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I’ll be chatting with Lady Sovereign this Wednesday, April 22, 10:20 pm CST on Beep Beep Boop Boop. From her Def Jam debut, Public Warning, to her latest release, Jigsaw, Lady Sov has proven herself outstanding – she was even the first British artist to reach #1 on MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) with the video for her song, “Love Me or Hate Me.”
You may have heard “I Got You Dancing” or “So Human” (which heavily samples the Cure) recently at KDHX – we’re digging the new album and are excited she’s taking the time to talk with us! Tune in at 88.1 FM (Saint Louis area), live online, or if you miss it live – stream the show up to two weeks later.
Hit it! Here are my picks of what’s new in KDHX’s music library (and available other places, too!):
FabricLive.43: Switch & Sinden Present: Get Familiar Mixed by Sinden (Fabric)
This mix (and its longish title) stems from Switch and Sinden’s bi-monthly residency at Fabric Nighclub in London. KDHX got a 30-minute teaser mix that is fresh off the decks – and an eclectic, global dance party. Hey, what DJ wouldn’t want to play in a room with a “bodysonic” dance floor?
Odd Nosdam: T.I.M.E. Soundtrack (Anticon)
It’s easy to hear that this album was made as a soundtrack to an Element Skateboards film. Odd Nosdam scores each track on T.I.M.E. (This is My Element) for a different rider’s style. The laid-back hip hop pulse makes sense for skaters and casual listeners alike. Another stellar release of instrumentals from the Anticon label – and a great pick for music beds.
N.A.S.A. – The Spirit of Apollo (Spectrophonic/Anti-)
Think what you will (Pitchfork) about the 40+ guest appearances on The Spirit of Apollo, the boys from N.A.S.A. sure know how to pack ‘em in. Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Fatlip share the mic on “Strange Enough,” while Tom Waits teams up with Kool Keith for “Spacious Thoughts.” For many of the artists featured on The Spirit of Apollo, this is not their first time collaborating – or even their 50th. If anything, N.A.S.A. (short for North America/South America)showcases a vibrant music community that is all about sharing ideas and remixes.
Various Artists: Nublu Dance (Nublu)
Nublu has grown organically, from live sessions in NYC to a sprouting label. And Nublu Dance seems the most diverse representation they’ve put out so far. While previous Nublu artist releases were easily confined as dance, or world music, Nublu Dance marries the two genres effortlessly while showcasing the label’s artists. Kudu’s “Let’s Finish (Sinden Remix)” is a disco/electro-house classic, while Love Trio’s “Lovers Rock (feat. U-Roy) (Deadbeat Knockout)” is a more laid-back, dubby nod to Tosca. For dance, reggae and other world programmers alike (and another good one for music beds).
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I’ve mentioned La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows before, and here’s a video project in the same vein: Not to Be Reproduced. Similar to the Take Away Shows, NTBR posts video of performances in an intimate setting. While focusing on the arts in general, NTRB is a place to watch a variety of videos, from Lykke Li’s revision of Rick Ross’ “Hustlin” to a video work featuring Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and actress Chloe Sevigny. While it looks like they’re just beginning, I hope they stick to it.