In this column, I cover songs for you to nod your head to in the EDM scene [electronic dance music, not extra dancey music, for those not in the know].
Little Dragon “Klapp Klapp”
I will never disavow myself from the, “Yukimi Nagano can do no wrong,” mantra. If the first single from Little Dragon’s new album Nabuma Rubberband is any indication, they are back to their usual genre-defying alt-electro-trip-hip-dub-hop form.
The Arabic sample on French producer Flechette’s trap tune breaks it out of the banal trap the genre sometimes tends to teeter towards. This is refreshingly arresting.
Pete Cannon & Dr. Syntax “Do What We Wanna Do (ft. Del The Funky Homosapien & Jehst)”
The first single off Pete Cannon & Dr. Syntax’s forthcoming album Killer Combo! set to release on March 3 features one of the best emcees in the hip hop game for the last decade, Del the Funky Homosapien, of Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, and Hieroglyphics fame. Not to be slept on.
Common “Made In Black (feat. Ab-Soul)”
Common once again teams with No I.D., the producer behind his classic 1994 album Resurrection, for his upcoming album called Nobody Smiling. Here, he joins lyrical forces with Ab-Soul, another politically-conscious emcee, and No I.D. producing on an ab-soulutely pulsating “off the chain like Django,” tune.
Aaliyah X Mr. Carmack “If Your Girl Was Humble”
Mr. Carmack delivers a breath-taking mash-up that improves upon both of the originals. Consider this my belated Valentine’s Day gift to you, dear readers.