ewonee’s music has always sounded nice but something about this new EP just sounds super nice on headphones. More so than his previous tranquil EP, UN▲TY manages to pack warm, hip-hoppy, jazzy, liquidy audio goodness into bite-sized packaging that defines a sonic palette uniquely ewonee’s. ewonee seems fascinated in jazz for it’s warm textures and dynamism just as much as he is in it’s rhythms and flows. Just listen.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve caught up with Cleveland rapper NicX and it appears he’s only been maturing and getting better since we last checked in. 3rdPxwer is his crew and they’ve provided NicX the perfect platform to explore his lyrically adept flow. NicX has always had the ability to rap at rapid fire speeds but now he’s not wasting a word. The only time he really seems interested in slowing down his speed is to lay down his pop ready hooks. ”Motives” is one of the most well polished tracks NicX has penned his name to yet. Over an atmospheric trap-infused beat, NicX and Michael Artt provide a highly lyrical alternative to the current Midwestern offerings. ”Bitch I’m grown”. NicX has the charisma to become a star now he just needs an audience.
For anyone who has been following and digging the rebirth of American emo and lo-fi, meet Jackie Trash. Their wow so sad EP is going to fit right alongside other bandcamp gems like contron and elvis depressedly. It is four tracks in under 10 minutes that are as sweetly too the point and brutally honest as I’d expect from a group that takes grainy photographs in graveyards. Highlight, “sleepy cat” distinguishes Jackie Trash from other lo-fi/emo acts with it’s sense of direction. ”wasting time, in bed too” goes the opening line before sprawling into a more distressed tale of suburban malaise. The track comes to a proper close at around 1:30 only for the guitar to fade back into the forefront of the track keeping the good suburbs vibes alive for an extra minute. For such a short track is packs a surprising amount of effortless depth. Stuff like this can only come naturally.
It’s basically Thanksgiving which means it’s Christmas season ho-ho-hos, so let’s give these beaties as presents to the world wrapped up neatly in our special Eat Your Beaties packaging. Celebrate the holidaze with a jazzy tune from poptart pete, some emotional emotions from LIL SAD, alien vibes from Bluestaeb, experimental goodness from Hominidæ and Tsaik and Majira and his waterfalls of piano-based prettiness. Unwrap ‘em after the jump.
Considering his more experimental turn in music making recently, I was unsure of whether Hanz would return to making the amazing hip-hop beats that Chris Villa struts over so well. It’s been a while, but the pope and Hanz are back working together and the result is the mature and fine tuned “Deaf Check 3″. While “Deaf Check 3″ is easily one of the most precisely orchestrated hip-hop beats Hanz has put together, it is anything but restrained. Instead, we find a calm, cool and collected Chris Villa threatening cops and riding through his city with the kind of laid back perspective of an elder statesman of hip-hop. It’s amazing hearing Chris Villa sound so confident and comfortable over the abstract beat and it only has me more excited than ever for the return of Hanz and Chris Villa working together.
contron has never been afraid to lay it all out for people. Song titles like “i guess i’ma pretty good person sometimes when i really think that hell might exist (thought i heard you screamin’ i was dancing with my demons they’re the bad things that i like too much)” and “i wish you were still here, i wish you weren’t still (ode to terrence in the key of pouring out ol’ english)” don’t leave much up to the imagination and usually the songs lyrics don’t stray too far from the song title. It’s the kind of heart on the sleeve mentality that I can’t imagine having in the age of social media. Despite his own self loathing, this dude has some serious cajones for admitting the kind of stuff he does and being able to make something beautiful out of it too. He romanticizes the kind of overly ironic and overly depressed hipster lifestyle that has become such an act it’s kind of become real. In his own words, “i’d like to congratulate myself on being so ironic that i forget what real life feels like.” I mean shoot, if that doesn’t sum up being a youth in 2013 I don’t know what does.
Declan Diemer, aka the duuuude behind Cedar Falls, described his new EP as 20 minutes of ambient and dark folk. I don’t think he’s giving himself enough credit here. Sure, Elsa isn’t going to give you any new tracks to add to your “Summer Jamzz” Playlist and you’re probably not going to bump any of this at a party, but Cedar Falls is brimming with the same kinda various influences that make artists like Jacob Braun, Ricky Eat Acid and contron so exciting. Cedar Falls doesn’t stray too far from ambience and folk but he takes those genre touchstones as jumping off points and not limitations. ”Isolated Road” buzzes with garage rock distortion and “Memorybook” moves with orchestral elegance. Opening with the track “The Last Time I Saw Elsa” and ending with “The First Time I Saw Elsa”, Elsa comes across as an extremely personal and honest recording, something that has become harder and harder to do as of late.