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.
If you don’t think abhi//dijon are the most exciting new artist emerging right now, you probably haven’t listened to their music yet. The duo have been sporadically releasing incredible singles since the beginning of the summer, and are now prepping to release their first EP. I don’t know if these two songs are from the upcoming EP, but they are absolutely stunning and possibly their best work to date. ”Experimental RnB” has been around for a while, but recently it has mostly just meant “RnB with way too much reverb on some shitty falsetto vocals”, but abhi//dijon’s music sounds much more thought out than that. The beats they put together perfectly meld past RnB ideas with new up-to-date styles and even though they are incredible, their songs don’t rely on them, with Dijon’s vocals still managing to sit front and center without ever sounding overdone. If you can’t already tell, I’m extremely excited about these guys and I’m sure this won’t be nearly the last we hear of them.
A lot of genres have been doing a good job of feeling pretty stale to me lately, but fortunately, rap is not one of them. In the past few months there has been no shortage of awesome rappers bringing in fresh and fearless new sounds to the genre. Black Kray is the newest one of them. I’ve been listening through Kray’s soundcloud and youtube pages for a few days now and still can’t really pin him down to one sound at all. He’ll pop up on a feature on some other song and I won’t even realize its him at first. Even though this might sound like some sideways criticism, its not at all. With way too much music for me to handle being pushed into my face via the internet every day, everything kind of just pales into a bland mush of gray and 808′s, but Kray stands right in front making me guess what new thing I’m going to hear from him every time. Above almost mumbles through an entire track and it works perfectly, while in “30 Round Clip Kreayshawn” (video after the jump), he walks through some clichè rap scenery while laying down a slew of memorable lines over a simple beat. It’s hard to be enthusiastic about that many new artists these days, so I’m thankful for Black Kray doing whatever the fuck he wants. Listen/watch more after the jump.
I’ve known for a while that Young Fathers were from Scotland, but I didn’t think I would ever really hear it in their music. Young Fathers have always incorporated musical ideas from all over the world into their music, but this track immediately recalls their home country as soon as it begins with an arpeggiating synth over a drone note that sounds like a futuristic bagpipe. As usual, Young Fathers complement this awesome instrumental with some incredible vocals, alternating between singing and chant-like rapping, this time with a political message at the forefront of their lyrics, which perfectly ties in with the patriotic instrumental. This track comes from their upcoming album set to release in early February on Anticon.
I still don’t really know how I stumbled on this release, but I think that adds to the darkness of it, so I’m going to try to leave it that way. Underworld Dust Funk are the trio of Caz Green, Khrist Koopa, and Bolo Nef hailing from Seattle, and they make some of the darkest rap I’ve heard in a while. At face value, the lyrics on this album aren’t anything new or special, repeatedly referencing drugs and womanizing, but when constantly hammered into your brain over the entire 35 minutes of this tape, backed by incredibly bleak yet huge beats, it completely pulls you into UDF’s own hazy world. UDF aren’t doing anything revolutionary on this album, but what they are doing, they are doing really well. Stream two of my favorite tracks below, and the whole album after the jump.
For people that don’t know, Yung Gud, one of Yung Lean’s excellent producers, has been around making more than just futuristic spacey trap beats for a while. His soundcloud page has a huge catalog of different work which you wouldn’t expect if you only listened to his music with Yung Lean. This track is a really good example of his versatility. This time Yung Gud is working with UK artist littlecloud, who we have featured in our Eat Your Beaties before, but I had no idea had an amazing voice. Yung Gud’s beat is subtly spaceous with a huge amount of different textures, and littlecloud’s emotive vocals perfectly match it. Yung Gud’s work with Yung Lean is great, but I also want to hear more of this.
Our first introduction to UK band Spring King was their song “Avocado City”, and although that song is still a favorite, it wasn’t really that great of an indication of what was to come next from them. Their debut LP, In All This Murk and Dirt, takes their sound in a fairly difficult direction, but one that has completely won me over. On this LP Spring King explore whichever rock sub-genre they feel like while putting their own full-throttle spin on them. On “Dig Deeper” it sounds like Spring King are trying to see how much energy they can possibly pack into one track with aggressively strummed chords and chanted vocals, while on “My Sleeves” they show their sappy side with a sax solo and delicate chord progressions, and on “Better Man” they execute Libertines-esque pop 10x better than any of the hundreds of bands who have attempted that previously. Overall, Spring King have put together one of the most unique and confident debut LP’s I have heard in a while with incredible energy that I guarantee will have you wishing to be in the crowd at one of their shows. Stream two songs off of it below and the whole LP after the jump.