AceMo has never been predictable. Whether he’s making music from recordings of hurricane sandy or beats for rappers like Sidewalk Kal, AceMo has basically done whatever he’s wanted and been consistently great at it. On Boarders, AceMo finally settles into one sound long enough to sustain an entire tape and the result is gorgeous and probably unlike anything you’ll hear on the internet. As the album art hints at, Boarders is an album that steps away from AceMo’s hip-hop leanings and embraces (yes, sorry, I gotta say it) world music influences. Let’s ignore the fact that world music is a term used by lazy bloggers like me to try and describe anything that sounds like it could have grown in a jungle and talk more about the fact that Boarders literally sounds like it could have been grown in a fucking jungle. Highlight “vss” has AceMo pulling together ambient bird chatter with tribal grooves and twinkling synths to stunning effect. Even when he takes more jazz-routed detours like on “momas’ cookin”, AceMo keeps the production sounding like it’s covered in a thin layer of moss or dew. Boarders has AceMo moving away from his status as a master of the art of beaties and stepping into a role as one of the most exciting artists to watch out for.
Since I slept on his last EP, deadweight.sheep, I thought it best that I didn’t let his newest release “Law of Attraction” slip through the cracks (even if my post is still a few days post release). It’s finals season and while I let our email become overrun with unread submissions I’m just happy to have some nice new instrumentals to listen to. These aren’t just any instrumentals though. This is Lanzo, the homie from Young Ho Collective. Lanzo’s beats on this tape are definitely old-school and boom-bap oriented yet they never feel stale or played out (which seriously means a lot for beat music in 2013). Tracks like “pro.lifik” are practically begging for a competent MC while also managing to be entertaining in their own right. Things tend to blend together during finals week so it’s nice to have something like this.
ewonee’s music has always sounded nice but something about this new EP just sounds super nice on headphones. More so than his previous tranquil EP, UN▲TY manages to pack warm, hip-hoppy, jazzy, liquidy audio goodness into bite-sized packaging that defines a sonic palette uniquely ewonee’s. ewonee seems fascinated in jazz for it’s warm textures and dynamism just as much as he is in it’s rhythms and flows. Just listen.
On his bootleg of Thudercat’s “For Love I Come”, Tree puts the original soulful track through a kaleidoscopic lens of reverb, bass and psychedelics. Although the first listen probably won’t cue you in, Tree constructed his bootleg the old fashioned way sampling the original track off vinyl and using analog only additions. The result is a sunburst sound of warmth and pretty distortion. Never stop doing weird things, Tree.
Look. I already knew Young Ho collective was on some next-level, spiritual, vibed-out inter-dimensional plane, but this new track from SEENMR is something else entirely. I just finished writing a paper about psychedelic and free-jazz pioneer Sun Ra and it turns out I wasn’t the only one getting into his cosmic mythology. SEENMR just released his tribute to Saturn’s best Jazz performer with “A Great Spirit” which features an interview with Sun Ra. Maybe it’s just a coincidence. Nah.
If you haven’t seen already, soundcloud went through a massive update earlier this week and while most people were pouting about it on twitter and stumbling to get a grasp of the new layout we were taking advantage of the new features to dive deeper into the beatie underground. Although at times we were disoriented and felt that we may have dived too deep, the newest volume is certified fresh, top-notch, hip and pretty damn good (if I say so myself). This volume includes a Daft Punk-esque banger from Two Moons, a jazzy guitar piece from sw◊n, blissfully distorted boom-bap from Koffee, an analog bumper from Jonwayne and a crystalline stunner from eyeofzion. Hit ‘em after the jump.
On his soundcloud page, Portugese producer Mr. Herbert Quain is described as born from “…a state where we will remember the future and we will ignore, or hardly have a presentiment of, the past.” To be completely honest, I have no idea what that means. However, listening to Quain’s There’s no way not to go back Mix, that description seems to somehow make sense. Pulling on material from as early as 1959 to some that aren’t even released yet, Mr. Herbert Quain has created a mix of songs and genres that manage to sound both nostalgic and forward looking, most of the time simultaneously (an impressive feat that also pervaded his recent EP). Mr. Herbert Quain is still a young producer discovering his sound and this mix serves as a road map for all his influences. Stream the entire mix below and check out a mini-interview and tracklist after the jump.