Parisian producer Myth Syzer may be miles away from the neon soaked streets of Miami but the distance hasn’t stopped him from collaborating with Florida natives Raider Klan. Raider Klan is a constantly evolving group and honestly it’s hard to keep up with the many members, however, Shvun Dxn (Shaun Don) is an easy standout from the crew. While most of the crew employ a flow indebted to the pacing of Three 6 Mafia, Shvun Dxn approaches most of these beats in a more traditional style with plenty of hooks and mantras. As a result, Shvun Dxn is probably one of the only members of Raider Klan who I wouldn’t be surprised to find over a boom-bap beat but not because he sounds generic. Instead, Myth Syzer’s atmosphere soaked beats (which don’t lean boom-bap) allow plenty of space for Shvun Dxn and the Raider features to present catchy hooks and ear worm inducing lines. Despite sounding like just another don’t-give-a-fuck anthem, “Fuck you” is a clear standout with Shvun Dxn confidently striding over woozy synths and trap-styled percussion. Considering the highly experimental nature of SGP’s recent releases, I wouldn’t be surprised if Stairway to Blackland served as a proper introduction to the world of Raider Klan and all things phonky.
There is an amazing scene of electronic producers bubbling up in France and Paris right now and the Banana music collective is hoping to start documenting some of it with their “Live is a Banana” series. The first video features one of our blog favorites Andrea performing a stunning 14 minute set fusing trap, R&B and other branches of electronic music. The film production quality is pretty stellar so I’m looking forward to watching and listening to their future material.
Although he’s slowed down his prolific rate of beaties production a bit since dropping EP8, French producer Nvthlss has just decided to drop a new remix EP dedicated to everyone’s favorite Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Although XXX is coming on being two years old, it’s impact can still be felt in hip-hop and Nvthlss has decided to sprinkle some of his musical magic over some of those tracks. On Danny, Nvthlss take Brown’s vocal far away from the trap leanings of XXX with the dusty drums, oddball samples and mellow synths that define Nvthlss’ production style. Like most of Nvthlss’ releases, Danny is a short listen that will have you continually hitting the replay button. Stream my favorite two tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.
Our homeboy and all around cool dude, Dream Koala (who we interviewed in the fall) just played the Boiler Room in London yesterday (for those of you that couldn’t tune in it was really really awesome) and today he just released his first all-original song since his Blur EP. On Blur and in his live shows we saw Dream Koala beginning to experiment very successfully with adding his own vocals to his music, and now for “Ocean” he has brought them front and center. Dream Koala’s production was already really great on its own but the vocals improve upon it further with brief appearances that build upon his music’s always heavy vibes and then disappear to let his production shine through. Overall I’m really excited to see where Dream Koala takes this new addition to his sound.
I first learned of French producer Andrea’s music through Dream Koala and have been grateful since. Andrea has an extremely clean style of synth-pop that I never get tired of. For this remix, Andrea takes Blackbird Blackbird’s already bright original and pumps it full of sunlight. The remix adds swelling synths and sample chops from the original that all pulse together perfectly. This song puts my anticipation in the wait for warm weather at an all time high. So far Andrea hasn’t released much other than a few singles and remixes, so this remix has me hoping he is putting together some sort of full project for the near future. We can only hope.
I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for any new material from French producer Myth Syzer ever since hearing what has since become easily one of my favorite rap beats of the year, his collaboration with Loveni. Since then, Myth Syzer has not disappointed, continuing to put out daring beats that consistently deny categorization. Sometimes he chooses synths as the main instrumentation for his beats, other times he uses contorted samples that I can’t even begin to identify, and it always works. For the first full project I have heard from Syzer, the producer keeps up his winning streak with heavy but smooth experimentation that pushes hip-hop’s boundaries as a genre while never forgetting what has made it so great in the past. Hopefully more rappers take notice of this, because there are a lot of people I would like to hear over these beats. Listen to the preview above and then link to stream and download the whole EP below.
Dream Koala‘s music in general usually has an airy and dreamy feel, and “Hipster Girl” was probably the most airy cut off of his recent Blur EP, consisting of a light instrumental layered under his heavily-reverbed falsetto vocals, not that there is anything wrong with that. For the remix, Japanese producer Taquwami beefed the track up a lot. Now Dream Koala’s vocals are backed up by a large distorted bass and some drums that sound like they could have been ripped from a chopped-and-screwed track. This remix doesn’t just strip away Dream Koala’s dreamy atmosphere, but builds on it instead.