As i usually do when i fly across the country, i made a mix yesterday. I call it the No Such Mix because theres a good amount of Nosaj Thing-related tracks on there. Enjoy it, i think its one of my best. Any silences are not errors - they are there for effect, yo. If there any tracks you think i should post, let me know in the comments. let 'er rip!
Tracklist: Islands (Nosaj Thing Remix) - The xx BRKLN CLLN - Joy Orbison Drop It Like Its Not (James Blake Harmonimix Remix) - Snoop Dogg Voiced (Dorian Concept Remix) - Nosaj Thing Archipelago - Teebs Lovely Bloodflow (Nocando Remix) - Baths Other Side (Nosaj Thing Remix) - Pollyn Into The Sun, Out In The Cold - Shigeto Caves (Teebs Remix) - Nosaj Thing
"@ZEROHG7 | LIGHT SOURCE | LOVER | PHILOSOPHER | SOUND SHAMAN | BLAQBIRD | W.D.I.C. | N 0. V8 R | EVOLVER | HEALER | TRILL ASS RHYMER"
So proclaims the ressurrected tumblr of legendary Long Beach underground rapper and producer 0., who now appears to go by the name of Zeroh G7. It's relevant because he just released a new (FREE) tape, G7 University, and it does those descriptions justice.
Lacing beats by both well-established beat scene names (Flying Lotus, Teebs) and up-and-coming producers (Juj, KNX), Zeroh is absolutely on FIRE here...literally. Full of references to his favorite psychoactive herb, G7 University is Zeroh's most cosmic, intricate effort yet.
His work has expanded brilliantly with regard in detail and scope. These aren't just hip-hop instrumentals: here there be FlyLo jams. That means crazy experimental beat scene shit, and Zeroh rides these waves effortlessly, matching the often uneven beats with equally trippy vocal production techniques and deftly written, agile lyrics. The result is a novel, innovative synthesis of rap and beat, one that maintains a beautiful sense of aesthetic unity. In my opinion, this is the closest thing I've heard to a rap Cosmogramma, excepting its length.
But at the same time as it's big, it's also brilliantly focused: lyrically, Zeroh has always been brilliant. But here I perceive more purpose in his writing, more of a higher mission, if you will (pun semi-intended). He's acquired an eye, an ear, and a tongue for speaking about our generation, and although truly appreciating his wisdom takes some sifting through layers of wordplay, it's an enjoyable quest, high or sober, and the tape lends itself to repeated listens.
That is, however, my only caveat regarding this album: it's an extremely new sound. Spun of both cannabinoid and lyrical magic, it may lose you on the first listen, or even offend you. But keep at it. The dialect may be "intellectual-neo-hippie-with-soul," but the wisdom is universally human. Habituate yourself to the language and sounds, and the knowledge will shine through. This is a beautiful and inspiring work, currently on repeat in my iTunes. But I understand that it may not click with everybody, at least not immediately.
The future is at your fingertips...just click the link.
its 7:49, and J.O. is NOT pleased with dis bitch in his bathroom.
Okay, i don't know where that post title came from. Mostly me being tired and attempting to be clever. Anyway, we have talked about this Joy Orbison guy before, but not enough. True name: Peter O'Grady. He apparently started DJing at 13, and started building tracks with Fruity Loops. Now what he produces is 'a mixture of dubstep, jungle, funky, garage, and house.' To me, this is tech-y house with epic bass, minimalistic but catchy loops, and very infectious beats. That said, there are clear influences from dubstep, funky and even beat music. I want to call it Bass House (but when will we actually need another genre?). Listen to these songs – you will be dancing before you even know why. Just be sure to bust out the good speakers because that low end... seriously, its low. All these tracks are SEX.
Altered Zonesis a mega-blog of sorts. According to their about page, it acts as an international conglomerate of 15 different music sites/blogs/labels, with an emphasis on "the proliferation of home-recorded sounds, small-scale releases, and pockets of underground activity all over the world." Notable contributors (i.e. you may have heard of them) include:
In short: vibes galore. Such an incredible spectrum of music. ((disclaimer:)) I'm recommending these guys with the caveat that I download only maybe 50% of what they post; much of it isn't all that accessible (to me, at least). However, there are really some wonderful gems on there, so here's some stuff to preview before you zip over and CHECK EM OUT...maybe bookmark them if you're looking for a new blog to read. They post TONS of stuff.
Sumsun is a name I need to check out. He's on matthewdavid's Leaving Records label, and unsurprisingly the two seem to share a lot of similarities. But this track has a sort of funky, tropical brightness that distinguishes his sound. There's a lot of noise for your ears to sift through in this track, but if you're patient it's quite a rewarding listen...and once the beat comes in you should be sold. Really cool beat/experimental stuff.
Synthpop, kinda chillwavey but with a wicked 80's beat and a super happy/poppy vibe...wait, chillwave already has that...GOD DAMMIT, IT'S CHILLWAVE. BUT IT'S STILL GREAT. Blast this and dance with a smile on your face.
no zip cuz my internet sucks at home. but yay for finals being over!
Bossasaurus is a bay area experimental electronica meets trip-hop-and-beats group (read: this is epic shit). Although they have put out a lot of creative hip-hop remixes (the likes of Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Wu-Tang Clan..), many on their 2009 mixtape STFUYMCA (Shove These Fossils Up Your Magnificent Creationist Ass), this is far from the limit of their creative repertoire.
This clearly shows on their new EP Lacerta. I don't really know how to describe the sound of this album. It definitely fills some of the classifications for experimental electronica, dubstep, dance, beat music, and hip hop. The result is an extremely varied EP that is danceable and listenable. Beginning with a beautiful, multilayered and ethereal intro, Lacerta travels through multiple styles and feels, and ends with a dance anthem or two. Its definitely worth the ride.
The EP Lacerta is offered on Bossasaurus' bandcamp on a name-your-price basis, so you have NO EXCUSE not to check it out. At the very minimum, enjoy the fatbass in "Light Pollution" below.
You may not have heard of him, but The-Dream is one of the most prolific Top 40/pop songwriters of the past five years (e.g. "Single Ladies," "Umbrella," "Touch My Body," "Baby"). He's also done some solo stuff, most of which tends towards the absurd (e.g. "Falsetto," in which he boasts that his sexual prowess causes an instantaneous upward pitch change in the voice of his beloved, and which features an electric guitar solo on the bridge). "Nikki" is one such solo effort, a bitter message to an ex-lover, here covered by one of my favorite artists, Canada's Gobble Gobble. While it's a tad odd at first to hear Cecil Frena trading his usual vivid, grotesque lyrics for "shawty, I been making love to Nikki," this jam still delivers a healthy dose of brilliant-but-off-kilter production, and for the umpteenth time proves Frena a mad scientist, but one reanimating dead pop music instead of corpses.
Another oddball indie take on standard pop music. Here it's more chillwave-does-Top-40-Hip-Hop, saturating a familiar-sounding (i.e. you've definitely heard it before) beat in reverb, synth washes, and ethereal vocals. Oh Fortuna ftw! [[I got this (as well as the next 3 tracks) from a really cool //free// compilation arranged by none other than Gobble Gobble, in honor of the artists they toured with this year. You can grab that HERE.]]
Glasser comparisons may be made, but Braids comes across as a little less tender than my co-blogger's recent muse, at least in this track. Awesome Indie/Synthpop track. Really cool production, and epic vocals. (Braids is also about to support Baths and Star Slinger on probably one of the coolest fucking tours to grace the surface of the earth, so check the dates here and get on that shit!)
An otherworldly, gorgeous intro of colorful synths paves the way for a hushed lullaby punctuated by magical synth strings being plucked underwater...all with a distinctly classical feel (and real strings at one point!). It's kinda like the intro to The Shins' "Sleeping Lessons," reimagined by a very shy baroque-pop group (how's that for an analogy?). This is a standout track from the mixtape, I can safely say I have never heard anything like it before in my life. Really cool production and composition going on here, even if it's not the catchiest tune ever. Check out Candy Claws, I know I'm going to.
Love these guys. Found em' on Apes With Barrels, who have great taste in electro-pop artists as well as their more rave-oriented counterparts. Funky, catchy well-produced; and that fucking lead after the chorus gets stuck in my head every time I hear it. Hooray for Human Life!
As part of NPR's 'First Listen' series, they have posted stream links for every track on Ghostly International's new compilation "We'll Never Stop Living This Way." You should check it out - its a great overview of the label's talent, from indie pop to ambient beatmaking. To lure you, there are tracks from Mux Mool, Shigeto, Tycho, Gold Panda and Cepia, plus much more. Great stuff!
"Hip-hop is alive and well, and Flying Lotus is a big reason why. Of all of the records I heard in 2010, none took as many chances, or broke as many conventions, asCosmogramma. Listen to "Do the Astral Plane": Driven by a looping bass riff, the piece uses samples to not only add texture to the beat, but also provide focal points for the listener. Throughout Cosmogramma, Flying Lotus stretches the palette from which most beat makers work, fitting jazz and dub-step into unconventional nooks and crannies. By leading with synths, saxes, harps and strings, he's moving focus from the MC to the beat maker. Hip-hop is moving in many directions, but it's safe say that Cosmogramma offers a glimpse into the genre's future by championing a sound that celebrates its founder, the DJ." (Sami Yenigun)
STOP. NO. CALM DOWN. this is NOT turning into a hipster photo blog. its still a music blog run by two dudes with awkward sensibilities. i just couldn't find anything to put up to catch your eye so i gave you a pic of mine. anyway, heres some stuff fo choo. the three gobble gobble tracks are all different.. just goes to show that they do all sorts of stuff. (if you haven't figured that out yet.. well.. you haven't been paying much attention to them)
this is what precipitated this post.. this is really cool. preserves the original feel of the song while brightening it up a bit. Remix Artist Collective is something you should really check out if you enjoy indie music, electronica, and/or indie electronica. which should be all of you. (langosta, they have bloc party and kele remixes too..)
On yet another Low End Theory-related note, their monthly podcast is up!! Featuring mixes by L.E.T. resident DJ Nobody (my favorite of that crew, whose production work with Bomb Zombies you can check out HERE), and the up-and-coming wunderkind producer/MC jonwayne. This is one of those "no excuses" posts. Especially if you want a crash-course in what the L.A. beat scene is all about.
Or if you're just feeling particularly dark, heavy, and otherworldly today. :D
+ + + [[or just click it if you prefer to stream it]] + + + + +
Also, to my exuberant joy, I get to actually go to Low End tonight, since I'm back home for break. Patkins is burning with jealousy. Review to follow (because two posts tagged "Low End Theory" in a row is not nearly enough)
Music AND titties?! It's a good day for America, ladies and gentlemen.
Oh yes oh yes oh yes. If this post doesn't convince you to shell out a tenner, then I've failed to do my job....also it means you don't trust me. Which hopefully you should, seeing as we've been together for well over six months now...I THOUGHT WE HAD SOMETHING SPECIAL, INTERNET!! *sobs*
For y'all who don't know, Bomb Zombies is undeniably the best collab since Lennon/McCartney. Low End Theory residents DJ Nobody + MC Nocando = Bomb Zombies (though Nobody raps on a couple tracks too). Best name ever (and the music lives up to it). Their debut, Sincerely Yours, just came out this week on Nocando's label Hellfyre Club, and it is freaking awesome.
Just as with our loves 0. and Jonwayne, the best and most appropriately pretentious way to describe Bomb Zombies would be "the future of rap." That means screwed-up beats pulled directly from Low-End-Theory-land and brilliant, innovative lyricism to go along with it. But Nobody and Nocando manage to bring something else: the fucking party.
This isn't just what happens when a great rapper laces beat-scene instrumentals. Nocando comes off as more playful here than on his debut, Jimmy The Lock, forgoing brilliantly-penned angst, threats, and rants for proclamations that "young, dumb and reckless is the modus operandi" and homages to chicks with bangs (no joke. bonus track is called "Bangs"). And this is hardly just a Nocando solo show: Nobody throws down on a couple of verses, letting loose such absurdly brilliant gems as "who's your daddy girl?/is he the shit like me?/I didn't think so, girl" and "she got bangs, bangs, she got bangs, bangs/rock her hair in her face like it ain't no thang" (the hook from aforementioned bonus track).
Nobody's production also seems to take itself a little less seriously without sacrificing quality. There are a lot of mainstream elements here that you'd expect to hear from KIIS FM, not Low End Theory: cheesy pitch-shifted hooks, kitschy drum sounds, and auto-tune up the wazoo. But he takes all these things that we usually groan to hear and twists them all in just the right way to make something really new-sounding and hard-hitting: yes, you've heard that drum sound or synth before, but here there's something deliciously off-kilter about the way he's strung the song together, and no song is left without a neck-breaking beat; yes, he turns the auto-tune knob to 11 on most of the hooks (and a good deal of Nocando's verses), but here it's a stylistic choice: it's like mad-scientist-does-Top-40.
And I'm not just pulling these analyses out of my ass. The two were listening to a lot of Drake and Lil Wayne while on a tour of Japan, when Nocando uttered the prophetic words, "We should do a whole project where we try to do these kind of songs." (from this interview)
And that's what I love most about this record: it's innovative and aesthetically pleasing, but it's undeniably a take on mainstream rap. It manages to simultaneously deliver heavy bass, crisp beats, sick raps, and pure unadulterated swag. You get your pop hip-hop fix without the unsavory aftertaste of crap lyrics and mainstream production. These are two fantastic artists getting together and just playing. And the result? A great album full of funky, catchy jams. So stop reading this and get out your credit card/debit card/paypal password.
I'll provide some teasers to sway you all over, but no downloading cuz the point of all this is to get you to buy the album. Yes, it's unauthorized, but if it convinces you to pay up, then I've done my job.
Payola - Bomb Zombies
Sick shit. Fits in nicely with the Top 40 radio theme I was playing around with.
Get 'Em - Bomb Zombies
This is them doing a sexy club banger. And while the hook definitely sounds like it came straight out of commercial rap ("get em high/get em low"), the verses aren't just a bunch of simplistic tripe about how "shawty got a body like oh-oh-ohhhh." No, instead we get Nocando lacing words together like no other, which (aside from managing to be actually sexy) actually redeems the relatively inane hook.
Bangs (Bonus Track) - Bomb Zombies
Yeah. I had to. So great.
You get the idea. Buy this album, you will NOT regret it. And if you choose not to/are morally against buying music for some reason, then you can probably find it on mediafire somewhere. The primary point here is that you should get this album.
Gobble Gobble remixes Teen Daze! And vice-versa! This is a good day for any fan of these producers, as they've released a split EP with two original songs and each others' remixes thereof. It's pretty fucking awesome. So get it.
Shine On You Crazy White Cap (Gobble Gobble's Dive off the Beach Pier into a Lake of Clotted Blood) - Teen Daze
Hits much harder than the original, thanks to Cecil Frena's typically glitchy, distorted pop production, which complements the dreamy synths of the original quite nicely. To quote the man himself, "this remix is a bit evil. To borrow a term coined by Shaun Durkan of Weekend + Grem, one might even call it… chillgrave."
Lawn Knives (Teen Daze Remix) - Gobble Gobble
Same concept, in reverse. He takes the glitch-pop original and chillwaves it up with a smooth beat and the grand synth washes he's known for. Great track as well, though this one is probably more accessible than the other. I would guess this is because "Lawn Knives" is a better stand-alone pop song than "Shine On;" Teen Daze may bring the vibes in spades, but I've always enjoyed Frena's writing more, the man knows pop music. But that shouldn't discourage you from getting all this!
Download the EP to grab these tracks! [[ CLICK THIS SHIT ]] Also, accept the goat above as your god.
Oh yes. The Electro House Pirate Barons of Apes With Barrels, also known as Bastille, have made what I deem to be their best track to date. The intro is pretty simple, but the buildups are freaking cool and the DROPS (both of them)...my god, the drops. They masterfully combine the detuned high synth blips of their beloved Techno and Tech House with a dirty, dubstep-worthy bassline and a smashing Electro House beat. Really detailed, hard-hitting, and a fucking jam.
Well, I'm sure that my co-crustacean's recent tsunami of posts has kept you all very busy for the past couple days. The man had a lot of music to share, and BOY did he share it. But, given the outcome of the latest midterm election, I think it's about time for a change in leadership. So here's my first new contribution. Think of it as me overturning Obamacare, or something along those lines.
I made this mix during a campus-wide lockdown due to a murderer being on the loose nearby. Only way that relates at all to the actual content of the mix is the pun with the first track. Otherwise, it's a good-sized mix, half beat stuff, half electro house with a prog bent. I like it. Let's hope you do too.
1) Love Lockdown (Flying Lotus Remix) - Kanye West 2) After The Rain (Floating Points Remix) - Little Dragon 3) Quartz For Amber - Take 4) And We Gonna (Samiyam's Chopsticks Remix) - Shigeto 5) Maximalist - Baths 6) Talamak - Toro y Moi 7) Silent Alarm - Dntel 8) Flares - Dntel 9) Need To Feel Loved (Adam K & Soha Remix) - Reflect ft. Deline Bass 10) Move For Me (Extended Mix) - Kaskade & Deadmau5 11) Sasha Don't Sleep (Pance Party Remix) - The Dance Party 12) Seek Bromance (Porter Robinson Remix) - Tim Berg 13) Sofi Needs A Ladder (Original Mix) - Deadmau5 14) [Secret Track That Will Really Piss Patkins Off The Moment He Hears It]
So I'm getting a little tired of taking in so much music and not being able to get it out fast enough. Because of this I have decided to write a MASSIVE post with tons of stuff in it so i can stay away for a while. There are three categories: Indie, Beats, and Mixes. Look for folders at the end of each section to download everything.
Concentration Mix - DJmus* (dedicated to our friend Mariel) This is supposed to be something you can play in the background while you are working on something important... mostly beats but also some various indie selections. Track List:
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi - Radiohead Everything In Its Right Place - Radiohead Mouthwash - Kate Nash Moon Hits the Mirrorball - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs In Heat (Javelin Remix) - Health Comeandgetme - Steveandi Mirrorage - Glsr Gravel - Juj Tokyo to LA Steez - Hashim B. Nemo - Gobble Gobble Light #1 (Take Remix) - Nosaj Thing 7am (Devonwho Remix) - Shlohmo Trilingual Dance Sexperience - Dorian Concept Adrift (Shigeto's Adrift Adream Remix) - Tycho And We Gonna (Samiyam Chopsticks Remix) - Shigeto Bestdream - Etherea Wayward (Gobble Gobble Remix) - The Joe Sounds of Symmetry - Dntel
....and thats about all the cool stuff i have at the moment. Hopefully i will be able to leave you with this for a while and let El Langosta put something up. But for now, i hope you enjoy all this stuff!
If you pay much attention, you can feel the beat [scene exploding]. Here is a new Shlohmo track, plus some stuff from up and coming acts/people you probably didn't know about... enjoy! I know El Langosta will.
Feels like you are in a cave, dripping with water, with an indie band at the very back of it playing. One of CC's favorite indie bands, I might add. Ethereal processing and shlohmo's characteristic staccato synth lines... awesome.
I don't know anything about this guy (mostly because i failed to do any research), but this is really cool. Awesome percussion and groove, with 'motivational' samples throughout... really cool. I play this a lot.
This guy is signed to Ghostly International Records (Gold Panda, Shigeto, Mux Mool).. so you know he keeps good company. He is relatively unknown (a recent addition to the label), but his Shigeto/Mike Slott-like atmospherics sound pretty nice.
Another up-and comer.. Dibiase is from LA as well (El Langosta posted video of him spinning with Zeroh a few posts back). This track is very rap track-y.. in fact, i think he may have even played it in that set i parenthetically mentioned. Anyway, worth checking out.
This guy is from London. He's awesome. Besides the fact that anything with the word 'fox' in its title makes me happy, Fantastic Mr. Fox makes more forward things (think Flying Lotus' Do The Astral Plane more than, say, Matthewdavid or Shigeto). Anyway, i think this is a bunch of clips off of one of his singles.. i really can't find much from him. It's all buried in shit related to some stupid movie...
Dubstep definitely isn't something that is posted often on this blog, but thats mostly because a lot of dubstep really isn't any good. Anyway, I have found a lot of epic stuff recently that is worth sharing, with some extra goodies as well. Pick it all up here: Dubstep + Goodies
Although Trumpdisco themselves deny that this is dubstep, this is awesome dubstep. The original is good too, but this just kicks asssssssssssssssssssssssssss. If you downloaded the minimix i made for Langosta, then you would have heard this.
This is Flux Pavilion. He makes amazing dubstep. He uses crazy arpeggiated synths and heavy bass. This is what dubstep should be. If i can hear something like this played on speakers the size of my body, i can die happy.
This is perhaps the best track of this entire post. Datsik kills it almost every time, and I love Dragonette's voice.. (she was on a Martin Solveig track that i posted here as part of my mix). This is just so well crafted. God i love...
I posted a couple Dorian Concept tracks a while ago. Yeah. That was before I listened to THIS entire EP. THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME SHIT. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PLANETS EXPLODE, I GUESS. Dorian Concept is a young beatmaker from Austria... and i love him. His sensibilities extend deep into his music and he makes prrretttty complicated stuff. Take the first track for example, Clap Beep Boom - he fucks with time but keeps the 16th note constant... first switching from sixteenths to triplets to pentuplets to sextuplets... but that one pulse stays the same. The rest of the ep continues this very clever use of Dorian's musical resources. Give this a good good listen. (Check the image for a link).
Hip-Hop keys get chopped and screwed to high heaven, drums stutter and skip frantically, and Canadian rapper The Joe drops some serious knowledge, all over a thick, buttery bassline. God dammit Cecil Frena. Save some of the awesome for us, why don't ya?
Gobble Gobble killin some beat music. And of course, why shouldn't they? They do share a label (Heart Music Group) with beatsmiths Baths and Star Slinger, after all. So you can understand why it warms the cockles of my heart to hear on their blog that they "want to do more of this kind of thing." What a brilliant time to be alive and musical.
Click that "Download" link on the player to zip over to The Joe's bandcamp and grab this baby for free. You do have to give them your email address, but bandcamp doesn't give it to spammers or dislists in my experience.
Dibiase on the decks while Jonwayne and 0. bless the mic. Wish I'd been in L.A. for this, but still. The point of this post is: beat music might be in the spotlight, but the future of rap is waiting in the wings...and I love it.
Yeah, this was one of those "god I love these fucking songs...how can I get them all on the blog without cluttering up the main page with a ton of insignificant little posts?" sort of things. So here you go. dadadadadadadadadadadadadada
This is like if Jupiter remixed Saturn (i.e. it's of planetary proportions). We here at Crustacean Cognition love both of these men very much, being the two giants of the L.A. beat scene that they are, and this track lives up to my expectations. Incredible drum work by Take, as usual...but the synths, the chopping of Nosaj Thing's original elements, and everything else is just as fantastic.
That's right. Mother. Fucking. Techno. No, not "techno" as in "generic term for dance music." Real techno. The cold, ominous, minimal sort of techno with all the weird noises. The kind of techno that people call "too repetetive." Except it's really not, if you give it a chance and listen close enough. Grabbed these last four tracks from Apes With Barrels, who aside from being the foremost authority on hardcore electro bangers, also loooove their techno.
And because this wouldn't be an absurd batch without at least one "WTF" track...this one's a jam by an indie/bluegrass band called The Sparrows. And it's banjo-centric. This is normally Peter's domain, I know, but my friend Marty showed me these guys recently and they're great.
Beautiful work from mister Tamborello, as usual, done as a promo for dublab's ongoing fundraiser. If you read this blog and have money (fat chance), you should head over and donate, they do beautiful work over there. But in any case grab this tune. So good.
BONUS [zip only]: grab the whole batch and we'll throw in a little minimix that patkins made to help me through a nightmare week. Sure, the support mix I made for him was a real mix, not a 5-minute one, and it had real dance music, not dubstep, but the thought was nice. Just kidding, it's boss. TURN YO SPEAKERS UP