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!
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.