Some great new tunes to check out

Posted: July 7, 2010 by undergroundfisherman in Music
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Well it’s quite simple really, here’s a round-up of some of the latest important albums and singles that have been released in the crazy world of contemporary music

Aeroplane – We can’t Fly

The self-referential song title is a nice touch, and this funky, disco-influenced piece of summery electro is bound to go down well with fans of Belgium’s up-and coming duo.

Tobacco – Fresh Hex (featuring Beck)

Beck is one of my favourite artists of all time, and here he teams up with Tobacco – an experimental electro outfit from Pittsburgh who are not afraid to push the boundaries a bit. This tune is from their new album, Maniac Meat, which came out about a week ago. It sounds pretty rough and aggressive, which is always nice.

Magnetic Man – I Need Air

I want your opinions on this one, because I’m really not convinced at all. I’m putting it up here because you would assume that a collaboration between Skream and Benga, two of dubstep’s real powerhouses from the early days, would have created something really special. Instead, the result is a very average, middle-of-the-road dance tune. These two lads may well be another example of dubstep’s elder statesmen taking a very dangerous step towards mainstream mediocrity.

Big Boi – General Patton

Outkast have long been the most forward-thinking rap groups in the current crop. Their Speakerboxx/ The Love Below album is one of the best Hip-Hop albums ever. The trouble about this for Big Boi is that he was never seen in the same light as his songwriting partner Andre Benjamin, who was always perceived to be the creative force behind the project. This album, called Sir Lucious Left Foot, shows that Big Boi can be just as inventive as Andre, and arguably a better rapper.

Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (album)

Flying Lotus - one cool bastard

I saved the best ’til last – Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison – the nephew of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane – recently released this brilliant, psychedelic and diverse album about a month ago. All the jazz influences he inherited are on show here, and it’s pretty damn special. I was going to put up a video of one of his tunes, but I couldn’t decide which one. Anyways, that’s a good thing because there is a very deliberate flow to Cosmogramma. To get a more rounded view of the way his songs melt together to create one cohesive unit, his set at the recent Sónar Festival in Barcelona was a great example. It really is worth sitting down and listening to the whole 21 minutes.

http://soundcloud.com/hypetrak/flying-lotus-a-taste-of-sonar-2010

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