Of all the artists we’ve featured on The Up-Turn there are probably none that we’ve posted about of been following for longer than parisian producer Nvthlss. As a result I was starting to worry that I’d run out of things to write about him and consequently that his frequent releases were starting to blur together. Then my jaw dropped while listening to “A l’est de la gare” and stayed dropped for the remainder of his newest My paris.EP. With a quick seven tracks all titled in french, My paris.EP reminds me of all that reasons I got so excited about Nvthlss in the first place. It’s a gorgeous listen that should make anyone want to visit the Paris Nvthlss has been so inspired by. Although the US is the hip-hop Mecca, it’s nice to here Nvthlss turn towards his own culture to find inspiration and My paris.EP demonstrates just how unique his sound can be. The thirteen track Lifetime vol 2, continues his lifetime series with jazz-infused beatie goodness. Although I don’t think it achieves the same consistent greatness and My paris, Lifetime vol 2 is more proof of just how dedicated he is to his craft. After a few years I’m finally starting to understand that Nvthlss isn’t driven by a desire to achieve fame but out of a need to express himself through music.
After dropping their new single a few weeks back, we’ve finally had the pleasure of listening through acab rocky’s newest sara. As the album art suggests, sara is a dark, gothic tinged ride through the home recordings of acab rocky who possess a maturity in song writing well beyond their years while remaining an album that could have only been produced by musicians their age. ”delusions” is probably one of the best punk songs that will be put out all year and on tracks like “intermission” and “interlude” they demonstrate that they have an ear for composition that reaches beyond their lo-fi aesthetic. Sam Wells also shows off just how adept of a singer and lyricist he is, pushing into lower registers on the emotionally charged “mother” (I can’t get the lyric “she never learned not to breath in smoke” out of my head). I honestly didn’t expect how fully developed acab rocky would sound on sara. The way they effortlessly blow through thrashing punk tracks to orchestrally adorned lo-fi puts them leagues above several of their emo-revivalist peers. Stream two of my favorite tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.
“Phasin’ Out” has Jalal Salaam firing on all cylinders. Even across his two already impressive mixtapes, Salaam has never sounded this in control of the mic. Over a minimal and moody beat courtesy of LayerFace, Salaam commands the steady ebb and flow of his verse before passing it over to the ever open minded uhlife. Both rappers deliver what we’ve come to expect, Salaam delivering “flip an opponent like an exponent” and uhlife opening with “the universe is growing / supernovas exploding”, while pushing past their past efforts with refined and effortless wordplay. I’m gittin’ square routed and you’re just gittin’ turnt.
I wasn’t familiar with Issue or Perera Elsewhere before listening to their collaboration with Hanz and to be honest I probably will only be listening to more of them if Hanz continues to provide his beats. ”Power is Mine” isn’t so much a rap as it is hypnotically droned mantras over Hanz gorgeous (if not incredibly low in the mix) beat. Even though the vocals of Issue and Perera Elsewhere take over the mix, the track is held together by Hanz’s consistently off and chaotic beat. With hammering drums, decaying drone and jolts of found noise, “Power is Mine” demonstrates just how far Hanz has come in controlling his effortless chaos. What’s most exciting is that Hanz is bound to get a lot more well deserved press for this collaboration and I’m psyched to hear whatever he has coming up next.
It’s beaties, bitch. For those of us too hip for the new Schoolboy Q album, too into the internet for Real Estate and generally uninterested in anything the hooligans over at p4k are listening to, we got a crop of music that we can promise will never be played at a party. Just how we like it. This volume of beaties is brought to you in part by Yung Crock and his fish tank, bine with his chemical drugs, Wopak with a jam that could theoretically one day maaaybe be played in a club, Richie Quake with some casual vibes and BWWWOYS with that post-internet wave shit. Enjoy.
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.
I don’t know if chillwave or bedroom-pop are still dirty words on the blogosphere but it’s really hard to care when Zoo Brother’s newest EP is this blissfully good. Taking a page from TV Girl, Zoo Brother works with short bursts of sampled joy to construct his beats and layers his vocals over the beats for hypnotizingly gorgeous effect. ”Psychic Whatever” speeds up a carnival medley for an off-kilter and dreamy romp that stretches beyond the 4-minute mark. On tracks like “Dreamwalking” and “If I Could (You Would Know)”, Zoo Brother demonstrate that they have evolved to become more than just the bedroom project of William Karmish. While many bedroom projects suffer when making the leap to the live stage, Gemini Girl shows off how ready Zoo Brother are. They’re definitely more than just another TV Girl (seriously, what happened to TV Girl anyway?).