Moderat: Bad Kingdom

Grateful Dead's "Standing On The Moon," Moderat's "Bad Kingdom," The xx remixed and more in our weekly review of music

Moderat—the collaborative side project of Berlin-based artists Apparat (Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary)—takes listeners on an illustrated journey of the downfall of English aristocracy in “Bad Kingdom,” the first single off their forthcoming album II. The entrancing Pfadfinderei-directed video emotionally matches Apparat’s luring vocals, which are both juxtaposed with Modeselektor’s intricate beats for a harmonious track that toes the line between …

Joey Bada$$: Summer Knights Mixtape

Grateful Dead's "Standing On The Moon," Moderat's "Bad Kingdom," The xx remixed and more in our weekly review of music

Just in time for the holiday weekend, Brooklyn’s own up-and-comer released his Summer Knights Mixtape on the one-year anniversary of his breakthrough release 1999. At just 18, the young Flatbush-based rapper has an impressive list of collaborators on roster. Highlights include gleaming production on “Amethyst Rockstar” by the infamous MF DOOM, where Bada$$’s rhyming potential shines. With guest appearances from fellow Pro Era members as …

Breakbot & Irfane: Bedtime Stories

Grateful Dead's "Standing On The Moon," Moderat's "Bad Kingdom," The xx remixed and more in our weekly review of music

Hot off the grill is “Bedtime Stories” from French DJ Breakbot and longtime collaborator Irfane. Together they’ve served up a soundtrack for summer, saying, “Our music seems to be the product of warmth and sunshine.” This 45-minute mix has Breakbot’s characteristic emphasis on funky bass guitar and synth chord stabs as Irfane and others sing against the disco rhythms. The mix opens with dialogue from …