If a beat drops in the middle of a forest, does it make a sound? Remy LBO wanted to find out, so he left the lusher tools he used for last spring’s Peeling in the Dub back in LA and shacked up in the Oregon wilderness for a spell. There, with only a handful of instruments, he assembled a laid-back groove album in the spare, dry style of skweee—or Flying Lotus, but much, much looser. That album, Umpqua Fire, presumably named after the forest of its making, is streaming at his website, where it can also be purchased digitally or as an attractive, hand-screened LP.
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Sweden’s Acid House Kings have a new album, Music Sounds Better With You, releasing this week. Look for our review in a few days, but check out the band’s new video in the meantime.
Richard Ashcroft is currently streaming his new album, United Nations of Sound, ahead of its release next week. Also, for “Are You Ready?” he has released a music video. Ashcroft is best known as the lead singer for Britain’s the Verve.
Indie-rap duo Atmosphere is back at it again as they get ready to release their next album The Family Sign on April 12th.
Starring in the new video for the lead single “Just For Show” is a neglected, albeit brave and courageous golden retriever. But don’t be fooled. This video ain’t for the dogs at all. Because, as usual, rapper Slug’s lyrical storytelling and underlying message is cunning, creative and curious.
Yes, as expected, the canine star’s tribulations evoke empathetic smiles and heartfelt awhs as the mix of classic hip-hop beats and reggaesque grooves guide you through the dawg-centric plot.
But knowing Atmosphere’s sneaky ways and proven gift for crafty rhymes and sly songwriting, watching this video assures me that there’s more to this song’s inspiration than meets the eye. And I’m hoping that the rest of The Family Sign is just as good and won’t leave us howling at the moon.
On their forthcoming tour, MC Slug and producer Ant, will be accompanied by keyboardist Erick Anderson and guitarist Nate Collis as well as label-mates Blueprint, Grieves with Budo, Sab the Artist & DJ Abilities. A notable stop of the excursion will take place at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA and will include the addition of Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz.
Jack White made a surprise appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas, opening up for the new Third Man Records signee Seasick Steve in a parking lot. White performed a cover of the Buddy Holly classic “Not Fade Away” and the White Stripes song “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”. The video of the performance, via NPR, is listed below.