exceptional, combining parallel electronic directions into one unique and inspired project that demonstrated ...