Russia gets fly, thanks to Error Broadcast and Alpha Pup.
A testament to the wide reach of Los Angeles’ thriving instrumental hip-hop movement, a group of electronic artists based in Moscow has begun its own beat scene and, bringing things full circle, has found a friend in downtown L.A. label Alpha Pup. This is a quick read and a mere introduction to their world, by yours truly, published in L.A. Weekly.
Pitchfork did an in-depth followup (we assume), which you can and should read too, called “Beg, Steal, or Borrow.” Also, check the tunes.
TAKE on the titular mount?
Today, Alpha Pup Records — the Downtown L.A. label behind the Low End Theory club and numerous worthwhile beat scene releases — announced the long-awaited next full-length record from TAKE. Only Mountain will be released on April 20, and judging from the free MP3 the label’s sharing, it’ll be a roiling pot of old school IDM, ’90s R&B percussive elements, Dubstep bass-derived doom, and ethereal melodies. Download “Incredibright” below.
Free music: TAKE – “Incredibright” [MP3]
The Very Best, Warm Heart Of Africa (via The Onion)
Fever Ray, the solo project of The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson, really does seem otherworldly. Or perhaps “underworldly” might be more appropriate, considering the pagan themes and strange ritual that accompanies Andersson’s live show, which has grown to include a full band, “expensive high-tech lasers,” and loads of terrifying makeup. If you’re not familiar with the album, Fever Ray, refresh yourself here, then read this interview with Miss Andersson on the occasion of her debut U.S. tour.
Also, watch these videos (three more after the jump).
Sally Shapiro, My Guilty Pleasure (via The A.V. Club)
Posted in A.V. Club, album reviews
Tagged dance music, electronic music, Eurobeat, house, Italo disco, My Guilty Pleasure, Paper Bag, Sally Shapiro, sophomore slump, Sweden
Apologies for an excessive amount of Wallpaper coverage, but what’s a blog for if you can’t get personal from time to time? Eric Frederic, the main brain at the center of the Wallpaper duo (as well as the Facing New York project), is one of my dearest friends. I’m not positive about this, but I do believe I was at his first band’s first ever show, at a small Pinole bakery down the street from our high school. He’s been an incredible writer of music since before we met, and as often happens with true talent, success by a grand societal scale has always just eluded his work. But there’s change in the air, and hard work does yield results, and those results taste all the sweeter if they had to age a little bit along the way. Please click here to read an exceptionally spot-on piece written by SF Weekly‘s music editor, Jennifer Maerz, on the occasion of the release of Wallpaper’s debut LP, the lovingly titled Doodoo Face.
Check out previous entries on Wallpaper here.
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Tagged Doodoo Face, Eenie Meenie, electronic music, Eric Frederic, Facing New York, Jennifer Maerz, Locale A.M., Pinole, San Francisco, SF Weekly, wallpaper., West Oakland
It’s true. The long-awaited full-length debut has arrived, and it slays. Here’s a little behind the scenes.
Wallpaper’s Doodoo Face is available on CD and limited LP here. Spread the word. Spread the Doo.