Animal Collective’s Panda Bear give us a taste of his forthcoming album.
If you loved the last Black Milk album, No Poison No Paradise, as much as Anthony did, then you should be very excited to hear that the Detroit hip hop artist already has a new project out titled If There’s a Hell Below and can conveniently be streamed in full above via his Bandcamp. Check it!
With the fifth installation of Tha Carter getting pushed back to December, Southern rapper Lil Wayne has dropped yet another single. The title: “Gotti,” and it features an intro verse from The Lox.
While the screaming guitar chords and “same time Gotti got” refrain is a little corny, it’s really the verses here where Lil Wayne is sounding more coherent and focused than he has in years. Bar after bar, Wayne gets a little nostalgic over his childhood and rise in the hip hop industry. While not a perfect song, it’s a welcome change of pace from the material he’s been dropping lately. Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for Carter V afterall.
New York’s Parquet Courts–or Parkay Quarts as it is stylized here–have a somewhat spotty past with me. While I really dug 2012′s Light Up Gold, I felt left out in the cold on their last record, Sunbathing Animal. But because I’m a fan of Andrew Savage, the band’s deep-voiced frontman, I’m still interested in seeing if the Parkay can top its previous material.
With “Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth,” they’re off to a good start. It’s a long, dreary slow-burner, which there were a few of on Sunbathing Animal, but Savage has obviously upped his lyrical game here. He indulges in some Dylan-esque poetic abstractions while delivering them in a Lou Reed-style apathy. It actually keeps the track engaging as the band performs a simple, downtrodden instrumental that fuses lo-fi indie rock with alt-country.
Look for Parkay Quarts next album, Content Nausea, to be released via What’s Your Rupture? on November 11th.
2014 is ending off with a bang, I tell ya! In an effort to promote their current tour together, previously praised New York underground hip hop titans Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers have dropped a collaborative EP under the name Clockwork Indigo. It’s got five tracks, which I encourage you to stream via the embed above.
Brooklyn jazz fusion trio Moon Hooch just dropped an album via Bandcamp this past summer that slipped by me a bit. While the jams aren’t as free-flowing or improvised as I’d like, Moon Hooch hits some great grooves across the many tracks here–not to mention these guys are pretty dynamic for just a drummer and two horn players. Enjoy!
Idiosyncratic indie rock band Deerhoof drops yet another cut from their forthcoming album, La Isla Bonita, and the track features one of the most nasty, dizzying, and dissonant guitar leads to ever make it into one of their songs–and that’s saying something.
Look for La Isla Bonita on November 4th via Polyvinyl Records.
The previously praised Run The Jewels have a new full-length album on the way, and I couldn’t be more psyched after the release of this new track featuring none other than Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine.
In case you’re unaware, Run The Jewels is a hip hop duo consisting of Georgia rapper Killer Mike and New York rapper-producer El-P. After collaborating heavily on Killer Mike’s last full-length, El and Mike decided to take it a step further and solidify themselves as a duo, which they christened with a free full-length album last year.
Ever since, fans have been waiting for the followup, and RTJ isn’t gonna make us wait too long for it. The duo’s second album, RTJ2, is dropping on October 28th via Mass Appeal, and this newly released track is the best taster from the forthcoming project thus far. The instrumental is one of the most massive El-P has dropped since R.A.P. Music, and it’s great to her Zach on point once again–you know, since his recent appearance on the Deltron 3030 followup was somewhat lackluster. Zack’s Bitches Brew line was nasty, and El and Mike are sounding great as usual.
Looking forward to this!