YUNOREVIEW: February 2014

This Month’s YUNOREVIEW features the following albums in this exact order:

Bombay Bicycle Club – Sog Long, See You Tomorrow
Marissa Nadler – July
Thou – Heathen
Alden Penner – Exegesis
Phantogram – Voices
CEO – Wonderland
Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Piano Nights
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Prince Po & Oh No – Animal Serum
Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us

Clams Casino- Instrumental Mixtape 2

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.

Oneohtrix Point Never- “I Only Have Eyes for You” (Loved)

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.


A Mix From Milo: “The Intangible Newness of Doing the Same Old Thing”

Y’all may remember when I reviewed the debut mixtape of up-and-coming MC Rory Ferreira, a.k.a. Milo. The title: I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here. You can hear it here.

While it wasn’t the most well-recorded tape I heard all year, it was easily one of the most brutally honest. Honesty and tangibility is incredibly important to Milo. If I had to guess what the biggest influence on his music is, I would have to say reality. Of course, that’s the theme Milo chose to deal with then I approached him and asked him to make a conceptual mix of songs for this blog. Here’s Milo’s explanation of this mix, a download of it, the cover art, and the play list:

This is a playlist that should help people deal with reality. It seems like there is a really weird Digital Age trend of focusing on planet-transcendence and making life “magical” or whatever. That’s much older than the Digital Age but you get the point. All the Lady Gaga enthusiasts who are making appeals to who knows what, Kid Cudi’s insistence on being from the Moon, Wayne’s insistence on being from Mars, etc. This playlist focuses on the mundane, the ordinary, the normalcy of everyday life and trying to grapple with that in authentic ways. Ultimately realizing this life we have has enough to explore and keep us busy for much longer than Teen Moms 2 will be on TV.

No appeals to being from planets outside this giant blueberry, or having a million dollars to buy a laser beam equipped yacht or any of those hullabaloos; primarily because that cannot be honest. And you’re selling yourself short every time you subscribe to these stale notions of The Ideal. Hopefully this can spark some thought into more elaborate and unique daydreams. This is the playlist for the every-person, the idealistic pragmatist who recognizes the beauty in struggling with, what Reggie Watts calls, “binary existence.”

1. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young- “Almost Cut My Hair”
2. Joni Mitchell- “California”
3. Solander- “Flight”
4. Open Mike Eagle- “Dishes”
5. Busdriver- “Mr. Mistake (Bested By The Whisper Chasm)”
6. Why?- “By Torpedo or Crohn’s”
7. Fleet Foxes- “Blue Spotted Tail”
8. Sage Francis- “Best of Times”
9. Yes- “Yesterday & Today”
10. Bobby McFerrin- “Drive”
11. Neil Young- “Pocahontas”
12. Serengeti- “The Whip”
13. The Roots- “Hall & Oates”
14. They Might Be Giants- “Dr. Worm”
15. Junip- “Sweet & Bitter”
16. Talking Heads- “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)”

.zip: Milo’s “The Intangible Newness of Doing the Same Old Thing”

Favorite Albums of 2011

1. Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues
2. Death Grips- Exmilitary
3. Battles- Gloss Drop
4. Shabazz Palaces- Black Up
5. PJ Harvey- Let England Shake
6. Big K.R.I.T.- Returnof4eva
7. La Dispute- Wildlife
8. Liturgy- Aesthethica
9. Nicolas Jaar- Space Is Only Noise
10. Kendrick Lamar- Section.80
11. Africa Hitech- 93 Million Miles
12. Danny Brown- XXX
13. James Blake- James Blake
14. St. Vincent- Strange Mercy
15. Disma- Towards the Megalith
16. Iceage- New Brigade
17. Tim Hecker- Ravedeath, 1972
18. Colin Stetson- New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
19. Cormorant- Dwellings
20. Destroyer- Kaputt
21. Chelsea Wolfe- Ἀποκάλυψις
22. Crystal Stilts- In Love With Oblivion
24. Oneohtrix Point Never- Replica
26. Giles Corey- Giles Corey
27. Matana Roberts- Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres
28. Andrew Jackson Jihad- Knife Man
29. Timber Timbre- Creep On Creepin’ On
30. The Log.Os- λόγος
31. Vektor- Outer Isolation
32. Thundercat- The Golden Age of Apocalypse
33. The Roots- Undun
34. Veronica Falls- Veronica Falls
35. Shlohmo- Bad Vibes
36. ASAP Rocky- LiveLoveA$AP
37. Havok- Time Is Up
38. Holy Ghost!- Holy Ghost!
39. Toxic Holocaust- Conjure and Command
40. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- Belong
41. Wormrot- Dirge
42. Rustie- Glass Swords
43. Dumbo Gets Mad- Elephants at the Door
44. Milo- I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here
45. Reks- R.E.K.S.
46. The Beastie Boys- The Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
47. Mogwai- Hardcore Will Never Die, but You Will
48. Cunninlynguists- Oneirology
49. Craft Spells- Idle Labor
50. Little Dragon- Ritual Union

Favorite Singles of 2011

1. Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues
2. Death Grips- Takyon (Death Yon)
3. James Blake- The Wilhelm Scream
4. PJ Harvey- The Words that Maketh Murder
5. Shabazz Palaces- Swerve… the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)
6. Holy Ghost!- Do It Again
7. Bon Iver- Holocene
8. Battles- Ice Cream
9. Liturgy- Returner
10. Africa Hitech- Out In the Streets
11. Kendrick Lamar- HiiiPower
12. Active Child- Playing House ft. How to Dress Well
13. Timber Timbre- Black Water
14. The Roots- Make My
15. La Dispute- King Park
16. John Maus- Believer
17. Macklemore x Ryan Lewis- Wings
18. Reks- 25th Hour
19. Big K.R.I.T.- Dreamin’
20. Cunninlynguists- Hard As They Come ft. Freddie Gibbs
21. Crystal Stilts- Shake the Shackles
22. Foo Fighters- Walk
23. Smith Westerns- Weekend
24. Theophilus London- Flying Overseas
25. SBTRKT- Wildfire
26. St. Vincent- Surgeon
27. Rustie- Ultra Thizz
28. TV On the Radio- Will Do
29. Radiohead- The Daily Mail
30. Metronomy- The Look
31. Rival Sons- Pressure and Time
32. Kate Bush- Wildman
33. Wild Flag- Future Crimes
34. Das Racist- Michael Jackson
35. Veronica Falls- Bad Feeling
36. The Horrors- Still Life
37. Craft Spells- After the Moment
38. Nas- Nasty
39. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- Belong
40. Fucked Up- Queen of Hearts
41. Little Dragon- Nightlight
42. Colin Stetson- The Righteous Wrath of an Honorable Man
43. Gotye- Somebody That I Used To Know
44. Beastie Boys- Make Some Noise
45. M83- Midnight City
46. Tyler, The Creator- Yonkers
47. Purity Ring- Belispeak
48. Wild Beasts- Reach A Bit Further
49. Balkans- Edita V
50. The Drums- Money

Favorite EPs of 2011

1. Nicolas Jaar- Don’t Break My Love
2. Clams Casino- Rainforest
3. Valentin Stip- Anytime Will Do
4. Theophilus London- Lover’s Holiday
5. Oblivionized- Abhorrent Evolution
6. Hudson Mohawke- Satin Panthers
7. Cynic- Carbon-Based Anatomy
9. Robin Pecknold- Three Songs
10. King Krule- King Krule

Favorite Music Videos of 2011

1. Macklemore x Ryan Lewis- Wings
2. St. Vincent- Cruel
3. Is Tropical- The Greeks
4. Battles- My Machines
5. Coma Cinema- Blue Suicide
6. James Blake- The Wilhelm Scream
7. Mastodon- Deathbound
8. Tyler, The Creator- Yonkers
9. M83- Midnight City
10. tUnE-yArDs- Bizness
11. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire- The Last Huzzah! (feat. Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown & El-P)
12. Times New Viking- No Room To Live
13. Radiohead- Lotus Flower
14. Maps & Atlases- Israeli Caves
15. Holy Ghost!- Wait and See
16. The Rural Alberta Advantage- Stamp
17. SBTRKT- Wildfire
18. Craft Spells- Your Tomb
19. Foo Fighters- White Limo
20. Liturgy- Returner

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Jensen Sportag’s Pure Wet EP

Lotta dance tracks turning up on the blog today, but who is complianing?

This little EP was sent to me by the good people at Bears Eat Beats. Jensen Sportag is an electronic music duo from Nashville. The sounds spread across their new Pure Wet EP are pretty surprising. The echoing female vocals on “Mapquest” are a pretty stark contrast from the sweet soft rock feel of “Jareaux.” Definitely a versatile up-and-comer. Stream the entire release below:

Stream: Jensen Sportag- Pure Wet EP