Since the moment I heard them, New York’s the Act of Estimating as Worthless has showcased an interesting combination of quaintly lethargic vocals and incredibly ambitious instrumentation. It’s somewhat like an emotionally raw and baroque pop-influenced version of the Moldy Peaches. That similarity might have been a little too prevalent on the band’s last full-length, but I’m enjoying hearing them grow into their own on a bit more with this new EP, Circadian Tremors. The band is reaching even higher with the horns and strings that typically surround their earnest, folky tunes. The songs themselves ain’t bad either! Enjoy!
Jazz experimentalist Matana Roberts drops a 10-minute solo sax piece that’s as moving as it is winding. Despite a lack of boundaries due to a lack of other instruments on the track, Roberts stays incredibly sharp and focused in her playing; not letting a single moment here pass by without being given purpose. She transitions from impressive melodies to free and spastic playing fluidly, and nearly every bit of it comes through with a strong sense of emotion.
Check out Roberts’ 2011 album Coin Coin Chapter One if you’re yet to.
Minneapolis rapper and Doomtree member Stefon Alexander, a.k.a. P.O.S, drops a new video for the track “Get Down,” which comes off his latest album, We Don’t Even Live Here. The album is out now on Rhymesayers.
Some ethereal and dark hip hop on this self-titled Gorgeous Children project, which features some pretty heavy trap-style instrumentals. The lyrics and flows are as swag’d as they are strange. While I don’t assume they’ve got a lotta depth to them, there’s certainly a vibe I’m enjoying on these tracks.
Grab a digital copy of this project on Bandcamp.
Bring on the moody, noisy, strange post-hardcore, please. Thank you!
Pile is a Boston band, and Dripping is their latest full-length effort, and I’m really enjoying what I’m hearing on the album thus far. It’s a pretty solid offering of slightly off-kilter rock tunage, including some odd time signatures, painful ballads, and heavy guitars.
Some nice magic on these 10 tracks, and you can stream them all in full via the widget above.
The experimental beatmusic project 3:33 will be releasing a new album at the end of this month via Parallel Thought titled In the Middle of Infinity. If there was any time of year for an album like this, it’s the end of October. That’s when stuff is supposed to be creepy and stuff, right?
But seriously, while 3:33 does rely on looped rhythms to get its point across, it’s a bit darker than most projects you’ll find in this genre. 3:33 doesn’t just deliver rhythms, but also toys with elements of dark ambient and drone across the 11 tracks on this new album. I’d actually say the 41-minute closing track is the most ambitious ambient piece the project has embarked on thus far.
Get read to nod your head and (possibly) get spooked via the widget above.
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar drops a new track during the same week his latest full-length effort is being released, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. “The Heart Pt. 3″ is an interesting and extremely emotional update on the current state of Kendrick, talking about where he sees his music and career going.
Download: Capital Steez- AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded
Up-and-coming MC and member of collective Pro Era, home to fellow buzzing rapper Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez recently released AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded–which is an expanded version of his debut mixtape AmeriKKKan Korruption. In addition to the fourteen initially released songs, the tape boasts seven bonus tracks that weren’t included on the original. Stream it and grab a free download above.
Similar to Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez’s voice gives him away as being clearly young, but by no means does that suggest that he is an amateurish rapper. With confident, assured flow and engaging lyricism, Capital Steez is anything but, and his age feels less like an indication of lack of experience than an exciting reminder that he is just getting started. The production choices are stellar as well, covering artists such as Madlib, DOOM, Free the Robots, DJ Premier, Joey Bada$$, and others. Especially considering that this is only his first mixtape, Capital Steez seems to have a promising future ahead of him.