Archive for the ‘Electronica’ Category

DIGITAL PRIMATE–“Siege Mentality”

Posted: December 29, 2007 by dillion in Electronica

I should say, right off the top, that techno/house music isn’t my thing. But there’s a sense of humor, and a variance of rhythm, in Digital Primate’s “Siege Mentality” that made me listen to it all the way through. More than once. I don’t know if it was the foray in dancehall (“Career a Move Up”), the slight grime infecting several songs on the album, or the Beyonce rip on “I Ain’t Wid It,” but something about this album puts it several cuts above the rest of its class.

Snake Charmer

I Ain’t Wid It

I Deserve


Posted: December 8, 2007 by dillion in Electronica, Hip Hop

Yea Big + Kid Static are an experimental turntable crew who make dance not drama—their stuff sound more like mash ups/collages than original projects (and often it is). So, if you’re looking for hot lyrics, this ain’t the place for you. But if you wanna get your groove on, it just might be. Plus, Rhymefest is letting the duo open for him in Chicago, so there’s gotta be something there, right? One more thing: Yea Big seems to think it’s a big deal that you pronounce his first name “Yay” not “Yeah”. Far as I know, Kid Static is pronounced like it looks.

For fans of Kool Keith, X-Ecutioners, and Professor Murder.

Run to the Facts (Mae Shi Mash up)

The Basement / Enfant Terrible

The Life Here

Duck, Mother Fuckers!


Posted: August 20, 2007 by dillion in Electronica, MP3, Music, Somnambulants

Dropping August 21 on Clairaudience Collective Recordings, the Somnambulants’ second album, “Paper Trail,” is a great electropop synth record in the tradition of New Order, but much less depressing. The band is two people, Joseph White (producer/vocals/bass) and Channing Sargent (keyboards/vocals). It’s a nonstop electro-party.

I’m not generally a fan of this genre–I find it kind of tired and dull–but this one I enjoyed quite a bit. Maybe it’s because of songs like “The Facts,” which begins with heavy percussion and slowly lets the bass creep in, and only lets the keyboards in towards the end of the second minute of the tune. Surprising. Or the really fun and funny Spanish tune, “La Chica Musical,” with a straight David Byrne vocal style and carnivale music. Love it!

Plus, although they’re currently based in San Francisco, they originally hail from Brooklyn. Brooklynnnnn!

From “Paper Trail:”

Beat Down

Water Colors

Take It On (iPod video)

Other cool stuff:

Evacuation (remix)

Comforts of Absence

In the Interest of Continuity.