Aether is the alias from San Antonio producer Diego Chavez. On November 25th, Diego will release an tightly packed collection of beats called Artifacts on the Exponential Label. Launching the album with the beautifully down tempo "Forgive Me", which appeared on the collection Wait til the Ice Melts earlier this year, he sets the mood and pace early. As tranquil and detailed as the cover of Artifacts is, Diego's tracks are even more finite and enjoyable. A classic chill album from the hot electronic scene in Texas.
Listen to: Lykke Li - Little Bit (Aether Mix) (mp3)
There seems to so many bands right now combining thick and funky electronic beats with confusing and lazy lyrics right now, but why not it is a winning combination. Four Texans called Honey Claws have joined the ranks with a mostly electronic, mostly funky, 14-track hip-hop epic. The self-titled album (which is out now) makes you want to dance and lay on the couch all at the same time.
Listen to: Shout Out (mp3)
Listen to: Song For The Winter Sun (mp3)
Stage 1: 1. Avoid babies by leaping over them 2. Collect cash
Stage 2: 1. Buy milk 2. Drop milk bottles down to babies 3. Be glad that the babies are fed.
Matisyahu is not the typical artist that I like to feature, and when I received this ep I didn't think I would be mentioning it. However, Matisyahu really exceeded my expectation on this album. Maybe they were set low, but still these four tracks present a great deal of potential for Yahu next full-length album. On October 21, Matisyahu will release his newest EP, Shattered, via Epic Records. The four-song EP features tracks from his new full-length album, Light, to be released in early 2009.
Listen to: Smash Lies (mp3)
No I wasn't one of the lucky 2500 who purchased the edition of Copper Blue with the metal copper sleeve with each of the 2,500 copies containing a one-of-a-kind Polaroid photo taken by one of the three band members. However, that didn't stop me from completely falling in love with the debut album from Bob Mould and company. Now I haven't listened to Sugar in ages, but for some reason (Mr. Obama) the some "Changes" has been running through my head lately.