It’s the summer and it’s hot out. It’s days like these where I can’t fathom how hot it must be living anywhere further south than Maryland, however, Plant Parenthood bring some sweltering Tennessee vibes on their kick-ass Feeling Good release. Feeling Good sounds like the product of some bored, sweating, and immensely talented kids (it might only be one immensely talented kid) with nothing better to do than yell into macbook microphones and jam out on rock instruments. With song titles like “I Will Be Alone Forever”, Plant Parenthood may seem like another emo/grunge inspired band that have been popping up recently, however, Parenthood stems from a Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. tradition of wailing guitars and soaring melodies. Stream my favorite tracks from the album below and the entire release after the jump.
SEENMR has done a lot of cool things. If you have any doubts just listen through his newest tape Home which is a collection of sounds, ideas and vibes he’s been collecting for over five years now. The tape really kicks off with the over 7 minute stunner “Golden Age” which matches SEENMR’s ability to loop and manipulate obscur samples into gorgeous soundscapes and adds a grandiose sense of scope and ambition. ”Golden Age” also sets the stage for the highly eclectic tape that follows which among other highlights includes a Sun Ra tribute and a noisy and distorted eponymous track. Considering Home has some older tracks on it I’m guessing that he’s releasing it as a way to clear out some of his unreleased material to get ready for his next step in the Young Ho takeover. Get ready.
We’ve been posting the genius remixes from Oakland native OSØ for a while now and he’s finally decided to put them all in a convenient package with his Lean Mixes tape. The tape includes some of our favorites (“Goldie”, “Radio Song”, “Perfect Skies”, “All Gold Everything” etc.) and throws in plenty of new remixes we haven’t heard before. The newer highlights include more Main Attrakionz and Danny Brown flips as well as a remix of Travis Porter’s “Do A Trick” which has also received remix treatment from some of our other blog favorites NVTHLSS and suicideyear. Across the EP, OSØ comes through on the promise of lean mixes with tracks that are much more vibed-up and spaced out than the originals without ever sticking to simply chopped and screwed edits. He even throws in a “Gangham Style” remix at the end of the tape. Check out the entire tape after the jump.
Slam Skillet, who first caught our attention with his gorgeous and high-energy beatie “Gemsbok”, is doing some big things. His sound has only matured and his newest EP, Rachis, scored a feature on Noisey. Rachis is filled with bubbling, strobe-accented beats that twist and bend around boom-bap vibed drums. Slam Skillet is definitely a master of sounds and capturing good feelings in small samples that is equal parts Daft Punk and DJ Koze. Although we feel like nostalgic parents seeing Slam Skillet grow up and make a name for himself, we couldn’t be happier about how his beats are starting to catch on with more people. Stream my favorite tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.
Pro-tip for getting featured on our website, go to SUNY Purchase. The amount of talented musicians and bands studying together at SUNY is pretty astounding and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t pay a little more attention to emails from artists you say they’re attending. RIchie Quake is a producer who bros around with the dudes of Makoshine and has his own brand of beats worthy of attention. Quake’s production leans towards the slower, dronier and more introspective side of hip-hop and fellow SUNY student ENxVE hops on one of the tracks with my of my favorite verses of his yet. The EP is only four tracks long but Quake manages to carve his own exciting niche in the beaties world through the listen. Stream my favorite tracks below and the rest of the EP after the jump.
When going through the embarrassing amount of unread emails currently in our inbox, I often go by the philosophy “anything by Temple Songs or Pink Teens will be amazing”. With this new split EP along with Fruit Tones, that philosophy has yet to let me down. I don’t know if Pink Teens is completely replacing Temple Songs as the main project of jangle-pop mastermind Jolan Lewis, however, his songwriting has never been better. ”Hands are Shaking” is a slice 60s garage rock flavored bliss and reaches the same energetic highs as any of Temple Songs previous fuzzed-out material. Fellow Manchester natives, Fruit Tones hold up their end of the split with tambourine shake saturated garage rock. The Tones even offer up a cover of Temple Songs “$$$$$$’ $$ $ $ $$$$$$$$$” with “¢¢¢¢¢¢’ ¢¢ ¢ ¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢”. It’s awesome to hear two groups inspiring each other to make cool things. Stream the entire EP after the jump.
Throughout his still young career, Nvthlss has demonstrated an incredible talent for breathing new life into tired sounds and musical ideas. Whether it’s working with golden age styled boom-bap, remixing Danny Brown or even some classic Illmatic Nas on this new tape, Nvthlss has never stumbled sounding fresh, exciting and distinctive. Breaking away from the numerically named EPs that he’s stuck to in the past, Nvthlss has put out easily his most fully realized product to date with the Always may.EP. The EP is a blend of remixes and originals that expand upon the producer’s parisian sound with fantastic results. The aforementioned Nas remix “The world is ours” places the rapper in a sound collage of manipulated and distorted vinyl scratches alongside cascading piano lines. Even Drake can’t help but sound great with the magical touch of Nvthlss. Nvthlss has always been one of my favorite producers to watch and listen to grow and with Always may.EP he’s become one of my favorite producers.