The Melt Compilation Vol. 1

L.A.-based record label/artist collective thing The Melt just put out this compilation completely stacked with amazing artists.  Alongside the five resident producers at The Melt including Djemba Djemba and Gossamer, the compilation also has tracks from 14 other producers including Color Plus, C.Z., and RAJA among others.  If you’re looking for new producers who are leading the way in pushing electronic music to new exciting places and will probably have taken over the scene in a year or two, this is where to look.  Sub-genres on this compilation range from ambient to footwork to U.K. Garage without ever sounding out of place.  You can stream two of my favorite tracks off of it below, and stream and download the whole compilation after the jump.

-TC

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mp3: RAJA Black – Peace

I’m glad to say that it appears that people are starting to take notice of Kingston/Brooklyn NY producer RAJA’s incredible and eclectic talent.  Although I’m not completely sure, from this track it looks as though RAJA and Brainfeeder spitter Jeremiah Jae are teaming up to make a project under the monicker RAJA Black.  Although I was a little underwhelmed by Jeremiah Jae’s debut album Raw Money Raps, I can’t think of one piece of material RAJA has released in the past year that I didn’t like, so no matter what I’ll have high hopes for this project.  Presumably the first track off of it, “Peace” does not disappoint.  RAJA provides a wonky, fairly erie, and wonderfully gritty beat and Jeremiah Jae sticks to his guns with a smooth flow, and some of his more polished lyricism; tinting classic rap clichés with the abstract.  I have no idea when this project is set to be released or if it even will be, but it is sure to be a doozy if it is.

-TC

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mp3: Twin Cabins – Cool Kids

In the time since New Order first rose to prominence, they have always been a huge influence in the Indie Rock world, and now that it is approaching 30 years since they released Power, Corruption, and Lies many bands are trying to emulate their sound.  Some take the New Order influences too far, and some, like Craft Spells and Twin Cabins, are able to find a perfect balance.  On “Cool Kids” off of Twin Cabins’ awesome debut album I’m Sure, Twin Cabins creates a sunny vibe with light and reverbed guitar strumming over a slightly over-produced (in a good way) drum track with mellow vocals that recall Beach Fossils’ self-titled album.  Even though we are about to reach the winter solstice and this song was released in August, I kind of feel like this is the time of year we need sunny San Diego music like this the most.  Stream “Cool Kids” below and hit the jump for the whole album.

-TC

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Mixtape: Vince Staples & Michael Uzowuru – Winter In Prague

After consistently putting out great tracks every other month or so, Vince Staples and Michael Uzowuru finally just dropped a full project together.  Winter in Prague has all of the quirky yet on point Neptunes-influenced beats we’ve learned to expect from Michael Uzowuru with a darker tinge than previous tracks that suits Vince’s style extremely well.  Vince is still at the top of his game lyrically, with dark references that walk the border of being cliché without ever actually crossing it and always maintaining a lot of personality.  Although the duo have been putting out some really great music for a while now, they still haven’t gotten too much recognition other than from their early association with Odd Future, but they definitely deserve it so hopefully Winter and Prague will catch some peoples’ attentions.  Stream one of my favorite tracks below, and listen to and download the whole project after the jump.

-TC

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mp3: Danny Brown – Change

I was completely unaware of this until now, but Danny Brown and Johnson&Jonson are teaming up to put out a project soon.  For those of you that don’t know, Johnson&Jonson is the duo consisting of Blu and Mainframe who have been putting out some really exciting and underrated experimental and psychedelic rap albums for a while now.  For this project, entitled Danny Johnson, Johnson&Jonson will be handling the entire production end of the project, and Danny Brown will be in charge of the verses.  For this first taste of the upcoming project, Blu and Mainframe laid down a pretty mellow beat, and Danny Brown’s verse complements it.  Danny has gotten a huge amount of attention for his eccentric, high-pitched voice so people some times forget that that is only one of Danny’s many styles.  For this track Danny chose to use a more mellow tone that might remind you of a track like “EWNESW” and it works extremely well.  It would be an understatement to say that I’m just excited for this project to come out.

-TC

mp3: Vince Staples & Michael Uzowuru – TRAFFIC (Feat. SK La’Flare)

Here is a new track from the dynamic duo that is Vince Staples and Michael Uzowuru, this time enlisting the assistance of none other than the trap legend himself, SK La’Flare.  For “TRAFFIC” Uzowuru provides a beat that combines aggressive and syncopated horn hits that give the track an opulent mafia-esque swagger, with a vicious synth blaring in the background.  As always, Vince Staples comes through with a couple of verses steeped in his swagger-heavy drug dealer personality, and La’Flare lays down a simple raspy hook that ties the track together with lots of confidence that will make any listener want to start dealing drugs.

-TC

mp3: Anthony Ellect – Vases

Ever since we were first put onto Anthony Ellect’s music, us folks over here at The Up-Turn have been really impressed with his consistent stream of unique electro-jams.  With “Vases”, Ellect is continuing that trend in a very nice way.  “Vases” finds Ellect manipulating a small arsenal of unintelligible, heavily-reverbed vocal samples into a base melody, and surrounding that idea with his usual well-crafted synthesizers and understated percussion.  “Vases” is the first leak off of an upcoming EP that Anthony Ellect is putting together right now, and only has us more excited about the possibility of a multiple-song project from him.

-TC