If you ever heard the beats on Color Plus’ Cerulean Dream and thought some of them sounded perfect for rapping over, today is your lucky day. Color Plus just teamed up with a rapper who I don’t know much about, Ghost Row, and The Up-Turn veteran Sidewalk Kal. The song consists of a classically Color Plus-sounding beat with ambient synths and a stumbling but well-crafted drum track, with a short verse from Ghost Row that serves as a great introduction, and closes with an absolutely vicious verse from Sidewalk Kal. The track was also released with the video above which starts out with some pokemon nostalgia before venturing into the more abstract, with screwed up clips from a Nickelback video. This is my introduction to Color Plus as a rap producer, and it is definitely leaving me wanting more.
The last time we heard some new Animal Collective I admitted that my opinions about their music immediately after listening will probably change as I continue to dive into the track. In the case of ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘Gotham’, the music continued to get better and better and there is no reason why their new leak (and the first official taste of Centipede Hz with ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘Gotham’ not being on the final tracklisting) ‘Today’s Supernatural’ won’t be the same. Luckily, ‘Today’s Supernatural’ has been floating around on their live performances for a while now so the barrage of sounds and vocals wasn’t a totally new assault on my mind. This is probably the closest thing I’ve ever heard Animal Collective approaching a rager with some serious punk-rock sensibilities, just all the guitar and bass is replaced with wonky synths and abstract vocal effects. Animal Collective also have a tendency to let their songs fade into each other and the teaser at the end of ‘Today’s Supernatural’ hints that the follow-up ‘Rosie Oh’ could give us some time to mellow out a bit. The second half of 2012 is delivering some amazing music and promising ever more, but for me nothing will be able to out hype Centipede Hz.
Musically, Sunday mornings will forever be reserved for the soundtrack to recovery. The weekend will always be for late nights and partying besides of course Sunday, which always seems to start with a feeling captured in the first chord of Dream Koala’s ‘We Can’t Be Friends.’. Also written as a hate letter to the slippery friendzone, ‘We Can’t Be Friends.’ manages to turn any 3 minutes and 28 seconds into the morning after a long night when the sun is out and shining but we’re not quite ready to see it just yet.
Having a music blog makes it really easy to track personal trends and listening habits and for anyone who wants to figure out the recent obsession of us writers at The Up-Turn just take a look through our recent posts to see how many times we’ve said “future-trap”. And while we are listening to a healthy dose of that hi-hat manipulating music it’s definitely not the only thing gracing our ears. Floats are an indie-rock band from the current indie-rock mecca of Manchester, England who just dropped this 8 minute stunner. While ‘ZZZZZ’ may sound like the name of a slacker, fuzz-fi band (of which there are many great ones from the UK right now), the track is actually an intricately conceived and recorded piece of post-rock that comes without any of the pretensions that usually laces the genre. Vocals are minimal and the real attention is focused on instrumental interplay and song progression. There is no buzzing genre tag to give this but it’s good, which is always nice.
Of all the airy compositions that made up Cerulean Dream, ‘Take Yr Time’ is easily one of Color Plus’ most ambient, spacious and dreamy tracks. Fellow producer Kwala decided to take on the challenge of reworking the track by giving it some more ground to tread while still paying homage to the original. Although the Kwala remix of ‘Take Yr Time’ still floats along at a dreamy pace, it’s practically a storm compared to the originals sun shower. Kwala manages to maintain the soft as a cloud vibe of the song while still adding some seriously head-bobbable moments.
The original version of LOL Boys’ ‘Changes’ works with a subdued style that isn’t all that different than the down-tempo and organic tunes that Shlohmo does so well, so for his remix Shlohmo works with small and subtle changes to make the song all his own. Shlohmo takes the tempo back another notch, strips away the jazzy production and replaces it with slow-burning synths and Burial-esque percussion. Needless to say, this song isn’t going to soundtrack your next sun-soaked expedition. Instead, Shlohmo’s remix sound right at home with some head phones and 5 minutes to get lost.
The summer of 2012 has already been well on its way for a while now and we’re in desperate need for some summery jams to replace ‘Call Me Maybe’. While Treekeeper doesn’t have a track to become the new king of pop radio, his Tropical Summrr Get Right 4 The Summrr Mixtape EP is a sugar-coated, future-trap expedition that will at least leave us entertained for a while before we inevitably return to Carly. Over the course of five short tracks, Treekeeper takes us from tropicalia/lounge (that made it’s way onto the last volume of Eat Your Beaties) to wonky-synth bangers all while managing to keep the release a tight and coherent package. Each song is dripping with neon lights, day-glo synth lines and the occasional hi-hat roll. Although we’ll all have to hate this style one day, this is the sound of the summer of 2012.