Wu Tang ft. RZA
“Only the Rugged Survive”

Since Wu Tang is now synonymous with crusty white people loving Wu Tang, here is new Wu Tang (featuring RZA). It sounds like Robert Diggs phoned this one in – in a literal sense, his voice is mid-range heavy, almost lo-fi below the contrasting soul beat. A new Wu Tang album is coming, titled Wu-Tang Legendary Weapons, which consists of remaining members rapping over music provided by Brooklyn R&B band The Revelations.

• Wu Tang Clan: http://www.wutang-corp.com/
• The Revelations: http://www.myspace.com/trewilliamsrevelations

Mind Over Mirrors

“Round, Around”

Jaime Fennelly (Peeesseye, Phantom Limb + Bison, etc.) has gone solo on that ass. His new project is titled Mind Over Mirrors, and it features him playing a manipulated Indian harmonium, all recorded to tape for maximum crunch. The album’s called The Voice Rolling, and it’s due soon on Digitalis.

• Mind Over Mirrors: http://mindovermirrors.tumblr.com
• Digitalis: http://www.digitalisindustries.com

Wu Tang ft. RZA

“Only the Rugged Survive”

Since Wu Tang is now synonymous with crusty white people loving Wu Tang, here is new Wu Tang (featuring RZA). It sounds like Robert Diggs phoned this one in – in a literal sense, his voice is mid-range heavy, almost lo-fi below the contrasting soul beat. A new Wu Tang album is coming, titled Wu-Tang Legendary Weapons, which consists of remaining members rapping over music provided by Brooklyn R&B band The Revelations.

• Wu Tang Clan: http://www.wutang-corp.com/
• The Revelations: http://www.myspace.com/trewilliamsrevelations

Soul Jazz Records

12-minute label profile

Slices, a free DVD magazine by Electronic Beats, has a nice little documentary about Soul Jazz, the label responsible for such amazing releases as Studio One Dub, Tropicalia, A Certain Ratio’s Early, and New York Noise. It’s only 12 minutes long. Watch it with your eyes.

• Soul Jazz: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk
• Electronic Beats TV: http://www.electronicbeats.net

Flaming Lips/Prefuse 73

Flaming Lips/Prefuse 73 EP

According to this guy’s flickr post, last month Wayne Coyne was giving out test pressings of the Lips/Prefuse 73 EP, the very EP that has now leaked all over the internet in the form of crappy YouTube videos. The songs are interesting, though Scott Heren’s presence seems fairly underplayed — or maybe it’s Steven Drozd who is absently floating around, or maybe the whole thing is? Still, I like that the band is experimenting with release formats post-Embryonic, even if they’re stuck in a bit of a haze.

• Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Prefuse 73: http://www.prefuse73.com

Carl Calm

“Stamping Bent Memory Lagoons”

Carl Calm is one half of TMT favorites Caboladies, so it’s not surprising that the new Dayglo Port release shares those gurgling and shimmering electronics found on Crowded Out Memory. This is definitely a more abstracted and fractured sound than most of the current knob-tweaking crop is used to. Check out the full release at Dekorder plz.

• Carl Calm: http://www.myspace.com/smoothtaped
• Dekorder: http://www.dekorder.com/

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