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)