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!
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!
Moscow-by-way-of-Brooklyn producer Slava lets go of this video for the track “Girl Like Me” off of his recent LP Raw Solutions, which was released by Software. The track itself is built from a refrain “no you never had a girl quite like me” repeated ala DJ Rashad, while the drums eschew usual juke structure for a more intricate pattern that includes tuned woodblocks. The video itself portrays one of the greatest taboos in Western Culture, and really should be watched without spoilers. Just know that the track’s juxtaposition of cold synths and a romantic vocal sample is portrayed well by the director, Eugene Kotlyarenko.
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!
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.
Download: Gobby – Lantern EP
Electronic music producer Gobby has never been afraid to get indulgent, and his latest set of tracks on the Lantern EP show him going down the juke and footwork route with loads of sporadic samples and dense rhythms. He seems to embrace the most obnoxious qualities of both musical styles, and intensifies them a bit; however, it results in a pretty intriguingly strange collection of short, detailed songs.
Download above, song stream below.
Homosexual or not, New York MC Cakes Da Killa is one of the most raunchy, hilarious, and attention-demanding MCs you’ll hear this year.
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Between MCs like Le1f and Mykki Blanco, there’s a lot of gender bending going on in hip hop right now, which is great from a societal aspect. I’m pretty excited to see lines like homosexuality being crossed, but I personally think Mykki and Le1f spit with a lotta forgettable lyrics and weak flows. They’re flamboyant and fashionable, which makes their exploits fun to follow, but I think there’s something missing in terms of lyricism and flow.
That’s exactly where a guy like Cakes Da Killa pleases. His flow on the track “Goodie Goodies” is so quick and effective, I think most straight rap listeners might even lose track of the fact the song is essentially an exercise in homosexual peacocking. Also, I’ve gotta mention that the dude rides some of the gnarliest, busiest beats I’ve heard on a hip hop album in a while. The instrumentals on this new tape feature intense trap, footwork, and juke beats. There are loads of strange vocal effects and pitch shifts on the hooks that are really disorienting–especially on a track like “Fuck Ya Boifriend.”
Of course, I expect some of the messages to offend hetero rap fans, but if you’re that easily offended, you shouldn’t be listening to hip hop anyway.