mp3: Marble – Bleach

Here is a new very experimental track from Alex DeWahl of Glamstick under his new moniker, Marble.  Unlike the previous track we heard from Marble, “L.L.”, “Bleach” isn’t so much around different sounds forming chord progressions, but around an interesting sampled Billie Holiday loop.  Similarly to “L.L.” though, “Bleach” possesses a similar odd, out-of-tune charm that is incredibly unique.  I’m having trouble thinking of anything to compare this song to which is why I think Marble is an important artist to look out for.  Most young artists stand on the shoulders of other artists, and although there are many great young artists bringing new things to the table these days, I can’t think of anyone being as boldly experimental at 17 as Alex DeWahl, and it is extremely entertaining to listen to.  Stream and download for a “name your own price” option below via bandcamp.


The Up-Turn Presents: A Conversation With Trap Arnold

If you haven’t noticed yet, a new trend is sweeping through the electronic music scene.  The rolling hi-hats and pitched 808 bass drums of Southern hip-hop’s trap music are infiltrating the electronic music scene, creating a genre that many are calling Future Trap.  At the forefront of this genre is Boston’s extremely talented M|O|D crew which is a group of five young producers with similar ideas who have teamed up to make some incredible advances in the Future Trap genre.  Recently I had the pleasure of talking to one of my favorite members of M|O|D, Trap Arnold.  Trap Arnold’s eccentric and quirky nature doesn’t just come across in his music, but also his personality.  Hit the jump to read my conversation with him in which we discuss his musical influences, the origins of M|O|D, and yoga pants among other things.  Per usual, we left the interview pretty unedited and sprinkled some good tunes throughout for your listening pleasure.


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Mixtape: Nvthlss – EP5

We’ve been following the career of Parisian beat-maker Nvthlss for a while now as he has continued to improve his craft of short, jazzy, hip-hop beats.  While EP5 doesn’t represent a radical leap in musical direction as much as a subtle refining of sound, Nvthlss’ music is as exciting and intoxicating to the ear as ever.  Probably more than any of his releases before, the nine beats found on EP5 are able to stand alone as tracks while still inviting talented MCs to take on the mellowed-out vibes.  The good music doesn’t cease to spew from the young producer and comparing this latest tape to his first shows how far a sound can go with small tweaks nearly every month.