In my 12 O'Clock Track pick last week
I briefly mentioned the DJ, producer, and blogger Boima Tucker. Coincidentally, my pick this week comes from Matt Shadetek, whose similar interest in dance-music styles being produced outside of first-world club culture has led to a number of team-ups with Tucker, who's contributed to Shadetek's cultishly adored blog Dutty Artz
. In March his Dutty Artz label will release The Empire Never Ended
, which Shadetek claims will highlight his hip-hop roots, and which will feature guest turns by neoreggae artist Jahdan Blakkamoore and postmodern Internet superstar Riff Raff
's lead single, "Madness," sounds like a 90s trip-hop cut reincarnated as postrave synth-shoegazer psychedelia. Between that and the fact that I'm pretty sure the album title is a Philip K. Dick reference, making it a 12 O'Clock Track was a gimme. Hit the jump to check it out.