When Steve Reidell (aka STV SLV) and Aaron Brink (aka ABX) started the Hood Internet
, it looked like mashup culture was doomed to exhaust itself in a spasm of half-baked novelty. But the local production team proved there's plenty of room for artistry in mashups, with tracks whose smooth, danceable combinations of popular hip-hop and indie-rock songs aren't just surprising and funny but also create a powerful new dynamic: in their mashup of DMX and the XX, for instance, the desolate instrumentals bring out a brooding seriousness in rhymes that might otherwise have sounded over the top. Reidell and Brink switch gears with the new Feat
(Decon), their first album of all-original material, but the tunes have a lot in common with the duo's mashups: they're luscious and sleek, with gleeful beats, and they likewise draw on rap and indie rock, though this time in the form of guest vocalists and instrumentalists (including Cadence Weapon, BBU, and Psalm One in the former category and A.C. Newman, Rosebuds, and Hooray for Earth in the latter). If you've ever enjoyed a Hood Internet mashup, chances are you'll dig Feat
too. —Leor Galil My Gold Mask, Psalm One, BBU, and Oscillator Bug open. For more, see Reidell's conversation with Squarepusher in this week's Artist on Artist.