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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Download: SVNSET WΛVES X FOGPAK


Wow mega-comp from the wonderful SVNSET WΛVES in collaboration with FOGPAK, lots of gems.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Album Review: IDK I'M HAIGH BABYS FIRST MIXTAPE by Mona Lisa


Sometimes when my vision contracts I wonder if this tiny community of hipster internet geeks sharing each others music isn't really just a glorified circle jerk; a self-congratulatory circular feed-back loop, the participants of which imagine is somehow the center of the cultural universe. And then along comes something so legitimate, so underground and fresh, that it completely restores the conviction that this cultural nexus, the DIY-internet-underground-music-scene, really IS the top of the cultural pyramid. It's everything mainstream culture isn't; authentic, organic, innovative and dynamic.

Calling this a 'mixtape'  modestly eschews the pretensions of a 'debut album', but IDK I'M HAIGH is a debut as self-assured and confident as any I've heard.  Mona Lisa is the triple threat; a rapping singer songwriter with a gift for hooks and a flair for production. Think Kitty Pryde meets Panda Bear. Despite each track having its' own producer, they are all indelibly stamped with Mona Lisa's unique vocal tone and fully developed vocal arrangements that elevate them to the status of songsIDK is indisputably her album.

While Mona Lisa is a rapper, the songs do not sit comfortably in any established microgenre, and clearly transcending the narrow limits of  cloud rap.  IDK contains elements of trap, witch house and, most interestingly, dream pop, but fused into a coherent synthesis of just about everything going on in net music.

The album flows nicely. The "IDK I'm High" motif is woven into many of the tracks, and the dreamy vocal arrangements reinforce the thematic unity of the set. Three of the songs  deserve special mention. "Nice Boys" is a bona-fide pop hit. Producer Lautlos provides  a spare, shimmering bed over which the three rappers deliver a hypersexy, femmed-out paen to hetero-norm relationships. Guests rappers Babeolf Hitler and Brooklyn White (who also did the cover art) step up with some seriously dope verses. The Shisa-produced "CTRL + ALT"  is instantly addictive, its' cartoonish twee vocal hook sticking in your head like gum to your shoe. "System e r r o r",  with its' basic track by d0lphin sp,  is a  vocal tour-de-force, with beautifully blissful  vocal loops swirling,  as Mona Lisa sings an amazing and emotional song with almost a rock sensibility,  even while rapping some of the verses. The result had me standing on the roof fist-pumping again, which I haven't done in a while; a perfect fusion of dream pop and trap.

Mainstream "artists" like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus enjoy access to the best songwriters, first class producers, and the best of everything,  but all the money in the world can't  buy the artistic legitimacy or substitute for the authenticity of real teenage street-swag. 

With other great tracks by fellow Florida producers Miles Farewell and ZDG, Houston's SHMX,  4llsouls of the Netherlands and TRAP DANiEL$. 

Download IDK I'M HAIGH BABYS FIRST MIXTAPE and follow Mona Lisa on Soundcloud and Facebook.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Track: Nirosta Steel TWO KINDS (Opression Mix)


Unclassifiable  and brilliant. There is nothing else like this. Nirosta Steel is the solo project of Steven Hall, the force behind the Arthur's Landing.

GOD IS ALONE IN HEAVEN // WiToWMaKeR

 
WiToWMaKeR is the solo project of multi-talented  Religious Girls front-man Chris Danko. Following on the heels of last year's ambient/experimental project Where Are and the amazing one-off collab with Party Trash TOO DEEP,  Danko turns in his most fully realized work yet, a   witchy-goth take on 2-step and UK garage.  God Is Alone In Heaven is witch house 2.0, realizing the potential latent in the genre; a nearly perfect blending of goth sensibility and actual dance music.

Strong thematic elements related to the concept enunciated in the title are woven into the record, unifying the tracks into a coherent album that demands to be listened to as-a-set.

"INTRO" sets the stage with its' spoken-word musings on energy being vampirically drawn from humans by the world, before dropping into the banger "NUMSKOLL", which  brings some serious dancefloor cred to the table. On "SUMBODI", the simple looping of a slowed vocal sample draws real emotion and meaning from the electronic track,  mourning lost love and contemplating the impossibility of recovery. "HEADBANGA" with its' acidic wobbles, is a convincing take on bro-step, as the title suggests. "FOREVER"is one of the albums highlights.  A track formed around a plaintive female vocal, it's seriously beautiful,  the lyrics reinforcing the emotional theme of the album.  "PARASITE" is a trip to ghostly techno-garage land before the album's undeniable climax;  the stunning "HEARTACHE (GOD IS ALONE IN HEAVEN)", with its' deeper-than-the-ocean bass and subtle sub-sonics.  The  "OUTRO" utilizes a bit of sampled movie dialog (Melancholia) that completes a dark portrait of our universe, where God has turned his back on the world, and we are completely alone.

Released through Aural Sects / Downsided Records / Popgang Records  God Is Alone In Heaven is available as on  a beautiful 12" vinyl release  which you can purchase HERE and for  download  on Beatport, iTunes and Spotify.

Follow WiToWMaKeR's Soundcloud.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shisa // Catch U

     
                              Word. Some rare-groove bootleg shit. Check the original below too.
Follow and 'like' Shisa on Soundcloud & Facebook. Check his Bandcamp and HOKO Sounds for his latest EP Graciously Ruin Your Life and other good stuff.



                                               

PARTY TRASH // something inside & switch hitters


Latest issues from prolific and ever-fresh producer Party Trash. Three dollars, and worth it.

 

AyGeeTee's // Eternity's Conceit