Cakes Da Killa‘s Hunger Pangs mixtape has arrived! Described as sounding like a fighting game and as being the “ugly older sister” of last year’s phenomenal Eulogy, this new project finds Cakes at, well, his hungriest. His flow continues to be fast, fiery, and in-your-face and his beats are still bold and bangin. The only thing to have been toned down is the lyrical content, but only ever so slightly - there isn’t a “Fuck Ya Boyfriend” on here, at least. But regardless, Cakes is still consistently clever and remains one of hip hop’s most exciting voices. Enjoy!
We’ve been following the Soundcloud of enigmatic producer FOODMAN for a while now, enjoying his colorful, oddball brand of juke and footwork music. We’re very happy to report that he has been fleshing out his ideas, and has recently dropped two meaty EPs that are pretty satisfying front-to-back experiences. If you’ve really been digging what he’s been doing up til now or if you’re looking for some zany, off-the-wall beats, do yourself a favor and check these out. Happy listening!
By the way, he dropped a full-length last year called「IROIRO」, which you can stream here.
I don’t know who Machine Girl is, and I think that’s the case for most people since this s/he is a relative unknown in electronic music right now. I can’t say the new album I’m linking you to right now is going to change that–I mean, there isn’t much in the way of a chart-topping single here–but for those patient enough to listen deeply into a well-assembled set of tracks, WLFGRL has a lot going for it.
Nearly every song on this thing is a jittery, challenging display of bombastic rhythms and off-kilter grooves. I haven’t heard beats this nutty since that crazy Japanese footwork comp I mentioned a while back.
Machine Girl really pulls from a wide array of genres, including juke, footwork, house, trap, future garage, wonky, and jungle. They’re all fed through a somewhat aggressive, busy, and distorted lens, which brings all of these cuts together pretty nicely. Enjoy! Oh, also, thanks to Dred Collective for helping to get this album out there!
Though not as much of a bombardment as his previous album, Room(s), Vapor City is a pretty enjoyable and diverse album from electronic music producer Machinedrum. Plus, it features some of his best singles yet!
Back in March, I told you to meet Foodman, and now he’s got a new full-length out I’d love for you to hear. As usual, the guy keeps his tracks pretty short, landing under two minutes much of the time; however, that doesn’t prevent his tracks from having any impact. Many of them seem so off-kilter and abstract, that they continually engage. Enjoy!
Electronic music producer Mark Pritchard stirred up some buzz a few years ago as one half of the colorful and creative music duo Africa Hitech. Now, he’s back with a new EP on the way via Warp Records titled Ghosts. The label has dropped the EP’s title track for streaming, and it’s a subtle, chilling piece of footwork that features an explosive hook as well. Enjoy!
DJ Rashad dropped this video and track a few months ago, but it has been criminally underexposed. DJ Rashad cuts up a sample exclaiming that “I don’t give a fuck,” and then proves he doesn’t by creating the main melody of the song from what sounds like an old flip phone’s numberpad. Look out for I Don’t Give A Fuck–is it a single or EP–to be released on Hyperdub on July 22. Enjoy!
“Eyesdontlie” is the latest single from North Carolina producer Machinedrum, and it’s a tight, busy blend of footwork and future garage. It’s matched with a wonderfully manipulated vocal snippet to that repeats endlessly for a strangely hypnotic effect. Unlike some of the more cluttered tracks from this guy’s last full-length, this new cut is incredibly succinct and punchy! If more tracks like this make it onto Machinedrum’s next album, it’ll definitely surpass his last. Enjoy!
The vocal samples on “Speakers R-4 (Sounds)” may make a pretty obvious statement, but the track is still a pretty spacious and captivating piece of footwork. RP Boo, a.k.a. Kavain Space, is a Chicago-based producer, and one of the originators of a fast, jittery electronic music style known as footwork. He’s got a new full-length out via Planet Mu titled Legacy. Enjoy!