L.A. beatmaker Ras G's latest release, Brotha from Anotha Planet, is aptly titled, given that the 13 tracks on this album—his first for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint—maintain a vaguely trance-like, otherworldly aura as they transition in and out of one another. It's as though he made the album while trapped inside a thick veil of smoke. Or maybe that's just what happens when one makes instrumental hip-hop beneath the smog-drenched L.A. skyline. Brotha from Anotha Planet is out now. Photo By Art Vibez.
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We last herad from producer Brian Lindgren (a.k.a. Mux Mool) when he created a special radio edit of his track "End Guy" for the XLR8R crew earlier this year. His Just Saying is All EP recently saw the light of day, and here's the second track off that moody, brooding, synth-heavy release.
Off-kilter hip-hop beats deserve some off-kilter lyrics, so Flying Lotus commissioning fellow L.A. resident MC Blu to throw some words over his tracks seems like an appropriate move. Blu has some quirky (and sometimes racy) lyrical choices here, including everything from Scrooge McDuck to Bathing Ape hoodies and female body parts over FlyLo's dusty rhythms. More on those lyrics here.
The original version of "GNG BNG" appears on Flying Lotus' Los Angeles, out now.
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Part driving techno, part ambient synth composition, and a little bit chiptune is this new track by Bronnt Industries Kapital, who will release a third full-length, Hard for Justice, later this month. The Bristol, England-based producer joins the Get Physical family for this release, and also uses his multi-instrumentalist abilities to craft a sound that would fit well inside something like an action-packed suspense film... or a dancefloor in the early hours of the morning. Photo by Kelly Humphries.
Whether it's bagging one’s own groceries in the checkout line or exercising on a daily basis, Daly City Records artist Th' Mole (not to be confused with Montrealer/Berliner The Mole) has several tips—which he shares here—on how to be cool that don’t include ridiculous clothing. How 2 B Cool is the next installment in the Chrome Kids Fre-Release series, which comes packaged with a few remixes and an instrumental version of the track. Here's a reinterpretation from Germany's Robot Koch. How 2 Be Cool is out May 4.
On his latest full-length, Mother, Japanese experimental artist Susumu Yokota channels the annals of classic ambiance with the playfully abstract “Tree Surgeon,” a veritable mélange of merry-go-round melodies and haunting harmonies that bring him one step closer to Eno-dom.
Las Vegas-based electronic-garage duo Afghan Raiders claims that they are not DJs, and yet the boys have gone and done a number on this track from The Faint’s last album, Fascination. The buzzy, electrified version focuses on distant “dreams” and electro beats.
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