So this week is the one year anniversary of J Dilla’s untimely death. As I said back in April last year, it’s sad that it takes the death of a person to recognise the value of their life’s work but the sentiments around the remembrance are celebratory, life-affirming even, if you’re familiar with the fruits… Read more »

Posted on February 12th, 2007

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Looks like The Avalanches are preparing to emerge from the studio once again. There’s a new temporary website up at theavalanches.com with free bootleg/remixes for download. It’s been five years since the group released Since I left You and since then, two of the original members – DJ Dexter and Gordon, have left to pursue… Read more »

Posted on January 30th, 2007

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Just a few weeks after Stones Throw dropped the free Talib Kweli / Madlib album The Liberation , we’ve get another free compilation worth downloading from the most generous label around. This time, Chrome Children 2 features all the regulars – Madlib, J. Rocc, Percee P, Aloe Blacc, Oh No alongside contributions from Four Tet,… Read more »

Posted on January 29th, 2007

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Nas claimed Hip Hop is Dead with the release of his latest album last year and it sounds like RJD2 agrees. He told Pitchfork back in September “I’ve gone rap free in 2006” and he’s making good on this promise with the release of his third album The Third Hand on March 5th. Once signed… Read more »

Posted on January 24th, 2007

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15. Nomo – New Tones The funkiest album on the list, Michigan-based Nomo take their cue from the Congolese band, Konono N°1, respectively appropriating their percussive tribal sound to the Northern Hemisphere. Extending that ethos with breakneck brass, organ and guitar to produce a post-Afrobeat sound – the songs on instrumental New Tones are refreshlingly… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2006

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Since the heated debate about DJ Shadow’s new album The Outsider has subsided and the album has been released, it’s time to give my thoughts on it. What struck me on the first few listens was the lack of cohesion throughout. It’s like he deliberately set out to confuse not just fans but first time… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2006

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Cheers to Mike for the last post! To continue with the Warp theme today, There’s a fantastic live session from Battles up on the excellent Samurai FM site. There’s SHITLOADS of other electronic, techno, Hip Hop, band sessions, DJ sets and house (I HATE House) streams available. Be sure to check out the Specials section… Read more »

Posted on September 29th, 2006

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