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Lisa Blanning (Online Editor)
Fatima Al Qadiri – “Knight Fare (post-war dub)”
You might recall I described the recent grime war, where dozens of producers threw down to get a seriously fun battle royale intended for Lord of the Beats. This late ‘entry’ from New York-based Fatima Al Qadiri—who’s always been vocal about her love for the genre that has proved an obvious inspiration for her very own sci-fi soundworld—might just have cleaned upward.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Iceage – ”Jackie”
Copenhagen punks Iceage cover a 1987 requiem to dropped love by self-appointed pop martriarch Sinead O’Connor. Wait, come back! By transposing the haunting original to their anguished, spittle-flecked register (they keep the pronouns alone, too) they cement their rep as thugs of a very different stripe.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Girl Unit – Stay the Night #4
The key figures in the modern bass movement, Girl Unit simply unleashed a beast of a combine bringing you Xscape, Opus 3, Morri$, Ciara and many more. Free download integrated.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
subʞutan – # Speak Stop #
This amorphous combine from the Leipzig-based DJ is an hour and forty minutes worth associated with haunting, blended ambience, beautifully suitable for both the gray autumn of Berlin and the studies I’ve been doing around language. Academics Do It Solemnly.
Samo Audio Boy – “Your Love” (Shlohmo Mix)
I don’t suppose I’ve performed Samo Sound Boy’s stuff within over two years, but once Shlohmo puts his touch on almost any track, my brain sort of needs my hands to click on it. This is some druggy, draggy nightbass with the pitched-vocal ubiquities that I never ever seem to get sick of.
A. J. Samuels (Senior Print Editor)
Charles Cohen – “Shopping Cart Lady”
redose-2 Charles Cohen – “Dance Of The Spiritcatchers” [Morphosis rework Version1] Excerpt
Philadelphia native Charles Cohen has been attracting attention recently using the release of a trilogy of early works on Rabih Beaini’s (aka Morphosis) Berlin-based Morphine label. Assembled from archives dating back to the mid-seventies, Cohen’s explorative electronics recalls the likes of Roedelius and Conrad Schnitzler, with whom he was supposed to collaborate on an LP that never materialized (see recent Wire feature). As the title of the trilogy’s final installation suggests, the particular pieces on Songs for Dance and Theater (out November 29) were composed specifically for the stage. Morphosis’s own Cohen reworks, released this past August, are more club than stage and also definitely worth a pay attention.
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