As we reported several months ago, the Brooklyn-based analog obsessives of Blondes are releasing a series of 12" EPs on the RVNG label this year, a run which kicked off with the "Lover" b/w "Hater" record. Here, we have a music video for the b-side of that 12", an "analog video synthesis" created by Phil Logan. Read more »
In less than a year, the totally on-fire Tri Angle label has quickly made a name for itself as a respectable source for dark electronic music influenced by hip-hop and R&B, but now the hub seems to be inching just a bit closer to releasing more or less straightforward hip-hop. The recent addition of burgeoning beatsmith Clams Casino—who's already produced for the likes of Lil B and Soulja Boy and dropped a much-lauded instrumental mixtape—to its slowly expanding roster is testament to that claim, and this distorted slow-burner of a tune further solidifies it. "Gorilla" is taken from Clams Casino's Rainforest EP (pictured above), and exhibits the artist's penchant for crafting thick washes of grimy fuzz, pitched-up/down vocal samples, syrupy basslines, and slow-slapping beats—then shrouding the whole thing in more shadowy atmospheres and gritty textures. We wouldn't mind hearing a flow over this tune, but seeing as how Clams Casino says that "these songs have always existed purely as instrumentals," we're more than happy to take the Rainforest EP's five tracks unencumbered by another artist's ideas when it drops on June 27. (via Pitchfork)
Clearly it's not all sunshine and beach parties down in the SoCal metropolis from which the beat scene sprouted. Yes, we've got another LA beatsmith of sorts on our hands in Chaz Lewis, who has delivered this menacing, dark journey through the land of heavy boom-bap under his ELOS alias. Staying true to the "gangster" for which the "g" in g-funk stands for, Lewis implements a simple kick-and-clap pattern, on top of which he throws harrowing side-chains and ungodly bass sounds that beg for the kind of stoic, slow-motion head nod often found in the grimiest of rap videos. A slippery, Transylvania-esque synth melody tops off the affair, making it one of the most deliciously evil beats in recent memory to come from the Low End camp. You can find "DunDeals" on ELOS' forthcoming debut EP, Flying Sky Fortress (artwork above), which is slated for release April 26.
There's not a ton of information floating around about Doctor Jeep—we know that his real name is Andre Lira and he's a Boston resident currently attending Northeastern University—but that doesn't lessen the potential enjoyment of "Level II." Fueled by rapidly rolling snares and a flurry of drum-machine beats, the song touches on vintage house—the chopped diva vocals certainly help with that—but also features enough negative space and swirly sonics to fit nicely alongside many of his fellow forward-thinking bass-music contemporaries. We're hoping the rest of the Aztec EP is similarly on point when it drops in June. (via Cluster Mag)
Love 'em or hate 'em, the endearingly brash post-rock hooligans of Scotland's veteran instrumental export, Mogwai, are an inspiration for aspiring and seasoned musicians around the globe. The five-piece has more or less maintained its core roster since the release of its monolithic debut album, Young Team, which has always lent the band's cinematic music a tight-knit sense of kinship. Fourteen years, seven studio albums, two film soundtracks, and one live DVD later, Mogwai is still a brotherhood, something which remains glowingly apparent in the 10 eclectic compositions that make up its latest LP, the excellently titled Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Read more »
Released today by magazine-cum-label Rebel, "Skipping Puddles" is the brand-new single by a fresh producer from San Jose, CA, named Abel. His airy tune is paired with some equally soulful remixes by Essex beatmaker Lapalux (who just dropped his own EP on Pictures Music) and Brooklyn's Obey City to fill out the digital release, one of which we're offering here. Though all three tracks are excellent in their own ways, this rework by Lapalux stood out with its deft applications of the sampled vocal hook (the sadly sung "Girl, I've been watching you" is twisted into a number of forms), its dense, glittering atmosphere, and its potpourri of R&B-inspired synth riffs. It sounds sort of like a couple of our favorite Brainfeeder producers (like, say, Matthewdavid and Teebs) and some of our favorite post-dubsteppers (Mount Kimbie and early James Blake) were forced to collaborate on a three-minute flurry of musical ideas and genre experiments, which would be awesome. You can grab the rest of the Skipping Puddles EP (picutred above) for free here.
Well, looky here: Seems like two of the UK's best-known patrons of club-ready bass music, Jamie xx (pictured above) and Oneman, just performed a co-headlining set at last Friday's FACT and Young Turks party at Boiler Room, and (lucky for us) they recorded it. Read more »
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