The rundown of artists, scenes, parties and videos breaking forth from the underground this week
Radar’s been stopping itself from covering oOoOO simply because it feels like such a ninny writing that out. But as the cyber smorgasbord of the ‘drag’ sound unfolds, it’s impossible to resist. Alongside the likes of Balam Acab and oOoOO’s Disaro labelmate White Ring, it’s become the druggie rap-savvy cousin of Chicago’s slasher-disco; all charged up in a kinda teenage-bedroom-séance-under-visitation way, but adding the juggernaught-on-Xanax snare-centric beats of Atlanta’s burliest. It’s how you wished the new Crystal Castles album would sound. Then again, any scene that takes Salem as its pioneers was going to be exquisitely macabre.
2. The Boiler Room
The hip brats over at Platform have recently invited DJs like loved-up-techno-don Theo Parrish, Jamie xx and Gaslamp Killer down to hang out in their disused boiler room. There was a soundsystem, decks and a webcam there, so everyone ended up having a party and broadcast it live via the site. Have a look.
3. Dom’s Videos
If you haven’t vibed the hell out of sarcy Massachusetts space-jammers Dom yet, you need to get with that. A good place to start would be their latest video ‘It’s So Sexy 2 B Living In America’; it’s a three-minute cut’n’paste joyride of silly found footage in boom-tsssh tribute to America’s, erm, sexiness.
Now the noughties are well and truly over, the floodgates for ’90s nostalgia have been prised open. The avalanche of alt (alt.rock, alt.folk, alt.washing machines etc) just won’t let up. This lot follow Yuck in a series of London bands who make music with one foot in a Wisconsin shopping mall and one in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
5. The Knocks
B-Roc and Mr JPatt are the Big Apple’s flyest new hip-pop production twinkies; they’re scientists of swagger. When not springing around the city’s warehouse party circuit like a couple of amorous gazelles, they’re being called in to swag-the-hell-out-of beats for everyone from Rihanna to Flo Rida.