mp3: Hanz – Gum

If the last single from Hanz, “Reducer”, then “Gum” might be more of your thing.  Moving away from the largely ambient and noisey “Reducer”, “Gum” might be the closest thing Hanz has written to a pop instrumental.  Only a few hi-hat rolls away from being a trap single, “Gum” has some of the most colorful and playful sounds we’ve ever heard Hanz working with.  Admittedly, “Gum” isn’t exactly bubbly or poppy at all as Hanz manages to retain his sense of dark, chaotic atmospheric.  The track sounds ready to break down at any time and fly off the rail.  This is the type of gum you might find on the sidewalk, dirty, unsavory yet hard to take your eyes off of.

-PK

The Melt Compilation Vol. 1

L.A.-based record label/artist collective thing The Melt just put out this compilation completely stacked with amazing artists.  Alongside the five resident producers at The Melt including Djemba Djemba and Gossamer, the compilation also has tracks from 14 other producers including Color Plus, C.Z., and RAJA among others.  If you’re looking for new producers who are leading the way in pushing electronic music to new exciting places and will probably have taken over the scene in a year or two, this is where to look.  Sub-genres on this compilation range from ambient to footwork to U.K. Garage without ever sounding out of place.  You can stream two of my favorite tracks off of it below, and stream and download the whole compilation after the jump.

-TC

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Eat Your Beaties Awards: 2012

We’ve made a lot of big changes through the last year.  We switched over to self-hosting, designed a custom layout, interviewed a lot of cool people, listened to a lot of good music, and, most importantly, ate a lot of beaties.  Inspired by the exploding beat scene that developed on soundcloud over the past year, we started putting out a collection of some of the best damn beaties out there regardless of the blood, sweat, and tears spilled to find them.  We started the feature when we realized that it would take us longer to write about the tracks than it would take for someone to listen to them, however, we still managed to accumulate a collection of some especially noteworthy beaties.  So we’ve decided to honor those special beaties with our first ever Eat Your Beaties Awards.  Put on something nice and enjoy the ceremonies after the jump.

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mp3: MORRI$ – A New Day (Cloud Edit)

Although the future of Trap as a genre is looking more and more uncertain every day, its definitely worth enjoying before the bastardization kicks into full gear.  This track by MORRI$, who has been making trap since waaaay before it was buzzing at all, is a great reminder of all that the genre can be.  This “Cloud Edit” of an earlier track of MORRI$’ starts with some solemn synths and strings that sound somewhere between Roy Ayers and Brian Eno, setting the mood before it completely takes off around the 2:40 mark.  At 2:40, the inflated and pitched 808 kicks and snares hit, along with one of MORRI$’ perfectly manipulated vocal samples.  Regardless of which direction trap moves in over the course of 2013, I really hope MORRI$’ name doesn’t fade into obscurity because he is just one of the huge talents that has risen through the early stages of the genre.

-TC

mp3: Snacs – relax dude (float)

Its Sunday, and Snacs came through with some perfect Sunday music.  ”relax dude (float)” definitely lives up to its name.  Snacs packs the track full of warm and lush synths while a clean percussion track and dreamy vocal samples poke their way through.  Snacs is a really interesting producer because while he makes synth-centered music like so many producers around right now, his sound shows a different set of influences than other producers.  Snacs has a masterful way of playing with vocals, as shown on his remix of Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” and his whenever. EP that could only come from a true RnB buff.  Listen to the track below, and make the most of your Sunday by doing nothing.

-TC

Eat Your Beaties: Vol. 9

Even as the days grow shorter and colder the beaties crop remains plentiful and abundant.  We may be in for a harsh winter but at least we can rely on a steady supply of warm beaties to provide us with comfort and light in the coming months.  This harvest includes a gorgeous slow-burner from MNDSGN, late night munchies from Ann Arbor, a piano and violin trip from Plue Starfox, an imported Italian beatie from Diadainconsupertrafra and some luvin from Dailon.  Get ‘em after the jump.

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EP: HYDRABADD – DIΛMOND SPECTRUM

Atlanta production duo HYDRABADD has had a pretty unique come up in that they kind of came out of no where.  With most soundcloud beat makers you can look back through their history of tracks and see a huge amount of improvement from their first few, but not with HYDRABADD.  They pretty suddenly popped up about a month ago with the straight up banger “Hologram Wrist” which we featured in our Eat Your Beaties segment and was eventually turned into an awesome pokemon-refferencing track by Raiden Major.  This morning the duo finally released a full project in the form of the DIΛMOND SPECTRUM EP, and it is everything we hoped for.  This EP is full of extremely clean southern-rap influenced beats that display a talent for synth work these guys have that is nothing short of incredible.  You can stream one of my favorite tracks from the EP below, and hit the jump to stream and download the whole thing.

-TC

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