You'll recognize his haunting voice from his acclaimed project as one-half of The Postal Service and hear traces of those melancholy beats he mastered as James Figurine. But all that started out 13 years ago when Jimmy Tamborello was Dntel. The last studio album under that moniker came out on Plug Research more than six years ago, but Tamborello's back with those calculated minimal beats, still waltzing drunkenly behind lethargic, unstrained vocals.
With enough influences to drive a music critic insane, Honey Claws have similar creative range as Danger Mouse and the Beastie Boys. With help from their self-made DJ machine (called the "Junkbox"), they're skilled at mashing up songs, as well as introducing a new sound with their original party cuts.
Overlaying dreamy vocals with fairly dense music, Detroit's one-man band, Daestro mixes melodic indie rock with synth-infused soundscapes on his latest electro-pop release, "Keepers". Randolph Chabot sure knows how to genre-hop with his strange combination of subtle music textures, spine-tingling in instrumental complexity and perfect for a trip to outer space.
Loosely speaking, French Miami is a rock band. Using rock music as a starting point, French Miami use its structures as the glue holding together more abstract musical ideas: dizzying, jagged guitar riffs anchored around pulsing synths, harmo- nized finger-tapping accenting tightly wound grooves, precise stop-start timing.
We have a diverse batch of goodies for you this year. New additions include a duet with Elvis Presley and Martina McBride; a New Kids on the Block reissue; Stephen Colbert's debut Christmas album; and a Hanukkah jam from Erran Baron Cohen. And the great thing about holiday tunes is that you can recycle them every year! So, get acquainted with the new stuff, and then dig into our archive to resurrect the classic favorites.
Start by imagining Missy Elliott as a Cockney Brit from outer London--OK, that's a tough one. But the English need to get their hair done too (in Sovereign's case, a demi-cornrow with a dash of Sporty Spice does the trick), and as long as that's the case, this recent Jay-Z signee will keep dropping tight breakbeats about baggy trousers and shiny new trainers.
Erran Baron Cohen, brother of Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen), has made a valiant effort to make Hanukkah a cool holiday, and he's done a great job. By combining klezmer, reggae, electronica, tango, and many other genres, Cohen reinterprets classic Jewish holiday songs as well as offering unique originals.