Start by imagining Missy Elliott as a Cockney Brit from outer London--OK, that's a tough one. But the English need to get their hair done too (in Sovereign's case, a demi-cornrow with a dash of Sporty Spice does the trick), and as long as that's the case, this recent Jay-Z signee will keep dropping tight breakbeats about baggy trousers and shiny new trainers.
Erran Baron Cohen, brother of Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen), has made a valiant effort to make Hanukkah a cool holiday, and he's done a great job. By combining klezmer, reggae, electronica, tango, and many other genres, Cohen reinterprets classic Jewish holiday songs as well as offering unique originals.
Subcultural industrial icon Ogre (Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, Pigface, Ministry, Revolting Cocks) evades obsolescence yet again by rewiring his abrasive synth-driven and polemical sound for the 21st century. Hailed as a pioneer of the industrial electronic scene, Ogre has remained innovative for more than 25 years by administering a blisteringly intelligent "detailed post-mortem" on the slough rehashed by lesser, fading figures.
Fans will find a familiarly corrosive array of electronics and percussion that fuels his vitriolic critique of corruption, ego, and infantile aggression, yielding nothing less than a sulfuric formula of antipathy and attitude force-fed down the throat of … Read more
With his band The Comas on hiatus, Andy Herod's self-produced new project, Electric Owls, embarks on an exploration of musical experimentation while dwelling on the distinctly dark and cryptic with the release of the Magic Show EP.
Aptly titled, the four tracks propagate the mystical spirit of Halloween with many macabre references in songs such as "Cannibal Superstar" and "Darken Me," both lyrically dredging up feelings of death and dethronement put against a backdrop of slightly offbeat--yet melodic--pop hooks and intertwining harmonies. Less heavy songs also appear on the release, such as the unusually jaunty … Read more