APRIL 26, 2010

We're one week closer to the bliss that accompanies high temps, blue skies, and outdoor events all over the world. Stay patient people, it's coming.

I was in Los Angeles last week for work, and I spent a lot of time in the car, listening to the radio. Top 40 radio is so boring and predictable, playing basically the same 4 songs over and over all day. To escape the sameness, I was spinning the tuner every few minute to see what else there was to listen to. I almost always ended up zoning out to a random Spanish language station - there are tones of them. Most of the music I listen to is from a fairly narrow range of sources./influences that it was refreshing to hear some totally new sounds. If anyone has any recommendations for kind of 'world sounds', I'm ready to explore! Hit me in the comments please! Right now, I check DJ /Rupture's blog, and that's about as exotic as it gets.

Some news in the tubes today:

Percussion Lab favorite Flying Lotus brought his particular flavor to the 'deluxe' release of Jose James' Blackmagic, which drops today on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint. FlyLo produced several tracks on the original release of the smoky jazz album; the deluxe release boasts his video for the track Code, as well as Visions of Violet, which is exclusive to this release.

Free download of Blackmagic via URB magazine here.

Flying Lotus's new album Cosmogramma, drops on Warp May 4.

Philadelphia’s bass monster Starkey throws down on the latest Resident Advisor podcast. Check it here.

Atlanta dubstepper Distal who, alongside fellow ATLien Mite brought some of that southern flavor to last month’s Dub War – runs the new label Embassy Recordings. They announce the release of Embassy 001 on Beatport today; check it here.

2 step legend MJ Cole drops the ‘Riddim’ EP, available here.

And in visual art/New York news, Shepard Fairey just finished a large commissioned mural on the corner of Houston and Bowery; and is working on a second at the Cooper Square Hotel, in conjunction with Art Production Fund. if you're out and about, stop by.

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