Check out this video for “Pluto Bounce,” which one of the handful of cuts to come off the new self-titled EP from Australia cloud rap duo Milwaukee Banks. Apparently, this video was shot on about 10 minutes worth of infrared film, so nearly everything in the video has this surreal red hue to it. Insane!
The music of Milwaukee Banks is quite psychedelic as well. I’m loving the vast atmosphere, subdued flows, serene synths, and resonant bass. It reminds me a bit of what A$AP Rocky was doing when he initially hit with tracks like “Peso,” but Milwaukee Banks actually delivers on the more artsy implications of the cloud rap sound.
Armand Hammer drops a post-album EP of fan-pleasing odds ‘n’ ends.
Spooky Black’s Leaving EP delivers another set of trendy, reverb-drenched alternative R&B tracks.
New York MCs Billy Woods and Elucid are teaming up once again as Armand Hammer. They’ll be dropping a new EP soon, and the track “B.E.T.” will be one of the tracks featured on it. The title: Furtive Movements, and it’s dropping August 5th.
Like usual, Woods’ and Elucids’ bars are cryptic and dark. These guys continue to take hip hop to come dark, eerie depths–especially with that lone guitar line laced into the beat on this one. Enjoy!
I’m starting to believe that Damsel in Distress, the latest offering from Berlin-based electronic music producer Lotic, has the potential to be the most compelling EP of 2014. The project spans 12 tracks of hard-as-hell, club-terrorizing beats, with a confounding but brilliant recontextualization of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” at the center of it all - I’m frankly in awe over how he managed to draw such raw emotion out of this freaking song. Overall, I’m digging the concept, I’m digging the sounds, and I’m definitely looking forward to what this guy does next. Hear what I’m talking about above and enjoy!
Damsel in Distress is out now via Janus.
UK-based electronic music producer Hudson Mohawke has recently announced that he’s got a new EP on the way via Warp Records. He’s dropped a new track along with the announcement, and it’s the title track of that forthcoming EP, Chimes. It’s dropping officially on September 29th.
Needless to day, considering I’ve enjoyed Hudson’s previous projects so much, I’m excited for what’s coming up on Chimes. The title track itself takes an incredibly loud, rowdy approach to the trap banger. While there are some ethereal, glossy synth passages on this track, much of it’s runtime is taken over by loud, distorted sub-bass and slightly offbeat synth horns.
It’s unquestionably colorful, and even though it might share a little too much common ground with what Hudson’s already done in TNGHT, I’m still loving what’s going on here.
Versatile producer Shlohmo drops a collaborative EP with singer-songwriter Jeremih.
Whimsical, delicate, and moving, these five new tracks from singer-songwriter Shara Worden–a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond–make for a pretty captivating lead-up to her next full-length album, which is dropping later this year. We actually shared a track from it a little while ago.
Seems like a pretty capable EP, and doesn’t really feel like any material that’s completely throw-away. If this is what didn’t make the album, I can only imagine how great this next release is going to be.
Hotflush Recordings founder Scuba drops a track from his forthcoming Phenix 2 EP, which features four new tracks on it. As expected, this cut features a strong 4/4 groove, loads of ethereal sound effects, and the musical progressions are incredibly slow and subtle. It’s electronic tension building at its finest–especially as the track reaches a boisterous highpoint at the 4:03 mark. Enjoy!