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.
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?).
It’s been a little while since we’ve heard a new release from Slam Skillet but his new EP Ecotone gives us plenty for the wait. For me, Slam Skillet has always been an expert at crafting amazing sounds and Ecotone is no exception. Opener “Sable” may be one of the prettiest non-ambient pieces of electronic music you’ve ever heard. Even when he moves into darker alleys on “Rusine”, his tracks never veer away from sounding clean and incredibly well constructed. Although Slam Skillet keeps his tracks sounding mechanical instead of organic, that doesn’t mean he drains his productions of fun. While not straightforwardly danceable, tracks like “Sambar” and “Auroch” demonstrate that he knows a lot more about how to make people grove than he may initially let on. The later half of “Sambar” especially sounds like the soundtrack to some ultra hip rooftop party (which will probably be thrown by The Up-Turn) ten years from now.
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.
Arnold put out this remix over a month ago but it’s taken me that long to realize just how much I genuinely like this song. Taking on The-Dream’s club crooner “I Luv Your Girl”, Arnold transforms the song into a properly danceable track with an increased speed, renovated beat and his “aaaaaaaarnold” tag. True story, I showed this to a friend of mine and she hasn’t stopped playing it on a consistent loop for two weeks. I haven’t even seen her. She just locked herself into her room so that she wouldn’t have to do anything else but listen to this song. Devotion.