Wednesday, December 29, 2010


never mind that this new track was done for an American Express ad campaign. Passion Pit is awesome and we love them.


Friday, December 24, 2010

moar mau5, yeah yeah

photo by rukes

yeah yeah yeah more deadmau5


Thursday, December 23, 2010

happy birthday jesus, now heres a new mix

no such mix!?
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!

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

No Such Mix


also, if you haven't checked out the shit below this, DO IT NOW.



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.


want this man's earlier work? THIS LINK will aid you in your quest.

also, on a less profound but still badass note, wolfgang gartner has some new shit. go get it HERE.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Various Beats

here are just some various beats i've had in my collection that i haven't shared yet. Few comments cause i have to get to sleep...

SLNGBNGrs! - Blu (Prod. Dibiase) (excellent hip hop + beats with epic intro)

Africa (Original Mix) - The Goonies (awesome tech house with heavy, hollow bass... mmm)

My Neck My Back (Shlohmo Remix) - Khia (el langosta gave me this... epic epic epic remix)

Alpenglow - TOKiMONSTA, Lunice and Swede:art (don't know who Swede:art is, but this is really great)

Admit Defeat - Daedelus (very interesting, from a newer EP)

NOT IN ZIP: Pretty Boy Swag (Shlohmo Remix) - Soulja Boy (the GREATEST remix off of Pop Massacre.. you need to listen to this, no matter who you are.)

Bonus Tracks (aka tracks that don't fit the theme even remotely)

Rock On (Siriusmo Remix) - Adam Freeland (this is mostly for el langosta, i have to post some even better siriusmo stuff soon)


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Joy Orbison - Joyous Orbit Sounds

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.

I Might Be (Joy Orbison Remix) - Todd Edwards (SEX)
Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix) - Four Tet (SEX - it drops, it drops. you'll know)
Wet Look - Joy Orbison (SEX - sounds like Mux Mool behind a speedboat)
BRKLN CLLN - Joy Orbison (SEX - this has the greatest bassline evar that you won't be able to hear without good frequency response)
The Shrew Might Have Cushioned The Blow - Joy Orbison (SEX - The TITLE)
Hyph Mngo (Original Mix) - Joy Orbison

Orbison, Zipped

i like the bass, but i digress.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Nocando raps over Baths' "Lovely Bloodflow." If it jars at first, listen again and let the mindfuck wash over you.


cool post to follow this cosmic blessing.

lobster out.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Blogs We Like: |•| Altered Zones |•|

Altered Zones is 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:

~ Gorilla Vs. Bear ~

~ Yours Truly ~

~ International Tapes ~

~ Get Off The Coast ~

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.


Heart Attack Kid - Bass Drum of Death

Distorted garage rock from a band with the coolest name ever, Bass Drum of Death. Badass song with great vibes, kinda like a pissed off/indie-punk take on surf rock.

I'm Gonna Try - Shimmering Stars

More indie stuff, this time it's 50's pop drowned in reverb, with lyrics like "walking down the street/I wanna kill everyone I see." Love this song. Shimmering Stars ftw.

Wind Stone - Sumsun

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.

So Clear - Yanqui

This is really neat. Radiohead-esque indie jam, but with with retro drum machines and synths. Great song, check out their free EP HERE.

Round & Round (Little Loud Remix) - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

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!

lobster out!

Bossasaurus - Lacerta

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 fat bass in "Light Pollution" below. 

Bossasaurus - Light Pollution (from the Lacerta EP)


Monday, December 13, 2010

Friends of Friends - Pop Massacre

The influential blog Friends of Friends has just released a compilation called Pop Massacre - essentially, they challenged some of the best names in the beat scene (Daedelus, Shlohmo, Dntel, GroundIsLava, Strangeloop, Asura, My Dry Wet Mess... the list goes on!) to remix a pop song. Shlohmo, for example, takes on Soulja Boy; Dntel, Lady GaGa. The result: SEX. 

so excited

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Indie/Synthpop Batch

patkins is gonna jizz his pants over this one.

Just a miscellaneous little Indie batch, following an electronica/synthpop theme. Enjoy!

~ *~ * f a n c y * + * b o r d e r * ~ * ~

Nikki (I Am Not The-Dream) - GOBBLE GOBBLE

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.

Faces I Can See - Oh Fortuna

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.]]

Lemonade - Braids

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!)

The Breathing Fire - Candy Claws

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.

Poster Boy - Old Arc

This one's a fucking jam. Glitchy as fuck, but with a wicked bassline and a hard-hitting beat; it's like SebastiAn + 80's bass synths + soul...Old Arc is another name I will be looking further into.

Wherever We Are - Human Life

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!

Enjoy, children!

Lobster out.

(((BONUS))) [[zip only!]]: Crawl Back In (Baths Remix) - Brad Laner
Oh yeah. You know you want it now. Because everybody loves Baths.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New TEED song and Video!

in case you haven't gotten your *electro house* dancehall fix for today.


Monday, December 6, 2010

NPR and Ghostly International

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!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010



"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)


Hootenanny - Cepia
More from the newest addition to Ghostly International Records.