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An innovative Warp of hip hop
Individually, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice are considered two of the best electronic hip hop producers around, continuing the off-kilter legacy of J Dilla and Timbaland. As TNGHT they craft a simple template that fuses huge hip hop beats with futuristic synths, choppy vocal stabs and crunk-filled craziness. Catch them live: Lunice brings a bundle of stage energy while HudMo rocks to the ludicrously large basslines. It won’t be long before TNGHT join the likes of The Neptunes as producers to the stars.
TNGHT’s debut EP is out now on Warp / LuckyMe
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The Venezuelan duo of Sergio Munoz and Israel Sunshine made waves with their debut single ‘Space Ballad’ featuring. Argenis Brito on Crosstown Rebels. It was so good that Damian Lazarus asked the them for a full length album. The LP hits Latin influences on tracks like ‘Interlude’ as well as classic house on ‘You and I’ featuring Cari Golden. They’ve also got Mel Blatt (of All Saints fame), young NYC star Rap Lisa and Big Bully on there, ensuring the album keeps with Crosstown Rebels’ thirst for unique dance music.
‘Mind Over Matter’ is out September 17
Deep, bassy house from a vampire
After touring the globe as the bass player in Vampire Weekend, Chris Baio went into hibernation, during which he produced the ‘Sunburn’ EP, a joyous mix of euphoric house vocals, melancholic keys, steel drums and rising melotron chords. Those that enjoy artists like Maribou State should check it out; it’s house tempo but the beats are awkward and distinguish the tunes from the pack. He’s something of a US counterpart to indie kid-turned-producer, Jamie XX, but catch him now, as Vampire Weekend are back soon.
The ‘Sunburn remixes’ EP is out on Greco-Roman in September
Poetic MC with killer hooks
Angel Haze’s latest EP is a mix of inch-perfect rapping and electronic hooks that should appeal to hip hop and dance fans alike. Her flow impresses and her singing is a treat too. Citing E.E. Cummings and Langston Hughes among her favourite poets, Angel’s lyrics on love and life are insightful and it’s evident that she knows her music as well; she’s full of knowledge about the artists sampled in her tracks. Rocking a non-bling style and some sharp intelligence, Angel Haze is ushering in the next generation of hip hop.
The ‘Reservation’ EP is out now as a free download
D’n’b export from New Zealand
With the demise of Pendulum, now is the time for Sam Reed to remind the world that Down Under has more to offer than stadium-sized synths. The Wellington resident first got attention from Calibre and dBridge with his ‘Introducing Tokyo Prose’ EP on Samurai Music. The soulful set of liquid rollers topped the Chemical Records d’n’b chart and Samurai soon asked the producer to christen its Horo imprint with a new release. Expect to see him delve deeper into drum ’n’ bass when he reaches our shores later this year.
Tokyo Prose’s EU tour will hit the UK in September