Warmth in Winter with Scotland’s Deathcats

The ultimate fraught of stereotypes isn’t how often inaccurate they are, but how quickly we instinctively launch to them. Think of a place like Scotland, long typecasted for forever rains, beautiful hillsides, and rocky coasts. And while the travel brochure for Scotland kindly reinforces that, it doesn’t do service to what wholly unsuspecting things come […]

Syndrome Of Noise – An Interview With Gardland

Sydney’s Gardland seems so exploratory that putting a wayward stamp on what’s being attempted is almost pointless. The team of furious psyche producers Alex Murray and Mark Smith, although young, have coupled together a gnawing early catalog of sounds that come closer to nightmare than accessible. The duo’s first full-length LP, Syndrome Syndrome, follows up […]

The Steady Road Of The Dodos

The unconscious charm of The Dodos has been comfortably present for some time. The San Francisco duo of guitarist Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, whose most common claim to fame was playing background in a commercial for Miller Lite’s posthumous summertime half-breed Miller Chill, have been floating through the stream of indie’s more promising acts […]

A Breakdown of Matt Shadetek’s Empire

You’ll never find Matt Shadetek, producer, DJ, teacher, father, husband, former Berlin ex-pat, and founder of Dutty Artz, sans windbreaker and baseball cap in ­­classic New York street style. Even when it’s 20 degrees outside, his colors show. Shadetek is a proud member of a rare, understated, vanishing tribe; he’s a native New Yorker. One might […]

Filling The Cracks with CX KiDTRONiK

Inspiration comes from, literally, everywhere. For some, it’s a passionate take of what reality gives them. For others, it’s the disconnection with relationships over time. And for some others, it may seem like something a little less serious. For CX KiDTRONiK, the story goes that he spotted the ass-crack of singer Jody Watley in the […]

In The Dark With The Haxan Cloak

There’s an assumed sigh when the term “drone” comes into play. As a sub-genre, it’s cryptic, off-putting, and faceless. There’s no flash. In fact, drone stands out solely on an aesthetic island for being as anti-flash as humanly expressible. But the passive disinterest misses nuance. Excavation, the newest album from London producer Bobby Krlic, a […]

I Can See for Miles: Omar Sosa’s Radical Reinvention of Kind of Blue

Omar Sosa’s new album rebuilds Miles Davis’ 1959 classic from the ground up. THE BOMBER JACKET spoke with the musician about Mr. Davis, jazz, and why the best note is often the one you don’t play. When Omar Sosa first got the call to revisit and reinterpret Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue for its 50th […]

The Mystery of Ifan Dafydd

His name, like so many others in the non-stop swirl of emerging producers and DJs coming out of Europe, sometimes floats under the rocks. Ifan Dafydd, improbable to pronounce with 100 percent accuracy, much less certainty, has been slipping through the ranks of the continent’s best up-and-comers, sporadically dropping James Blake-esque singles through the past […]

Jeremiah Jae and the noise of Brainfeeder

Steven Ellison is assembling a remarkable team. Better known as Flying Lotus and Captain Murphy, the figurehead of the label Brainfeeder, which started just five years ago in Los Angeles, has been recruiting a wave of genre-splitting producers and neo hip-hop up-and-comers to his growing base. Preferably, Ellison looks for acts that mend both of […]