It’s about to be quite a ride for “tropical electro pop” vixen Tecla Esposito. Almost a year since her solo debut, the beginning of February finds New York’s eclectic rebel serving listeners up with an extension of 2010’s Strangers In Masks in the form of a pre-release from her upcoming Strangers Revisited. The project, available for download via tecla.bandcamp.com on February 8th, sets out to put a fresh, invigorating spin on songs from the past LP and will include remixes from an array of electrifying producers. …MORE
“Dapper” is not the first – or thousandth – word I would have used to describe UK artist Plan B when I first saw him in 2007. At the time, the hoodied, sneaker-wearing grime rapper was touring off his debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words. The album wasn’t a bellwether for the movement – the rapper was clearly wiser and more musically inclined than some of his Playstation-producing peers – but its harsh, dissonant sounds and aggressive flow did incorporate it into the genre.
So now here we Tuesday night at Bowery Ballroom, three years and one massive stylistic change later. The only sneakers and hoodies found are in the audience, while Plan B (né Ben Drew) and his live group – with maturation comes a shedding of his past DJ setup – sartorially one-up the crowd with crisp black suits straight out of the Daptone closet.
They say Jimi Hendrix used to play guitar while sitting on the toilet. Sometimes I wonder if Dam-Funk doesn’t do the same thing with his keytar. How else can you explain the insane amount of music this dude has put out over the past two years? Either way, someone ought to tell this to the Stones Throw art dept, but the idea could make a great record sleeve. …MORE