Here's another piece of patently atmospheric beat music from LA's Ryan York (a.k.a. Asura). "Silver Trees" is the first piece from a forthcoming split album comprised of five tracks from Asura, also dubbed Silver Trees, and three from Non Projects label head Brian Simon (a.k.a. Anenon), called Damiel. Here, York's production exists in an interesting middle place between club-ready, low-end-dedicated rhythms and ethereal synth and vocal melodies. It brings to mind the work from fellow SoCal producers Baths or Nosaj Thing, but with a larger element of aural texture and melodic fog blowing into the mix from unknown places. Silver Trees / Damiel will be available July 13.
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Maybe it's misplaced '90s nostalgia, maybe it's the fact the so much new music these days centers around "chill" and "bliss," or maybe it's just because songs like Freak Nasty's "Da Dip" and 2 Live Crew's "Pop That Coochie" are still guaranteed party-starters more than a decade past their original release date, but the booty bass cooked up by 18-year-old Dominique Young Unique makes us want to get up and dance. More than that, the young Tampa MC makes us want to find the nearest rumpshaker contest and booty shake our way to first place. Dominique certainly isn't shy, as "Pussy Popping" is more or less an ode to the glory of lady parts. It's taken from Domination, her new mixtape which was recently made available for free download. Give it a listen and get low.
Following the release of its third full-length, Ship of Light, Finnish electronic-leaning indie sextet Husky Rescue let go of the stems from its "They Are Coming" single, handing them over to remixers Warrior One, Halogen, Kinema, and, here, Dave Graham. The producer took the original song's hushed vocal performance and set it atop a slowly swirling mass of amorphous sonics, lilting string melodies, and almost inaudibly soft, hand-plucked guitar rhythms. It's a delicately made remix with the majority of Graham's attentions paid to controlling the subtle rise and fall of every fragile element he saw fit to include.
When we stop to think about it, there's not a whole lot separating the kids of the chillwave scene from those in beat music's many disparate hubs. Both genres are made up primarily of youngsters creating music inspired by electronic manipulations and the not-so-distant past, and, whether decidedly melodic or not, offer a great deal to the world's private and public dancefloors. Keeping that in mind, this new project from LA's Matthewdavid and Atlanta's Dog Bite, Veux, is less of a surprise. This first taste from the collaboration, "Late Key" (that's the cover for it up there), is a poignant number that matches loads of twinkling pop-friendly melodies, distant-but-hard-hitting dance beats, massive bass drops, and even a large amount of guitar and vocal work to great effect. We're not going to try to coin a new genre title for Veux's marriage of recent production styles. We'll just call it good.
From his string of self-released instrumental beat tapes, New York hip-hop producer El-P let loose this jam as a heads up for the forthcoming release of his third contribution to the series, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3, set to appear on August 3 via Gold Dust. "East River Float" comes from Volume Two, and actually features a quick vocal guest spot from P's hypeman, The Mighty Quin, before getting straight down to business with funky basslines, piano and horn samples, along with an old-school, nod-worthy beat. Snag more tunes from El-P's Weareall series here and here.
Seeing as how Vancouver's latest source of reverb-saturated dance tunes, Teen Daze, isn't keen on sharing much info outside of his moniker and geographic location, it's probably pointless to even rhetorically ask what exactly the song title "Shine On, You Crazy White Cap" means. But from what we can gather of the vocals that bubble up high enough over the track's thick blanket of synth melodies to become somewhat decipherable, the song has something to do with driving to the coastline, maybe the sunrise, and something about shining. Thankfully, the lyrics aren't so much integral to enjoying the music, which is overwhelming in its expansive sound and entrancing in its simple rhythms. Teen Daze's debut full-length, Four More Years, will be released July 23.
Long-time Detroit hip-hop producer Apollo Brown (pictured above) shared the latest single from his recently released sophomore album, The Reset. The record features loads of collaborations with a lengthy list of talented MCs, and here we have "Hungry" with wordsmiths Black Milk and Little Brother's Rapper Big Pooh taking the mic. Through Brown's bright and soulful beat work, the dual vocal attack assails the topic of—what else?—being awesome. Between each verse littered with organ stabs and snare cracks, Black Milk repeats ad infinitum, "I can't sleep, I'm on the grind, I'm hungry"—reminding us exactly what it takes to break through the ever-growing rap scene: ambition and persistence.
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