Tobacco – “Streaker” ft. Notrabel

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.

ZelooperZ – “Can’t Hang”

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.

Signor Benedick The Moor – “I. A Boy A Man A King”

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!

Geronimo! – “Mr. President”

A wild, wordy, and riff-y track from Geronimo! titled “Mr. President.” It comes form the band’s next LP, Cheap Trick, which is dropping on May 13th via Exploding In Sound–you know, the home of my dude’s in Pile.

What his song doesn’t have in finesse, it makes up for in raw energy. The lyrics border on insane ramblings, and the tone of ‘em actually reminds me a bit of that new Big Ups album I loved recently. That makes me even more excited for this thing! Enjoy!

Ought – “Habit” (Premiere)

Recent Constellation Records signees Ought have just dropped the first song to be released from their forthcoming debut LP on the legendary Montreal label. The album is dropping on April 29th, and is titled More Than Any Other Day.

Admittedly, I’m a bit of a sucker for wordy rock ‘n’ roll with eccentric vocalists. I occasionally have to remind myself to really wonder if what I’m hearing is actually good, or if the band in question is just scratching some insatiable itch of mine.

Yes, Ought does scratch that itch, but I think there’s something truly genuine and moving about the slow-burning instrumentation and erratic vocal delivery of “Habit.” Singer Tim Beeler’s voice doesn’t feel too different from that of a young David Byrne, and the guitars on this track sound like something out of a Midwestern emo release from the mid-90s. The instrumentation grows in intensity as the music progresses, and the band lifts these guitars and drums with some wonderful strings and electric piano.

At the finish line, “Habit” gets pretty noisy. I suppose the wailing strings and repeated shouts of “I FEEL A HABIT FORMING,” are giving off “Heroin” vibes as well. And that’s not just an aesthetic comparison either, because Ought creates a similar kind of magic, I think. Enjoy!

Woods – “With Light And With Love”

New York psych folk outfit Woods drops the title track to their forthcoming album coming out on April 15th. It’s a 9-minute odyssey that starts off like any ol’ woods track, but eventually expands into one of the most enthralling jams in the band’s discography.

Watch a review for the band’s previous record right here.

ZelooperZ – “Plateau”

Detroit rapper and Bruiser Brigade member Zelooperz drops one of the most hyped rap songs of 2014. Not only is the energy on this thing high, but the lines are absolutely ridiculous with bars like this:

“Rappin’ ’bout being’ broke got me ballin’ in the future.”
“They don’t call me that negro just because my knees grow.”

What planet is this dude on? He’s nuts. Anyway, the absurdity of ‘Looperz delivery is a great match with the gurgling electronics in the instrumental here, too. There’s no strong hook or anything like that; it’s just one insane verse after another, and I’m completely fine with that. Enjoy!

Odonis Odonis – “Order In the Court”

The previously mentioned Odonis Odonis drops a new video that features some Terry Gilliam-esque animation from Lee Stringle. It’s a pretty overwhelming set of disturbing visuals that matches the music perfectly. The band itself delivers one of the noisiest songs I’ve heard them create yet, making me even more exciting for their next album dropping via Buzz Records on April 15th. The title: Hard Boiled Soft Boiled. Enjoy!

Dub Thompson – “Dog Races”

Recent Secretly Canadian signees Dub Thompson drop a new track and music video that reminds me of a more lush, psychedelic take on Odelay-era Beck. Really enjoying the band’s approach to groove, vocal delivery, and the slightly lo-fi tone of the recording. Not only that, but the marching theme melody of this track, strangely enough, is incredibly fun. If every track is this good on the band’s forthcoming album, 9 Songs, the only disappointment will be that it’s, well, 9 songs. Enjoy, and look for this album on June 10th!

Big Ups – “Goes Black”

Here’s a piece of wordy, nerdy, and perturbed-y piece of art punk that’s been growing on me lately: Big UpsEighteen Hours of Static. “Goes Black” is one of the couple songs the band is letting people stream from their new album, which is out now via Dead Labour Records.

The tracks on this thing really check a lot of boxes for me. It’s well-read, aggressive, emotive, and plenty of skilled guitar play with a punk edge. Enjoy!