Tru Thoughts dropped Hidden Orchestra’s Archipelago late in 2012. Critically acclaimed, the album was deemed ‘subtle, atmospheric, and almost understated’, but the album had a clearly haunting effect on repeat listens. The album held fast to it’s title, bringing forth musical arrangements and soundscapes suited to hearts and minds ready to drift off to sea.
Fast forward to mid-2013, and Tru Thoughts has released a remix EP featuring turns by Andy C protégés, DC Breaks and King Britt on Vorka, Kelpe on Fourth Wall, and Long Arm on Reminder. Each remix stands on it’s own merit. DC Breaks flips the Vorka’s original ethereal bed for a drum and bass take, which features a musical saw of all things. King Britt’s take on the same track, takes it …
Without question, 2012 has a been year that’s been championed by Hyperdub; from strong releases from the likes of Fhloston Paradigm (aka King Britt), to the LP releases of DVA, Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland (of Hype Williams fame), and Laurel Halo, all to universal acclaim. However, when it came to Cooly G’s LP, Playin Me, things were obviously different from the start. As an artist with a pretty extensive history for club-friendly tracks, the album presents a more personal and purist side of Merrisa Campbell. Swooning with textures of soul, RnB, funky and tribal rhythms, the album is nothing short of a satisfying entryway to one of the most unique and ubiquitously charming producer personalities out there. With our uniformed appreciation for all things Cooly G, the producer took some time to speak with URB about her album process, her forthcoming plans with her live show and label, and unquestionably, about vibes. Check out the interview after the jump. …MORE
Mary Anne Hobbs graces URB once again with the final entry to her incredible Road Warrior Tour Diary. It’s been a sleepless adventure across the US and beyond, but of course, when you’re playing gigs like Francois K’s Deep Space in New York City, or King Britt and Rucyl’s Saturn Never Sleeps, you tend to keep going no matter how much sleep you’ve lost. Along with those East Coast stops, Mary Anne hits up Canada with some hard-pressed Canadian customs drama. At least she played a great gig with the always-awesome XI. More info about all the highs, lows and in-betweens after the jump.
Philly-based duo RYAT, comprised of vocalist Christina Ryat and composer multi-instrumentalist Tim Conley, are preparing for the March 8th release of LP “Avant Gold” by previewing a track for Urb entitled “Superficial Friction”. Now, lest you spent too much time trying to repeat that delightful jumble of syllables over and over, you should instead click below to check out to Christina’s highly sought-after vocal prowess, she is already featured on King Britt’s latest full-length “Intricate Beauty” and is a collaborator on Brainfeeder’s own Taylor McFerrin’s solo record.