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.
All rejoice, King Krule is back. I thought one of the only flaws with King Krule’s debut EP, was that it left me wanting more new songs from King Krule, so now that I have one I’m pretty excited. ”Rock Bottom” as per Archy Marshall’s usual style makes use of some incredibly well written jazzy chord progressions and emotive vocals, but also brings some new ideas to the production department. The song places Marshall’s vocals out in front as the centerpiece of the track and mixes extremely hi-fi recording with occasional crackly drum fills that sound like they could be sampled. I hope this single is finally leading up to a full-length from King Krule because I’ve been dying for one ever since I first heard “Out Getting Ribs”.
Not every King Krule fan is aware of this, but he is one of those awesome David Byrne-esque musicians who can create music of many different genres extremely well. Everyone knows that he is awesome at writing Brit-Rock/Blue Wave music, if you frequent The Up-Turn, you know that he is also a hip-hop maestro and occasional rapper, and now he has released an awesome sample of some extremely well-executed jazz he has made under the DJJDSports monicker. “Greener Delphing” kind of takes all of those awesome, slightly jazzy chord changes you can find on The King Krule EP and extends them into a whole thought. I can’t wait for his next full project.
If you look past their incredible talent instrumentally and ability to bring jazz to an all new generation, BADBADNOTGOOD are really just three guys who like to chill on the couch and eat cereal. Nothing proves this more than the newest video for ‘UWM’ where the guys sit on their couch, listen to some music and eat some cereal. They even invite their saxophonist friend Leland Whitty and some other dudes to the party. If you haven’t already go listen to BBNG2.
Ever since they announced that they’d be putting out an album sometime during the spring, BADBADNOTGOOD’s second full-length, properly titled BBNG2, has been easily my most anticipated album of the year. Last years BBNG was a huge surprise that became one of my favorite releases of the year and their non-stop releases of amazing singles, videos and mixtapes have been consistently great. Today BADBADNOTGOOD finally dropped the new album for free and it’s looking to be fantastic as their last album. The track list has 5 original songs and 6 covers ranging from Kanye West’s ‘Flashing Lights’ to James Blake’s ‘CMYK’. Although I’ve heard most of these recordings in some of their live mixtapes or videos there is still plenty of fresh material and it’s nice to get clean studio-versions of some of these songs. We also get another cover of ‘Bastard/Lemonade’ which has been on just about every BADBADNOTGOOD release. Stream and download the album below…