We’re a bit late to the party on digging this new Four Tet leak, but to be fair I have been on the blogger equivalent of a wilderness retreat for the past few weeks without a good connection to any wi-fi. I am safely back in a fast wi-fi zone and glad I am with music as good as ’128 Harps’. Just like his last release ‘Jupiters’, ’128 Harps’ could be just a demo that he decided to throw up on soundcloud but it’s still better than 90% of what you’ll find out there. Four Tet’s There Is Love in You demonstrated that among the leagues of sample-slingers he is king, and ’128 Harps’ reminds us why. Over a shuffling beat of plucked harps, Four Tet unleashes a flurry of a fast vocal sample that keeps the track from being yoga-appropriate ambient.
Danny Brown’s ‘Grown Up’ is the kind of feel good track I never expected to hear from Danny Brown let alone enjoy. On ‘Grown Up’, Brown rocks the positive vibe that we’ve been rejecting for the past few years and delivers with one of the best tracks I’ve listened to all year that I could classify as inspirational. The video takes the track’s nostalgic themes and rides them out with a younger version of Danny Brown (looking a lot more hipster than he probably ever did at the age of 10) delivering the lyrics and even crashing the bike that had him losing his front tooth.
Sidewalk Kal has no crew or image to sell to blogs and listeners that would help him get hype like a lot of his contemporaries, however, he has managed to win us over with nothing more than a few stellar tracks. His latest leak ‘Sidewalk Kal’, the first taste of his upcoming album Gold, shows off exactly why he is an artist to look out for. Over a classic boom bap beat (with what sounds like a strangled guitar thrown in for good measure) Sidewalk Kal lays out a word and rhyme dense flow that is up there with the best of hip-hop. If this is your first introduction, he’s the “blunt toking animal, bath salt cannibal, the shiny motherfucka you can never hold a candle to.” Blikka bloaw.
I’m not incredibly familiar with the work of Kimbra but I’m pretty sure she might have guest starred in the indie-mainstream crossover hit jamfest of the century that is ‘Somebody I Used to Know’… but I totally wouldn’t like/know about that song… I have a blogger reputation to keep up. So, needless to say, I’ve never heard the original version of her song ‘Settle Down’, but this hipster acceptable remix courtesy of Tree and Docko is enough to get me interested. The remix is a piano and pitch-shifted vocal heavy ballad that sounds like a phone conversation between two lovesick aliens. Which is probably just like the original.