The Fader just reported about the release of Domination, and you can download the whole thing for free at Toast PR’s SoundCloud — although you have to tediously download each of the twelve tracks individually. Why not zip that shit? Anyway, that’s negligible compared to the low quality mp3s on offer. Although the files are marked at 192 kbps, they are audibly much more compressed, probably 128, which in 2010 is rather primitive. Several of the mixtape’s tracks have already been floating around the blogal village in the past months, noticeably louder and clearer, and fans who’ve signed up for Dominique’s email newsletter were offered CD-quality wav files for a couple tracks. And it’s not like this free mixtape is a try-some-buy-some loss leader pointing toward a paid product (à la In Rainbows); it is the product. So why the downgrade in quality?
Revolution № 5, an ongoing party series from Berlin’s Sick Girls, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend at Stattbad, a cavernous cultural center (converted from an old bathhouse/pool complex) and a good fit for the DJ duo’s bass-heavy hi-jinx. And to celebrate, they’ve invited a crew of guests to help bring the noise. NYC’s Kim Ann Foxman (co-vocalist of Hercules And Love Affair, whose new album is due in September) will DJ, and if her recent set streaming at WNYU is any indicator, expect her to fag it up with a lot of classic house tracks. Also appearing, for the first time in Berlin, is 19-year-old Florida-based party rapper Dominique Young Unique.
Expatriarch is back again to damn the man with an auditory assault from women and queer rappers, rockers and producers. Among the new and unreleased material you’ll hear delicate dubstep from Emika, cock-craving rhymes from Sissy Nobby, operatic dreamscapes from Laurel Halo and psychoanalytic reggae-punk from The Slits. Also on board is BBC Radiophonic Workshop founder Daphne Oram, plus the latest side projects from Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson of The B-52s.
In less than a year, 19-year-old rapper Dominique Young Unique has climbed her way from blogs and local Miami press to nationally reputable sites Pitchfork and The Fader, and most recently even mainstream outlets like Rolling Stone and MTV have caught on. Fittingly then, her debut mixtape set for release this month is titled Domination.