Book of Matthew: LA-based cassingle digger Matthewdavid mixes Low End Theory and TapeOp aesthetics to turn the beat around.
To his peers in the LA beat scene, Matthew "Matthewdavid" McQueen is an innovator— a man whose crackling, dreamlike compositions, full of tape hiss and half-heard ambient tones, inspired some of the most mind-blowing moments on Flying Lotus' game-changing Los Angeles. Read more »
It was just last week that the Southern California purgatory that is Orange County unloaded a disarmingly mature 17-year-old producer by the name of Zeadron Del Gomez. Helped in part by online magazine Rebel, yet another young OC gun has emerged, this time by the name of Ages (a.k.a. Michael Lundy). At 20 years of age, Lundy is making the kind of beat music LA is known for, except his soundscapes seem to infuse darker techno, ambient, and house details that make for a particularly rich listening experience. Lundy has released an eight-song EP, Failures, that is available at any desired price over on his Bandcamp. Check the title track before you wander over to preview the rest of the album; the song's lusty guitar licks, percussive shivers, and swooning female vocals are as seductive as anything else on the record.
Yesterday, Sinden finally released his UK-curated response to Diplo's Free Gucci mixtape, which came out just over a year ago. Seeing as how this is the Burrrtish Edition, Sinden culled remixes from a wide swath of artists, including Rustie, These New Puritans, and Scratcha DVA. The whole kit and kaboodle is available for free download here, but we thought we would take the opportunity to a highlight a particular favorite. This, from Night Slugs' Mosca, sees the style-hopping producer turning in an effortless ode to grime, even enlisting MC Trigga Nom for a few bars alongside Gucci. Mosca's basslines swing subtly underneath gunshot handclaps and an eerie, high-frequency whistle that punctuates a track mostly dominated by low-end.
Opposite ends of the Brooklyn beatmaking spectrum come together on this FaltyDL remix of the more hip-hop inclined Kotchy, whose latest album, Two, came out today. Although FaltyDL is more known for his melancholy-soaked takes on garage and house, this remix finds him picking up the tempo significantly in an apparent nod to juke and ghetto house. It's certainly a different sound from Drew Lustman, but it really works, as he expertly inserts bits and pieces of Kotchy's raps over a flurry of 808 kicks and claps. Is this just a one-off experiment? We'll have to wait and see what his upcoming album, You Stand Uncertain, has in store when it drops in March. In the meantime, New Yorkers can ponder that question at Kotchy's album release party, which is happening this Thursday, February 3 at Piano's. (via Self-Titled)
To inaugurate the new year and a new release schedule, Blunted Robots label partners Brackles and Shortstuff (get to know them in last summer's interview) have launched a new website complete with their signature robot cartoons from in-house cartoonist Spam Chop. Read more »
Last year, Michigan beatmaker Shigeto won us over with the leftfield, hip-hop influenced sounds of his debut album, Full Circle. Apparently the young producer wants us to keep swooning, because now he's prepped a collection of re-works, simply entitled Full Circle Remixes. The 10-track offering does include one new song, along with remixes from the likes of Mike Slott, Mux Mool, Samiyam, Om Unit, and others. Those can be purchased at the Ghostly Store, but in the meantime they've sent over this effort from LA producer Take. Given the frequent comparisons of Shigeto's music to that of his Southern California counterparts, it's a natural pairing, and the song offers nearly four minutes of woozy melodies, bedroom boom-bap, and celestial vocal snippets. The Full Circle Remixes artwork is above, while the full tracklist and some upcoming Shigeto tour dates can be found after the jump. Read more »
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