Dueling isn’t the word for this two-bassist band. Created by members Mike Watt (from bands like the Minutemen, the reunited Stooges, fIREHOSE, The Reactionaries and Banyan) and Black Flag’s Kira Roessler, dos’ mellow and unusual sound is rounded out by the mixing talents of Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto, Plastic Ono Band). If you liked these bands’ roving bass-lines, try out Dos’ third album, dos y dos, which is available today. Read on for Kira Roessler’s musical musings and Mike Watt’s punk and blues playlist.
First known for !K7 Records’ innovative DJ Kicks albums, this was one of the first compilation series that asked well-known underground DJs to create mixes emphasizing their signature sound while sharing their unique musical influences. Dozens of artists, including Kruder & Dorfmeister, Carl Craig and Chromeo stepped up to the challenge, blending and showcasing tracks that were often rare, previously unavailable, or only released on limited vinyl pressing. Simultaneously, the label championed individual artist releases, including critically acclaimed acts such as Matthew Herbert, Tosca, A Guy Called Gerald, Swayzak and Jimmy Edgar.
!K7 also distributes an acclaimed roster of artist-driven international labels including Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, Dixon’s Innervisions, Tiga’s Turbo Records, and Wagon Repair from artists Graham Boothby, Mathew Jonson, Konrad Black and Loose Change.
Discover and listen to tracks from !K7 Records and its specialty imprints. If you need a primer, we put together a playlist featuring a selected discography:
Previous label features include: Warp Records, Death Row Records, Get Physical, Sub Pop Records, Hydra Head, Pschent, Righteous Babe Records, Kill Rock Stars, Saddle Creek, Yep Roc, Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk
Bands don’t get musicians like The Cure’s Robert Smith, the Editors’ Tom Smith, Jon Spencer, Lisa Hannigan, M83’s Morgan Kibby, or singer-songwriterJames Vincent McMorrow to perform on their new album without good reason. The Japanese Popstars? It’s likely that their high caliber list of guest musicians is due to their electric live shows and Irish notoriety. Learn more about the global-minded Japanese Popstars, listen to their new albumControlling Your Allegiance (featuring all the above superstars), and queue-up their playlist, Tour Bus Jams.
We’re one step closer to finding out which artist and album will receive the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, an award given by a Canadian jury to one lucky album per year. The Polaris Music Prize, also an Rdio Influencer, made a fantastic playlist featuring short list samples—listen now and follow them to keep up with their big announcements… Who will win?
A few record store clerks and a producer set out to create a music label of their own. Over twenty years later, their creation, Warp Records, not only left an indelible impression on electronic music but also brought about the creation of BAFTA-winning Warp Films and bleep.com, an online music and merch store. If you’d like to learn more about the label, read about Warp in the Labels Unlimited series. Listen to and add these classic Warp artists to your Collection, Queue and playlists.
For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Warp Records, check Wikipedia or Warp.net. Follow @Warpbot and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.
Previous label features include: Death Row Records, Get Physical, Sub Pop Records, Hydra Head, Pschent, Righteous Babe Records, Kill Rock Stars, Saddle Creek, Yep Roc, Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk
The mid-summer stretch is a good time to find great singles off upcoming albums—singles so good you’ll want put their album release date on your calendar. But not to be outshone, there are some great finds among this week’s new albums. Browse the New Releases, turn up the volume and find something new to fill your Heavy Rotation.
Little Dragon - Ritual Union EP
Little Dragon represents the work of four dedicated Swedish musicians. Although Yukimi Nagano’s voice is at the forefront, don’t miss what’s going on behind her. The Ritual Union EP contains a single off their upcoming album, and selected remixes.
Deerhoof / Woom - Woom On Hoof
Experimental rockers Deerhoof try to make music another way, by recording an instrumental track and collaborating with other musicians to add the vocal layer. This edition is thanks to WOOM, who created and performed the lyrics on these two songs.
Memory Tapes - Player Piano
While listening to this album, try to remember that one man created it. It’s hard to believe that such a complex and layered album is entirely from one brain, but given his focus and talent, something like Player Piano can exist.
CSS - Hits Me Like A Rock
They could have been one-hit wonders but Cansei de Ser Sexy is too tough for that. The single from their upcoming third album La Liberación boasts heart, a beat and a hook.
Teddybears - Devil’s Music
The renamed Teddybears proudly present their sixth studio album, Devil’s Music, as a follow-up to 2006’s Soft Machine. Listen for collaborations with Wayne Coyne (of The Flaming Lips), Cee-Lo, The B-52’s, and Robyn.
Lloyd - King of Hearts
In his fourth studio album, Lloyd tries to persuade you that he really is the King of Hearts. As for the foot tapping bits, this album had production help from Jim Jonsin, Awesome Jones, and Bruno Mars.
As the long weekend stretches out before you, here are some outstanding celebration playlists to amp up the mood and assist in your party planning.
If you’re most excited about Canada’s creation, here are the playlists for you.
Grill out and watch the fireworks with these American Independence Day tunes, curated by your fellow Independence enthuiastists on Rdio.