FaltyDL summons the Hardcourage, due out in January on Ninja Tune

FaltyDL summons the Hardcourage, due out in January on Ninja Tune http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1212/news-12-12-faltydl.jpg

Reliably superb production and a seamless appeal to various genres (with UK garage standing subtly at the forefront) paved the way for New York producer Drew Lustman a.k.a. FaltyDL to establish a healthy relationship with Planet Mu, through which his first two full-length albums, Love Is a Liability (2009) and You Stand Uncertain (2011) were released, to mostly positive reviews. “Reliable” is a good adjective to use here, because it connotes… well, predictability, but certainly not in a bad way. Those two full-length albums have always struck me as being reliably good, but at the same time lacking a certain je ne sais quoi that separates the “good” from the great, or even memorable, long-term. Can a brother get some more stand-out tracks!? — is another way of putting it.

In that regard, You Stand Uncertain did offer some improvements over its predecessor, which only serves to add to the enthusiasm that one should have for Hardcourage, FaltyDL’s newest album, set for release on January 22 courtesy of Pla… no wait, Ninja Tune, as well as Lustman’s own Blueberry Records! The switch in labels could be indicative of a renewed creative outlook, and satisfyingly, the single “Straight & Arrow” seems to suggest that’s the case. Music fans and hand fetishists alike, observe:

Hardcourage tracklisting:

01. Stay I’m Changed
02. She Sleeps (feat. Ed Macfarlane)
03. Straight & Arrow
04. Uncea
05. For Karme
06. Finally Some Shit/The Rain Stopped
07. Kenny Rolls One
08. Korban Dallas
09. Re Assimilate
10. Bells

• FaltyDL: http://faltydl.tumblr.com
• Ninja Tune: http://ninjatune.net

Burial to release new EP on Hyperdub to appease rabid pack of mean commenters

The internet has done two things: 1) accelerated everything, and 2) turned everyone into a whiny baby who believes they deserve whatever it is they want right when they want it. Case in point: Burial. After releasing a debut album in 2006, Burial has come to define the upper echelon of the now ubiquitous genre of dubstep. To become the elder statesmen of an entire category of music after less than 10 years is definitely a by-product of the expedited internet age (though Burial’s quality output helps as well).

What accompanies this status, though, is a horde of faceless strangers demanding new content from behind the safe glow of their monitors. Yes, the people want more Burial and they want it now. While they should learn to hold their horses and, as Hyperdub’s Kode9 told Self-Titled last year, wait until it’s ready, the internet will surely be glad to hear that the time has finally come for new music. It’s not Burial’s long-awaited third full-length, but it’s new music nonetheless, and given Burial’s proclivity to put out particularly long EPs, hopefully it’ll suffice. Self-Titled reports that Hyperdub will be releasing the new EP, titled One / Two, on December 17 as a CD or 180 gram vinyl. For those of you who need to see some action NOW, pre-ordering is available here and here.

• Burial: http://us.myspace.com/burialuk
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

[Photo: Georgina Cook]

Secretly Canadian signs Dungeonesse, a new pop project by Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and White Life’s Jon Ehrens

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner is taking a brief musical vacation from the world of indie folk. Under the name Dungeonesse, and together with longtime pal and fellow Baltimorian Jon Ehrens (White Life, Art Department), she’s booked passage on the disco train to Partytown. And to keep the ol’ locomotive metaphor chuggin’ along (sorrrrrry), the conductor is the fabulous Secretly Canadian label, who are releasing the duo’s first single “Drive You Crazy” (digital/vinyl 12-inch) on December 4. Bonus: the B-side is a track called “Private Party.” All aboard, indeed. (Sorrrrry, gross.)

Says Wasner, “Something that Jon and I talk about a lot is the idea of reclaiming pop music; placing it squarely in the hands of, I dunno, say a couple of regular nerds from Baltimore.” The video for “Drive You Crazy,” which you can watch below, showcases what pop would be like if it were squirming through the hands of several, um, nice young men and women from Baltimore. Shot and directed by Matthew Yake, with artwork by Matthew Craven, and filmed at a dance party hosted by the band at Baltimore’s Nudashank Gallery, the video is a celebration of good times, gettin’ crunk, and FRIENDS. Dungeonesse’s full-length drops sometime in 2013.

• Dungeonesse: https://www.facebook.com/Dungeonesse
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

Dr. Dre tops Forbes’ 2012 list of musicians who are always bringin’ the Beats™

Apparently selling headphones and resurrecting your dead friends (in hologram form!) are lucrative business ventures. Dr. Dre is Forbes Magazine’s richest musician for the year 2012 (via Billboard. Dre, in addition to back catalog sales and commanding a hefty fee for appearing at Coachella made a killing when electronics company HTC bought a 51% share in his Beats headphone brand. How much of a killing you ask? Something to the tune of $100 million dollars, bringing his total pre-tax earnings to roughly $110 million, a figure which obviously does not include sales for Detox.

So, what other filthy 1%ers made the list and are therefore better than you in every way, shape, and form? Old dudes Roger Waters ($88 million), Elton John ($80 million), and U2 ($78 million) as well as aging British boy band Take That ($69 million) round out the top five, but unlike Dre, made almost all of their money from long international tours. The rest of the list pretty much falls in line with your expectations, except for Jay-Z. You’d think that owning a small percentage of a mediocre basketball team in the Cool Capital™ of the world would net you some more cash.

A word of advice to all you struggling musicians out there: invest in branding your own line of over-priced, sub-par headphones. It’ll do wonders for your bank account and, really, touring is for the birds.

You can check out the complete list in terrible slideshow form straight from Forbes or the Billboard link above for a more easily digestible format.

Shugo Tokumaru preps new album for January via Polyvinyl! Shugo Tokumar-hooray!

After listening to the first single off of multi-instrumentalist Shugo Tokumaru’s upcoming fifth record, titled “Decorate,” I definitely feel a little better. The track is light, upbeat without being cloying, and is recommended for those struggling with the flu (like me). Learning a little more about how the record was made helps support this idea. Shugo locked himself in his studio for days at a time, often forgetting to eat or sleep, much in the same way I’ve been holed up in my house this week being ill, just without the accompanying output of creativity. The record, titled In Focus? and out January 22 in the US via Polyvinyl, so far sounds like a logical antidote to the kind of isolationism that only focused creativity or acute illness could require. And it makes me smile.

Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the record will be available in limited physical quantities on CD and clear vinyl (preorder here), and through all major digital channels (download it as many times as you can afford). Go ahead and listen to and/or watch “Decorate” embedded below — it’s like an unexpected get well soon card right when you need it.

In Focus? tracklisting:

01. Circle
02. Katachi
03. Gamma
04. Decorate
05. Call
06. Mubyo
07. Poker
08. Ord Gate
09. Pah-Paka
10. Tightrope
11. Helictite (LeSeMoDe)
12. Shirase
13. Micro Guitar Music
14. DownDown
15. Balloon

• Shugo Tokumaru: http://www.shugotokumaru.com
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

RIP: Mickey Baker of Mickey & Sylvia

From The New York Times:

Mickey Baker, whose prickly, piercing guitar riffs were featured on dozens if not hundreds of recordings and helped propel the evolution of rhythm and blues into rock ’n’ roll, died on Tuesday at his home in Montastruc-la-Conseillère, near Toulouse in southwestern France. He was 87.

The cause was heart and kidney failure, his wife, Marie, said.

Mr. Baker is probably best known for a single song, “Love Is Strange,” a sexy pop tune that he and Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson recorded in 1956 as Mickey & Sylvia. It sold more than a million copies and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s rhythm-and-blues chart and No. 11 on the pop chart.

• Mickey Baker: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Baker