today brings news of the new split 7″ from portland electropop favorites starfucker and their seattle-based 2011 tour mates, the hip-hop trio champagne champagne. the long-awaited split is available now for preorder on polyvinyl’s site, and features two new jams: a starfucker joint called “dragon queens (skeletron mix)” and a champagne champagne jam “i fell through.” “dragon queens” is the instrumental behind the already-heard (and -loved) mixtape track “dragon monkey,” which was paired with gucci mane’s “running back.” the rework drops the rap but keeps the two-steppin’ beat and filthy, squelching synths, effectively keeping the dancefloor hopping without an mc. champagne champagne utilizes a guttural vocal sample and solemn organs to fill the melody for their beats, granting their head-bobbing raps an almost pastoral quality, until an analog synth riffs like an angel. together, the songs mesh with an unrelenting, wizened enthusiasm that reeks of nostalgia and sentimentality. it’s the perfect, if unlikely pairing. peep both tracks below.
blog favorite starfucker has already endeared themselves with their fabulous self-titled lp and follow-up ep jupiter. but on march 8th, their second full length reptilians drops, and it’s quickly become one of our favorite releases of 2011. in a related side project, the portland-based fuckers have been steadily releasing tracks from their upcoming mash-up mixtape. the highlight of these so far is “teen challenge,” an unreleased starfucker track that’s paired with de la soul classic “itsoweezee.” the mellow, grooving beat inspires idle hip gyration and slo-mo dancing, while la soul’s impeccable rapping weaves itself seamlessly into the melody.