Hanz may finally be starting to gain the attention and fan base he deserves but that doesn’t mean his music is going to become any more accessible or traditional. His newest single, “Count” is easily one of the most minimal tracks he’s put out in a while. Similarly to his last release “War Fiction”, there is a militaristic quality to the strict and forward driving rhythm of “Count”. Emerging from a dissonant and dreamy first minute, the driving loop of “Count” marches forward at a soft, quiet and gorgeous pace. Repeat listens allow the small gems of lush sound emerge from the seemingly barren landscape of “Count”. It’s amazing how good Hanz has become at his singular yet constantly surprising sound. Watch out for Hanz’s upcoming Reducer.
Whether or not you like him, Spooky Black is primed to blow up (at least on the same level as Yung Lean) and he deserves it. ”Without You” is one of the most interesting pop tracks to drop this year and it sounds even better with Supa Bwe and Sidewalk Kal over it. The boys mostly leave the original intact, only adding their own original verses seamlessly in between Spooky Black’s. Sidewalk Kal is unsurprisingly amazing with a fast paced verse over the slowed beat and Supa Bwe adds some much needed texture to Spooky Black’s singing. The original may be a singular work but it’s hard to deny how much Kal and Supa Bwe add.
We know, it’s been a while. Hopefully you were all enjoying the sun too much to be on your computers anyway. Lol jk, I hate the sun because it makes it so that I have to come up with excuses to spend all day inside on my computer instead of getting tan or whatever with the cool bros. Anyway, it’s been a while so we’re just gonna give you a jumbo sized beaties volume to make it up to you all. Yup. This volume is 8 beaties deep. #rare. Enjoy the vibes from Lil Netzero, Drip-133, ghostwerk, sabata, F. King Taisho, cight, wu-lu and andrew michael.
Ever since dropping his epically lengthed “Vancouver/palm” and his equally impressive LP Shrine, Tay Devenny has been on a mission to progress his sound beyond the limitations of what is classically considered to be hip-hop. His newest collaboration with producer Iglooghost, “✿︵✿ (vat﹏of°fudge) ❀︵❀” (which we’ll just call “vat of fudge” for convenience), continues his experimentation with hip-hop proper. There are only about 30 seconds of actually rapping on the track but it is 30 seconds of Devenny’s most potent and ear grabbing performances yet. His bars move unhinged by any conventional beat, starting at a breakneck pace and eventually slowing down as the song disintegrates into its dreamier second half. Devenny is prepping a new release soon and this track couldn’t raise the hype levels any higher.
12 Ghosts is the project of Nemo Simulacra, a dude who I know very little about. His newest (probably not first, but again I really don’t know… I should do my research) release, electric sheep, was just put out by the cool dudes over at Staring at the Ceiling and is definitely one of the coolest and weirdest releases I’ll recommend you listen to all day. Opening track, “concept album”, does exactly what it needs to do. Over a frantically strummed guitar, Simulacra simultaneously lets the listener know that electric sheep is a concept album and that he has a knack for writing weird-pop. Later, on “sun will rise”, he half-sings over warbling lo-fi instrumentation recalling early Animal Collective. Although albums usually clue listeners in on what kind of musician the artist is, electric sheep will probably leave you with more questions than answers. But it’s probably better that way. 12 Ghosts’ future is way too wide open to try and define now.
Satan Mating is like a long night out drinking. The beginning is all energy, blown out and impossible to grasp the next day without blurring everything together. Then around 4AM or so, everything changes. The world gets all slow and all the lights and all the people are tired from wasting away. It’s beautiful in an ugly sort of way. ”Sansex” is the end of that night, when the hangover hasn’t quite hit but the drunk has been exhausted. It’s a weird kind of twilight hour. One that Passion Pusher paints orange and red with his guitar noodling and droning voice. Listen to his entire Satan Mating EP here.
The relationship between producer and rapper doesn’t always work this organically. Chaden and Jalal Salaam mesh. ”Holy Grail Flow” doesn’t sound like a one off collaboration and instead sounds like the product of a genuine synthesis. I’ll just let Salaam do the talking.