Supreme Beings of Leisure’s “Never the Same” is a beautifully crafted mp3 that is groovy, cinematic, and funky, all at the same time. Not to go all Pandora on you, but if you liked Moby’s 1999 album Play, then you’ll love “Never the Same.”
“Never the Same“ (play/download mp3)
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I spent a huge chunk of my early teens listening to Bob Marley. On my 17th birthday Marley’s box set, Songs of Freedom was in my gift pile. The last song on disk 1 is “Mr. Brown,” and this was the first time I ever heard it. Darker and maybe the only song in Marley’s catalog that can be described as “moody,” to this day it remains one of my favorite songs. In 2007 Dj Spooky, an artist I spent the majority of my early twenties listening to, turns out this moody, dance-y, funky remix.
“Mr. Brown (Remix)“ (play/download mp3)
Dub Gabriel‘s influence must be from growing up in a record store his father owned in Chicago. Think Bill Laswell meets Peanut Butter Wolf and you might get an idea of where this cat is coming from. Bare, simple, but never boring production. Crisp drums with a world flare on his sample and percussion choices, “Dis Song” may not be up to speed with the bass centered dance scene, but it’s a refreshing siesta anytime of day.
“Dis Song“ (play/download mp3)
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Miss Kitten and the Hacker’s “1982” may be a reference to the early days of techno, before it exploded on the European dance scene and the music and culture launched stars like Miss Kitten and her long-time collaborator The Hacker. “1982” helped springboard the electro-euro-pop scene in Europe and throughout the world.
“1982“ (play/download mp3)
Mikey Murka blesses the Mic on this release from German digital reggae crew Jahtari. The concept behind Jahtari is simple: they create DUB but with laptops. The result is what they call: Digital Laptop Reggae (DLR). Since 2004 this group has worked with MCs in Europe and all over the world. “Sensi Addict” showcases how proper digital rhythms works with traditional island-vocal stylings.
“Sensi Addict“ (play/download mp3)
A mainstay of the Bay Area music scene for over a decade, J-Boogie has influenced and worked with artists both locally and globally. This smoothed out downtempo number opens with a bassline that would make James Brown happy, and it only gets funkier from there!
“La Sangre” (play/download mp3)
Bassnectar is a rockstar. When the intern at my office — who looks like he stepped off a Scorpions record cover — comes up to my desk asking if I like Bassnectar, you’ve reached ‘rockstar’ status. “Cozza Frenzy (Mega-Bass Remix)” is the quintessential Bassnectar sound: time-stretched vocals, massive basslines, warped horn samples, all laid on a foundation of chunky beats. You know a Bassnectar song is playing because his sound doesn’t tickle you, it engulfs you.
“Cozza Frenzy (Mega Bass Remix)” (play/download mp3)
Is there anything that Candy Chang doesn’t do? Lets see…she’s a: public installation artist, graphic designer, urban planner, co-founder of a design house/record label, and she’s a musician. “Greektown” is taken from her album, Detroit, and each song is named after various Detroit locations. Detroit wishes it still bumped this hard.
“Greektown“ (play/download mp3)
I never felt that Bassnectar’s live shows ever eclipsed his recorded material, until I heard his latest, “Wildstyle.” If you’ve never been to a Bassnectar show it usually goes down like “Wildstyle Method (Radio Edit),” the bass rolls and shudders over your body making the experience of listening (or being at his show) the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Listen to the rest of “Wildstyle” at Bassnectar.net.
“Wildstyle Method (Radio Edit)“ (play/download mp3)
Toronto based band Death From Above 1979′s music will incite riots. Officially broken up in 2006, the band reformed in 2011 and played SXSW last year. There was a riot at that show. I’m not surprised, their music engulfs you like a punk rock tornado and doesn’t let go until the final note. See what all the fuss is about with “Dead Womb,” the opening track to their 2002 EP, Heads Up.
“Dead Womb“ (play/download mp3)
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