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Dugo Takes Us To Another Realm With ‘Lingua Franca’

Jesse-Lee Rowe

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Japanese electronic music visionary Dugo has gifted us with instrumental gold in his latest full length album, Lingua Franca’ and as someone who truly appreciates some good ol’ breakbeat and beautiful composition, I was more than impressed to have found it.

The electronic scene as it stands today is flooded with the likes of techno, deep house, EDM, and other hard-hitting stuff, so it isn’t every day that I come across musical projects like Lingua Franca’, and when I hear an album like this, it reminds me just how powerful music can be.

Dugo marries instrumentals and electronic production in a way that is truly extraordinary, and the finished product is a melodic masterpiece that evokes emotion in a way similar to that of the music of some of the greatest composers of the 21st Century.

Lingua Franca’ starts off strong with a powerful piece that incorporates tribal elements, strong breaks, and a robust rhythm that exudes force, while still managing to be gentle. Track after track brings us the same level of quality production, although the scene set by each piece carries its own unique identity.

Dugos’ music definitely carries a rock influence, which could probably be attributed to the fact that he has been playing guitar in an instrumental rock band Happy Family since the late 90’s. This influence is especially present in the single ‘The Sun and a Dusty Road’.

One of my favorite pieces on this album has to be ‘Sol Poniente’, as it features a beautiful arrangement of violin and other strings that move me into a place of deep thought, inspiration, and reflection. This, coupled with the deep rhythm and intensity of the song take it from a simple composition to a comprehensive narrative for me, and when listening to it, an entire story unfolds in my head without so much as a thought.

Side note: The break that starts to build at 2:50 on ‘Momentum’ was a serious wow moment for me, a twist that was totally unexpected, beautifully hard hitting, and rhythmically deep, deep, deeeeeeep.

The album has no shortage of quirkiness and individuality, with pieces like ‘Two Sides’ showing a more sinister, mysterious side of Dugo, illustrating his ability to create a variety of moods with his music.

If you like Bonobo, Massive Attack, or The Cinematic Orchestra, you will love what Dugo has managed to give us with Lingua Franca’. Give it a listen below.

 

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Hear Keys + Krates New Single, “Glitter”

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Toronto-based live electronic act Keys N Krates are back to share a new single. “Glitter” features Ambré, and sees the group continuing to expand their sound and explore new territory as they broaden their style beyond the dance world. A deep twilight groove featuring New Orleans R&B talent Ambré, Keys N Krates emerge from the darkness with “Glitter,” which layers intoxicating vocals over snappy bass and warped strings for a hypnotic slowed down disco feel.

“We were trying to draw from music we love and grew up on like Jay Dilla, Tribe, DJ Premiere, as well current stuff that we love like everything from Beach House to Chrome Sparks to a lot of current rap stuff,” explains the group’s turntablist Jr. Flo. “We wanted to everything to sound like a sample.”

The group is also announcing that “Glitter” will be the lead single to their debut album, entitled Cura, arriving in early 2018 via Dim Mak Records.

Coinciding with the release of “Glitter,” Keys N Krates are also announcing a lengthy North American tour set to kick off on January 24th and running through the spring.

In other news, the group’s “Dum Dee Dum” single has recently achieved RIAA gold status. Given that the song never received significant radio airplay, this milestone is a testament to the scope of the group’s grassroots popularity.

Hear “Glitter” ft. Ambré below, find full tour routing below, and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates.

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DREVM Debut Eerie Genre Entitled 5-Track EP ‘Lo-Death’

Adam Subotin

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Lo-Death

DREVM are back at it again, and this time the duo takes their previously coined genre “Deathcore“, and flips it on its head with more tastefully eerie effects. However, instead of another single, DREVM debut a new 5-track EP entitled ‘Lo-Death’. The EP boasts some dark, lo-fi vibes and while some tracks may seem short the general ambiance and consistency among the tracks make this EP seem like one long horror story. Although each separate track delivers its own unique atmosphere, together they almost effortlessly blend into something spectacular.

When asked how ‘Lo-Death’ was born, DREVM responded saying, “We included more lo-fi elements like the jazz/chill breakdowns… the drops are still heavy on the low end but are a little different from our “Deathcore” stuff.” Not surprisingly, this is pretty ordinary per DREVM’s style, as they also exclaimed they really wanted to hammer home the “really eerie, dark, and creepy” vibes for this EP.

If you ask me they knocked it out of the park. Take a listen to DREVM’s ‘Lo-Death EP for yourself below.

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Jroll Goes Bananas On Rorschach Debut ‘We Know It Up’

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We Know It Up

Rorschach Music Group keeps on impressing with its musical diversity. This time, it’s Australian native Jroll who goes bananas on his Rorschach debut release, ‘We Know It Up’. What’s up with Jroll and his bananas? I’m not quite sure. However, I do know that Jroll brings some serious production, to the table with this track, not potassium.

The simplicity of the track may be what makes this one so impressive. With a relatively simple sound design structure, use of a singular lead tone and chord breaks that establish a pronounced and head-bobbing groove. the Australian simply delivers.

Listen to Jroll’s ‘We Know It Up’ below:

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