mp3: Jalal Salaam – Dab One Up (prod. Sabata x Beatboxbandit)

It’s 4.20 and I really don’t know what that means but for some reason people are releasing a lot of songs about weed today.  Weird shit.  At under 2 minutes, “Dab One Up” is definitely one of the most potent bursts of psychedelic bliss that Salam has released.  With the help of producers Sabata and Beatboxbandit, “Dab One Up” will perfectly compliment whatever you decide to do on Easter/420.


mp3: Hanz – Count

Hanz may finally be starting to gain the attention and fan base he deserves but that doesn’t mean his music is going to become any more accessible or traditional.  His newest single, “Count” is easily one of the most minimal tracks he’s put out in a while.  Similarly to his last release “War Fiction”, there is a militaristic quality to the strict and forward driving rhythm of “Count”.  Emerging from a dissonant and dreamy first minute, the driving loop of “Count” marches forward at a soft, quiet and gorgeous pace.  Repeat listens allow the small gems of lush sound emerge from the seemingly barren landscape of “Count”.  It’s amazing how good Hanz has become at his singular yet constantly surprising sound.  Watch out for Hanz’s upcoming Reducer.


EP: T I N D E R G R A M – T I N D E R G R A M

Even though everyone on the east coast is cautious of getting let down by false foreshadows of spring, I am confident that true spring weather is imminent in the next few weeks.  During April showers I am listening to T I N D E R G R A M non stop while waiting for May flowers.  T I N D E R G R A M is a currently faceless producer who knows exactly how to coax warm vibes out of samples of any sort and this first tape exhibits that perfectly.  Made up of 11 simple, loop-based songs, T I N D E R G R A M plays through like its name-sakes, with abbreviated and instantly gratifying scenes that make up the perfect background music for daydreaming of the sunny rooftops and cold beers of the forthcoming summer.  Stream my two favorite tracks off of the tape below, and buy the cassette via Paxico Records to search for the secret T I N D E R G R A M tracks that are yet to be discovered.


mp3: Spooky Black – Without You (Supa Bwe & Sidewalk Kal Remix)

Whether or not you like him, Spooky Black is primed to blow up (at least on the same level as Yung Lean) and he deserves it.  ”Without You” is one of the most interesting pop tracks to drop this year and it sounds even better with Supa Bwe and Sidewalk Kal over it.  The boys mostly leave the original intact, only adding their own original verses seamlessly in between Spooky Black’s.  Sidewalk Kal is unsurprisingly amazing with a fast paced verse over the slowed beat and Supa Bwe adds some much needed texture to Spooky Black’s singing.  The original may be a singular work but it’s hard to deny how much Kal and Supa Bwe add.


Eat Your Beaties: Vol. 38

We know, it’s been a while.  Hopefully you were all enjoying the sun too much to be on your computers anyway. Lol jk, I hate the sun because it makes it so that I have to come up with excuses to spend all day inside on my computer instead of getting tan or whatever with the cool bros.  Anyway, it’s been a while so we’re just gonna give you a jumbo sized beaties volume to make it up to you all.  Yup.  This volume is 8 beaties deep.  #rare.  Enjoy the vibes from Lil Netzero, Drip-133, ghostwerk, sabata, F. King Taisho, cight, wu-lu and andrew michael.

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mp3: Iglooghost & Tay Devenny – vat of fudge

Ever since dropping his epically lengthed “Vancouver/palm” and his equally impressive LP Shrine, Tay Devenny has been on a mission to progress his sound beyond the limitations of what is classically considered to be hip-hop.  His newest collaboration with producer Iglooghost, “✿︵✿ (vat﹏of°fudge) ❀︵❀” (which we’ll just call “vat of fudge” for convenience), continues his experimentation with hip-hop proper.  There are only about 30 seconds of actually rapping on the track but it is 30 seconds of Devenny’s most potent and ear grabbing performances yet.  His bars move unhinged by any conventional beat, starting at a breakneck pace and eventually slowing down as the song disintegrates into its dreamier second half.  Devenny is prepping a new release soon and this track couldn’t raise the hype levels any higher.


Enjoy it While it’s Fresh: 12 Ghosts

12 Ghosts is the project of Nemo Simulacra, a dude who I know very little about.  His newest (probably not first, but again I really don’t know… I should do my research) release, electric sheep, was just put out by the cool dudes over at Staring at the Ceiling and is definitely one of the coolest and weirdest releases I’ll recommend you listen to all day.  Opening track, “concept album”, does exactly what it needs to do.  Over a frantically strummed guitar, Simulacra simultaneously lets the listener know that electric sheep is a concept album and that he has a knack for writing weird-pop.  Later, on “sun will rise”, he half-sings over warbling lo-fi instrumentation recalling early Animal Collective.  Although albums usually clue listeners in on what kind of musician the artist is, electric sheep will probably leave you with more questions than answers.  But it’s probably better that way.  12 Ghosts’ future is way too wide open to try and define now.