This weekend I had the fortune of seeing PORCHES. play live at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, and although I was already a big fan of their music that’s been floating around the internet for a while now, their live performance completely won me over. They are currently prepping to release their debut full-length on Exploding in Sound Records and have blessed us with a single. ”Franklin the Flirt” shows all of the reasons why PORCHES. are so awesome, with front and center vocals, tried and true song writing, and just enough synth work to not be overdone. Slow Dance in the Cosmos is currently looking at a rough release date of late August, but if you need something to tide you over until then, I would highly suggest making your way over to PORCHES. bandcamp page for jamz galore.
Cadence Collective just dropped an awesome sampler compilation, and it happened to feature a track from CT homies Ghost Row. Ghost Row, once again, show incredibly good chemistry with this track. Color Plus puts together an absurdly smooth beat driven by gorgeous guitar strummings, and Chef lays down some of his most effortless-sounding verses yet, with perfect flow and tasteful wordplay. ”Cranberry Octave” is an awesome reminder of how DIY rap can rival and surpass the work of artists with lots of resources. Keep an eye on Ghost Row in the future because if they keep putting together tracks this great people are bound to take notice.
We are late with the Beaties again this time around, but so what? It’s basically fucking summer. Get off my fucking back, asshole. For Volume 23 we have a maniacally chopped offering from Dil Withers and UPLIFT, a lush Kanye remix from Kirvy, a spacey and masterfully crafted beat by some artist who suddenly changed their name to u space, a wonderfully organic-sounding track from Lux Natura, and finally a synthed-out instrumental from Oakland’s OSØ. Hit the jump to be wowed.
CT homie and incredibly talented producer Color Plus just released this track a few days ago. ”Pulp” shows Color Plus beginning to experiment with house styles, and doing so with ease. Driven by a very house-sounding organ chord progression, this track switches between classic four-on-the-floor house drums and the more hip-hop influenced percussion which Color Plus is known for without missing a step. Every day I see more and more electronic producers bringing house elements into their production, but few have executed it as perfectly as Color Plus has with this track.
I have already kind of accepted the fact that this post is going to be a pathetic demonstration of our pseudo journalism that you come here for because I literally know nothing about this artist, but this shit is waaaaay too good not to post. Somehow this song popped up in my Soundcloud feed a few days ago, and I have been listening to it a lot since. From what I gather, this is a demo for a collaborative project by two guys named Abhi and Dijon, and thats literally all I gather. The demo is the perfect blend of beat music experimentalism and heart-wrenching R&B aesthetic and vocals, sans the bullshit pretentious air taken on by many contemporary R&B experimentalists, that I suddenly feel l has been missing from my life. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this project in the future, but right now I’m fine with listening to this song on repeat for a few hours.
For one reason or another, there has been no shortage of awesomely catchy and sunny lo-fi music coming out of the UK over the past year or so, and I am in no way complaining. I’m still not completely sure how I ended up following YOOFS on Soundcloud, but this song makes me extremely glad that I did. ”FRIGHTMARE”, clocking in at just over 2-minutes, is the perfect short light-hearted and upbeat track that I needed to convince me that summer is actually beginning. Although I don’t know much at all about the Bournemouth-based band, I will definitely be looking out for them in the future. Stream “FRIGHTMARE” below and link to their Soundcloud for a few more really good songs after that.
The first song I ever heard by HAPPY TRENDY was his awesome cover of Coma Cinema’s “Tour All Winter”. With this song, he’s once again putting an awesome analog spin on a song, this time by Frankie Cosmos. Put together with three different synthesizers, and as HAPPY TRENDY puts it a “cardiac muscle” with a warm lo-fi fuzz laid over the top of it, this cover is headphone music at its best. I would highly suggest you just go to HAPPY TRENDY’s Soundcloud page and just press play because its all really good, but you can also go to his bandcamp and stream some EP’s there.