The Neighbourhood – #000000 & #FFFFFF

Download: The Neighbourhood – #000000 & #FFFFFF

A producer needs a very convincing aesthetic on a mixtape in order to get cooperation from all of his collaborators. The way that every rapper on this tape steps into the atmospheric world and plays their character speaks volumes to the world’s authenticity. From Danny Brown–who turns in by far the best verse on the tape–to Casey Veggies, each artist is willing to slow their roll a bit to make sure they can put their name on this breathtakingly dark mixtape from LA-based pop rock band The Neighbourhood.

The strength behind the production lies in its ability to take sounds associated with carefree pop culture and expose the dark underworld lurking just underneath them. Horns, which have recently dominated most #1 songs, are a constant mood setter here. They creating a sense of unease as they lurch just beneath the stripped down beats on the surface. Unfortunately, the DJ introductions on here get a bit grating. Here’s to hoping there’s a DJ free version available soon, but nevertheless, the tape is worth an attentive listen.

-Garrett Cottingham

Earl Sweatshirt – “Hive”

Earl Sweatshirt has just shared a new song and video for his upcoming debut album, Doris.

“Hive” features guest spots from Vince Staples and Casey Veggies, and boasts a murky, spacious beat courtesy of fellow Odd Future affiliate, Matt Martians, and Earl himself. If the production isn’t enough to convey Earl’s continued fascination with the dark and macabre, then the Hiro Murai-directed music video is sure to clear up any uncertainties. Enjoy!

Doris is due out August 20th via Columbia Records.

Bad Religion, New Order, Just Blaze, Widowspeak, Gold Panda, and more w/the Quickness

Just a quick group of quick and cursory reviews of various songs and releases that I didn’t get a chance to talk about this week. Thank you for watching!