Dominic Umile said of Nosaj Thing in a Now Hear This profile last year, “Nosaj Thing’s music is mysterious and provocative, bringing a rumbling intensity and highly individual style to both remixes and his own work.” Alan Ranta heaped on the praise, calling 2009’s Drift “a fabulous introduction to a burgeoning beat-making talent, one of the finest since edIT’s Crying Over Pros For No Reason”. Back in February, the electronic music maestro performed an improv DJ set for KEXP.
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The Antlers stop by NPR to play the Tiny Desk Concert series. Watch for an interview with the band here on PopMatters after the SXSW madness passes.
Releasing: 11 May
Toronto’s electropoppers Holy Fuck are releasing their third long-player this May and playing a bunch of SXSW dates (listed below) where they will undoubtedly be introducing the punters to bunches of new material. There’s no official track list yet, but you can sample the goodness of “Latin America” to get a sense of the musical direction. The band also played the tune for KEXP last September.
“Latin America” [MP3]
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have united to create a 22-track opus entitled Here Lies Love, sketching the life of former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, and her childhood servant Estrella Cumpas. When conceptualizing the album Byrne set out to emulate a night club setting. In the album’s introduction Byrne stated:
“The story I am interested in is about asking what drives a powerful person—what makes them tick? How do they make and then remake themselves? I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if—as this piece would be principally composed of clubby dance music—one could experience it in a club setting? Could one bring a ‘story’ and a kind of theater to the disco? Was that possible? If so, wouldn’t that be amazing!”
Each song’s lyrics are interpreted by a different vocalist, while Fatboy Slim and Byrne provide all of the beats. Featured artists include: Tori Amos, Steve Earle, Nicole Atkins, Sia, Martha Wainwright, Santigold, St Vincent, Florence Welch and more. Here Lies Love is due out 6 April 2010 on Todomundo/Nonesuch. Each album includes a 100-page book detailing the project and a DVD. More information, track listing and insight on the project can be found at: herelieslove.net.