Thanks to emerging label MYX Music and Audible Treats, we have an exclusive download of Keelay & Zaire's Prelude to Drive EP. The Bay Area/Virginia production duo once again showcase their versatile arrangements while showcasing up-and-coming emcees Torae, Khizman, KHill, and Rhymesayers emcee Nightclubber Lang.
Portland singer-songwriter M. Ward has adopted the lo-fi gothic-folk production style of Bonnie Prince Billy (and much of the latter's aching vocal vibrato), but while their tunes tend to occupy the mountains and the hills, Ward's are Main Street sing-alongs. These blues-and-gospel-accented ditties could have been made 80 years ago, though their brassy growl might have frightened the town elders.
To celebrate the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president, British DJ Adam Freeland's remix of Daft Punk's adrenaline-baiting dance banger "Aerodynamic" into "Aer Obama" provides an undeniable musical power of anticipation and a tribute to history being made. Mixing vocal samples from a Speak & Spell speech emulator, complete with an imaginative mixed-media stop-motion video to go along with this celebratory moment in time, "Aer Obama" is the perfect song to commemorate the rebirth of America while on the dance floor. Now repeat after me, "O-B-A-M-A!"
Today's answer to the Go-Gos, Electrocute are as adorable as their name, and their synth-pop songs reflect their young and sassy attitudes. Enlisting heavy-hitter producers like Junkie XL to their production mix, Electrocute is sure to be a favorite for bubble-gum smacking, pink-convertible-driving Valley girls this summer.
Combining revolutionary spirit and bottle-breaking sound, Living Things bring back their fury from Missouri with the release of "Habeas Corpus." The trio of brothers added new blood to the band on this album and the contributions from guitarist Cory Becker do well to increase the hard-hitting, melodic quality of their music. They don't scream as much to get their point across anymore, but still manage to lash out lyrically as these politically righteous post-punkers are known to do without apology.