Tuesday, October 11, 2011

XTRA: Grandparents - Sugar Beach EP

Portland psych outfit - Grandparents, return with a colorful and wonderfully radiant EP titled Sugar Beach.  Spanning four songs and clocking in around 16 minutes, Sugar Beach presents itself in a more meticulous nature with more attention to detail and all-out songwriting.  Here Grandparents have broadened their sonic palette to genres spanning from shoegaze, to krautrock, to jangly guitar rock - highly recommended.  Download Sugar Beach at the Grandparents' Bandcamp page HERE for a mere $3 and save your pennies for a proper cassette release of the EP slated for late 2011 / early 2012.

Songs Of The Day: The Weeknd - Initiation

Abel Tesfayer continues to hone his mastery of indulgence, depravity, excess and debauchery. And he sure knows how to make it alluring. On this new cut, possibly off the upcoming Echoes of Silence, his pitch-bent vocals come off more desperate, more strung-out and a stronger whiff of a subtle seductive menace.
Here, he's setup a right of passage for his new object of desire (prey, more like it) and it's sure sounds unlike anything that happens in your typical Greek organization or neighborhood crew.
Obviously, Abel and his boys don't do much sleeping. XO!

Monday, September 5, 2011

XTRA: Mr. Tony - 'His Earlier Shit'

The latest from Chicago beathead - Mr. Tony, simply titled His Earlier Shit - a collection of original tracks, classic hip hop acapellas,  remixes,  mashups,  and everything in-between.  Mr. Tony presents a well anticipated debut that embodies everything hip-hop - touching on genres like afrobeat, fusion, and funk - and split nicely between familiar lyricists, instrumentals, and original tracks.  Download Mr. Tony - His Earlier Shit by naming your own price at his Bandcamp page HERE and listen to the mixed teaser at his Soundcloud HERE.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Purity Ring - Belispeak

Ever since I heard the first Purity Ring song, I was sold on their sound. Megan James' cherub-like voice that seemed to seep from everything, all-engulfing. The crisp drum programming influenced by Southern hip-hop beats. Those sweet bouncing synths. The pitch-fucked vocals with a touch of the ghostly. Everything was so tasty.

While the world stays lubed up and ready for their full length debut, Purity Ring continues to tease us with sonic niblets like this one here. Cop it on October 1th via Fat

Purity Ring, "Belispeak" by The FADER

Friday, July 8, 2011

Songs Of The Day: araabMuzik - Feelin So Hood

araabMuzik has made a name for himself via videos posted online showcasing his MPC mastery and by supplying Cam'ron, Vado, Fabolous and Busta Rhymes with his gritty abrasive and distinct hip-hop tracks. Two things set him apart from other producers: his drums and his sample sources.

While most beatsmiths go the traditional route of soul and jazz samples, he goes for elecronica, techno and movie scores. Then there are his drums which are the real catch. araabMuzik programs monster kick drums that knock really fucking hard. (His tracks actually have a literal right to be called bangers.) He accompanies this with rapid-fire hi-hats that often move blindingly fast. Plus he has a great way of accenting the beats, charting peaks and valley of emotion and tempo with a well-timed cymbal crash.

On his debut album Electronic Dream released this month on Duke, araabMuzik goes through his crate of mega-Ibiza-club jams and flips it all into something that would chip a house diva's tooth. The track featured here is my favorite, sampling Starchaser's 'So High,' transforming it into something that is at once euphoric and scowl-inducingly hoody down grimey. Lo-Fi's vocals from the original, stuck behind the unrelenting drum programming, remain blissful but here tainted with an edge of lost desperation.

araabMuzik is making a very strong claim to be MVP of the MPC.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Mood Swings - Frederic Robinson

I found this 19 year old German producer prodigy recently while checking out Gilles Peterson's recently released Brownswood Electric 2 compilation. When I got to this track, I repeated it several times before I could move on.

There are plenty of house, jungle, breakbeat and trance tunes that shoot for euphoric. This is euphoria. The amount of warmth and feel-goodness in the track is close to unbearable.

The skittering percussion -a post-dubstep, breakbeat, jungle mutated fusion - propels itself over key sprinkles, drowning spliced vocal wails and a bassline that peeks its head in and out of the whole affair at the most opportune of moments.

Frederic Robinson just left a sasquatch size indent in the terrain of electronica. Oh and thank you Gilles Peterson for your good taste.

Frederic Robinson - Mood Swings by Frederic Robinson

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Songs Of The Day: I'm God - Clams Casino

Clams Casino is the New Jersey beatminer behind some of Lil' B and Soulja Boy's hits. Remember Lil' B's 'Motivation'? Yup he was the culprit.

On the heels of his recently cyber-released Rainforest EP, he has blessed us audiofiends with the instrumental version of 'I'm God.' It still sounds great without Lil' B's vocals, just stuttering kickdrums and a spitefully dope Imogen Heap sample chop.

Clams Casino seems intent on cornering the world of woozy, trance-inducing bangers that come heavy on atmospherics. In this realm, he just might be God.

I'm God by clammyclams

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Video: Richard Willard Fenton - "Beltaine"

"Beltaine" from Richard Willard Fenton's (of PDX band Grandparents) solo album - 'Alberta Cats', self-released in June of 2011.

All acoustic and slightly stripped of the instrumentation found in his full band - Fenton keeps his songs chock full of expansive melodies, innocent word-play, and gleeful reverb laden vocals. Keep your ear to the ground for future releases from Richard W Fenton and Grandparents, in the mean-time dig on 'Alberta Cats' by naming your own price at his Bandcamp - HERE.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Curren$y - She Don't Want A Man

Admittedly, I was late on getting hip to Curren$y. But after copping his Alchemist collab EP Covert Coup, I backtracked and soaked in Pilot Talk I & II. Now I'm ready to hop on the jet and fly off.

Curren$y's charms are his ultra-laid back flow spat in his New Orleans drawl. Like his new school Pittsburgh buddy Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y loves to talk about weed and women. The good thing is that he is really adept at it. Not only does he have his sly slightly dry wit working for him but he doles out nuggets of detailed imagery that make his tracks feel like you're riding in a Cadlillac with him and he's chatting with you over the beat. Dude's got the conversational flow down pat.

This joint is off his upcoming album 'Weekend At Bernies' out June 28th. Monsta Beatz supplies a sick mellow beat with a nocturnal psychedelic vibe to it. And over this, Curren$y explains why she don't want a man. Jet life!

Curren$y - She Don't Want A Man by CurrenSy

Monday, June 13, 2011

XTRA: Richard Willard Fenton - 'Alberta Cats'

Richard Willard Fenton, Member of PDX psych/folk band - Grandparents, released his laid-back solo EP - Alberta Cats, just in time for the sunny and mellow days that lie ahead.  Alberta Cats most closely resembles the spectrum of sound found in Grandparents 2009 release ...Dig Everything - an album deeply rooted in experimental-folk and paisley-psychedelia.  All acoustic and slightly stripped of the instrumentation found in a full band, Fenton keeps his songs chock full of expansive melodies, innocent word-play, and gleeful - reverb laden vocals.  Keep your ear to the ground for future releases from Richard W Fenton and in the mean-time dig on Alberta Cats by naming your own price on his Bandcamp HERE

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Balam Acab - Oh, Why

When Alec Koone aka Balam Acab dropped his See Birds EP, I was mesmerized by several things. He was 19. He made everything from samples he dug up on the Internet. Then there was the music itself, a forefront sperm giver for the baby genre now fondly called 'witchhouse.' This young man is a master of a sound that conjures beauty, tranquility, innocence and a world weariness undercut with something eerie and slightly spine-chilling.

This single from his upcoming full-length Wander/Wonder due August 27th on Tri Angle is his Jerry Springer appearance to confirm that, yes indeed, he is witchhouse's daddy. It's the usual but never tiresome magic - creaks, crashes, splashes, synth bubbles, pitched down vocals, a lullaby-like melody sung in a cherub voice wrapped in a tasteful bow of reverb.

It's one thing to make good music. It's a completely different thing to make music that takes you someplace else.

Balam Acab's music is an island I'd buy a one-way ticket to.

BALAM ACAB - Oh, Why by TriAngleRecords

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Dice Raw - 1995

Dice Raw has a nebulous spot in the Roots crew. Most fans of the Illadelph crew know him...or at least so you would think. Nevertheless, he has yet to carve out a place for himself, distinct from the unit banner. Well it seems with the upcoming release of his EP The Greatest Rapper Never: Preservation due June 7, he has been working on letting us know just how raw is Dice Raw minus ?uestlove and company.

It's looking like sushi from the sound of this track produced by Rich Friedrich. Dice Raw waxes nostalgic about the year 1995 over a sick beat that sounds like it sampled a showtune.

Thanks for the reminder Dice because in 1995, I still had a boombox and a stack of cassette tapes. Good times.

Dice Raw - 1995 by Raw Life

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Drake - Dreams Money Can Buy

On Thank Me Later, Drake detailed his trials and tribulations dealing with fame, money and love. It was a portrait of coming to terms, powerfully captivating since it was polished with that good ol' Drizzy charm. Once again, we are given a window-peek into Drizzyland.

While he seems to have better embraced fame and money (his stance: 'I got it so suck a fuck'), love is another thing. He remains the consummate rake, 'constantly seducing hoes.' Most delightfully the one that was your girl. But he still seems to be searching for something more than a rental bedwarmer with a fat booty.

What has changed this time around is that he's cool with the fact that he wants more...hoes...and more money and how that may at times conflict with the other goal. In fact, he's so cool with it that his boy Noah '40' Shebib chopped up a Jai Paul sample to get the point across as it coons - 'don't fuck with me, don't fuck with me'.

That's him blowing a wry kiss at the haters.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

XTRA: Unreleased Tracks From The Weeknd

Since House of Balloons hit the webisphere, life on Earth has not been the same. Nights have acquired a new decrepit charm, comedowns and hangovers are sought after commodities on Ebay, shameless self-esteem enhancing lust is slowly overtaking religious fanaticism and I've been singing on the streets.

(Note to Steve Jobs: Please make a waterproof IPod so I can sing to it in the shower.)

While we await our next fix from Toronto's new darling boy (sorry Drake, still love you though), this collection of unreleased songs will tide us over. According to the Fader, he made this with a production team called the Noise.

And if the world is ending in 2012, the Weeknd is going to be dropping two more mixtapes this year so....WHATEVER!

Unreleased The Weeknd by k.niteh

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Thundercat - For Love I Come

Stephen Bruner goes by Thundercat. Yet there's nothing corny or nostalgic about him. In fact, I couldn't imagine him soundtrack-ing a bunch of cat people engaging in mildly and awkwardly homoerotic adventures on a ravaged distant planet. Rather his contributions, as far as with Flying Lotus, are beds of bass lushness and a locomotive sense of melody.

Ripped from his upcoming album 'The Golden Age of Apolcalypse' due on Brainfeeder sometime not soon enough (or fall in English), Thundercat stays in his zone with this George Duke cover. Flying Lotus produced this and supposedly the entire album. So yes kill your co-worker...who thinks Flying Lotus is a traveling ninja carnival.

And Mr. Ellison, good sir that he is, treats us to his signature spaced-out keys and a few morsels from his ever expanding synth grab bag that he must have found in a bathroom store in the Outer Limits.

Say 'Hooooo!' and you're a turd.

Thundercat - For Love I Come by Hypetrak

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Video: James Blake - Lindisfarne

James Blake - Lindisfarne

Well everyone was autotuning themselves into a robotic seizure so can James Blake be called out for trying his hand at it? Besides if anyone could do it tastefully and with a touch of idiosyncratic deftness, it would be this young chap.

This video is actually for both tracks 'Lindisfarne I' and 'Lindisfarne II.' This makes sense given that the songs blend into each other and seem more like a single song split down the middle. To say the video is intriguing may be a run for understatement of the month.

It details a bizarre ritual, between a group of young friends in a countryside house, that involves swapping bodily fluids. Lots of sun-drenched shots, wordless action and cinematography and camerawork that recalls a Swedish film-making style.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

XTRA: L.A. Noire Remixed EP Preview

Rockstar Games might just have outdone their ridiculously pristine track record of quality open world videogames with the upcoming release of 'L.A. Noire.'

True to form and tradition, the game has a soundtrack authentic to the game's 1950s period setting which will be released seperately from the game. However, this time Rockstar Games have joined forces with Verve Records to create a remix EP of the game's soundtrack. This little pre-summer gift features heavyhitter producers like DJ Premier, Dave Sitek and Moodymann.

If you are familiar with the Verve Remixed series, it is a very similar project.

L.A. Noire: Remixed by RockstarGames

Songs Of The Day: DJ Khaled - I'm On One (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)

DJ Khaled - I'm On One (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)

8 reasons this track is listenable....
  • DJ Khaled refrains from yelling 'We The Best!'
  • Neither Drake, Ross or Lil Wayne yell 'We The Best!'
  • It's a tailor-made Drake beat and someone on the label was smart enough to have Drake sing the hook.
  • Drake continues to preach his adorable exclusive brand of emo-misogyny for which there is no known defense.
  • Rick Ross says 'Hhughhh' four times through out his verse. Don't know what it means but it sounds like it's the reason why grizzly bears have been peeing themselves and trying to cuddle with honey-coated campers of late.
  • Rick Ross reading Ramen noodle cooking instructions would sound fly, triple its value and cause someone to coin the phrase 'Bitch, I Am On That Ramen!'
  • Lil Wayne came with his bedroom slipper flow. You know where he rhymes like he rolled out of bed, had his coffee spiked with sizzurp and couldn't be bothered to leave his room.
  • DJ Khaled refrains from yelling 'We The Best!' through out the entire song.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Video: Lamb - Another Language

LAMB - Another Language from lamb-official on Vimeo.

Lamb dropped their heavily anticipated 5th studio album '5' yesterday. Like always, they manage to try some new things while making their unique brand of wonder-filled trip-hop. Damien Rice guests on a killer cut.

This video is a simple montage of skies, water bodies and nature in bloom. More delicious though, the song itself in which siren Lou Rhodes searches for another language that can reach across the chasm that language fails to cross. It's probably hidden somewhere on the microchip in her vocal chords. Then there's that guitar riff by Andy Barlow that just shreds through sanity.

God bless the day you came back, guys.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Ladytron - White Elephants

On September 13 2011, Ladytron will be dropping their fifth album 'Gravity The Seducer' via Nettwerk.

'White Elephants' is a slight left turn for Liverpool's electronic quartet. It still features their epic heartmelting ghostly pop choruses with the lead vocalists' usual sense of detached yet alluring disaffectation. Like all Ladytron songs, it has the vibe of a futuristic seance but this song has a Chinese restaurant music bassline and filmscore string riffs.

I'd eat my chopsticks in a fit of rabid ecstasy if this actually played in a Chinese restaurant. Lovely, lovely tune!

Ladytron - White Elephant by nettwerkmusicgroup

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Big Gigantic - Lucid Dreams

Big Gigantic is an electronic music duo from Boulder Colorado. Their shtick is combining electronic music with jazz saxophone. This is from the album 'A Place Behind The Moon'

One of the comments on the Soundcloud waveform says that it sounds like Castlevania music. Well, it is good to be reminded about Alucard and his adventures.

Lucid Dreams by BigGigantic

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Songs Of The Day: SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon - Wildfire

SBTRKT is never seen without a mask. His persona is shrouded in mystery. Bits about him float up the information stream - he's Indian, grew up in Kenya, possibly a former nu-jazz artist who jumped ship onto the UK dance scene when things weren't looking as bright as the synth bursts in this song. Whatever. One thing's for sure - dude has a handle on the funk, the nasty bass and his own filtration of skwee.

This jawn is from his upcoming self titled album due June 28th on Young Turks. Little Dragon is up on vocal duties here and I'd gladly have her sing me off a cliff. Props to Sweden for being a major exporter of trill ass pop femme belters.

P.S. Just felt like the word trill was underused....

SBTRKT f. Little Dragon, "Wildfire" by The FADER

Songs Of The Day: SBTRKT featuring Little

Monday, March 7, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Wild Beasts - Albatross

Wild Beasts are a four piece indie pop rock band out of UK. This is the first song of theirs that I've heard and the first time I've heard about them but what caught my ear was their orchestral rock sound and falsetto of lead singer Hayden Thorpe. He sounds like he could be doing some theatrical cabaret in a piano lounge, much like Antony Johnson.

This is from their upcoming third album 'Smother' out in May 2011 via Domino.

Wild Beasts - Albatross by DominoRecordCo

Thursday, February 24, 2011

XTRA: One Man Dubstep Orchestra (Dam Mantle - First Wave)

Dam Mantle's First Wave will be out March 8th on Wichita. A startling piece of work for a newcomer, the project is a wonderful grabbag of squelching funk (skwee), cinematic orchestration, videogame bleeps, otherworldly voices and all other manner of post-dubstep bits and kibbles.

Every track is a mind-freakin' combination of the Glaswegian producer's influences, somehow combined into a harmonious blend. More impressive, the entire thingamajig flows so seamlessly it feels like a gargantuan composition broken into more minute movements.

Dam Mantle - First Wave by forcefieldpr

Video: Nawlins Po' Girl (Na'Tee - Back 2Da Block)

Na'Tee - Back 2Da Block

At the last New Orleans Underground Hip-Hop Awards, Na'Tee won awards for Hottest Female Artist, Lyricist of The Year and Hottest Mixtape of The Year. It must have been well-deserved because she is a straight beast on the microphone. Just watch the damn video!

Video: Of Relation To Portishead (Malachai - Let 'Em Fall)

Malachai - Let 'Em Fall

Bristol gave birth to Portishead. And now Malachai have emerged from there too; they were actually discovered by Geoff Barrow, a fellow Bristolian. Maybe everyone there knows each other and all possess the ability to make music with a unique fingerprint on it.

What the two piece band (Gee and Scott) has in common with Portishead is the hip-hop influence of earlier Portishead. But Malachai's hip-hop influence is stronger, especially on the lastest album, and they sample 60's psych rock instead of soundtracks. Their sound cannot be easily classified as trip-hop with all of its punkish tendencies.

Anyway, this song is from their second recently released album 'Return to the Ugly Side' released February 22 on Domino.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Kanye West - Monster (Teachers Remix)

Arguably one of the biggest hits off 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,' Kanye West's 'Monster' gets a monster overhaul in the form of a remix by Teachers. It's not everyday a remix features live instrumentation and beat change ups to accomodate the different flows of each spitter. Nasty!

Monster (Teachers remix) by Teachers

XTRA: You So Grimey! (Swindle's FACT Mag Mix)

Swindle gets pretty grimey for such a clean cut lad such as himself. His own productions are heavily indebted to 2-step and drum n' bass. Crazier yet, he has a lot of funk elements too. Hell, now and then, he cooks up something that resembles Joker's handiwork - squealing synth flourishes and all.

Last Friday, he dropped a mix for Fact Magazine featuring his own tracks and music from Starkey, Mensah, Admiral Bailey and Terror Danjah, too name a few. Here's to blowing your speakers to smithereens.

Songs Of The Day: The Club in The Church (James Blake - Love What Happened Here)

James Blake just dropped his deliriously moody and original self titled album. Before he turned electro-singer/songwriter, he oozed steamy dubstep-y dance-y gems in his unmistakable style. Rim shots that click, stuttering kick drums, vocal snippets and church organs.

This new wonder plucked from DJ Benji B's show on BBC 1 Radio did not make the album. But my is it worthy of a bounce!

Video: Afghan-American. Gypsy. Goth. WTF? (Religious To Damn - Sunset)

Afghan-American singer Zohra Atash is the foundation of Religious to Damn. She produces and writes the songs for the LP 'Glass Prayer' out this month via M'Lady's. Several sites have referred to their sound as psychedelic and gypsy which it may very well be. All I can say is there is a strong goth influence tucked in between the layers of all the rocking going on. Furthermore, she has that flair for the dramatic and theatrical that is a badge of many a goth frontperson. But enough pigeonholing.

What's awesome about NYC band's jawn is that it rocks hard, Zohra's vocal unfurls from hush to upper registers, the production works to give expanse to all the elements and the whole thing makes you want to rock out during a shadowy pagan ritual in which the sacrifice is a randomly picked Justin Bieber fan. Wait, communing with higher powers and rocking out... simultaneously. WTF?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Nicholas Jaar - I Got A Woman

Nicholas Jaar - I Got A Woman

Nicholas Jaar is remarkable for numerous reasons. The Chilean-born New Yorker and Brown University student put out his first album at the age of 17. His sound draws from so many influences that the question of what his influences are might as well be turned into a week-long lecture series on music genres - electronic downtempo, jazz, blues, classical... blah, blah. And usually they rear their heads in the course of a single track.

Now age 20, Mr. Jaar released his latest LP 'Space Is Only Noise' this February 2011 via Circus Company. This track is one of the shining examples of his modus operandi. His sense of ambiance has a peculiar focus on warmth so if you listen to this in bed it will be a lazy Sunday and if this spins at a party you may lose your train of thought and just bop. Here, he punctuates a relaxed set of Rhodes chords with chopped horns, wrapping it all up neatly with jazz piano and a Ray Charles sample.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Video: Bobby McFerrin's Son Gets Down With Flying Lotus (Taylor McFerrin - Place In My Heart)

Taylor McFerrin feat. Ryat - Place in My Heart from Simon Benjamin on Vimeo.

Yes, Taylor McFerrin is the son of Bobby McFerrin, one of America's most prolific vocalists and a 10 time Grammy winner. He's been paving a path for himself since his first EP release in 2006 ' Broken Vibes,' showcasing his talents as a producer, musician and - as paternal influence would have it - a beatboxer. Recently, he signed with Flying Lotus' imprint Brainfeeder for the release of his upcoming LP 'Early Riser.'

The single and video from the project features the breathlessly dreamy vocals of multi-instrumentalist/singer Christine Ryat, who sounds like a girl on an undiscovered island who spends her days running through grassy fields, sucking on lollipops, sunflowers in hair and chooses a horse ride over a Benz. Fragility, innocence and fortitude abound from her lungs. And she's gorgeous.

Taylor McFerrin does his thang. He sneaks in the groove with a pounding drum beat, guitar strums, a smooth driving bassline and a sexy euphoria-inducing synth riff. If this is any indication of what the album will be like, I'll be on the lookout.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Songs Of The Day: MDMA - Cupcakin (feat. Lupe Fiasco)

A very hot club thumper from Lupe Fiasco's boy Pooh Bear aka MDMA produced by the Audibles. I found the joint hilarious and original because no one has done a song about cupcakin' yet. FYI, cupcakin' is being flirty in public, more specifically leaving your buddies to go talk to some chick you've got the hots for. So when you cupcake next time play this!

Cupcakin (feat. Lupe Fiasco) by jeezy44

Video: RJD2 is back! (The Insane Warrior - The Water Wheel)

The Insane Warrior - The Water Wheel

Ohio beatmeister RJD2 is coming out with a new LP 'We Are The Doorways.' For this project, he goes under the moniker - 'The Insane Warrior.' This is the video for the single dropped from the project released via his imprint RJ's Electrical Connections out now at http://rjd2.bandcamp.com/.

The track features his signature organ twinkles, banging boombap percussion with killer drums rolls and thick bass stabs.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

XTRA: Secret Cities - "Love Crime"

Secret Cities is a four piece from Fargo North Dakota that just recently signed to Austin TX label - Western VinylSecret Cities new album Strange Hearts was recorded over three months in a recently unoccupied bank in Kansas City, Missouri inside it's giant vault, which served as the band's studio.  An interesting story with great results.  Secret Cities focuses hard on pure vocal harmonies in front of a soft folky background, with bits of electronica in the middle.  Strange Hearts, is due March 29th on Western Vinyl, Pre-order the LP HERE, and stream/download the single - "Love Crime" below.

Secret Cities - "Love Crime" - DOWNLOAD

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Toro Y Moi - "Still Sound (Kohwi Remix)"

Ann Arbor experimental producer Kohwi just released a remix of the first Toro Y Moi single - "Still Sound" from TYM  future album Underneath The Pine due Feb 22nd on Carpark.   Toro Y Moi - Still Sound (Kohwi Remix) - DOWNLOAD

Friday, February 4, 2011

Video: Depeche Mode ish (Light Asylum - Dark Allies)

Light Asylum - Dark Allies

Some singers appear to be possessed by an otherworldy force. Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum is one. 'Dark Allies' from the upcoming EP 'In Tension' has her powerful guttural vocals sweep over a pulsating electro-goth beat laid down by her band mate Bruno Coviello. It's a deceptively simple yet tight brooding piece that fans of Depeche Mode would gravitate to.

Songs Of The Day: Clare Maguire - The Last Dance (Chase and Status Remix)

Coming in 5th place in BBC's Sound of 2011, British songstress Clare Maguire commands a husky-Annie Lennox-like voice, ripe for anthemic pop jams. This is from her upcoming album Light After Dark out February 28 2011 on Polydor Records. This song was written the day after Michael Jackson passed.

UK electronic dynamic duo Chase and Status put their drum and bass magic to the original and voila!

Clare Maguire - Last Dance (Chase & Status Remix) by Radar Maker

Songs Of The Day: A New Generation of Chicago House (Second City Rhythm - You Got Me)

Two disco dons unite, Ghosts of Venice + Adulture = Second City Rhythm. This is from their new EP coming out in March 22nd 2011 on Chicago label Dust Traxx.

You Got Me by Second City Rhythm

Video: Bibio - "Excuses"

In March 2011, British foltronica producer Bibio will be releasing his 6th album 'Mind Bokeh' on Warp Records. Honestly, I was late on the Bibio bandwagon, Ambivalence Avenue being his only album that I've listened to. But it was an amazing piece of work, combining field recordings with electronically manipulated guitar instrumentation and woozy synths. So when I heard about this new jawn, my ears began to fiend. And he sure came through with a satisfying fix.

The video looks like the song sounds - murky, skittering, glittering and exhaling funky in a psychedelic manner. Groove on!

Songs Of The Day: Raekwon - Rock N' Roll (feat. Ghostface, Kobe & Jim Jones)

Apparently Raekwon is on some bang-your balls-with-a-Wu-Tang-emblem hammer since his Only Built For Cuban Link II return to form. So before we can catch our breath, he will be hitting us with Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang on March 8th via ICE H20 and EMI.

Producer DJ Khalil lays out an organ screeching thumper, befitting enough for some Wu dart throwin' and a surprisingly catchy poppy hook.

Put on your diamonds from Ghana and take a hit of this Mick Jagger. Suuuuu!

Raekwon - Rock N Roll (feat. Ghostface and Jim Jones) by theQuietus

Songs Of The Day: The Kills - Satelite

Jamie Hince's bluesy guitar chops, Alison Mosshart's urgent howling and a rhythm section of drum machines are back at it! The Kills return with their meat grinder brand of garage rock-blues from the upcoming Blood Pressure set for release on April 4 2011 via Domino Records.

Satelite makes me want to drink from a bottle in a dive bar, sway around a jukebox, dance with an old wisecrackin' waitress and do a host of other things I might regret in the morning. Dirty good times!

The Kills - Satellite by DominoRecordCo

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Video: James Blake Resuscitates R&B (James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream)

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

So James Blake did not stop with his excellent cover of Feist's 'Limit To Your Love', he had to drop this gem of a tune from his upcoming self-titled album due February 11 2011 on R&S. Funny his label is home to one of his obvious influences - Aphex Twin.

The ridiculous thing about the song is the range of moods and emotions he's able to encompass in here. It's warm, sad, bouncy and sexy in a haunting way like a really hot ghost. With his scarily emotive voice, he somehow makes his uncertainty about love and dreams appear to be a pristine state. As long as he knows one thing - he's falling into something.

Song Of The Day: Toro Y Moi - "New Beat"

 "New Beat" from the new Toro Y Moi album - Underneath The Pine, out February 22nd on Carpark Records.  The song was leaked a couple of days earlier from various places, in response Carpark decided to stream the track "New Beat" officialy HERE.   Toro Y Moi - New Beat

Monday, January 31, 2011

Video: How NPR Inspired A Band (Apex Manor - My My Mind)

Apex Manor - My My Mind

The genesis of this band is interesting. Ross Flournoy, formerly of The Broken West, was inspired to start the band after responding to a challenge by NPR's Carrie Brownstein to write and record a song in a weekend. Ross used this as a stepping stone out of a bad case of writer's block that he was suffering. He continued working in this vein while he lived in Pasadena, California, spending his days writing, drinking and hanging out at home. This is from the aptly titled album 'The Year of Magical Drinking' released on Merge Records in January 2011. Proof that inspiration comes from the strangest and most unexpected of places.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Video: Toro Y Moi - "Still Sound"

Video: One For The Rave

Chase & Status - Blind Faith (featuring Liam Bailey)

Chase and Status are a dubstep production team from London. Their debut album More Than Alot won the Best Album Award at the 2009 Drum and Bass awards. They produced 'Mad House,' 'Wait Your Turn,' and 'G4L' off Rihanna's Rated R.

This track is off their upcoming LP No More Idols (out at the month's end) and it features UK soul crooner Liam Bailey. The video is brilliant, gritty, a highly authentic capturing of the ravers ethos. It's a slice of life visual shoutout to all the brethren who love parties that are not advertised in the newspapers and liable to be shutdown by the cops. And party favors.

FYI: I've heard three other songs off this album (featuring the likes of Cee-lo and Plan B) and they all snap, crackle and pop. Look out for this when it drops. It's fixin' to be a sweet-thang of dubstep poppiness.

Video: The UK Soul Explosion Continues

Liam Bailey - You Better Leave Me

I don't know exactly what is going on in England but whatever is in the water is leading to an explosion of great soulful singers coming from that sideovdapond. Love it, no complaints. After all, Liam Bailey's crooning is the muse of whiskey-jar tipping swaggerliciously graceful self destruction. The kind that is supposed to repel a woman but only sets her jones for a dude into hyperdrive. At least, he's all about that in this song and accompanying video.

According to BBC Music, the Nottingham-born singer was discovered and signed by Amy Winehouse (the actual spokesperson for self destruction) to her record label Lioness Records where he released two EPs in 2010 and is working on his debut with producer Salaam Remi via Polydor Records. Salaam Remi actually produced this song so best believe it sa-laams. No, the video is not as cheesy as that joke.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Video: FlyLo Directs Bilal

The Sounds of VTech / Bilal Levels

Flying Lotus makes his directorial debut with the video for Bilal's 'Levels' from his lastest album 'Airtight Revenge' released September 2010 via Plug Research . The song features Erykah Badu and bassist Thundercat who also featured on 'mmhmm' from Flying Lotus' last LP. In fact, this video is very reminiscent of the latter, full of psychedelic colors, astral journeys and cosmic happenings.

Video: That Southern Hospitality

Big K.R.I.T. - Hometown Hero

Big K.R.I.T. dropped one of last year's dopest mixtapes 'K.R.I.T. Wuz Here'. It was Southern hip-hop in the vein that U.G.K. pioneered, soul and funk samples over crunk beats. In this Yours Tru.ly session, he gets with backing band, Grillade, for an airtight cover of one of the mixtape's bangers. Watch the drummer go bananas at the end.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Video: Mmmm Grillade....

Grillade "Remain the Same" from Yours Truly
So a grillade is a creole dish, pounded steak stewed in tomatoes and vegetables, usually eaten with grits. Never eaten it but it sounds delicious. Grillade, the band, does not fail to deliver tasty morsels. It is basically a super-band, comprising the Park, Keelay and Ragen Fykes.

The Park is one of the hottest rhythm sections on the West Coast right now, having backed up Nino Moschella and Alice Russell to name a few. Keelay is a Californian hip-hop producer. Ragen Fykes is an angel-voiced vocalist from Portland, born in L.A.

This song is from a live session they did for Yours Truly in November 2010. Even though they have a newer song 'Dream of You (Emotionally Yours)', this jawn right here just has an undeniable slow burn to it. It's a bluesy hickory-smoked ear treat.

Songs Of The Day: Mean Wind - "Down For The Count"

"Down For the Count" by experimental-indie-folk group - Mean Wind, released as a free digital single at their Bandcamp HERE   Mean Wind - Down For the Count - DOWNLOAD

XTRA: Women - "Bullfight"

A new track - "Bullfight" by Canadian experimental-indie band - Women, from a split 7" with Friendo, Cold Pumas, and Fair Ohs, out on Faux Discx.  Listen to the track below, and buy the 7"(limited to 500) HERE.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Purity Ring - Ungirthed

Purity Ring dropped this on his Soundcloud a couple of days ago. It's a burst of glittering dubstep-y pop joyousness. With the pitch-bent vocals, warm chipmunk 'yeahs' and the female singer's sweet reverbed voice, it's a very satisfying feel-good ride.

Ungirthed by PURITY RING

Songs Of The Day: Rainbow Arabia - "Without You"

"Without You"  by LA based synth-pop project - Rainbow Arabia, from their upcoming full length - Boys And Diamonds, and a 7" titled - Without You, due out February 22nd on Kompakt.   Rainbow Arabia -Without You

Video: Panda Bear - "Atiba Song"

A new Panda Bear track dropped a couple of days ago via a new skate video by Atiba Jefferson and Ty Evans.   The song is titled - “Atiba Song”, and is the official video for the track from Panda Bear's forthcoming album - Tomboy, out April 14th on Paw Tracks.  "Atiba Song" takes the back burner sometimes in the clip with audible skate noises overpowering the track at times, but still awesome (doubly if you like skate videos). 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Songs Of The Day: An Ode To Friendship, Electronically

Skrillex - With You, Friends (Long Drive)

Skrillex, real name Thurston Moore, is not exactly a dubstep guy. His music does have a dubstep influence but also contains strains of electro-house and mosh-pit metal. Well he transitioned into electronic music from screamo hardcore band From First To Last. His music is jarring, a brain-searing cacophonic concoction of abrasive bass, pitch-bent vocal snippets and syrupy synths. Another addition to the current catalog of artists who defy easy categorization.

This track is from his most recent release, the EP 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites' released in October 2010 on Deadmau5's label Mau5trap. Most of the EP is hard-hitting numbers. This track being one of the few exceptions. 'With You, Friends' is a marvel of electronic manipulation. Vocal snippets are pitch-bent and stretched into a warm seemingly endless melody, cornered by a bright piano melody and that video-gamey synth riff. There are no drums till about the last minute of the song then it kicks into a house beat groove. It's pretty impressive that a guy who makes you want to bang your head in a mosh-pit can flip on a dime and reduce you to a puddle of feel-good goo with such a light deft touch. You might end up hugging your speakers....

Songs Of The Day: A Taste of Microhouse

Isolee - Celeste

I didn't even know about the microhouse genre till I heard this song at the beginning of a recently released Osulande mix and did some quick research. It basically describes a minimalist house jawn with subtle changes introduced and/or the subtle interplay of 'micro' audio elements (e.g. short vocal snippets, a hint of a guitar lick). Also, the drums are not in the vein of traditional house, rather more post-dubstep influenced - clicks, pops, glitches, otherworldly noises, everyday sounds, all woven into the percussive fabric. But it still maintains that steady propulsive beat that house-heads love and are familiar with.
Isolee is one of the purveyors of this sound, the first microhouse artist to find mainstream popularity with his 1998 hella-funky-Fela-Kuti-on-acid genre track 'Beau Mot Plage.' The featured track 'Celeste' is a downtempo slice of pulsating dance floor cool, armed with a ridiculously plush bassline, off his upcoming album 'Well Spent Youth' dropping on January 21st 2011 on Pampa Records.

Video: Fill In The Blanks With Sister Crayon

Sister Crayon - (in) Reverse
A ghostly haunting ambiance hangs over the sound of this four-piece L.A. electronic outfit. Formed around vocalist Terra Lopez, their sound is a mishmash of electro-influences, hard to pin down, combining live instrumentation with left-field analog sounds. The lyrics are fraught with bizarre dream-like imagery, ripe with a feeling of displacement, a struggle to remain afloat as things are about to boil over into a state of hysteria. As stark is it may seem, Sister Crayon presents this as a thing of intensity and beauty.
Their debut album 'Bellow' will be out on Manimal Records on February 28th, 2011.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Mr. Tony - "Paint It Blacker"

Check out this epic remix by Chicago producer - Mr. Tony (aka Tony G-D) of the Rolling Stones classic - "Painted Black". The song was remixed for a beat-battle competition exclusive for producers on Soundcloud. Check out the rest of Mr. Tony's work HERE, and follow him on FB HERE.
  Mr. Tony - Paint It Blacker 

Video: Best Have A Plan B

Plan B - She Said

Plan B does it all - he acts, sings, raps and directs. Better still, he's uniquely adept at all of them. 'She Said' is the second single off his second studio album 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' released in April 2010 on Atlantic Records. It's a concept album detailing the exploits of Strickland Banks, a dapper British singer who, while tussling with fame, tangles with an obssesive lover and ends up in prison. I will not give away too much of the story. I will advise that you look him up on Youtube where you can stream all his videos in chronological order, forming a short movie that provides a visual to the story of the album (some helpful keywords: strickland banks, story so far).

Plan B has appropriated the classic Motown sound, thrown in a twist of hip-hop and a hint of 60's British spy theme music. He knows how to use his voice without resorting to histrionics like most soul crooners. He's all about slinky guitars, buttery basslines, plush violins, vibrant celebratory horns and sweet background cooing. In short, don't waste time trying anything else. Just resort to Plan B.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

XTRA: On The Fringe Of Techno

Sandwell District - Falling The Same Way
Sandwell District is not easily defined. It is a label run by the roster of artists. So it refers to the label and the artists as a collective. The artists on it are from different parts of the world - U.S., Germany and London. They do not promote or market their music in anyway or form. It just drops. Albums do not have to be okayed by some label douche-head; albums are released when the artists are ready to do so. They do not have a website and are only reachable by fax. This is not your typical breed of modern day artist/label. They are extremely anti-establishment and have little interest in cupcaking with their fanbase like most artists. It's all about the music for these guys.
This song is off their latest album 'Feed-Forward' which was released in December 2010. It sounds unlike most techno music I've heard. There's the familiar pulsing techno-like drums but drowned in ambient drones and creeping strings. The track feels like its alive and crackling with strange life like a forest on an alien planet. Kinda like Vangelis and Tangerine Dream joining forces to go techno.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Gang Colours, Just Beats

U.K.'s Gang Colours is the latest signing to Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings. He's in a nebulous dub influenced zone, heavy on ambience, skittering percussion and dreamy warm synths. Here's a taste from his Soundcloud as he's yet to drop an official release.

In Your Gut Like a Knife - Gang Colours

In Your Gut Like a Knife by Gang Colours

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