Okay, I am a member of Church of Amoeba Records, so I know about Dax Pierson (member of Subtle, severly injured in a tour bus accident last year, daxpierson.com). Subtle is his band, which is made up of some bay area heavy-hitters in the Indie Hip Hop scene. Doseone (Mush Records, solo artist, anticon., also in cLOUDDEAD), Jel (anticon., solo artist, i'm sure a lot more), and more research it. This year they released "For Hero: For Fool" (pitchfork tally: 8.0, review) was released on the soft this year and its REALLY GOOD.
It's "experimental" weird and very Doseone-esque (i.e. WTF is going on), but this album flows...it works...it's a band (a sextet) coming together to make it work.
Here are some tunes, let me know what you think...
Subtle - Middleclass Stomp
Subtle - The Mercury Craze *dj-able
Subtle - A Tale Of Apes, Pt. 1
If you dig this, research MUSH/Doseone/Jel/Anticon./Lex Records/cLOUDDEAD. It is a really solid scene that continues to thrive and grow.