Thursday, February 24, 2011
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
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!
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
Monster (Teachers remix) by Teachers
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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
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
Cupcakin (feat. Lupe Fiasco) by jeezy44
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
Secret Cities - "Love Crime" - DOWNLOAD
Monday, February 7, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
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.
Clare Maguire - Last Dance (Chase & Status Remix) by Radar Maker
You Got Me by Second City Rhythm
The video looks like the song sounds - murky, skittering, glittering and exhaling funky in a psychedelic manner. Groove on!
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
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
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.
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