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Music Review: Six Degrees Records' Emerging Artists

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One reason that I like the Six Degrees Records label so much is that it's a high-output label, constantly offering us new artists and music from literally all over the map. Six Degrees is also one of the first labels to truly embrace the web, with digital-only offerings, free downloads, and countless remixes available in almost real-time. Three recent arrivals in Six Degrees web-based Emerging Artist Series are EPs from David Starfire, Alien Chatter, and Harri Kakoulli.

Artist: David Starfire
Album: Bombay Beatz

David Starfire's Bombay Beatz starts out incredibly strong with the track "Indian Fever" which sounds familiarly like label-mates Midival Punditz's "Bhangra Fever" and this should be considered a compliment. The great tablas rhythms and twangy sitars means you'll be hearing it on the next LAist mix. Ranging from superb chillout ("Stargazer") to frenetic junglism ("Shaddi") it's a great EP with the exception of the track "Sucka Free". The instrumentation is great until some very mediocre and completely unnecessary rapping began a minute into the song. The solution? Just click through "Sucka Free" and enjoy the rest of it.

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[2 more EPs reviewed after the jump]