Where have these guys been, and why haven’t they been collaborating already?
Pennsylvania is teaming up on this one with mashup master Girl Talk providing a handful of beats for Philly rapper Freeway. Some might think his style is gimmicky, but Girl Talk’s never really disappointed me. It’s actually funny that he’s been musically silent for the past four years, because I think music fans aren’t really paying attention to genre boundaries like they used to. Now that music discovery on the internet is in full swing, people are listening to whatever the hell they want. That’s exactly what Girl Talk’s megamix albums represented to me, anyway.
As far as Freeway goes, I’ve never really been a fan outside of The Stimulus Package–which dropped the same year as Girl Talk’s last record–but I think he’s sounding completely revitalized over these sample-heavy beats.
I think Freeway and Girl Talk are finding new purpose together with this new EP of theirs, Broken Ankles. The lyrics are grimy, violent, forceful. I’d call the instrumentals unlikely, but nothing happens here that albums like Feed The Animals didn’t already set a precedent for. Still, it’s great to hear Girl Talk focusing on some completely original material rather than just assembling tracks out of pieces of other songs. Stuff like this EP could really build his rep as a producer, because the beats have a lot going on for them on this thing. Enjoy via the widget above or the link below!
Download: Girl Talk & Freeway – Broken Ankles
Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman Tobacco will drop his third solo album Ultima II Massage next month, and from what we’ve heard so far, it’s gonna be a filthy, scuzzy affair. Now, if you thought lead single “Eruption” wasn’t filthy or scuzzy enough, this new one “Streaker” might just scratch that dirty itch of yours. This new song proffers perhaps Tobacco’s heaviest instrumental yet – overdriven electronics buzzing, whirring, and crashing in every which way, and even the vocodered voice is decidedly distorted and nasty compared to the lightness and gentleness typically brought by Tobacco’s vocals. He doesn’t care if he’s harshing our buzz this time around. In fact, I think he wants to, and that’s oddly refreshing. Stream the track above and enjoy!
Ultima II Massage is out May 13 via Ghostly. Check out Anthony’s thoughts on Tobacco’s last LP here.
In “Mr. Wonderful,” previously mentioned electronic music producer Saint Pepsi combines a snappy trap beat with some schmaltzy synth leads. There’s a tight vocal sample that gives way to a fun, little drop in the song’s middle as well. Really melodic, smile-inducing production here!
Check out this glorious hour-long mix that Nicolas Jaar made in honor of John Lennon for the 33rd anniversary of his death. There are many standout phases Jaar goes through here, opening with an interview with Lennon; going on to string together various clips of drones, film scores, and experimental piano work; and at one point sampling a bit of Black Friday mayhem. But the highlight is definitely his powerful remix of Lennon’s “Oh My Love,” which closes out the stream. You can listen to and download it in full above via Soundcloud.
This mix was the 16th issue of the weekly podcast hosted by Jaar’s Other People imprint. Check in on its site for a new mix every Sunday.
When it comes to the more creative side of hip hop beats, Ras G is one of the oldest sonic alchemists on the West Coast today. He’s got a new album on the way via Brainfeeder Records this year, and from the sound of this first track from it, I think we’re in for a load of grooves, spacey synths, and instrumentation I suspect is live.
Though there isn’t a strong, memorable progression to the track, the linear direction is pretty hypnotic with the alluring instrumentation it delivers. Enjoy!
Lapalux drops what I’m assuming is a spare track from his recent full-length effort, Nostalchic. It’s an interesting track that works in multiple phases. Structurally, it definitely throws a few twists and turns at the listener, which is maybe why it didn’t make it onto the LP. Who knows? Either way, Lapalux delivers heavenly vocals set against weird, warped, wonky-style beats and synths. Enjoy!
Check a review for Nostalchic here:
foodman is an electronic music producer I’ve been following on SoundCloud for months now. His account is one of many that I’ve run across whose owner doesn’t really have an album or much industry status, yet, he prolifically pumps out material that’s refreshing and oddly creative.
Though foodman’s tracks are usually short, they make up for it with intricately confusing details that never cease, really. Nearly every song on this dude’s soundcloud is a challenge to dissect–especially since most of them come from a juke and footwork background, which are already detail-dense genres.
Here’s a selection of foodman tracks I enjoy:
Check this footwork compilation Foodman was featured on that I dug last year.
RocketNumberNine is pulling together an interesting blend of drone noise music with a bit of dance instrumental.
It’s really all about the build and the collapse and repeating it in unexpected ways on “Rotunda”. It’s completely circular and often repeats itself just a rotunda should. What is special about the track is just how they combine regularly unappealing noises into danceable grooves, or spurts of grooves that are gone before you can even react to them.
This song and others are due for release on RocketNumberNine’s next full-length album, MeYouWeYou. Look for it on May 21st via Smalltown Supersound.
Danny Brown drops a new, Skywlkr-produced track titled “Kush Coma,” and it features some bright synths, trap rhythms, and some pretty strange chorus vocals. It’s a pretty nutty beat, but Danny says pretty cutthroat and straightforward with a speedy flow that spits lyrics about his inebriated surreality. I hope that’s a word…