Hey, do you like the New Pornographers, but have you always felt like there were just too many people involved? Well now you can get cozy with bassist Pierre de Reeder, who has a new album of acoustic tracks out August 12. He’s kind of like a Canadian Jose Gonzalez. RCRD LBL has an mp3 of “The Long Conversation,” which they say is helping them “chill and forget our aching hangover.” You too?
I went out to local club Mezzanine to catch some of the hot new Argentinian DJs of Club Zizek fame last night, and that shuffly cumbia rhythm is still shimmying around my brain. If you’re intrigued but put off by confusing foreign-language lyrics, check out a mashup over at the Muy Bastard blog by Zizek DJ Villa Diamante, combining young rapper Lil Mama with a minor-key cumbia backing track.
After the jump: a rapper gets existential, and a soul singer gets remixed to shreds
SoCal rapper The Game has a new album that’s been delayed almost as much as Lil Wayne’s was; appropriate, then, that the first leaked single features Wayne himself, going a little nuts with his Auto-Tune. The track is a piano-led meditation on death, chock full of references to deceased celebrities as well as a quick dis of Jesse Jackson. I found it at Pitchfork who found it at Nah Right.
Pardon My Freedom‘s got an mp3 (and some commentary in French) of a blistering new remix by the Count and Sinden of young Australian soul singer Sam Sparro‘s “21st Century Life.” Their version does that thing I love these days, giving the vocals a big, drum-free hands-in-the-air moment, then crashing down out of nowhere with a giant wobbling bassline. Doesn’t everybody love that?