EP: Sidewalk Kal – Champagne Forever

Sidewalk Kal has released enough amazing music over the past few years to compile better albums than your favorite rapper.  Although he’s made us wait far too long, his debut EP Champagne Forever is finally here.  Three tracks may seem to be a pretty bare-bones release considering how most rappers these days are willing to release a new 30+ track mixtape every year, however, the restraint is exactly why Kal is one of the best underground rappers doing it right now.  He doesn’t deal out garbage.  ”Trumpets” opens the EP exactly as the name suggests, with trumpets.  It’s a high energy song that flirts with traces of Chicago’s drill scene without ever sacrificing Kal’s reputation for thought provoking lyricism and melodic overdubbing.  ”Out to the World” slows things down a notch with one of the more minimal beats of Kal’s career.  Despite the minimal beat, “Out to the World” has Kal at his most charismatic.  If anyone has managed to doubt it up until now, “Out to the World” is a track that demonstrates the distinct sound and personalty Kal offers.  Obviously we love “Champagne Forever”.  The EP too.

-PK

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mp3: Tay Devenny – stimpaks (nooon.)

There just aren’t many other artists who can make such captivating and satisfying music that lasts under 2 minutes.  The keyword with Tay Devenny’s newest track is “nooon”.  ”Stimpaks (nooon.)” is exactly the kind of gorgeous, head in the clouds floater that any afternoon daydream (maybe on 4/20 when it was released…) needs.  After the success of the epic “Vancouver/palm”, Devenny has proven himself most captivating when working in extremes.  More excited than ever to see the evolution of his art.

-PK

mp3: Jalal Salaam – Dab One Up (prod. Sabata x Beatboxbandit)

It’s 4.20 and I really don’t know what that means but for some reason people are releasing a lot of songs about weed today.  Weird shit.  At under 2 minutes, “Dab One Up” is definitely one of the most potent bursts of psychedelic bliss that Salam has released.  With the help of producers Sabata and Beatboxbandit, “Dab One Up” will perfectly compliment whatever you decide to do on Easter/420.

-PK

EP: T I N D E R G R A M – T I N D E R G R A M

Even though everyone on the east coast is cautious of getting let down by false foreshadows of spring, I am confident that true spring weather is imminent in the next few weeks.  During April showers I am listening to T I N D E R G R A M non stop while waiting for May flowers.  T I N D E R G R A M is a currently faceless producer who knows exactly how to coax warm vibes out of samples of any sort and this first tape exhibits that perfectly.  Made up of 11 simple, loop-based songs, T I N D E R G R A M plays through like its name-sakes, with abbreviated and instantly gratifying scenes that make up the perfect background music for daydreaming of the sunny rooftops and cold beers of the forthcoming summer.  Stream my two favorite tracks off of the tape below, and buy the cassette via Paxico Records to search for the secret T I N D E R G R A M tracks that are yet to be discovered.

-TC

mp3: Spooky Black – Without You (Supa Bwe & Sidewalk Kal Remix)

Whether or not you like him, Spooky Black is primed to blow up (at least on the same level as Yung Lean) and he deserves it.  ”Without You” is one of the most interesting pop tracks to drop this year and it sounds even better with Supa Bwe and Sidewalk Kal over it.  The boys mostly leave the original intact, only adding their own original verses seamlessly in between Spooky Black’s.  Sidewalk Kal is unsurprisingly amazing with a fast paced verse over the slowed beat and Supa Bwe adds some much needed texture to Spooky Black’s singing.  The original may be a singular work but it’s hard to deny how much Kal and Supa Bwe add.

-PK

Eat Your Beaties: Vol. 38

We know, it’s been a while.  Hopefully you were all enjoying the sun too much to be on your computers anyway. Lol jk, I hate the sun because it makes it so that I have to come up with excuses to spend all day inside on my computer instead of getting tan or whatever with the cool bros.  Anyway, it’s been a while so we’re just gonna give you a jumbo sized beaties volume to make it up to you all.  Yup.  This volume is 8 beaties deep.  #rare.  Enjoy the vibes from Lil Netzero, Drip-133, ghostwerk, sabata, F. King Taisho, cight, wu-lu and andrew michael.

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mp3: Iglooghost & Tay Devenny – vat of fudge

Ever since dropping his epically lengthed “Vancouver/palm” and his equally impressive LP Shrine, Tay Devenny has been on a mission to progress his sound beyond the limitations of what is classically considered to be hip-hop.  His newest collaboration with producer Iglooghost, “✿︵✿ (vat﹏of°fudge) ❀︵❀” (which we’ll just call “vat of fudge” for convenience), continues his experimentation with hip-hop proper.  There are only about 30 seconds of actually rapping on the track but it is 30 seconds of Devenny’s most potent and ear grabbing performances yet.  His bars move unhinged by any conventional beat, starting at a breakneck pace and eventually slowing down as the song disintegrates into its dreamier second half.  Devenny is prepping a new release soon and this track couldn’t raise the hype levels any higher.

-PK