We are late with the Beaties again this time around, but so what? It’s basically fucking summer. Get off my fucking back, asshole. For Volume 23 we have a maniacally chopped offering from Dil Withers and UPLIFT, a lush Kanye remix from Kirvy, a spacey and masterfully crafted beat by some artist who suddenly changed their name to u space, a wonderfully organic-sounding track from Lux Natura, and finally a synthed-out instrumental from Oakland’s OSØ. Hit the jump to be wowed.
CT homie and incredibly talented producer Color Plus just released this track a few days ago. ”Pulp” shows Color Plus beginning to experiment with house styles, and doing so with ease. Driven by a very house-sounding organ chord progression, this track switches between classic four-on-the-floor house drums and the more hip-hop influenced percussion which Color Plus is known for without missing a step. Every day I see more and more electronic producers bringing house elements into their production, but few have executed it as perfectly as Color Plus has with this track.
It’s been a harrowing few days. Lil’ Poopy apparently isn’t actually a part of Coke Boys, Lil’ Wayne is in the hospital in critical condition, and Waka Flocka got kicked out of Brick Squad. Its days like these when all you can do is come home and huddle up with your beaties, the only entities in this world that truly understand you. This time around we have an incredibly weird-in-a-good-way house-ish track from Baffin Nunavut, some riot inducing juke/footwork from Cake Dog AKA Ahnnu, a relaxing and intriguing cut from Leah Axel, a smooth collage from lee(fog hills) and finally a highly experimental blown out remix from naps. Take shelter from this cruel world and stream all of these after the jump.
AceMo’s sound has gone a lot of different places over the past few months, sometimes ambient and other times more conventional but every track he has released has been moving towards this wonderfully organic sound. On “LEIS”, the first single off of AceMo’s upcoming project, Borders, the CT producer marries a bunch of different sounds together, each with its own layer of tapedeck fuzz, into a collage that fits together perfectly. Although chopped samples and synthesizers don’t occur in nature, somehow this track sounds completely natural like it could have existed long before computers did. It’s been almost a year since AceMo released his last project, so “LEIS” has me extremely excited to hear how Borders turns out.
As the beat music scene is gaining enough credibility to have terms like “god” and “prodigy” thrown around when referring to it, experimentation and differentiation within the scene is also growing. One artist taking electronic music to cool new places is Chrome Sparks. When I first heard Chrome Sparks’ break out track “Marijuana” a few months ago I obviously thought it was really cool, but wasn’t sure if I saw a whole project coming together in the same style. Fortunately, thats not what Chrome Sparks had in mind either. Sparks is full of tracks that have much less pop appeal than “Marijuana”, but are much more interesting. Presumably taking inspiration from more retro electronic artists than most do today, a lot of Sparks is characterized by hypnotic repetition. Lately a lot of electronic music hasn’t been catching my interest, but this is a nice breath of fresh air. Stream “Marijuana” and “Gates To Heaven” below, and the whole EP after the jump.
Last night Boston’s unstoppable beat crew M|O|D played a show opening for Rustie at The Middle East in Cambridge, and I was fortunate enough to be in attendance. They went on at 10, just as the venue was starting to fill up … Continue reading
Its not a coincidence that so many producers choose to remix Notorious B.I.G. songs so frequently. Biggie Smalls had the type of flow that would sound good over almost any beat, so mediocre producers flock to his verses. Thats why if you want some real recognition when remixing a Biggie song you have to bring your A-game, and thats exactly what German producer Wun Two does on the fat EP. Wun Two doesn’t waste any energy trying to make Biggie’s music sound more modern, but instead builds around the foundation of a boom-bap style that originated in Biggie’s time and experiments with it. With smooth vocal samples and obscure piano samples built around classically swung drum tracks the fat EP is the perfect mix of modern experimentation and old-school standards for any mellow night. Stream my favorite tracks from the EP below and then hit the jump to stream the whole EP and download at Wun Two’s bandcamp page.