Mixtape: Chris Villa – Pillage Vatican City

After a bunch of aggressive, unique, and aggressively unique tracks and a lot of anticipation leading up to it, Chris Villa has finally dropped his debut mixtape Pillage Vatican City.  Villa isn’t the type of guy who is going to spend a lot of time crafting dizzying wordplay or complex rhyme schemes, he would rather just rhythmically blend into the beats with an abbreviated angry flow which is perfect for the project, because the beats provided by himself and fellow Augusta, Georgia artist Hanz, are all really really good.  Although Hanz and Villa have two distinct production styles, their beats meet in the best places, with hard-hitting 808 drums and mysteriously opulent sounding samples.  Overall, Pillage Vatican City is an extremely strong first project from an artist, which shows Villa to have a lot of valuable self-awareness and a good ear in general, which are both great omens for his career.

-TC

UPDATE: Chris just uploaded the tape to soundcloud for y’all so stream that shit below right nowwww.  Favorite tracks include “Cocktail Molotov” (at 16:57) and “Deaf Check 2″ (at 28:55).

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Enjoy it While it’s Fresh: Shinies

Shinies are the latest Manchester lo-fi band to make irresistible, guilty pleasure indie-rock.  I’ve come to terms with how I will never get tired of music like this and Shinies reinforce that point with not that much making their sound unique besides their massive talent in writing hooks and great melodies.  Their rectangular soundcloud waveforms speak for themselves, Shinies make dense and noisy pop songs.  It is clear from the singles they’ve put out that Shinies didn’t get lucky stumbling upon one catchy hook or song.  Each one of their tracks is as irresistible as the next and I doubt the quality will decrease as they continue to release tracks.  Stream their new ‘Shola/Pillow Talk’ 7″ below…

-PK

Video: Ty Segall and White Fence- Scissor People

Here is a refreshingly straight forward video of Ty Segall and White Fence performing their new jam ‘Scissor People’.  Although the video is laced with plenty of psychedelic effects, it sticks to the simple formula of the guys playing the track in a room together.  At about a 1:50 in the guys turn the song into a solo-filled jam with plenty of impressive musicianship.  This is my first taste of their upcoming album Hair and I couldn’t be more excited.

-PK