Northwest Division – R.B.P.H.

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Vancouver’s Northwest Division have been on a steady come up since their self titled debut album from 2012, last week they give us their first music video from their second upcoming album Rap Better Party Harder. “R.B.P.H.” is gruesome track with an equally brutal video that sets a dark/twisted theme to their Hip Hop anthem, we can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. You can catch these boys at Fortune Sound Club for their R.B.P.H. Release Party May 2nd, stream the music video above!

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E Versions #1

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Mark E’s Merc imprint has been home to a slew of secret weapons over the years from the Birmingham-based producer himself as well as the likes of Chicago Damn and the little-known Edward. E-Versions is an offshoot of the label, dedicated to edits and offering a much-needed outlet for Mark E’s vaults of unreleased material.

The A-side is a welcome return to the sound that launched Mark E’s reputation for steamy disco edits. He reworks Chaka Khan’s anthemic 1978 number ‘I’m Every Woman’ into a chugging house burner, complete with conga percussion and guitar licks, squared at peak-time floors.

The flip, ‘Mingo’, is more akin to Mark E’s recent affection for minimalist drum loops and darkened house textures. Rugged, ethnic percussion is pushed forward with a techno resoluteness. Three minutes later rickety lashings of hollowed-out drums dance across the surface. An ominous beast that unfolds into a bassier thud by the end of its 11 minute runtime.

Merc | March | vinyl, digital

ON ROTATION: Oscar – Sometimes

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One year has passed since I raved about Oscar’s “Never Told You”, and the London-based bedroom pop artist is back with another perfect pop song. “Sometimes” is instant love at first play, generous with riff-laden hooks and the scruffy charm of the lo-fi indie pop ethos. Wearing its Blur-isms on its sleeves, the track harks back to the golden days of early-’90s Britpop. Oscar Scheller certainly has a way with catchy melodies, and he doesn’t hold them back. On a sunny spring day, I ask for nothing more. Irresistible.

 

STREAM: Oscar – Sometimes

 

Oscar is now signed to Smalltown Supersound’s new sub-label Brown Rice, and his debut EP “146b” drops next month.

Oscar on Soundcloud.
More on Oscar.


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ON ROTATION: Oscar – Sometimes

oscar

One year has passed since I raved about Oscar’s “Never Told You”, and the London-based bedroom pop artist is back with another perfect pop song. “Sometimes” is instant love at first play, generous with riff-laden hooks and the scruffy charm of the lo-fi indie pop ethos. Wearing its Blur-isms on its sleeves, the track harks back to the golden days of early-’90s Britpop. Oscar Scheller certainly has a way with catchy melodies, and he doesn’t hold them back. On a sunny spring day, I ask for nothing more. Irresistible.

 

STREAM: Oscar – Sometimes

 

Oscar is now signed to Smalltown Supersound’s new sub-label Brown Rice, and his debut EP “146b” drops next month.

Oscar on Soundcloud.
More on Oscar.


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Listen to Bonobo’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix: new cuts from Machinedrum, Maya Jane Coles and more

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Last night Bonobo debuted on BBC Radio 1 for their Pete Tong-hosted, world famous Essential Mix series.

It comes after he released his fifth (!) album ‘The North Borders‘ last year on Ninja Tune, as well as playing 140 sold out shows including gigs around Australia and making into Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Live Acts. His long-overdue Essential Mix is ridiculously good, featuring unreleased cuts from Machinedrum and Martyn as well as his brand new remix of Maya Jane Coles’ ‘Something In The Air’ and London Grammar’s ‘Hey Now’. Over the two-hour period Simon Green also unleashes tunes from his previous album, as well as playing jams from the likes of Maribou State, Take Of Us, Tourist, Illum Sphere and more.

Check out the tracklist below – you can either listen via the Soundcloud player or over at the BBC website. Get some snacks, some good speakers and a moody atmosphere: this one’s great.

Tracklist:
01. Vangelis – Abraham’s Theme
02. Bonobo – Don’t Wait
03. Letherette – D&t (Dorian Concept Remix)
04. Dark Sky – Clear
05. Maya Jane Coles – Something In The Air (Bonobo Remix)
06. Catching Flies – Mama’s Wisdom
07. Mano Le Tough – Primative People (Tale Of Us Remix)
08. Dauwd – Lydia
09. Cuthead – Maputo Jam
10. Maribou State – Moon Circles
11. Sharon Van Etten – We Are Fine (Tourist Remix)
12. Jimpster & Porchlight – Porchlight And Rocking Chairs (KiNK Remix)
13. Lorca – Naoko
14. Bonobo feat. Grey Reverend – First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
15. Jungle – Drops (Pedestrian Edit)
16. Werkha – Lapwing
17. Ten Walls – Requiem
18. Francis Bebey – Bissao (Pilooski Edit)
19. General Ludd – Woo Ha
20. Romare – Jimmy
21. William Arcane – Reflected
22. London Grammar – Hey Now (Bonobo Remix)
23. Taylor Mcferrin feat. Emily King – Decisions
24. Throwing Snow feat. Adda Kaleh – The Tempest
25. Kelis – Runnin’ (Machinedrum Remix)
26. Illum Sphere – Embryonic (Lone Remix)
27. Martyn – Glassbeadgames (Four Tet Dub)

Watch: OutKast’s Coachella Reunion Set

On Friday night at 11:30PM PST, OutKast made their glorious return on the big Coachella stage. Well, at least the first half was glorious.

After grabbing our necks with opener “B.O.B.,” the nostalgic first act was flawless, energy was high and the setlist incredible – “Gasoline Dreams,” “ATLiens” “Rosa Parks” “Storytellin’,” “Aquemini” and “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” all made appearances. Then came Big Boi’s triumphant mini-solo set, which boasted “Shutterbugg,” “Ghetto Musick,” a show-stopping cameo by Janelle Monae and a taxidermic polar bear wearing pearls.

Next up was André’s mini-solo set, which showed off some of the most brilliant light design we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, 3000 checked out by that point (14 songs into a 27-song set, mind you), and the excited, rousing performer wasn’t seen for the rest of the night. Blame obvious sound issues or a basic bitch crowd, but the latter half of what should have been OutKast’s grand return was underwhelming.

André’s muted enthusiasm proved to be infectious. On paper, the set’s closing stretch was fantastic – “Ms. Jackson,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” “The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya!” – but André wasn’t selling it. He didn’t look like he wanted to be there. He looked embarrassed. In fact, he closes the set with an apology.

OutKast’s reunion show was a textbook definition of a mixed bag. Big Boi was in top form, proving once again that he is one of the most dexterous and technically gifted rappers to ever pick up a mic. The set and light design was something to behold. Yeezus himself is probably jealous. But plaguing sound issues and André 3000′s absent enthusiasm sunk it back down to earth. It wasn’t at all fitting of the legend status often (and rightfully) attributed to OutKast.

Score: C

Watch more sets from Coachella on our #Coachella tag.

Setlist:
B.O.B.
Gasoline Dreams
ATLiens
Skew It on the Bar-B
Rosa Parks
Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1
Aquemini
SpottieOttieDopaliscious (with Sleepy Brown)
Bowtie (with Sleepy Brown)
Shutterbugg
Ghetto Musick
Tightrope (with Janelle Monáe)
Kryptonite (I’m on It) (Purple Ribbon All-Stars cover)
Vibrate
She Lives in My Lap
Prototype
Behold a Lady
Roses
Same Damn Time (with Future)
Ain’t No Way Around It (with Future)
Benz Friends (Whatchutola) (with Future)
Hootie Hoo
Elevators (Me & You)
Ms. Jackson
So Fresh, So Clean (with Sleepy Brown)
The Way You Move (with Sleepy Brown)
Hey Ya!


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Disclosure x Friend Within – The Mechanism

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Disclosure have teamed up with fellow Uk producer Friend Within for a new track “The Mechanism” that keen fans could have picked up in ‘Closure’s recent BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.

Capitalising on their uncanny ability to produce unmistakable shit-hot tracks, be they deeper pop numbers or this, a straight up banger that’ll turn heads when played on any dance floor.

“The Mechanism” has it all, a buoyant vocal sample, decent percussion (bongos?) and a really dirty bassline that fits into the club spectrum of things. Those in Australia can catch the UK lads bopping along with the Groovin’ The Moo tour alongside The Presets, What So Not and more.

You’ll be able to get your hands on it on Beatport from April 15th.