Even though everyone on the east coast is cautious of getting let down by false foreshadows of spring, I am confident that true spring weather is imminent in the next few weeks. During April showers I am listening to T I N D E R G R A M non stop while waiting for May flowers. T I N D E R G R A M is a currently faceless producer who knows exactly how to coax warm vibes out of samples of any sort and this first tape exhibits that perfectly. Made up of 11 simple, loop-based songs, T I N D E R G R A M plays through like its name-sakes, with abbreviated and instantly gratifying scenes that make up the perfect background music for daydreaming of the sunny rooftops and cold beers of the forthcoming summer. Stream my two favorite tracks off of the tape below, and buy the cassette via Paxico Records to search for the secret T I N D E R G R A M tracks that are yet to be discovered.
Ever since I first heard Ugly Frank on Khris P‘s song “Casino Royale” I was impressed with his flow and immediately wanted to hear more. Since then Ugly Frank has continued to develop as part of ILLFIGHTYOU and now with BOBBY HILL Frank is definitely at the top of his game. Throughout the EP Frank tears through every track without ever sounding like he’s slowing down while trying out any flow he wants to and out-doing any rapper who’s tried it before him. As much as this EP is a victory for Ugly Frank, its just as much of a victory for Kream Team who produced every song on it. Kream Team have always had a quirky and distinctive sound, but their production has always sounded a little bit held back until now. On BOBBY HILL, every beat shines through clearer than ever and makes Kream Teams’ spacey synths and odd samples sound as equally huge as Frank’s personality. Every song on this EP is worth listening too but you can stream two of my favorites below and the whole EP after the jump.
CT homies Ghost Row finally released their debut project with Cadence Collective, and its everything we had hoped it would be. If you’ve listened to Ghost Row’s music before or read PK’s interview with Chef the Chef you know that Color Plus and Chef aren’t too concerned with sticking to trends and are much more interested in carving out their own path within their genre. 800 Diamonds does just that. The beats switch from aggressive in tracks like “Visitor” to incredibly smooth in “Cranberry Octave” and standout “Golden Delicious” without ever succumbing to following trends or sacrificing chemistry. I’ve known for a while that Ghost Row were an especially talented duo and I think 800 Diamonds is by far the best example of this so far. Stream “Golden Delicious” below and stream and download the tape after the jump.
Yung Lean is obviously a very polarizing artist who a lot of people are talking about right now, but regardless of what they think of Yung Lean I always see a lot of people saying something along the lines of “his beats are crazy though”. I know BabaStiltz makes a lot of music separate from Yung Lean and has been for a while, but I first really became interested in his music through the incredible beat he did for Yung Lean’s “Nekobasu” so its kind of a reference point for me. Anyways, I’ve been following BabaStiltz’s experimental exploits on his soundcloud page for a while, but this one song he released today just completely blew me away. ”Say” is a track filled throughout with beautiful subtleties, a trait which has been kind of crowded out of a large portion of Soundcloud by loud masters and 808′s lately, and it’s incredibly refreshing. Its the type of track that you can easily space out to and keep finding new things to love about it even after a hundred listens; so I had to share it. Stream below.
If you’ve been following Color Plus, you’re probably familiar with his distinctive production style; delicately arranging acoustic noises and electronic noises next to each other seamlessly. For Diagonals Vol. 1 Color Plus just applied this production style to a number of different songs for his first remix EP. If you’ve ever wondered what Lil’ Wayne, Soulja Boy, or Gucci Mane would sound like backed by delicate and airy soundscapes, here is your chance. Favorites from the EP include the “Honest” remix, which definitely stands out among the hundreds of other remixes that have been made of it with huge pulsing ambience, and “Bed” which makes “Turn My Swag On” actually sound like waking up. Stream “Honestly” below and the rest of the EP after the jump.
A few months back I detailed how I thought Black Kray was next to bring some fresh ideas into the rap genre, and now he’s released his first full-length project. GOTH LUV is definitely what I hoped it would be. Kray has laid claim to a bunch of spaced out and melodic beats from across the depths of Soundcloud, and rapped over them in his own unique but infectious way. Kray’s flow isn’t intricate, and his lyrics aren’t put together with wordplay, but work perfectly for the beats. Kray’s rhythmic verses make it feel like the entire song is one long hook, and his lyrics colorfully accomplish his goal of telling “hood fairy tales”. Stream two of my favorite songs from the album below, and stream the whole thing and buy it after the jump so that Black Kray can afford more Gucci teks.
Gorgeous Children have been on our radar since releasing their debut mixtape about a year ago. Even though that tape was extremely good, we haven’t heard much from them until now. ICE is the Seattle duo’s second full project and shows further progression into their dark and dismal take on rap. Over the course of the past year both members of the act have improved excessively in their crafts. Gila Monsta’s beats are cleaner than ever, contorting obscure samples into bubblingly bleak soundscapes and Face Vega tears through them with catchy hooks and ferocious verses. The highlight of the tape for me would probably be “Daiyamondo” on which Gila Monsta creates a beat stuck somewhere between grime and Mystic Stylez and Face Vega rips it apart, sounding like he’s almost barreling out of control with aggression by the end of his verses. Stream “Daiyamondo” below and the whole tape after the jump.