The Up-Turn Presents: A Conversation with Dream Koala

With the release of his Blur EP earlier this month, Dream Koala cemented his transition from a typical soundcloud producer to one of the most interesting young talents making music right now.  The Parisian musician first caught our attention with his incredible remix of Waka Flocka’s Brick Squad anthem ‘Hard in Da Paint’ and over the course of 3 months began to develop and perfect his own style of rhythmic, electronic-infused guitar music that isn’t like much out there.  It’s obvious that even after a stream of awesome singles and a solid EP Dream Koala has only started to tap into his creative genius.  At the rate he’s improving, he has a lot more amazing music to make.  I got the chance to talk with Yndi, the man behind the koala, and turns out that Dream Koala is just as cool as his music is.

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Video: Splashh – Vacation

Splashh “need a vacation” and for them that means driving around in golf carts, chilling with tennis chicks and jumping into pools in slow motion.  The video for ‘Vacation’ mirrors the development of the band, especially when compared to their video for ‘Headspins’.  As much as I still love ‘Headspins’, it’s hard to ignore the boost in songwriting talent that ‘Vacation’ brings.  At its core, Splashh is still just a bunch of dudes who enjoy hanging out and playing  together, just in a bit higher definition.

-PK

mp3: Dvnny Seth – Prespliffs (ft. Pradda) (prod. Treekeeper)

First impressions are everything and UK rapper Dvnny Seth is pulling off one hell of a first impression with ‘Prespliffs’.  After giving us all the summer bangers we could have ever asked for, Treekeeper is back to provide Dvnny the perfectly energetic instrumental to layout his crazed, cartoonish persona that comes across like everyone’s favorite adderall injected Danny Brown.  Sure, by dedicating most of his rhymes to the green stuff, Dvnny isn’t breaking any new ground lyrically but the way he delivers his verses with an incredibly thick, confidence-laced accent with a clear grime influence is something that isn’t easy to pull off.  M|O|D associated rapper Pradda steals the track though with the best verse I’ve heard from him yet.  The coolest thing about this track is that it clearly wouldn’t have been possible without the internet as it connected two rappers and a producer across two countries.  That’s pretty darn cool.

-PK

mp3: Chris Villa – RIOT (Prod. Hanz)

If you listened to Hanz’s excellent beat tape WEALTH MADE TENSION VOL. 2, you might recognize this song from it (it was one of the highlights of the tape for me), and now it has been officially released.  Once again, Chris Villa and Hanz’s styles merge near-perfectly.  Villa puts down another deviously simple hook and a couple of his increasingly vicious verses while Hanz provides a backdrop that packs in all of the chaos of a real riot with drums that sound like exploding tear gas grenades and unconventionally twisted samples. Although the duo have remained relatively unrecognized for how great the music they have been making is, I don’t think there’s any question that they are pushing the rap genre in a completely new and different direction than any other artists are right now, and doing it extremely well.

-TC

Eat Your Beaties: Vol. 7

These are late so I’m not gonna bore you with details on how Terry and I got trapped inside a beaties mine sometime last week and were stuck with nothing to do but continue to dig for all the best beaties we could find with no breaks and no food.  It was traumatic and quite emotional so I’m just going to stop talking about it….  Terry and I saw sides of each other that I just don’t want to discuss so I’m not going to.  The results of the tragic events inside the beaties mine include a funky little tune from atu, a perfectly disorienting and psychedelic ride from Hanz, a spiritual journey from Moon, a submitted ‘Bran New Love Song’ from Roku and some sweet summery vibes from Cosmikat.  Hit that jump.

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mp3: Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (Pyramid Vritra Remix)

No matter what anyone says, Carly Rae Jepsen stole the summer (and probably entire year) of 2012 with her hit pop jam ‘Call Me Maybe’.  It may not have received much blog love but I’d be surprised if even the hippest of hipsters will manage to get away this year without singing along to the chorus at least once.  Now Pyramid Vritra is providing more reason for hippsters to “ironically” join in on the Carly Rae Jepsen fun with their remix of ‘Call Me Maybe’.  Pyramid Vritra manage to extract a lot of the sugar from the original and replace it with some bare-bones percussion and a sexy bass line.  I mean shoot this whole song is sexy… kinda like if AlunaGeorge had just broken out from a promising Disney career.

-PK

mp3: Saint Michel – Katherine (Dream Koala Remix)

If you haven’t noticed yet, French producer Dream Koala has been absolutely killing it lately.  We first noticed Dream Koala when he sent us his awesomely unique remix of Waka Flocka Flame’s anthem “Hard in Da Paint” and since then he has given us some truly amazing original tracks and an EP.  Now the Parisian is returning to the art of remixing to rework French band Saint Michel’s track “Katherine”.  Although the original track is already dramatic, Dream Koala pours even more emotion into it with Shlohmo-esque efficiency.  Unlike on his recent Blur EP, on this remix his guitar crooning takes a back-seat to his synth work for the most part, and although its a bit of a move away from the style that has gotten him a lot of recognition recently, he has not sacrificed any quality of his work at all.

-TC