Last month, Houston-based avant-garde rapper and musician B L A C K I E announced a new studio full-length titled IMAGINE YOURSELF IN A FREE AND NATURAL WORLD. No release date yet, but this lead single “None Above” has me properly excited. The track is a crashing, kaleidoscopic wall of sound, with wailing from B L A C K I E forced to the background and just barely audible. It’s beautifully brutal. Or brutally beautiful? Whatever; it’s awesome! Check it out!
NEW SHABAZZ PALACES! The previously loved Seattle hip hop project has released another track from its forthcoming record, Lese Majesty. Just like their last LP, this one is looking at a release via Sub Pop Records. The date: July 29th.
“Forerunner Foray” is equal parts hip hop and electronic psychedelia. Fluttering synth sequences, spacey rhythms, and a plethora of effects make up the sonic pallet of this instrumental. There are even some short vocal interludes that sound like they’re being handled by someone in THEESatisfaction.
A lot of Ishmael Butler’s lyrics come off confident and brag-laden, but any grander meaning is eluding me at the moment. Regardless, another interesting tidbit from this forthcoming record.
Winding, twisted, and psychedelic is the new Shabazz Palaces song, “#CAKE.” It’s a cut off the experimental hip hop project’s forthcoming album, Lese Majesty, which is looking at a July 29th release on Sub Pop Records. Enjoy!!!
The new Tobacco album is one of the most demented sonic adventures I’ve gone on this year.
Ibibio Sound Machine’s debut is the beginning of a journey that fuses the sounds of afrobeat and highlife with electronics.
WATCH: Tobacco – “Streaker”
Thanks to Eric Wareheim of “Tim and Eric” fame, the new Tobacco music video is one of the most twisted things I’ve seen in a long time. Disturbing masks, nudity, overwhelming edits, and freakish effects are among the many things that make this video a weird watch. All I can say is people are kinda weird.
Look out for Tobacco’s next album, Ultima II Massage, on May 13th.
Oh, did I mention this video is SUPER FREAKIN’ NSFW!!???! Unless you work at the massage parlor featured in this video, I guess…
Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman Tobacco will drop his third solo album Ultima II Massage next month, and from what we’ve heard so far, it’s gonna be a filthy, scuzzy affair. Now, if you thought lead single “Eruption” wasn’t filthy or scuzzy enough, this new one “Streaker” might just scratch that dirty itch of yours. This new song proffers perhaps Tobacco’s heaviest instrumental yet – overdriven electronics buzzing, whirring, and crashing in every which way, and even the vocodered voice is decidedly distorted and nasty compared to the lightness and gentleness typically brought by Tobacco’s vocals. He doesn’t care if he’s harshing our buzz this time around. In fact, I think he wants to, and that’s oddly refreshing. Stream the track above and enjoy!
Ultima II Massage is out May 13 via Ghostly. Check out Anthony’s thoughts on Tobacco’s last LP here.
While this new Avey Tare record has some sweet melodies on it, nearly every piece of instrumentation on this thing is burnt to a crisp with effects. A lot like the latest Animal Collective record, this album is a little overdone, and could have benefited from taking the more orthodox approach the “Little Fang” single did.
We’re digging the new single from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, “Little Fang,” quite a bit. Now some visuals have been attached to the song, and they’re simultaneously adorable and terrifying. The video is drenched in psychedelic effects, mixes black and white and color photography, and stars a cute little cat puppet named Little Fang, courtesy of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Follow Little Fang as he drives through the countryside to the fairgrounds, going on a merry-go-round and eventually venturing into the most happening funhouse you’re likely to ever see. Remember that carnival sequence in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? It’s weirder than that…but cuter, too.
“Little Fang” appears on Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’ forthcoming debut album Enter the Slasher House, due out April 8 via Domino.
While Temples’ shows a sincere appreciation for psychedelic pop on their debut album, the band does very little to deliver novel ideas or exciting performances.