One of the darkest beatmusic projects you’ll ever run across has a new album titled Bicameral Brain on the way via Parallel Thought on October 29th–a day after my birthday, actually. “BB2-1″ doesn’t exactly come through with a significant amount of progression, change across its five-minute length, but it does bring some incredibly heavy drones into the picture. The sounds on this thing are so dark and ominous. Try it!
Check a review for 3:33′s In the Middle of Infinity Below:
Rapper and producer Madlib–a.k.a. Quasimoto–has dropped a new music video for the track “Catchin’ The Vibe,” which is one of the many cuts from his new compilation/album, Yessir Whatever. Catch a review for it below!
Anyway, the, uh, “story” here follows the exploits of a weird, colorful, and record-dealing hermit that wears a garbage suit. Check it.
Check a review for Lord Quas’ latest project below:
Joey Bada$$ hitches a ride on some Harry Fraud production with the track “Day In The Life.” Enjoy!
Check a review of Joey’s 1999 tape below:
The technical thrash metal outfit Revocation has a new EP out titled Teratogenesis, which is free courtesy of the good people at Scion A/V.
Admittedly, I failed to review the band’s 2011 album, Chaos of Forms, and now I’m going to prey that the metal Gods don’t smite me for my insolence.
Download: Clams Casino- Instrumental Mixtape 2
Over the past couple years, hip hop producer has gone from zero to hero due to his hazy, atmospheric approach to creating beats. Not only has it defined a sound, but it’s carried rappers to the top of their game. Lil B? A$AP Rocky? It’s worth asking whether or not these guys would be anywhere if it weren’t for the instrumentals Clammy Clams is putting together.
Last year, this guy put out a mixtape of some of his most popular instrumentals, and he’s at it again this year with a collection of beats that were used by A$AP Rocky, the Weeknd, Mac Miller, Lil B, and more. His Lana Del Rey Remix is even on here–you know, for those of you who are into that sorta thing.
Download the new mixtape above.
While music’s tendency to reuse and recontextualize elements from the past prevents any genre from truly dying, the post-punk revivalism coming out of Scandinavia in the last few years could impress even the most cynical post-punk fan. Alongside compatriots like Iceage and War, Denmark’s Lower deliver a brand of raw, combative post-punk with elements of hardcore and noise rock for additional spice. This three-part formula is executed flawlessly on the “Craver,” first track of Lower’s new EP entitled Walk on Heads.
The tracks begins with two unaccompanied drum beats foreboding the aural assault to come. It doesn’t take long for the brooding bassline, screeching guitar feedback, and impassioned vocals to enter. With all the necessary parts present, the track forms a sonic tank, mercilessly flattening the listener.
You can stream the two song EP on Lower’s Bandcamp and be on the lookout for any material from this talented rising band in the future.
Oneohtrix Point Never, a.k.a. Dan Lopatin, has been making a bit of a splash recently. Here, he has covered the Harry Warren & Al Dubin track from 1934 “I Only Have Eyes For You.” This is an ethereal take on the track, with spliced vocals and delicate soundwaves being the focus of this cover. It’s a sleepy take on the track, and does a great job of mashing the past with the present. Oneohtrix Point Never is on a roll, and this cover will do nothing to disuade that.
Some heavy, abrasive, noisy, and crust-covered punk coming off this new Ruined Families 7″. Not only are the riffs masochistically punishing, but there are plenty of dark, dissonant guitar arpeggios hanging behind the blasts of guitar; giving the harsh delivery a bit of harmony. The vocals are pretty intense, too.
Have a listen above, and grab the 7″ on Bandcamp.
2011 and 2012 have been bringing a lot of experimentation with the more commercial sounds that came out of R&B over the years. However, not many people have been just bringing it back to basics. That’s the appeal behind this new EP from Charles Hammond Junior. Combining elements of jazz and soul, Charles’ approach to the genre is tried and true, but extremely charming–especially when considering how great his voice is, reminding me a bit of R. Kelly at his best.
Stream the EP above, and download it for free on Bandcamp.