EP: Ghost Row – 800 Diamonds

CT homies Ghost Row finally released their debut project with Cadence Collective, and its everything we had hoped it would be.  If you’ve listened to Ghost Row’s music before or read PK’s interview with Chef the Chef you know that Color Plus and Chef aren’t too concerned with sticking to trends and are much more interested in carving out their own path within their genre.  800 Diamonds does just that.  The beats switch from aggressive in tracks like “Visitor” to incredibly smooth in “Cranberry Octave” and standout “Golden Delicious” without ever succumbing to following trends or sacrificing chemistry.  I’ve known for a while that Ghost Row were an especially talented duo and I think 800 Diamonds is by far the best example of this so far.  Stream “Golden Delicious” below and stream and download the tape after the jump.

-TC

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EP: Color Plus – Diagonals Vol. 1

If you’ve been following Color Plus, you’re probably familiar with his distinctive production style; delicately arranging acoustic noises and electronic noises next to each other seamlessly.  For Diagonals Vol. 1 Color Plus just applied this production style to a number of different songs for his first remix EP.  If you’ve ever wondered what Lil’ Wayne, Soulja Boy, or Gucci Mane would sound like backed by delicate and airy soundscapes, here is your chance.  Favorites from the EP include the “Honest” remix, which definitely stands out among the hundreds of other remixes that have been made of it with huge pulsing ambience, and “Bed” which makes “Turn My Swag On” actually sound like waking up.  Stream “Honestly” below and the rest of the EP after the jump.

-TC

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EP: prom gown – our frat or whatever

prom gown is a cool dude from Connecticut who makes really awesome music which is basically all you need to know.  our frat or whatever will only take you a few minutes to listen to, but the impressions will last longer than the music.  In the same vein as Elvis Depressedly or even early Animal Collective records, prom gown is as lo-fi as it is beautiful with lines as effective as they are simple.  ”I just wanna love you,” he sings on “fuck me” and the notion sounds like a defeated revelation coming from the head bowing narrator.  Although his songs rarely venture past 2 minutes, prom gown has released quite a bit of awesome music on his bandcamp.  Check it out if you know what’s good for you.

-PK

EP: Color Plus – Lemon Cycle

Connecticut producer/homeboy Color Plus just released his new EP, and its by far his strongest effort yet.  I originally got really into Color Plus because of the crazy and delicate atmospheric vibes of his Cerulean Dream EP, and although his style has evolved a bit since then, he still maintains all of that goodness.  On Lemon Cycle, Color Plus integrates ideas from multiple different electronic genres, including house, footwork, and juke, into his music and it works perfectly.  ”Beech” opens in normal Color Plus fashion with spacey guitar chords before seamlessly working in a footwork drum sample, while “Pulp” perfectly explores house stylings without going overboard.  Stream “Beech” below, and then the whole EP after the jump.

-TC

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mp3: Sidewalk Kal – Non Believers (prod. Mattron)

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.

-PK

mp3: Ghost Row – Cranberry Octave

Cadence Collective just dropped an awesome sampler compilation, and it happened to feature a track from CT homies Ghost Row.  Ghost Row, once again, show incredibly good chemistry with this track.  Color Plus puts together an absurdly smooth beat driven by gorgeous guitar strummings, and Chef lays down some of his most effortless-sounding verses yet, with perfect flow and tasteful wordplay.  ”Cranberry Octave” is an awesome reminder of how DIY rap can rival and surpass the work of artists with lots of resources.  Keep an eye on Ghost Row in the future because if they keep putting together tracks this great people are bound to take notice.

-TC

mp3: Color Plus – Pulp

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.

-TC