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.

-PK

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.

-PK

mp3: Passion Pusher – Sansex

Satan Mating is like a long night out drinking.  The beginning is all energy, blown out and impossible to grasp the next day without blurring everything together.  Then around 4AM or so, everything changes.  The world gets all slow and all the lights and all the people are tired from wasting away.  It’s beautiful in an ugly sort of way.  ”Sansex” is the end of that night, when the hangover hasn’t quite hit but the drunk has been exhausted.  It’s a weird kind of twilight hour.  One that Passion Pusher paints orange and red with his guitar noodling and droning voice.  Listen to his entire Satan Mating EP here.

-PK

mp3: DooF – low (prod. rxn)

This is the sound of an artist finding his voice.  DooF’s been consistently killing it lately with a stream of releases that’s honestly been pretty hard to keep up with and while he’s always been good “low” really sounds like his proper introduction.  Wrapped in the golden orchestral beat courtesy of rxn, DooF delivers an effortless and instantly memorable verse.  DooF isn’t over extending his reach here, instead he sounds absolutely at home and sounds all the better for it.

-PK

mp3: questionz – bunchofshit

“bunchofshit” is exactly what is sounds like minus any negative associations of the word shit.  This is the kinda “hey, bros that weed is totally the shit” type of shit.  Feel me?  Basically, “bunchofshit” isn’t really just one song.  It’s four songs, or at least movements, packaged into a gorgeous and cohesive 5-minutes of beaties bliss.  questionz had honestly fallen off my radar a bit but “bunchofshit” is exactly the kinda shit I needed to remind me why we got so hyped (whatever happened to old.dez anyway?) on him in the first place.  Please keep shitting my dude.

-PK

Video: livmartez – softmoss verse (ft. Sudan Moon)(prod. Deflon)

I’m on the verge of sleep right now and this is basically exactly what I want to be listening to.  ”Softmoon verse” is a dreamy, jazzy piece of r&b infused hip-hop (or hip-hop infused r&b… it’s really getting hard to tell sometimes these days) that will happily soundtrack your mid-afternoon daydreams.  I don’t know that much about any of the artists featured to be completely honest but on “Softmoon verse” they all come together in a whirling, gorgeous piece of music that definitely makes me want to go learn more about them.

-PK