Wednesday, August 21, 2013

3 Songs: On Repeat

Shaheed & DJ Supreme – “Champions Of Truth feat. Akil The MC from Jurassic 5” (The Alabama rap duo released Knowledge, Rhythm, and Understanding, their third album and debut for new label, Communicating Vessels this week.  DJ Supreme’s soulful boom-bap production is perfectly complemented by Shaheed’s crisp and clean old school-inspired flow for a throwback sound that eschews the typical “southern” signifiers for their strongest and most impressive album yet.)

No Age – “An Impression” (The L.A. noise-punk purveyors return this week after a three year wait with An Object, their fourth album and third for Sub Pop.  This time around the duo used a stripped down, minimalistic approach and were more experimental, using bass guitar and tape loops more prevalently.  The pretty cello contrasts nicely with the buzzy beat and elastic guitar melody on the new single “An Impression”.)

His Electro Blue Voice – “Sea Bug” (Taking claim of the noise-punk title from their labelmates, the Italian trio released their debut full-length, Ruthless Sperm, this week via Sub Pop.  Their unrelenting sound shatters ear drums with glass-sharp shards of shoegaze guitars, pummeling rhythms, bursts of fuzzed out noise and touches of New Order-like post-punk melody for an impressive debut.)


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