There are few things that give me greater joy than having an awesome EP by an artist I have never heard of pop up in my email account. I enjoy scouring the inter webs on soundcloud and different blogs, but deep down I’m truthfully a lazy self-interested son of a bitch so having it fall into my hands is the greatest. Snacs recently sent over his new Whenever. EP and I have been impressed ever since I first hit the play button. Snacs has that type of style that makes you feel like he must have slaved hours and hours to get each specific noise and tone to fit into the whole context of a track just how it should. Throughout the EP, his percussion snaps perfectly while always staying interesting, his layers and layers of synths create near perfect atmospheres, and he even flips that one Alicia Keys song that everyone knows into an awesome track. Stream two of my favorite tracks below, download below that, and stream the whole EP or buy off of bandcamp to support good music after the jump.
For the fifth installment of our Eat Your Beaties series, we have, once again five more beats for your ears to munch upon. This week we have a dreamy beat from UK producer Slime, an electro-banger from Atlanta producer HYDRABADD, a future-funk beat from Harlemite Solice, a cloudy and atmospheric track from Parisian Andrea, and finally a classic, well produced boom-bap instrumental from Treeeezy. Stream all the beats after the jump and let us know whatchu think boo.
If you haven’t noticed yet, Peter and I are huge fans of Augusta, Georgia beatsmith Hanz. Aside from being extremely talented, Hanz has always impressed us with his complete lack of hesitation to push beat making way outside of its comfort zone. When I say that Hanz is an experimental beat maker, I don’t mean that he is just another guy on the internet putting out tracks that are his best Madlib impressions, I mean that Hanz is completely unpredictable and impossible to pin as being influenced by any beatmaker I know of, while at the same time maintaining a style of incredibly textured beats that sounds distinctly his own. Wealth Made Tension Vol. 2 is his greatest display yet in my opinion. The mix jumps from style to style and rhythm to rhythm with close to no warning other than a sample of a woman saying “Turn the page”. Among all the fantastic remixes and instrumentals included in the mix is a gift in the form of a brand new collaboration titled “Riot” with Hanz’s partner in crime, Chris Villa, who has been improving at a staggering rate over the past few months. Hanz provides another masterfully crafted beat for “Riot”, and Chris Villa continues his streak of murderous flows and deviant-inducing hooks. Stream the whole mix below, and jump to 22:30 to listen to “Riot”.
It’s been about half a year since Ambassadeurs dropped his UK bass-bending, sample-manipulating anthem ‘Duke Red’ and his fresh new jam ‘My World’ definitely proves that the wait was worth it. ’My World’ hits a lot softer and quieter than ‘Duke Red’, however, it manages to pack in just as much meticulous sample work that makes his work so good. ’My World’ never turns into the all out banger that the music keeps hinting towards as Ambassadeurs works with small changes and shifts to keep the track interesting without ever having to turn the intensity up too high. Turn it up loud enough and your head will definitely get a work out from nodding.
Of all the exciting and experimental hip-hop beat tapes floating around the internet, Bully doesn’t fade into forgettable territory. ’Press Start’ kicks off Bully with some 8-bit sounds that soon get enveloped into a wash of flute orchestration, it’s a novel combination of sounds that really works well. Throughout the rest of the mixtape, KaraKara keeps presenting original ideas and sounds that can sometimes take an Avalanches-like turn towards plunderphonics. What makes the entire listen even more impressive is how the Irish producer managed to throw it all together in one sitting, without the end product sounding rushed or shallow. It definitely makes me really psyched to hear what he could produce if he had a whole month to work on it. Stream ‘Press Start’ and ‘Ex Girlfriends and Blunts’ below and catch the entire mixtape after the jump.
Aside from his title as one of the best chill-wavers out there, Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi is a great dance music producer, something that he showed off pretty well with the instrumentals on Freaking Out. Les Sins is Chaz’s side project where he experiments with dance music and a song like ‘Fetch’ proves that he’s good enough to make Les Sins a fully fleshed out effort. ’Fetch’ throws out a collage of sounds and samples that cover most of the popular electronic trends from the past few years (bro-step sadly not included) to make an entirely distinctive listen. Although the song jumps around with lots of sounds, the groove stays consistent which makes it danceable as well. ’Fetch’ is the a-side to a 7″ Les Sins is putting out on Jiaolong which should drop in a “weekish”.
For the first 1 minute and 45 seconds of ‘Nothing Thought’ Sonnymoon had me thinking that they made pretty but ultimately generic atmospheric music that they decided to pair with pretty but generic VHS visuals. Then ‘Nothing Thought’ softly breaks into an earworm hook as the visuals turn HD. From that point on Sonnymoon make an atmospheric blend of electronics and r&b that sounds nothing like all the other atmospheric electronic r&b that’s been popping up lately. Their self-titled album continues to work with and bend that style with Dirty Projectors-esque tracks like ‘Greatness’ and UK/garage citing tracks like ‘Every Summer Night’. The album is definitely a bit scattered stylistically, however, the standouts are incredibly memorable and show a lot of promise for whatever they do next.