It’s basically Thanksgiving which means it’s Christmas season ho-ho-hos, so let’s give these beaties as presents to the world wrapped up neatly in our special Eat Your Beaties packaging. Celebrate the holidaze with a jazzy tune from poptart pete, some emotional emotions from LIL SAD, alien vibes from Bluestaeb, experimental goodness from Hominidæ and Tsaik and Majira and his waterfalls of piano-based prettiness. Unwrap ‘em after the jump.
If you’re at all familiar with the work of NVTHLSS, than F2i probably won’t be coming out of left field for you. If anything, NVTHLSS’ impressively sized catalog of beats and tapes are a demonstration of just how well an artist can define his own sound through constant recording, releasing and refining. F2i is not the solo material of NVTHLSS however, as the tape is the result of a collaboration with fellow french producer OVRDZ (no idea how to properly pronounce that name either sorry). Although the best I can do is speculate here, it does seem like OVRDZ has pushed NVTHLSS away from hip-hop influence and into deeper electronic territory. Although the percussion still hits mostly in the tune of boom-bap, none of these beats would provide stable ground for a rapper. Instead they are small meditations on warmth and repetition that revel in small moments of energy and inspiration.
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.
After spotting the sun-soaked collage artwork for Zoo Brother’s latest single “Fourth of July” I couldn’t imagine the song sounding any other way. The track opens with the fitting crackle of fireworks before exploding into exuberan, celebratory and non-discernible chanting of singer William Karmis. The track is propelled by a cheerfully sloppy drum section and a looped tropical-leaning guitar line that give the track a sense of brevity and lightness. The track dissolves into summer heat far too soon but it’s fine as long as I can keep hitting replay.
For the first time in a while we’ve experienced a beaties surplus and actually had to make some cuts to distill our list down to our favorite beaties of the past two weeks. Needless to say these beaties are tight these beaties are tiiiiiiight. On this volume we got dom$olo with those good time vibes, Organ Donor with some DJ Shadow reverence, Noah B showing his respects for Larry Bird, Lee taking us down to the warmer side of the hemisphere with some reggae, AceMo doing his thing and as an added treat we got DJ Smokey with our favorite Halloween Trick or Beatie.
When I was younger I always liked tapping buttons on the phone to see if I could make a cool melody out of the beeps. I never got very far and I certainly never got anywhere close to what Ricky Eat Acid manages to achieve by dusting his track “Touched briefly by two hands in an empty room” with a few phone key beeps. Like his best tracks, “Touched briefly by two hands in an empty room” suggests a lot more than it actually says and manages to be powerful without ever being forceful or direct.
DooF and KVZE have always sounded great together but they have never sounded this effortlessly brilliant. ”kwazars” isn’t so much a track that is meant to show off DooF’s rhymes or even KVZE’s impressive production style as much as it proves how well these two artists work together in creating a great sound. DooF could easily draw comparisons to MF DOOM or Earl on this track but he is content to me much less commanding then either of those two MCs. DooF allows his words to become submerged in the gorgeous synth-laden beat despite never wasting a bar. It invites you to listen again and again and maybe a bunch of times.