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.
It’s been a long journey, but we’ve made it 20 volumes of Beaties in, and there’s no turning back now. I think this also means the one year anniversary is coming up soon, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. This time around we have 5 fresh ones for y’all as usual. We start off with an experimental chanting beatie from Holm.’s beatie-a-day project, then a short verse from /broke and Maj, a Neptunes/J.T.-esque summer track from Penthouse Penthouse, a mind boggling sample collage from BitterTV, and finally a haunting and organic sounding droner from Quam. As always, stream them all after the jump.
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.
As the beat music scene is gaining enough credibility to have terms like “god” and “prodigy” thrown around when referring to it, experimentation and differentiation within the scene is also growing. One artist taking electronic music to cool new places is Chrome Sparks. When I first heard Chrome Sparks’ break out track “Marijuana” a few months ago I obviously thought it was really cool, but wasn’t sure if I saw a whole project coming together in the same style. Fortunately, thats not what Chrome Sparks had in mind either. Sparks is full of tracks that have much less pop appeal than “Marijuana”, but are much more interesting. Presumably taking inspiration from more retro electronic artists than most do today, a lot of Sparks is characterized by hypnotic repetition. Lately a lot of electronic music hasn’t been catching my interest, but this is a nice breath of fresh air. Stream “Marijuana” and “Gates To Heaven” below, and the whole EP after the jump.
Out of all of the changing styles in M|O|D over the past year, one of the most exciting to watch in progress has been Yung Satan. In the early stages of M|O|D’s work together Yung Satan stuck with a fairly distinct style of rapidly chopping samples to make melodic lines, but eventually started experimenting and moving away from it. Over the course of late 2012 we saw Yung Satan mess around with a lot of different sounds, and now he is beginning to settle into one. On PENG 003 Yung Satan contributed maybe his best track yet and is now releasing his first solo project in the form of an EP. Maserati sees Yung Satan becoming comfortable among swelling, colorful, and melodic synths and vocal sample chops that recall his earlier style. You can stream my favorite track off of the EP below and the whole thing after the jump.
At the beginning of the year, your 2012 Beatie Master Tuamie has decided to grace the world with a brand new beat tape. Placebo shows Tuamie sticking to what he does best; short, obscure samples, flipped with incredible finesse and looped for about 8 bars or so. The beats are as dusty as ever with gritty kicks, snares, and hi hats that sound straight out of 1994 and for the most part are more melodic than on Tuamie’s past projects. Tuamie’s vein of beatmaking, involving short beats that probably aren’t meant for rapping over, has not always been the most palatable or easy to get into, but Tuamie has stuck with it and is now getting more recognition than ever so commend that man for it. Stream my two favorite beats below and the whole tape after the jump.
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.