Machinedrum Prepares Final Vapor City Installment

Machinedrum
09/19/2014
Machinedrum, alias of Travis Stewart, has gifted Vapor City citizens with a farewell present as he concludes the oneiric city’s yearlong construction. Welcoming fans to the last location, the Vapor City Archives, in an email this morning, the experimental footwork producer also provided a link to a private track, “Only 1 Way 2 Know”, that will appear on the ten-track Vapor City Archives coming out on Ninja Tune in November. The email urges citizens to “spread the word if you feel it,” so this publication feels no guilt in doing just that.

“Only 1 Way 2 Know” sits right in between the heavy and dreamier ends of Machinedrum’s metropolis—not as deliberate as “Gunshotta” or the Fenris District EP, nor as spaced-out or mellow as many of the other tracks. Using the now-familiar palette of lush synth textures, bubbling footwork percussion, and elastic auto-tuned vocals, the track is a neat addition to the themes and sounds that the Vapor City project has explored, and portends another brilliant release from the prolific producer as he reaches into the city vaults to fully flesh out his visions. The album will be accompanied by more mysterious artwork from Dominic Flannigan and Eclair Fifi, who have helped to realize Stewart’s visualization of his dream metropolis in grainy, often negative-image style sceneries.

Dr. Dre's Next Album Won't Be Titled Detox

Dr. Dre
09/18/2014
If Dr. Dre's pervasively-delayed album Detox ever comes out, it will, apparently, not be called Detox. In an interview with Jeff Weiss and MC Nocando on their "Shots Fired" podcast, Aftermath producer Dawaun Parker says that Dre lost interest in that title a few years back and has since come up with a new one. “I won’t say what the title is ’cause I haven’t seen that online or anything yet," Parker said. Watch the interview below via MTV News.

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Kendrick Lamar Announces "i", First Single off New Record

Kendrick Lamar
09/18/2014
Kendrick Lamar has announced the first single off of 2012's fantastic good kid, m.A.A.d city. The single, titled "i", is expected to be out September 23 and features an Isley Brothers sample.

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Win Butler Addresses Arcade Fire's Future

Arcade Fire
09/18/2014
Recently, Arcade Fire finished the world tour behind their newest album, Reflektor. Frontman Win Butler recently did an interview with sports talk show Melnick in the Afternoon to promote the upcoming Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game. The majority of the interview was spent talking about Reflektor and working with David Bowie. However, when Butler let it slip that James Murphy would be DJing the basketball event, host Mitch Melnick noted how the LCD Soundsystem frontman retired from music at age 40 and asked if Butler was thinking along the same lines.

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The Dismemberment Plan to Reissue Change

The Dismemberment Plan
09/17/2014
The Dismemberment Plan will reissue 2001's Change, the band's final studio album before breaking up in 2003, on vinyl November 4 via Partisan. In addition, the reissue will also come with a 12-page booklet containing art, photos, and song lyrics, including the lyrics to "Ellen and Ben" which were not previously available in the album's original CD pressing.

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Video: Danny Brown's "Smokin' and Drinkin'"

Danny Brown
09/17/2014
Danny Brown has shared the video for "Smokin' and Drinkin'", the A-Trak produced cut off of 2013's excellent LP Old. The video, directed by Alan Del Rio, shows Brown in pervasively drinking at a house party filled with some very, very wasted guests. Watch the video below.

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Frank Ocean Collaborating With Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins on New Album

Frank Ocean
09/16/2014
While not much information has been released about Frank Ocean's follow up to 2012's Channel Orange, a few new details have emerged. Apparently, Ocean has been in the studio with Hot-Boy ("Niggas In Paris", Drake, Nicki Minaj) and Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Destiny's Child) according to Billboard. In addition, Ocean is working with Happy Perez, Charlie Gambetta, and Kevin Ristro, who Ocean has collaborated with in the past.

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