There are so many great underground hip-hop mixtapes and singles propping up lately that it’s harder to tell what is just one time brilliance and what is truly an artist on the rise. With Tay Devenny’s new track and video “Death to my ego”, he proves why he’s a name that will stick around. Like many of the better tracks on Devenny’s excellent Obulous tape with producer bit1, Devenny’s flow sounds right at home over cloud-rap beats with plenty of orchestral work. Eyeofzion, a formerly featured beaties padawan, provides the gorgeous beat for “Death to my ego” and Devenny steps up to the plate with some of his most engaged verses yet. The visuals are exactly what I expected from the very non-showy Devenny who prefers plenty of shots without his face in them. We’ll definitely be looking out for his upcoming Shrine tape.
We’ve known Yung Gutted was one of our favorite fresh-faced producers for a while now, however, his material is only getting stronger. ”GORE”, his latest track to feature a guest MC, is a track as lush as it is desolate and dark. Alternating between throbbing bass and modulated synth crackles, “GORE” is the soundtrack to the coolest graveyard party of all time. Stewart Villain sounds comfortable over the abstract beat throwing out macabre images to match the feeling of the track. For those who have been waiting for new material from the prolific Lil Ugly Mane, do yourself a favor and check out this dude’s material.
Look. I already knew Young Ho collective was on some next-level, spiritual, vibed-out inter-dimensional plane, but this new track from SEENMR is something else entirely. I just finished writing a paper about psychedelic and free-jazz pioneer Sun Ra and it turns out I wasn’t the only one getting into his cosmic mythology. SEENMR just released his tribute to Saturn’s best Jazz performer with “A Great Spirit” which features an interview with Sun Ra. Maybe it’s just a coincidence. Nah.
The first song I ever heard by HAPPY TRENDY was his awesome cover of Coma Cinema’s “Tour All Winter”. With this song, he’s once again putting an awesome analog spin on a song, this time by Frankie Cosmos. Put together with three different synthesizers, and as HAPPY TRENDY puts it a “cardiac muscle” with a warm lo-fi fuzz laid over the top of it, this cover is headphone music at its best. I would highly suggest you just go to HAPPY TRENDY’s Soundcloud page and just press play because its all really good, but you can also go to his bandcamp and stream some EP’s there.
I was going to post Bare Pale a while ago, and then fucked up big time and forgot to. Fortunately I was reminded of their awesomeness when they recently released this new song. ”new start old end” perfectly demonstrates the London band’s talent for crafting grunge songs with everything that made the genre rise up years ago. Bare Pale takes their already great songwriting and builds upon it with wonderfully subtle production that accentuates the heavy emotion of their songs. If you like this song at all, I would strongly suggest you also check out their just as awesome if it is EP which you can stream after the jump.
Slam Skillet, who first caught our attention with his gorgeous and high-energy beatie “Gemsbok”, is doing some big things. His sound has only matured and his newest EP, Rachis, scored a feature on Noisey. Rachis is filled with bubbling, strobe-accented beats that twist and bend around boom-bap vibed drums. Slam Skillet is definitely a master of sounds and capturing good feelings in small samples that is equal parts Daft Punk and DJ Koze. Although we feel like nostalgic parents seeing Slam Skillet grow up and make a name for himself, we couldn’t be happier about how his beats are starting to catch on with more people. Stream my favorite tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.
Pro-tip for getting featured on our website, go to SUNY Purchase. The amount of talented musicians and bands studying together at SUNY is pretty astounding and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t pay a little more attention to emails from artists you say they’re attending. RIchie Quake is a producer who bros around with the dudes of Makoshine and has his own brand of beats worthy of attention. Quake’s production leans towards the slower, dronier and more introspective side of hip-hop and fellow SUNY student ENxVE hops on one of the tracks with my of my favorite verses of his yet. The EP is only four tracks long but Quake manages to carve his own exciting niche in the beaties world through the listen. Stream my favorite tracks below and the rest of the EP after the jump.