halfby: just two kinds of people in the world.

Halfby - Never Click
Halfby - Whispering My Name
Halfby - North Marine Drive

There’s a large sample-based music scene in Japan, one foot in hiphop and the other in indie music. One of the masters of this style is Takahiro Takahashi, better known as Halfby. His past work has encompassed everything from hiphop to indie-dance while simultaneously putting the remix spin on artists like Pizzicato Five, Diana Ross, and The Go! Team. For his latest album, he’s reached into 2010′s hottest theme: fuzzed out summer. Halfby songs have always been pretty chipper, but this album is positively breezy with guest appearances by the likes of Broadcast 2000, Skibunny, and tropicalia darlings Is Tropical throughout.

You can listen to a full album preview of The Island Of Curiosity, on youtube and check out his crazy chop up video for “Mad Surfin” while you’re there.

totally enormous extinct dinosaurs: one went away and then there were four.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Garden
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Blood Pressure

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs are a strange act. I’m never sure what to make of them. On one hand, they put out wonky pop-bassline crossover tracks like “Moon Hits The Mirrorball” and then they go and do things like have 2 Bad Mice remix it. I feel like they have no real allegiance to any particular style and will continue to mash it up their own way, which is a good thing, really. Their upcoming EP continues that trend and the above two tracks are the logical extremes on either end of the spectrum – the Hot Chip meets bassline “Garden” and the skittery funky/dubstep “Blood Pressure.” You can hit up their soundcloud to hear the entire EP, which will be out in June.

mixtape series 02: mezzir

Mezzir’s back and this time for a full feature of sorts. I actually can’t take credit for discovering this kid. All that goes to my esteemed vacationing co-blogger JJS III. But he’s a relatively new talent and should be making tons of waves soon. For now, however, he’s put together a little mixtape of his influences for our listening pleasure. In addition, he’s given us an exclusive remix AND wants everyone to know you can download his debut EP featuring a few bootlegs you’ve heard here before in glorious 320kbps. With that kind of generosity, how can you not check out his website, twitter, soundcloud, facebook, and myspace? Go be his friend and blow him up real big.

Aoki Takamasa and Tujiko Noriko – Vinyl Words
Dntel – (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
Iron & Wine – Boy With A Coin
Bright Eyes – Cleanse Song
Aesop Rock – Daylight
Foreign Exchange – Be Alright
R Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
New Radicals – Mother, We Just Can’t Get Enough
Robyn – Be Mine
Prince – I Would Die 4 U
Phoenix – Too Young (Zoot Woman Remix)
Katy Perry – Waking Up In Vegas
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Minus The Bear – Absinthe Party At The Fly Honey Warehouse
The New Pornographers – Myriad Harbour
Jimmy Eat World – Lucky Denver Mint
Earth Wind And Fire – September
Foreign Exchange – All That You Are (Remixes Blend)
Phoenix – Embuscade

Missy Elliot - Gossip Folks (Mezzir Remix)