Since I slept on his last EP, deadweight.sheep, I thought it best that I didn’t let his newest release “Law of Attraction” slip through the cracks (even if my post is still a few days post release). It’s finals season and while I let our email become overrun with unread submissions I’m just happy to have some nice new instrumentals to listen to. These aren’t just any instrumentals though. This is Lanzo, the homie from Young Ho Collective. Lanzo’s beats on this tape are definitely old-school and boom-bap oriented yet they never feel stale or played out (which seriously means a lot for beat music in 2013). Tracks like “pro.lifik” are practically begging for a competent MC while also managing to be entertaining in their own right. Things tend to blend together during finals week so it’s nice to have something like this.
I guess I’ve been listening to too much music from the emo/acoustic/lo-fi revival because I completely forgot that acoustic music could be summery. Also, it’s snowing outside so this song melted my cold-hipster-blogger-iced-out heart. Nah, for real though “South Carolina” is a bright jam from Houses and Homes that is pretty hard not to enjoy. It’s catchy, it’s got male and female duets and it’s not trying to be cute and indie. What negative things could I say?
uhlife has been quiet for a minute but he hasn’t been slacking off. Ever since we heard “Pruse” it became clear that uhlife was leagues ahead of other psychedelic minded rappers. While “uuum” doesn’t have the same immediacy as “Pruse” it finds uhlife channeling a darker vibe not unlike Spaceghostpurrp. Instead of maintaining a southern flow like Purrp, uhlife’s flow is looser, less predictable and unhinged. The freewheeling nature of the verse works perfectly over vhvl’s highly atmospheric and barely-there beat. The undeniable swagger we heard on “Pruse” is still there just contained, smoother and has uhlife acting too cool to play all his cards at once.
I don’t know if I’d call it a conscious move or that the internet is finally reaching a 21st century ideal of post-genre bliss, but the blogosphere has seemed a lot less focused on new sounds and new-buzz-core-genres as of late. It really doesn’t seem like people are looking for the next new chillwave anymore and it’s honestly pretty nice. Instead, my favorite releases and discoveries recently have been bands and artists who care more about writing good songs that challenging genre conventions. Frankie Cosmos is one of those songwriters. There aren’t any sounds on Pure Suburb that will challenge your current notions of what folk or singer-songwriter music should be. Frankie is comfortable with her voice and her guitar and it’s hard to imagine that she needs much more. Her melodies and lyrics don’t separate her from the pack due to uniqueness but they demonstrate that she is steps above the pack. ”I was told when I was younger that I looked stupid in a dress/and I felt like I could never try without failing,” she confesses on “am i trying im not trying” in one of her most emotionally straightforward and memorable moments. She may not be trying but she isn’t failing either.
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.
Tis the season, ladies and bros. The season to retreat inside, wear #dope #vintage #rare sweaters and pretend to connect with friends and family on a deeply emotional level. Nah, I’m just playing. Beaties are the only things that understand me. All I want for christmas is you, beaties… and for Earl Sweatshirt to be freed of course. This volume we got presents from Weep (still don’t know who this muthafucka is but damn he/she’s fine) and E-Ternity, mind bending level type beats from noah b, ฬเןl with some chill drake, Flameburger Jonesies with some life validating type stuff and Indigo with a song that has Marth on as the artwork. Open ‘em up after the jump.
Lo-fi and bedroom recordings don’t always have to flirt with the ugly or messy. In fact, disgusting is one of the cleanest and most straightforwardly beautiful releases I’ve heard all year. At first glance it may be easy to dismiss acab rocky as just another garage band with a punny name (Joanna Gruesome, Elvis Depressedly, R L Kelly etc.), but then you might think to yourself and realize that none of those bands suck and acab rocky deserves a listen. When you do listen, as I am suggesting you do, you may realize acab rocky write pop songs and some damn good pop songs too. ”disgusting” swells softly with half-whispered vocals and easy guitar strumming while “i tend to forget” introduces drum machine and electric guitar lines to carry the track through a breezy minute and a half. Like many of my favorite lyricists of the lo-fi/emo revival, Sam Wells is emotionally blunt, straightforward and effective. The EP closes with an alternate version of “disgusting” that shows off that acab rocky aren’t always quiet and are just as emotive when they’re jamming.