Fall brings a fresh club-acopia of bangin' beats.
The D.I.T. Band “Long Gone” 12” (Past Due) Chicago-based disco-boogie–reissue label Past Due continues to rearrange our record collection, this time with a vinyl single complete with an edit from Norwegian space-disco dude Prins Thomas. Early September.
Jokers of the Scene Acid Bagg EP (Fools Gold)
The day Ottawa starts producing hot-shit club producers is the day we…say, wait a minute—these guys are killing it. Drawing on B-more bass, fidget house and electro—all wound up to the party-ready tempo of 130bpm—DJs Booth and Chameleonic unleash their euphoria-inducing jams on the youth-oriented Fool’s Gold label. This EP is a taste of a full album, Baggy Bottom Boys, to come in 2009. Early September.
dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip Angles (Strange Famous)
The nutty U.K. electro-rap duo fulfills the promise of its hilarious single “Thou Shalt Always Kill” and Youtube video with a full-length meditation that’s just as cutting as we would hope. September 2.
Inspiration Information Series (Strut)
Named for a Shuggie Otis album, this collaboration series from the flawless London label Strut puts today’s key artists in the studio with their musical heroes. On the horizon: Amp Fiddler works with reggae greats Sly & Robbie, Studio One producer Horace Andy teams up with London digital beatmaker Ashley Beedle, and live rhythm section Heliocentrics jam out with Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke. September 29.
Steve Bug Bugnology 3 (Poker Flat Recordings)
The German DJ promises a flowing, genre-defying collection of customized tracks from Adultnapper and the Per Eckbo Orchestra. September.
Bomb the Bass Future Chaos (!K7)
Much-missed ’80s British club beatshaper Tim Simenon returns with a double disc under the name Bomb the Bass. He deserved a vacation after fashioning “Beat Dis,” one of sample-based music’s first tracks, and Neneh Cherry’s classic “Buffalo Stance.” This brilliant collection of back-to-basics Moog-and-drum tracks gets extra bottom from Jon Spencer, Mark Lanegan, and members of Red Snapper and Fujiya & Miyagi. September 30.
Radio Slave TBA (Rekids)
Matt Edwards collects Radio Slave’s most droolworthy remixes on a double CD compilation. Start slobbering. September.
MSTRKRFT TBA (Last Gang)
The hairy and scary Toronto electro-house duo follow up their slamming full-length debut and Kylie Minogue remixes with more workouts in pummeling analog synths and handclaps. October 7.
Morgan Geist Double Night Time (Environ Records)
An Italo-disco lover and ace producer with nu-disco stylists Metro Area, Geist steps out with a solo album. It draws on his love for danceable pop and light R&B obscurities amid artfully placed synths and vocals from Junior Boys’s Jeremy Greenspan. The boogie genius level is high on “Most of All,” and altogether, the crossover potential is huge. October.
Hot Doug’s EP (Hot Dog Records)
Zebo, Red Foxx, Elroy Vanderley and DJ Rampage contribute bumpin’ bangers to this vinyl EP inspired by our city’s finest hot-dog stand on a new Chicago label that specializes in Baltimore club, remixes and electro. October.
Free Blood The Singles (Rong/DFA Records)
Who’s gonna teach the art-school kids how to dance this year? Brooklyn duo comprised of punk-funker John Pugh and fashion designer Madeline Davy are on the case—thank the Lord. Their hyped full-length boasts clanging rhythms, siren horns, lush strings and lyrics about cannibalistic royals—basically, everything you need. November 4.
Listen to the song "Quick and Painful" that will appear on this album.
Ones to watch
These hot DJ acts are coming to Chicago this fall, but dates and venues are yet to be confirmed: The Kitsune Tour (featuring Riot in Belgium, Autocratz, the Shoes and Guns N Bombs), Rhythm & Sound, Dominik Eulberg and Sinden. Closer to home, we’ll be keeping an ear out for remixes by indie electro group Hey Champ! and a slew of new vinyl and digital releases from DJ Pierre’s Afro Acid label.
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