When he’s not putting out atmospheric and experimental blues-based music as King Krule, Archie Marshall has been releasing a steady supply of atmospheric and experimental hip-hop as DJ JD Sports. While King Krule finds Marshall at his most introspective and personal, DJ JD Sports has always seemed to be Marshall’s output for collaborative, half-baked and less serious projects. Marshall’s newest release has him remixing “Midnight Snack” from his friend Jerkclub into a hip-hop styled beat and calling on more friends to rap over it. Not surprisingly, DJ JD Sports’ reinterpretation is a sparingly gorgeous instrumental that provides the perfect platform for his friends to provide stoned flows over. None of the rappers featured show any interest in out boasting the other and instead mix stoner introspection with pokemon references without any sense of urgency or purpose. It’s a refreshingly laidback approach that results in the “Midnight Snacks” remix sounding like a group of friends freestyling together to pass the time, which is probably exactly how it started.
Back in 2008, like most aspiring hipsters of my generation, I was obsessed with a brand of high energy indie rock led by artists such as Tokyo Police Club, Vampire Weekend and Born Ruffians. The first concert I ever attended was at a local teen center in the neighboring town which featured high school bands Midi & the Modern Dance and the Seascape. Although both bands found the inevitable end that faces most high school groups, both bands left their mark on my music taste and education. Patrcik Smith, the guitarist from the Seascape, just put out a new EP with his band A Beacon School and it manages to capture all the same energy of indie rock circa 2008 without ever getting bogged down in nostalgia or influences. Much like Teen Suicide did for emo-punk on their EP earlier this year, A Beacon School manages to recapture all that made me love indie rock in the first place without sounding tired or overdone. Most of the success is due to Smith’s highly melodic and versatile guitar playing which bends and evolves dynamically throughout each track. This definitely has me wanting to listen through some older Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians again. Stream my favorite tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.
I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for any new material from French producer Myth Syzer ever since hearing what has since become easily one of my favorite rap beats of the year, his collaboration with Loveni. Since then, Myth Syzer has not disappointed, continuing to put out daring beats that consistently deny categorization. Sometimes he chooses synths as the main instrumentation for his beats, other times he uses contorted samples that I can’t even begin to identify, and it always works. For the first full project I have heard from Syzer, the producer keeps up his winning streak with heavy but smooth experimentation that pushes hip-hop’s boundaries as a genre while never forgetting what has made it so great in the past. Hopefully more rappers take notice of this, because there are a lot of people I would like to hear over these beats. Listen to the preview above and then link to stream and download the whole EP below.
KaraKara caught our attention earlier this year with his captivating and fun Bully EP which matched an Avalanches sense of pluderphonics with equal amounts recognizable pop samples and original production. KaraKara recorded Bully in one sitting so I’ve been patiently waiting to hear what would result from a longer time working on his music. Born Thug/Raised Nerd is KaraKara’s ambitious new EP which demonstrates the Dublin-based producer honing his addictive music formula. With the EP, KaraKara decided to take on the concept of duality which has each song progressing through multiple and contrasting sections. The title track opens up with booming horn-based trap production which progresses into synth heavy footwork as the track continues. Listening through the EP is incredibly exciting as each track moves through sections, styles and samples with an energetic and unexpected pace. Stream the title track below and the entire EP after the jump.
We’ve made a lot of big changes through the last year. We switched over to self-hosting, designed a custom layout, interviewed a lot of cool people, listened to a lot of good music, and, most importantly, ate a lot of beaties. Inspired by the exploding beat scene that developed on soundcloud over the past year, we started putting out a collection of some of the best damn beaties out there regardless of the blood, sweat, and tears spilled to find them. We started the feature when we realized that it would take us longer to write about the tracks than it would take for someone to listen to them, however, we still managed to accumulate a collection of some especially noteworthy beaties. So we’ve decided to honor those special beaties with our first ever Eat Your Beaties Awards. Put on something nice and enjoy the ceremonies after the jump.
In the time since New Order first rose to prominence, they have always been a huge influence in the Indie Rock world, and now that it is approaching 30 years since they released Power, Corruption, and Lies many bands are trying to emulate their sound. Some take the New Order influences too far, and some, like Craft Spells and Twin Cabins, are able to find a perfect balance. On “Cool Kids” off of Twin Cabins’ awesome debut album I’m Sure, Twin Cabins creates a sunny vibe with light and reverbed guitar strumming over a slightly over-produced (in a good way) drum track with mellow vocals that recall Beach Fossils’ self-titled album. Even though we are about to reach the winter solstice and this song was released in August, I kind of feel like this is the time of year we need sunny San Diego music like this the most. Stream “Cool Kids” below and hit the jump for the whole album.
I’ve never really understood the idea of criticizing artists as music culture imperialists. Some of my favorite bands, Talking Heads, Sun City Girls and Vampire Weekend (I AIN’T AFRAID TO ADMIT IT), have been labelled by some critics as “cultural thieves” for their ability to blend world music influences. I can only imagine that if those critics laid their ears on some Flamingods, they would be declared cultural imperialist kings. Flamingods have drenched their music and image in worldly influences ranging from Native American to oriental cultures. While most bands would probably come across gimmicky, Flamingods channel their diverse influences into some of the most exciting indie-rock I’ve heard in a long time. Their track “Quesso” is built upon a huge tribal-tinged drum track and explodes with a burning guitar solo and ecstatic vocal yelping. While similarly influenced bands, Sun City Girls and Animal Collective, have approached their music with deconstruction and experimentation, Flamingods cut straight to the pop and rock sides resulting in upbeat and energetic gems. I’m still unsure of where Flamingods are going to take their music and I couldn’t be more excited to find out.