New music: Twin Shadow covers U2’s “With Or Without You” George Lewis Jr., for you probably better known as Twin Shadow, just has the rare talent to make meanwhile embarrassing sounding songs sound cool again. For his own UNDER THE CVRS series, in which he gives well known songs (mainly from his favourite decade: the 80s) a 2013-setup, he now covered one of U2's biggest hits: he changed the title "With Or Without You" into a cooler loking "W/O/W/U", added a 4/4 kick and tuned his voice down a lot at some points and there you have it - a contemporary cover of one of the cheesiest moments in 80s pop music that even works!
New music: Hopsin having a “Jungle Bash” feat. SwizZz Though his meanwhile third album is due only next friday, skilful L.A. rapper Hopsin uploaded all songs of "Knock Madness" on to his Youtube-Channel yesterday. Check out his 18 new and great tracks and especially this teamwork with his long time collaborator SwizZz: “Jungle Bash” is - compared to the rest of the album - great fun and resembles a bit of goneby Neptunes productions here and there.
New music: Jackson & His Computer Band - “G.I. Jane” (NSFW) After a eight year hiatus also french electronic deconstructivist Jackson Fourgeaud aka Jackson & His Computer Band came back this year with a new album, "Glow", via Warp. That’s also where he released his groundbreaking debut "Smash" in 2005, preempting the later hype about maximal and noisy electronics, with which especially the Ed Banger label was extremely successful (with bands such as Justice, SebastiAn or Feadz). His comeback album however now sounds way more poppy and not anymore so abstract as in his beginnings. The songs, such as the featured "G.I. Jane" sound like a mixture of Phoenix and Jamaica, also both french bands from the well connected Parisian electronic music scene. The video for the second single from “Glow”, “G.I. Jane (Fill Me Up)”, was realised by contemporary artists Mrzyk & Moriceau, who have already done clips for Air or Sébastien Tellier. It features a lot of penises, in any imaginable form and may be trying to thematise womens’ liberation. Check it out.
New music: Stream Cut Copy’s upcoming album “Free Your Mind” in full Modular Recordings is happy to present the new album of Dan Whitford aka Cut Copy. The fourth album "Free Your Mind" is now ready to stream in full via Modular Recordings which set up a player for the stream. The album will officially be released coming monday, November 5. The fourteen new songs of the album are already sounding very good, not too diferent from his former music, but still very enjoyable. But however you might like the songs, one thing is already for sure: with this cover (as depicted in the player) Cut Copy probably won’t be in the race for the best album artwork of 2013. But hey, what counts is in the inside, right?
New music: Dudley Perkins does “Foot Surgery” Dudley Perkins aka Declaime hasn’t released in a while: his last album, "Holy Smokes" came out in 2009 via E1 Music and was one of the last signs of the rapper-turned-singer-turning-back-to-rapper-whenever-he-wants. Now finally the fourth album is out soon: on Black Friday, November 29, "Dr. Stokley" will be released via Mello Music Group and features old and new friends, like his spouse Georgia Anne Muldrow, Madlib or KanKick. Check out this first teaser track, that just exemplifies what we love so much about Dudley Perkins: his skills on the one side and his sense of self-ironic humour on the other. Don’t miss out on the interlude at the end of the track - a joy!
New music: John Talabot “Without You” (DJ-Kicks exclusive) Whilst touring in July this year, mysterious spanish producer John Talabot (to this day for the most people his face remains unknown) completed his exclusive track for the new DJ-Kicks-mix he compiled, being released via !K7 on November 8. Last week the man from Barcelona finally uploaded “Without You”, a downtempo house stomper garnished with some bumpy synth-lines and some crazy instrumental and vocal samples. A highly melodic and equally emotional piece of house music fitting perfectly the upcoming colder days of the year, which you’ll definitely enjoy.
Random music: “R U Ready” by The Artful Dodger Being a predecessor to later dubstep, the 2-step/ garage-movement had quite an impact in the late 1990s not only in the UK but worldwide. This mixture of underground drum’n’bass with a hiphop attitude quoting jungle styles and often soulful vocals was unique at that time just as it’s significant beat. One act who knew best how to combine all these different influences with a touch of the necessary mainstream-pop was The Artful Dodger from London, consisting of Pete Devereux and Mark Hill. Their singer Craig David, then 19 years old at the time of the release of their only album "It’s All About The Stragglers", rose to fame alongside with Hill who produced his debut "Born To Do It" released in 2000. "R U Ready" is an album track of the legendary debut of The Artful Dodger which exemplifies very well the blend of underground UK music culture and mainstream. And since everybody’s talking about the big comeback of drum’n’bass you might also notice how current this music still sounds, though being nearly fifteen years old!
New music: London Grammar cover Kavinsky’s “Night Call” Up and coming Nottingham based trio London Grammar has done a cover of Kavinsky's collaboration with CSS' singer Lovefoxxx, "Night Call", becoming well known worldwide by being the opening song for Nicolas Winding Refn's well received 2011 drama "Drive", featuring Ryan Gosling. We didn’t like that movie a lot and we also prefer the original of the undead frenchman rather than this new acoustic piano version accompanied by forced sounding 90s percussion with the theatrical voice of singer Hannah Reid. However we recommend you to check it out by yourself and make your own opinion. It will be officially released on December 8.
New music: Egyptrixx with “Ax//s” (Teaser) Night Slugs' representative of the dark side, Egyptrixx, has released a first teaser for his upcoming second album “A/B til Infinity”, which will be coming out November 26. This - the intro of the record - is the first musical sign of the Canadian since the release of his highly acclaimed debut album “Bible Eyes" from 2011. There were some rumours about Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan of working with Egyptrixx (eventually producing the new album), so let’s see what we get end of grim November. This gloomy video was directed by Berlin-based visual artist A.N.F.
New music: Mr. Oizo remixes Chromeos “Over Your Shoulder” Oh my holy goodness! One of riskodisko's favourites ever, french broken beat grandmaster Mr. Oizo, has remixed Chromeo's latest single "Over Your Shoulder" from their upcoming album “White Women”. Garnished with some strange sounding voice samples this is a genuine Oizo product, yet being thankfully not too destroyed and rather funky and danceable, so everybody can enjoy it. It is Oizo’s first musical efforts since the release of his EP “Amicalment” released this summer.
Art: Making of from Ai Weiwei’s “Forever Bicycle” in Toronto "Forever Bicycle" is one of the best known installations by chinese artist Ai Weiwei, first set up in Tate Modern in London in 2003. Now it has been installed in Toronto/ Canada. Watch a fast motion Making Of realized by cinematographer and time-lapse photographer Ryan Emond. from the first step of erecting the intallation to the completion, when hundreds of bystanders come to see this impressive modernist piece of art.
New music: Ein Maedchen Aus Sibirien edits “Twist In My Sobriety” Tanita Tikaram was an icon of the late 80s: not only her music was a counterdraft to all the shiny and fancy world of this epoch, but also her fashion style at that times. Mostly you saw the exotic looking daughter of a Fiji-mother and a Malayan father in a daring mixture of femininity and minimalistic androgyny, in large parts dressed in simple black and white. Though she hadn’t much success besides her debut album "Ancient Heart" from 1988 she gained a lot of respect for her compositions and her very special dark and gloomy voice. Berlin based DJ and infrequent producer Ein Maedchen Aus Sibirien surely wasn’t the first to see the laid back dancefloor- and afterhour-potential of this track. However, since it’s fall now and we’re all getting a bit more emotional, he edited it for a bit more drive and danceability. We here at riskodisko hq can’t actually stop listening to it.
New music: Laurel Halo with “Ainnome” Hyperdub's revolutionary Laurel Halo is set to release her next album “Chance Of Rain” which will be out in end of October. It’s supposed to be mostly inspired by her own live performances, which could mean a little bit more action to her music. But hear for your own self, here’s the first teaser “Ainnome”.