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.
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.