Remember “Sweet Valley”? You know, the brotherly production duo consisting of Nathan and Kynan Williams. You probably already know Nathan from Wavves. Well, they’ve recently teamed up with Bay Area rapper DaVinci for a new project titled Ghetto Cuisine, which is currently downloadable via Fool’s Gold Records.
“I Got That Line” is the lead single off of the project, and I’m digging the color video and obvious Beastie Boys reference attached to this thing. While I’m more enamored with the instrumental than I am the MC, it’s still worth checking out. Enjoy!
While I wish Broken Ankles was longer, in five tracks, Girl Talk and Freeway create more compelling material than some of the more buzzed-about mixtapes that have dropped thus far this year.
Out of the damn blue, Aesop Rock drops a 30-minute collection of unreleased beats, loops, and sonic oddities that haven’t made his commercial releases. It’s a pretty colorful collection of tracks, honestly. It’s just as lo-fi and idiosyncratic as I’d expect. It’s kinda like a Tobacco or Black Moth Super Rainbow album, but without the incessant psychedelia vibe. Enjoy, and download the Blob here.
Beach Boy is a wordy and captivating set of tracks from Ohio singer-songwriter Nick Hartkop and his band. It’s a mix of danceable punk music and acoustic emo ballads. It’s catchy and energetic, yet, downtrodden and slightly melodramatic. While I know this kind of music doesn’t translate for everyone, I think Nick has a strong pop sensibility that transcends his occasionally too-tragic vocals. Enjoy!
Kentucky hip hop outfit Cunninlynguists have just released the third installment of their Strange Journey series, which features a relentless gauntlet of guest rappers. Some of my current favorites sit among them: Apathy, Del The Funky Homosapien, Aesop Rock, Blu.
While the record doesn’t seem quite as conceptual as something like Oneirology, it still looks like a solid collection of tracks. Enjoy!
Where have these guys been, and why haven’t they been collaborating already?
Pennsylvania is teaming up on this one with mashup master Girl Talk providing a handful of beats for Philly rapper Freeway. Some might think his style is gimmicky, but Girl Talk’s never really disappointed me. It’s actually funny that he’s been musically silent for the past four years, because I think music fans aren’t really paying attention to genre boundaries like they used to. Now that music discovery on the internet is in full swing, people are listening to whatever the hell they want. That’s exactly what Girl Talk’s megamix albums represented to me, anyway.
As far as Freeway goes, I’ve never really been a fan outside of The Stimulus Package–which dropped the same year as Girl Talk’s last record–but I think he’s sounding completely revitalized over these sample-heavy beats.
I think Freeway and Girl Talk are finding new purpose together with this new EP of theirs, Broken Ankles. The lyrics are grimy, violent, forceful. I’d call the instrumentals unlikely, but nothing happens here that albums like Feed The Animals didn’t already set a precedent for. Still, it’s great to hear Girl Talk focusing on some completely original material rather than just assembling tracks out of pieces of other songs. Stuff like this EP could really build his rep as a producer, because the beats have a lot going on for them on this thing. Enjoy via the widget above or the link below!
Download: Girl Talk & Freeway – Broken Ankles
The previously mentioned Bruiser Brigade MC Zelooperz strikes again with a new track titled “Can’t Hang.” The dude continues to bring an over-the-top delivery, eccentric lyrics, and an animalistic flow that even Zelooperz himself seems like he’s hardly got a hold of. Oh, let’s not forget to mention the B-A-N-G-E-R beat on this thing. Damn!
From what I understand, this dude’s got a tape on the way titled HELP, and I can’t wait for it right now. My brain is about to explode from the suspense.
When underground MC Signor Benedick The Moor tags a new track “prog rap,” he freakin’ means it. This dude has a Bandcamp project drop a little while back that I was sorta hot on. While I think he’s a thoughtful MC with a lot of intensity, there was an overt screamo influence running through some of the songs that was a major turnoff for me.
“I. A Boy A Man A King” seems to be a bit of an afterthought or leftover from that album–I’m assuming because of the cover art–and I’m loving it. The lofty, multifaceted instrumental on this track is fantastic, and Signor’s over-the-top delivery grips my attention instantly. Yeah, he sounds a bit too much like Danny Brown on this particular track, but the diversity of his delivery becomes more apparent after listening to other tracks.
Despite an obvious influence, Signor is still incredibly convincing on this track, bringing a schizophrenic flow to the table as he attacks the numbness one might feel toward all the suffering in the world–or at least that’s what I’m picking up from it.
The way he speeds up with the tempo in the second half of the track is stellar, too. This dude’s got too much talent to be hanging in the underground too much longer, seriously. Enjoy!