This weekend I had the fortune of seeing PORCHES. play live at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, and although I was already a big fan of their music that’s been floating around the internet for a while now, their live performance completely won me over. They are currently prepping to release their debut full-length on Exploding in Sound Records and have blessed us with a single. ”Franklin the Flirt” shows all of the reasons why PORCHES. are so awesome, with front and center vocals, tried and true song writing, and just enough synth work to not be overdone. Slow Dance in the Cosmos is currently looking at a rough release date of late August, but if you need something to tide you over until then, I would highly suggest making your way over to PORCHES. bandcamp page for jamz galore.
Last night Terence and I ventured out to our hipster haven in Brooklyn to meet up with the cool dudes Sidewalk Kal and Ghost Row who both gave amazing performances in an amazingly cramped space. Even though their set hardly lasted over 20 minutes, with Kal only jumping in for a few, they reminded proved there is a lot more to their talent than their lush performances. Kal has some serious gold coming through soon with a mixtape with Mattron dropping later this year. Whether dropping a few quick verses in a dude’s apartment infront of a crowd of sweaty hipsters or confidently striding over a minute of Mattron’s lush production, Kal never disappoints.
So Brooklyn/Purchase, NY producer Lord RAJA just announced that he has signed to Ghostly International, alongside the likes of Gold Panda and Matthew Dear, and I can’t say I’m surprised at all. If you have been following RAJA at all over the past few years, you know that he has been ridiculously talented and the fact that he’s only getting signed now is what is surprising. RAJA has been periodically putting tracks up on his soundcloud page before taking them down soon after for the past year, and now with this announcement has finally graced us with a debut EP. Rubies is sure not to disappoint any of RAJA’s previous fans, and most likely gain a lot of new ones. It’s easy to compare his style on this EP to other producers around Soundcloud and on labels such as Brainfeeder, but this EP sounds much more thought out than most of that. Even though this will be a lot of people’s first introductions to his music, on Rubies, RAJA sounds completely comfortable and incredibly experienced, morphing aesthetics from too many genres to name into one cohesive sound that is completely his own. Stream one of my favorite songs off of the EP below, then link to download the whole thing under that, and then hit the jump to stream the whole thing- in that order.
Although its getting more and more difficult to really get behind any new trap artists, Yung Gutted caught my attention right away. Part of the incredible and diverse music scene at SUNY Purchase, (I won’t even list all of the artists because there are too many but just know that we have posted a lot of them) something about Yung Gutted’s music is exciting and fresh in a sea of artists trying to build around a similar template. Making use of 808 kits with pitched kicks and chopped vocal samples, on the surface it may seem like Yung Gutted is using the same exact formula as lots of other artists, but he brings a new morbid aesthetic to it that doesn’t sound contrived at all. ”Triple Six” is a huge track driven by heavily distorted 808 kicks and decorated with twisted instrumentation straight out of a horror movie. Its become nearly impossible for artists to stand out within the trap sub genre nowadays, so props to Yung Gutted for being able to.
LVL UP is a Purchase, NY-based band, including two members of Spook Houses. When I wrote about Spook Houses’ Trying LP I wrote that one of the reasons I liked it so much was because of how much it reminded me of early 90′s indie such as Built To Spill. LVL UP’s music, however, (especially “Nightshade”) channels the grunge vibes on the 90′s even more. The song “Nightshade”‘s catchy chord progressions and shamelessly bold vocals hit me right in the same spot that songs I grew up listening to my older brother play like “Lithium” did and the amazing video emulates the ominously swallowing feeling of the song perfectly. LVL UP’s extra worlds 7″ will be out on awesome young record label DOUBLE WHAMMY WHAMMY on April 6th.
Recently, when people ask me who my favorite undiscovered rapper is I always try to put them on to Sidewalk Kal. Currently based out of Chicago, Sidewalk Kal has been blessing us with a consistent stream of great music for a while now and shows no sign of slowing down. ”OctoTrex” is Kal’s latest release and it has him teaming up with Brooklynite ID 4 WINDZ. WINDZ provides an understated yet memorable beat for the two to spit over with Kal stepping up his word play and delivery to some of the best we’ve seen from him so far. WINDZ is similarly old school minded rapper with a harder and grittier lyrical bent to compliment Kal’s more abstract musings and references. I also just found out that I went to high school with Kal’s younger sister which is pretty darn cool, amirite?
To start the new year on the right foot, New York beatsmith Mattron just released a new beat tape. For those of you not familiar with Mattron’s style, his beats, which combine classic New York sounds with modern hip-hop experimentalism and abstract, caught my ear last year with his work with Sidewalk Kal. Since then Mattron has released a track here and there on Soundcloud, but has presumably been spending most of his time on this tape. SPILLS shows Mattron’s ability to hem samples together to be at an all time high. The tape combines an uncountable amount of samples into 15 different beats that all sound fresh off of some dusty vinyl, with hard hitting drum breaks and heavy basslines. Still, out of all of the great instrumentals, my favorite track has to be his collaboration with Sidewalk Kal on the bonus track, so I hope to hear more from both of them in 2013. Stream my two favorite tracks below and the whole tape after the jump.