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.
New year, same old grind, same old beaties. Well not really. These are some fresh beaties, straight up 2k14 future-wave type shit. To start the new year off right we got Simulator with a high fashion/cameras flashing joint, DJ BAD KIDS reminding us never to fear, ฬเןl continuing to be an early contender for Beatie Master of 2014, Taøers with one of the most internet sounding things you’ll hear all day and lee with some dilla day goodness. Eat em up after the jump.
After putting out a song everyday for a (fucking!) year, Holm. took some time off to work on a new track for longer than just one day. The result is “45th Parallel” and it gives a lot of insight into just how much Holm. learned and grew over the course of his 365 day long project. ”45th Parallel” introduces for what I believe is the first time Holm.’s voice which he focuses into a blunt shout over his frantic and gorgeous percussion. While he doesn’t push himself to Majical Cloudz emotional heights, he definitely captures the same up close and personal effect. In case his project didn’t already put him on your map “45th Parallel” way be his way of shouting his way from faceless producer to an artist with a lot to say.
At the end of the day Tuamie is the loops master and the beatie king and he’s making it because he has never doubted his methods. Since his earlier days, Tuamie has gained a sizable fan base and even collaborated with Sidewalk Kal proving that he has skill to live up to the praise we’ve thrown his way. ”Generation Y” is one of his longest offerings so far and proves Tuamie can keep your attention for well over three minutes.
Aside from having near impossible to search and blog about names, ฬเןl and ˚D•∆•ø•I•M˚ (who from now on will be referred to as Will and Doolm because I’m a lazy blogger with no soul) are also two of the most exciting fresh faces on the beaties scene. Seriously just go visit Will and Doolm’s soundcloud pages. I linked them for a reason. They’ve both been working with some of our other favorite up and coming rappers and artists including Tay Devenny, Broke/ and DooF so it’s only natural that the two of them decided to work together. 2014 definitely isn’t the most ambitious tape you’ll hear all year but it is hopefully a sign for more collaborations and plenty more beaties to come.
A lot of promising beatmakers have come and faded since the time we’ve been covering Nvthlss and it was starting to look like Nvthlss would never fade but would be content to release new music at a dizzying pace. He’s constructed his own world of music without ever seeming to look back. His growth has been charted with a lot more zig-zags and left turns than anything traditionally linear. ”only me this time, this one is longer, very important for me,” Nvthlss explained upon sending us over a link. Nvthlss has an incredible back catalog of music to build from, Lifetime vol 1 seems to be his first time acknowledging his foundation. As a result, Lifetime vol 1 seems to be the most focused he’s been since EP6 (my personal favorite of his large collection) with the sounds more contained and traditionally hip-hop and jazz. Of course it’s all about the loop and Nvthlss weaves some gorgeousness here from the stuttering “Bill murray is the man” to the FlyLo-channeling “Brian II”. Things can definitely get weird (“Booker” or “Shout out”) but, as Nvthlss says himself, it’s all feelings.