The Haxan Cloak – Excavation

The Haxan Cloak’s new, sophomore album is possibly one of the scariest sonic experiences you’ll have all year.

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Tricky – “Does It” ft. Francesca Belmonte

Trip Hop prince Tricky drops a moody new single and video with the track “Does It.” The track is from his forthcoming LP, False Idols, which will be dropping via !K7 Records in May. Enjoy!

Segue – “Snow Dub”

A bit of bouncy, relaxing dub techno off the latest full-length from electronic music producer Segue. Pacifica is the album, and it’s out now via Silent Season.

Young Fathers – “Romance”

The UK’s Young Fathers have dropped some visuals for their reggae-infused track “Romance,” which came off the group’s recently reissued TAPE ONE. I reviewed it a while back very positively, and I’m still convinced it rules, but I’m patiently waiting to hear some kind of followup–especially since they’re now on Anticon!

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Bad Brains- Into the Future

The future is looking a little grim.

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Vessel- Order of Noise

While Vessel does create a pretty consistent and well-groomed style on this album, which fuses elements of IDM and techno with some of the most shadowy sounds on record, some tracks are clearly more well-developed than others.

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Dumbo Gets Mad- “Radical Leap”

Groovy good feelings all around in this new Dumbo Gets Mad track.

Those good feelings come from a clear dub influence that is evident in the song that of course breaks down into psychedelic rock a few times. That groove mixed with their normal trippy nature mixes together something that feels fresh, in a very literal sense. Listening to this track just gave me a second wind with its deliberate pacing and echoey vocals. It feels like at one point this could have been two separate songs that somehow got mashed into one; a sound that works refreshingly well.

Andy Stott- Luxury Problems

While it isn’t as creepily textured as Stott’s beloved Passed Me By EP that dropped last year, the mood he creates on these sound-rich and minimal techno tracks are mostly captivating.

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Sweet Valley- Eternal Champ

Sweet Valley is what you get when you take video game sounds and music mix them with hip-hop as well as a dash of dub just for kicks.

That strange and original creation is brought to you by Nathan Williams (Wavves) and his brother Kynan Williams. I admit that the beats themselves are not overly original, but they are solid and mixed with obscure samples they have chosen to use it gives the tape a fresh feeling. I would really like to hear them collaborate with some rappers as I am a fan of their particular use of samples and willingness to fuse whatever genres they want seemingly at random.

Warning: May bring on the urge to play NES games all day.

Peaking Lights- “Lo Hi”

First single from Wisconsin dub duo, Peaking Lights off their upcoming LP Lucifer. This track brings a real spacey atmosphere to the reggae style of music they are presenting. The song has the classic expected flow to a reggae song with a real groovy bass line, but they layer it with countless synthesizers, echoed vocal tracks, and samples giving it a more psychedelic feel than most songs in the genre. It runs for 7 over minutes and by the end the psychedellic nature of the songs takes control.

Lucifer is set to be released June 18.