Turn it up! My favorite beats, rhymes, and pieces from this year:
- BeachesBeaches – Got Feel
- Commix – Time Has Come
- Actress – Caves of Paradise
- Andrés – New For U
- Dizzee Rascal – Jus’ A Rascal (Soundboy Special)
- Flying Lotus – Me Yesterday/Corded
- Hello Skinny – Crush
- Romare – Down the Line (It Takes a Number)
- Bullion – Family
- 1991 – Open to the Dark
- Ruff Sqad – Tings in Boots [Instrumental]
- Portico Quartet – Ruins
- Fatima Al Quadri – Hyrdra
- The Invisible – The Wall
- The Invisible – Wings (Floating Points Remix)
- Michael Kiwanuka – Bones
- Lukid – Laroche
- Lukid – The Life of the Mind
- Troumaca – Layou
- MED – Run It
- 2morrows Victory – Lift Off
- Holy Other – Held
- Evian Christ – Thrown Like Jacks
- Wife – Bodies
- Debruit – Ouest Wind’s Seagulls (Mwëslee Remix)
- Mala – Change
- Coki – Bob’s Pillow
- Rhythm & Sound – Aerial
- Christoph El Truento – Sold
- Eliot – TV Family
- J Dilla – Signs
- Vlooper – DayNite
- Labyrinth – BMBxSpaceKid
- Lost Twin – It Starts Like This
- Evil Needle – Red and Simple
- Hiatus Kaiyote – The World It Softly Lulls
- King Krule – Rock Bottom
- Part Time Heroes – Holy
- The Cinematic Orchestra – Necrology
- Disclosure – Flow (Amusement Remix)
- Cooly G – He Said I Said
- Scrimshire – Say Something
- The Busy Twist – Friday Night
- Krampfhaft – Makin’ Magic
- Time Wharp – BLK
- Gerry Read – Evidence
- Com Truise – Yxes
- Break – Soundwaves
- Preditah – Red Bull
- Lordy May – Boy & Bear
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MED / OH NO / ALCHEMIST. BANG YA HEAD IV coming JAN. 2013.
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From: Love Me Oh Please Love Me EP
Bullion is one of my favorite producers. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s time you “Get Familiar.”
Say Something (feat. Inga-Lill Aker) by Scrimshire.
Well this is the best Christmas present I could think of for all of you. Say Something was the very first track written after Devil i think. It was done for a compilation put together by members of the Brownswood message board called FYE. Seek it out.
The title track is a gloriously ripe combination of these aforementioned elements, as drums caked with thick dust intertwine with a gorgeous array of strings, soft vocals and warm chiming chords. Everything is chopped with deftness into a rhythmic template aimed towards the heavens. It’s hard not to get caught up in such a simple yet devastatingly effective track arranged in a manner that keeps your attention throughout.
The best advice Andrés got from J Dilla, “listen to your records.”
Sludgy synths, plangent percussion and static washes of noise crescendo theatrically in ʻBodies’, the results swampy and warmly viscous, like decayed fruit. WIFE chops and processes his vocals into smudged, largely incomprehensible passages, with a textural rather than narrative effect. – Fact Mag
- Beats always sound better with the headphones on. Check out the tune “InYourEyes” on HeadPhoneMuzik V. 2. [File under Hip hop beats. Sounds like DJ Premier.]
- If had to make a band name today it would called Discoverer. And I would make spacy beats like “Circular Motherboard,” which is a free download on Soundcloud. [File under Electronica. Sounds like Balam Acab, Hype Williams.]
- Mashing electronica, hip hop, and rock Bullion does it again on “Devo Esk.” [File under Electronica. Sounds like Paul White, Boards of Canada.]
- From the banks of London comes Triad God, a musician that raps in his native Vietnam tongue. Check out “Top Level Club Prostitute” on his recent released NXB album. [File under Electronica. Sounds like Fatima Al Quadiri.]
- “Machines” is a devastating roller from drum n bass artist ENEI. “Runnin” rolls nicely as well. [File under Jungle/Drum N Bass. Sounds like Goldie and Andy C.]
- Lovely little Sunday tune entitled “___” from Jabu. The whole album is streamable here. [File under Electronica. Sounds like something from Ulrich Schnauss.]
- More Sunday listening: Cinematic and relaxing music from Willy Sunshine on “Circles on the water,” also a free download. [File under Beats. Sounds like Afta-1.]
Long week. The trains finally started running on schedule again (#Sandy), another amazing fashion show happened, Obama got reelected, and it Nor’eastered. Serenity is back, for the moment.
Now for some new music:
- King Krule (aka Archy Marshall), also formerly known as bedroom musician Zoo Kid, is out with some more lo-fi goodness. The best part about Archy’s voice in “Rock Bottom” is the imperfection, the scratchiness and lack of rhythm. If you dig this, check out “Out Getting Ribs”. [File under Alernative. Sounds like Jamie T, another UK bedroom musician that’s made it big].
- New video “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” from psychedelic rock group Tame Impala. [File under Indie rock, I suppose. Sounds like Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Real Estate etc.]
- Producer Clams Casino touched this one: ”Pull Me Down” (free download) by Mikky Ekko. Tastes like a weekend leftover. [File under Alernative Rock. Sounds like Jason Mraz met Coldplay met hip hop.]
- This liquid vibe “Substance” comes courtesy of producer Mystic Trip. [File under Drum N Bass. Sounds like LTJ Bukem.]
- “November Skies” sounds exactly liked it’s titled, cheerful yet toasty. [File under Dance. Sounds like Nick Warren, Reykjavik].
- Next level soundplate “Ghost Raid,” made for a heavy invasion. [File under Dubstep. Sounds like Harmonic 313].
- From the man that brought us “Love,” now brings us “Mating Dance.” Beat romance. [File under Beats. Sounds like DJ Cam].