Rap trends come and go, but it seems that crunk is here to stay. It's certainly a major pillar of the music being turned out by Myrryrs. Last year's Feel U and Blood of a Slave EPs certainly bore traces of the Nashville producer's love for hip-hop, but his just-released I'm a State of Mind EP (artwork above), which dropped via LA's Body High imprint, at times borders on Southern rap worship. Yet, as a quick listen to the woozily potent "Fantom Doze" proves, it's not a bad thing. Founded upon a sturdy framework of snapping drum-machine beats, the track unleashes an infectious array of vocal loops and lazily lilting technicolor synths. It would be easy to say that "Fantom Doze" sounds like something off the radio, but honestly, it sounds a whole lot better than most of what's on the radio these days.
The Wedidit collective is home to a number of talented beatmakers, including Groundislava, eLan, Jonwayne (who helmed our latest podcast), and frequent XLR8R subject Shlohmo. Today, the crew is dropping its first official release, a solo effort by New York City native RL Grime. The Grapes EP is his debut release, and opening cut "Grapes Alla Vodka" is a big, brash, and addictive slice of Houston-flavored crunk anchored by a gargantuan synthesizer that drips a spooky, syrup-laden melody over the jam's flickering claps and cymbals. To celebrate the release, Wedidit has created 100 iron-on patches featuring RL Grime's tombstone logo that are available when you purchase the digital package, which also features remixes from Shlohmo, Salva, LOL Boys, and Groundislava. Grab "Grapes All Vodka" below, and stream the new EP in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
The Animoog app for the iPad has its share of limitations, mainly due to the fact that's it's limited to a 9.5" x 7.3" screen. That said, it's still one of the best-sounding and performing software synthesizers on the market today, especially considering its incredible price point, giving you access to a polyphonic "eight-timbre" synth based on classic Moog sounds for under $30. Read more »
Red Bull Music Academy has provided no small number of gifted electronic artists over the past 14 years, giving us such luminaries as Nina Kraviz, Hudson Mohawke, and Om Unit, to name but a few. Pazes is a recent grad of the 2011 Madrid edition of RBMA, hailing from Brasilia and working here with another RBMA grad, Istanbul-based artist Biblo (whom we posted about a few weeks back), on this new offering, "Rogue States." The tune is a sweet, melancholic trip to the shadowy outreaches of post-Dilla hip-hop, swirling in a humid yet comfortable climate of descending keys, compressed sub pulses, and a sumptuously treated feminine vocal line. It's a rich and warm jam from two up-and-coming producers that really brings out the feel of Tri Angle Records and the more loving end of the LA beat scene.
Glasgow producer Rustie has had himself a busy week. Right after posting his recent BBC Essential Mix online, he announced a brief tour of the US and Canada that will begin in New York on May 15. Read more »
This is the second time we're hearing of the sampling prowess of one Kristian Torkelsen, a self-professed crate-digger and vinyl-manipulating artist operating out of Fredrikstad, Norway. He's sent through a nifty little number from his debut LP, a vintage Ninja Tune-sounding effort entitled "Ugle." Traces of old-school Amon Tobin and the wax-plundering ethos of Stones Throw could be reference points for the work of Torkelsen, but when listening to the track, it's important to acknowledge just how far "out there" he really goes with his sampling, pulling in disparate sources from what is likely a large cache of forgotten plates. There really isn't a whole lot of concrete information on this 23-year-old producer as of yet, but you can check out the rest of his self-titled debut LP, after the jump. Read more »
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