The greasy sky lurched on as we rode west. The clouds slept fat like that for miles, soaked in oil and aching to rain. Aside from the whir of the car side-winding the two lane road “This Is Here” kicks and navigates the empty space. When you’re travelling in the desert you need a companion to keep you from dozing off and happening into armadillos or rattlesnakes. Dabp‘s When You Come Back is that kind of lucid friend. The 18 year-old producer from Belgium crafted this beautifully moving two-track EP for bass music, house, and electronic lovers alike. He pulls elements from each genre, (subtle pieces slowly introduced, steady kick drums and woozy backgrounds.) Take this one home with you, free download, good music…it’s all good.
Remix album. BUT, it’s a dope remix album. Cyborg Kama Sutra is Constrobuz—a former producer for Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire (also beatsmith of a fantastic jazzy hip-hop tape)—teaming up with Bay-area producer OSØ to remix the shit out of popular/not-so-popular-but-you’ve-heard them-before tracks. The two take on Kreashawn’s “Gucci Gucci”, Usher’s “Climax” and a plethora of others. North Carolinian, “first in flight”, Constrobuz opts to stretch the tracks out by giving them lush, darkened atmospheres—rich, distant pads, sparse percussion and at syrupy slow tempos. OSØ does the damn thing and bumps some synth stabs. Hip-hop/R&B updated by a couple dope producers, what more can you ask for?
Remix album. BUT, it’s a dope remix album. Cyborg Kama Sutra is Constrobuz–a former producer for Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire (also beatsmith of a fantastic jazzy hip-hop tape)–teaming up with Bay-area producer OSØ to remix the shit out of popular/not-so-popular-but-you’ve-heard them-before tracks. The two take on Kreashawn’s “Gucci Gucci”, Usher’s “Climax” and a plethora of others. North Carolinian, “first in flight”, Constrobuz opts to stretch the tracks out by giving them lush, darkened atmospheres–rich, distant pads, sparse percussion and at syrupy slow tempos. OSØ does the damn thing and bumps some synth stabs. Hip-hop/R&B updated by a couple dope producers, what more can you ask for?
Seabright is producer Justin Morales who specializes in combining indie rock sensibilities and laptop synth action. It’s nice. His album Lost Ones is pretty fucking gnarly. So, for several reasons—one being that “For Icy” is a fantastic stepping stone to create an evil, filthy, hard-hitting remix—Glam Shell decides to glam it up. (If you’re one to compare and contrast shit, then you can check out Seabright’s original here.) Glam Shell, Louisville, KY, producer steps up to the track, turns up the volume, emphasizes the tracks crawling synths, adds tons of snare runs and heavy 808s. And, done. Just…done. You want a trunk rattling hip-hop/electronic remix? This is it.
This Lasers EP is something you should check out. Like, now. Back in March of 2011—I’ll never forget the day—I was minding my own business and Lupe Fiasco drops Lasers (his third, highly-anticipated release) fuckin’ Lasers and he officially soured my love for the word ‘lasers’ forever. Every time I hear the word a deep-seeded rage overcomes me, I turn green and burst out of my snug t-shirt…. No, that’s not entirely true. I don’t turn green. And, hopefully after years of therapy and a good Lupe album later I’ll finally overcome this hatred I harbor. I mean, what a cool fucking word, laaaayzuuuurs. So, it saddens me when such a
good great EP like João Pedro Costa‘s Lasers is cursed to have the same name as Mr. Kick Push’s shit work. This LASERS features the Portuguese producer’s shape-shifting electronic music that skates around like Marty McFly on a hoverboard. It’s fucking cool music. Finally, something called lasers that doesn’t blow. Thank you Mr. Costa.
Charles Murdoch, Brisbane based producer, drops some kick-back-and-relax, downtempo bass music on the regular. Press play and “Only ke” opens up by thumping like a heartbeat. Only that’s no human heart. It’s an electo-bodied AI, I, Robot heart—gadgets fire up, subtle elements click and control panels slink on. You’ll want to download this track.
Want some good music? For free? How about really good music? Bengfang, Chicago producer, just dropped his debut EP The Gossip Hour and it’s loaded with heavy, cranked-up beats. This…this is damn good. “Ridin Doe”, “Institute” and “Living Official” feel like they’re a grimy, slurred verse or two away from being perfect banger tracks (though, they hit hard as it is). The release’s nine tracks often employ triplet snare runs, 808s and echoed stabs that congeal to create some dirty trap/electronic/dub/hip-hop jams. Bengfang (pronounced: Bang-fang) blows the roof off with this one. Bang, Bang!
Been fairly busy lately—so busy that I’ve been sleeping on some fantastic stuff. One of those ‘fantastic’ releases happens to be Noyce‘s Shmank. What’s a shmank? According to Urban Dictionary (which is more accurate if you’re of the 21st century & an internet fiend) shmank means, “To wipe your hands under your crotch and sweaty testicles, then slap someone.” [via] Let’s contextualize: Noyce, UK producer, is offering up some sweaty, crotchety beats that’ll smack you in the face. Sounds about right. At nine tracks deep the album finds itself clicking and clapping its way through the roughly 23 minute runtime. Odd synths and expansive samples fill up the remaining airspace. It’s a gorgeous downtempo electronic beats album with enough sting to please hip-hop heads as well. You better shmank yourself if you don’t like Shmank.
1. (top left) CAN’T – Wasted [EP]
Chicago producer puts together a debut effort that’s both intriguing and difficult.
2. (top right) The Allergies –Big Star / Symphonics
The Allergies is the all-new production/DJ outfit from heavyweight disc jocks Rackabeat (Chai Wallahs) and DJ Moneyshot (Solid Steel). [via]
3. (bottom left) Myke Forte – Cosmik Panda [EP]
Dope beats, heavy synth use and solid production make this EP a must listen.
4. (bottom right) HONEY TOWER – Crystal Rain [Album]
It’s heavy, it’s grimy, it rumbles, it’s….