New At Mutiny Radio: Dam Funk


Dam-Funk / InnaFocusedDaze / Scion A/V
Reviewed by DJ Yuri G

Dam-Funk wrote a single. “Forever,” the lead track on the Stones Throw neo-sophistifunkster’s Scion-sponsored EP “InnaFocusedDaze” has a hook worthy of Ready For the World, cooled out nicely over elastic staccato synth-bass. It’s got epic romance that’s both ‘hood-bound and cosmic. It sounds like an artist trying to shake off a sprawling electrogroove manifesto (2009’s “Toeachizown”) but still keep his vision intact. It swings, but still indulges some sonic detours (clocking in at 4:42) that preserve Dam’s jam ethos. It’s great. The less consequential remaining tracks follow a similar formula: the Princely bounce of “Don’t You Know (That This Funk Iz Real)” throbs with tight synths that disassemble in a screech of synthetic guitar noise. Soft electric piano and keytar intertwine “Inside of U” while waves of synthetic sound radiate like the energy source of  some sexy funk spacecraft. The robot chatter of the closing title track adds some futuristic dissonance that continues to provoke listeners to follow Dam-Funk wherever he goes next.

Track List:

1) Forever
2) Don’t You Know (That This Funk Iz Real)
3) Inside Of U
4) InnaFocusedDaze

 

New at Mutiny Radio: Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Unknown Mortal Orchestra/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra/ Fat Possum Records
Review by Ashley Ashtray

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s first and self-titled release is making waves this summer (catch them at The Independent SF this summer July 26). From their first track, populating the internet, “Ffuny Frrends” and tracks continuing through the album, there’s a consistent upbeat and catchy soulfulness that captures attention. From their funky drumming to their fuzzy guitars, it’s pure indie genius. There’s also a lo-fi feel to their recording, but with amped up psychedelic 60s inspired keyboards (think Black Moth Super Rainbow), it meshes to create an eclectic mix of 60s psychedelia, 70s guitar riffs, and 80s funky drumming for a distinct sound that is only Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Track picks:
1) Ffuny Ffrends
2) Bicycle
3) Thought Ballune
4) Jello and Juggernauts
6) Nerve Damage!

June 2011 Charts are Here!

Mutiny Radio Station Top 10
1. The Dead Kennedys “Mutiny on the Bay”
2. Amon Tobin “Isam”
3. Coppe’ “Artificial Insemination”
4. Pablo Fetti “The Big Payback”
5. Danny Byrd “Rave Digger (Special Edition)”
6. Pour Habit “Got Your Back”
7. Various Artists “Stones Throw & Adult Swim Presents – Chrome Children”
8. London Elektricity “Yikes!”
9. Beard “Beard”
10. Con Brio “From the Hip”

Rock/Alternative/Indie/Pop
1. Pour Habit “Got Your Back”
2. Beard “Beard”
3. Battles “Gloss Drop”
4. Matt & Kim “Grand”
5. Monroe Monroe “Love Wins”
6. Friendly Fires “Pala”
7. Sleigh Bells “Treats”
8. Electrelane “No Shouts No Calls”
9. Various Artists “Desperate Rock n Roll”
10. Baths “Cerulean”

RPM

1. Amon Tobin “Isam”
2. Coppe’ “Artificial Insemination”
3. Danny Byrd “Rave Digger (Special Edition)”
4. London Elektricity “Yikes!”
5. High Contrast “Confidential”
6. Babe Rainbow “Endless Path EP”
7. Bassoff “Missing You”
8. Sabbia feat. Wiosna “Soulmates (Physics Remix)”
9. Vidual “I Should Have Known Better”
10. DV8 “Human Traffic EP”

Punk/Ska

1. The Dead Kennedys “Mutiny on the Bay”
2. Gutwrench “Uncontrollable”
3. Los Saicos “Wild Teen Punk from Peru”
4. The Only Ones “Special View”

Hip Hop/Soul/R&B
1. Pablo Fetti “The Big Payback”
2. Various Artists “Stones Throw & Adult Swim Presents – Chrome Children”
3. Con Brio “From the Hip”
4. The Herbalizer “Herbal Tonic”
5. 13 & God “Own Your Ghost”
6. AmpLive “Rainydayz Remixes”
7. Digable Planets “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time & Space)”
8. Various Artists “The Funky 16 Corners”
9. Ansia “Fight For the Innocents”
10. Various Artists “Bay Area Funk – Funk & Soul Essentials from San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Area 1967-1976, Vol. 1”

New at Mutiny Radio: Selebreties

Selebreties / Delusions / 2011
Review by the Passerby

After years of 70’s throwback bands like The Strokes and Franz Fredinand, I was more than ready for the 80’s infused electronica to make a return. Selebreties’ album Delusions does a perfect early eighties sound that is at the same time dancey and dark. The vocals and lyrics are as somber as the album name suggests but the sweeping synthesizer and beat add an I-couldn’t-care-less feel to many of the tracks. This is music for a post-apocalyptic generation that saw tsunami and Judgment Day come and go without much fanfare. Vocalist Maria Usbeck takes us through a world that is lonely and harsh but does so with a disaffected shrug, even love is described as “simple and boring”. But they aren’t indifferent to everything, their passion for New Order shines through in every song. Selebreties takes these post-punk/ new wave sounds as they are and make them their own. Delusion will get some playtime in my house as welcomed new edition to a familiar and much missed genre.

FCC Clean

Favorite Tracks: 3, 9,10
Sounds like: New Order, Joy Division and Siouxsie and The Banshees

New at Mutiny Radio: MAKING FRIENDZ

Making Friendz/ Social Life/ Last Bummer Records
Review by Ashley Ashtray
Making Friendz latest release “Social Life” begins with attention grabbing and upbeat track “Situation” with distorted punky guitar riffs and fun sing-a-long lyrics. Unexpected electronica synths make appearances throughout the album, providing a more a poppy sound and more playful girl vocals. With 80s pop vocals reminiscent of Madonna yet the punky elements of Kathleen Hanna, Making Friendz’s “Social Life” is a blend of pure disco punk and electronica. 

Track picks:
1) Situation
3) Don’t Make Me Cry
5) Something to Believe In

Sounds like: Mika Miko, CSS, The Gossip, Miss TK & the Revenge, Le Tigre, The Kills