Previously mentioned Coin Locker Kid has one of the most unorthodox approaches to hip hop that I’ve heard in the past few years. I didn’t love the last full-length I heard from him, but I still left puzzled by his odd rhymes, stories, and instrumentals.
There’s a clear hip hop influence running throughout his music, but electronic and experimental music guide a lot of the compositions on this new project as well. The title of this thing: Traumnovelle. It’s available now via Already Dead Tapes, and you can purchase this album via cassette here.
Try out this new EP and mixtape form Ohio rap duo Those Guys, a.k.a. Jova and J.Al. Bars and grimy beats, essentially. Make sure to hit tracks like “King” first. There are a few inconspicuous cuts on here, but some dark standouts that have me looking forward to what these guys are doing next.
Previously praised electronic music producer Andy Stott is coming out with a new album soon via Modern Love. The release date is November 17th, and the title of this thing is as follows: Faith In Strangers. “Violence” is the first song to drop from it, and it’s an incredibly eerie and chilling change of pace for Stott. Much of the first half features as very delicate vocal that sings faintly over a mix of serene and distorted synth leads. The second half of the song explodes into a slow, bass-intensive groove, and the track essentially repeats these two parts with some slight variations to finish things up.
Not a bad track at all, and it seems that Stott is going to introduce us to some new experiments on this latest record, so keep an ear out.
My new favorite Brazilian hip hop trio just dropped a new project titled the Nossa Gang Mixtape. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not exactly sure what Alice Jeni, and Mari are saying, but that makes their music is no less exciting to me. Rather than going off of lyrics, I’m happy to feed off of Pearls’ great instrumentals, charisma, and attitude.
Give Nossa Gang a stream above, and check out a review of the trio’s previous tape here.
As you might already know, the good people at Adult Swim drop a series of singles every summer showcasing a wide variety of modern musical artists. This year has been an impressive one with new tracks from Run the Jewels, Machinedrum, Tim Hecker, Deafheaven, Future, Captain Murphy, and many more.
Now I’m incredibly excited to see New York rapper Ka thrown into the mix with the track “Lost Prophets Report.” Here, Ka is giving us his typically subdued lyrical delivery with an instrumental that features a strange synth groove. Murky, eerie, and ominous. That’s Ka!
Stream the song above and give a listen to Ka’s last full-length album, too. It was one of my favorite rap records of last year!
Beloved indie rock vets Deerhoof have recently announced the release of a new album that will be dropping via Polyvinyl records this year. The title: La Isla Bonita. The release date: November 4th. PSYCHED! PUMPED!
“Exit Only” is the first track the band has seen fit to release from the upcoming album, but I’ve actually heard the rest of this release already. I ain’t saying that to try to get you pissed off at me or nothin’, but I can confirm that there are at least a few tracks on this record that follow suit in the heavy, riff-laden vibe of “Exit Only,” which is easily one of the most hard-hitting songs in the band’s growing discography.
As far as the vibe or style of this song, well, it’s Deerhoof. The band’s got one of the most idiosyncratic approaches to music today. Greg’s tight fills, Satomi’s absurdist lyrics, and the group’s typically strange melodies and grooves all ring through on this new cut. The most noticeable difference is how heavy the song feels for Deerhoof, which I don’t mind at all. BRING IT ON!
Previously mentioned and up-and-coming noise rock band Girl Band have released a new song and video right heretitled “De Bom Bom,” and I’m quite smitten with it. The song ain’t exactly musical, well, not in the traditional sense. However, it’s very distorted, textured, and intense. The performance is especially riveting between the yelping vocals and tightly wound drums. The band moves from one intense rush of sound and emotion to another until they bring the song to a close just before the 4-minute mark.
If you’ve got a soft spot for bands like Drive Like Jehu and Obits, this is a must-listen!
Pure insanity coming from these two major tracks from anonymous producer SOPHIE, and both of these songs are out now via Numbers.
Between all the vaporwave and trap out floating around the Internet right now, there’s no shortage of zany electronic music at the moment. SOPHIE seems to embrace a lot of the tenants of TNGHT, Rustie, and post-modernists such as Daniel Lopatin; however, these sensibilities are unabashedly fused with commercial pop, a flavor that reads strongest in the often squeakily pitched melodies and lead vocals. There’s just something about the melodic shift at 0:39 that sounds like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” Someone on Twitter went as far as to say the groove on “Hard” resembles that of a Death Grips track, and I have to nod in agreement on that comparison.
Despite the obvious present-day influences, something about SOPHIE’s productions thus far feel as if they’re coming from at least ten years into the future. Their energy is incredibly hyper, their accessibility is high, but there’s something sort of avant-garde about these tracks as well. Maybe it’s sort of short-sighted to assume that songs like “Hard” could become the norm in a decade, but I certainly get the sense that I’m catching up with something ahead of the curve when I put these beats on.
Some twisted, eerie, raw, nasty, and misbehaved post-punk coming from Iceland’s Börn. Definitely a record for those who dig their rock on the dark side of things; because this record reeks of goth rock.
The guitar chords run pretty dreary, but the vocals are sharp, wailing, and strange. Nice contrast on there, and some great punk-y grooves are running throughout these tracks, too. Enjoy!