vendredi 30 mai 2014

Ali Love - P.U.M.P. (CRMCD026)

Ali Love will drop a new LP on July 14th. P.U.M.P. follows Alexander Williams' 2010 album Love Harder, but he's probably better-known for his work as a vocalist with Hot Natured and Infinity Ink—he's the voice behind hits like "Benediction" and "Infinity." He's a producer as well, however, and after releasing a few EPs on Crosstown Rebels he'll return to the label for P.U.M.P.. Williams handles all instruments and programming on P.U.M.P., which a press release describes as a "seamless mix... the nemesis of modern day dance music 'track' culture." First single "Deep In The Night," which you can stream below, hints at a funky, bass-heavy sound not too far removed from his recent Crosstown work. "Initially I didn't set out to make an album," Williams says, "rather, this music has come naturally over a long period. It’s informed by the broad spectrum of music tribes I’ve encountered on my ongoing journey into sound. This is music made for the love of just making it.” The record features collaborations with Kali and Art Department's Kenny Glasgow

01. Pumping 4 AI (Intro)
02. Deep Into The Night
03. Dirty Stories
04. Perfect Picture
06. P.U.S.S.Y.
07. Surrender
08. City Clouds
09. Emperor feat. Kali
10. Cosmic Top Secret
11. Egyptian Space Man
12. Ride On feat. Kenny Glasgow 

Crosstown Rebels will release P.U.M.P. on July 14th, 2014.

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Cosmic Top Secret


mardi 20 mai 2014

Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons - Lovers' Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya) ( CRM126)

Damian Lazarus presents his new artist project.
Damian Lazarus and the Ancient Moons will make their debut on Crosstown Rebels this summer. The single 'Lovers' Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)' is the first release from Lazarus's new collaborative artist project, which will build towards an album and live shows in early 2015.
Lazarus has been joined at the production controls by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Florence), with album recording sessions completed in Mexico in February. Ancient Moons brings together a wide assortment of vocalists, collaborators and players, from around the world, with more details of this heady mix to be released in the near future. Taking inspiration from Lazarus's Lazpod series, Get Lost events and Day Zero festival in Mexico, this is music for deserts, jungles and sunrises.
Getting the ball rolling is this 12”,  ‘Lovers' Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)’, a single that promises to be one of the year's more unique and distinctive electronic music releases. Vocalists Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad and Hamza Akram are Pakistan's leading Qawwali singers. Qawwali takes the form of a series of thematically and formally linked verses, and is steeped in a tradition that can be traced back to the 13th Century.
On ‘Lovers' Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)' they sing of cosmic love, and the four eyes of the lovers becoming one. Set to Lazarus and Ford's incendiary techno production, the result has been causing chaos on the dancefloor. Early tastemaker reactions has seen everyone from Skrillex to the BBC Asian Network, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to Carl Craig chiming their approval, and with Pete Tong awarding ‘Lovers' Eyes' Essential New Tune on Radio 1, this has all the hallmarks of being one of those wonderful electronic music curveballs that confuses and delights in equal measure.
The Ancient Moons have entered our orbit.

A1 - Lovers' Eyes (Mohe Pi KI Najariya)
B1 - Lovers' Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya) (Instrumental)


samedi 10 mai 2014

Aphrohead - Grown Man Cry (CRMAH 01)

The Chicago producer's house-minded alias will release an album on Crosstown Rebels this year.

The Aphrohead alias was started back in 1993 as yet another outlet for prolific Chicago producer Felix Stallings, and it stayed strong through the '90s, releasing countless EPs and several albums. Once he veered towards electroclash and beyond with 2001's Kittenz And Thee Glitz, however, the releases ran dry, until now - on May 19th, Stallings will mark the 21st anniversary of Aphrohead with a new single on Crosstown Rebels, which is said to precede a new album later this year (presumably on the same label). Judging from "Grown Man Cry", which you can hear here, it marks a return to no-frills house for Stallings.


A1 - Grown Man Cry