I’ll start this by trying to right the wrong we committed of somehow completely missing Kallie’s tape from earlier this year Skyward. It’s dope. Listen to it. Anyway, if you hadn’t heard, Tortilla Pass has gone and changed his name to his real name Kallie Lampel which is cool because he has a cool name. Beyond changing his name, he’s definitely also cemented a sound that’s rooted in acoustic textures and organic soundscapes. When I say his music sounds like the jungle I literally am talking canopies, ancient tribes and tigers not the genre of music. When Kallie performed at the Up-Turn’s showcase last summer it was like stumbling into the amazon. It was some serious sober psychedelics, maaaaan. ”Fingerlings” continues to refine and explore that sound while also channeling electronic greats like The Field and Boards of Canada. Kallie doesn’t go overboard with any of the sounds here and the restraint pays off.
Pro-tip for getting featured on our website, go to SUNY Purchase. The amount of talented musicians and bands studying together at SUNY is pretty astounding and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t pay a little more attention to emails from artists you say they’re attending. RIchie Quake is a producer who bros around with the dudes of Makoshine and has his own brand of beats worthy of attention. Quake’s production leans towards the slower, dronier and more introspective side of hip-hop and fellow SUNY student ENxVE hops on one of the tracks with my of my favorite verses of his yet. The EP is only four tracks long but Quake manages to carve his own exciting niche in the beaties world through the listen. Stream my favorite tracks below and the rest of the EP after the jump.
AceMo’s sound has gone a lot of different places over the past few months, sometimes ambient and other times more conventional but every track he has released has been moving towards this wonderfully organic sound. On “LEIS”, the first single off of AceMo’s upcoming project, Borders, the CT producer marries a bunch of different sounds together, each with its own layer of tapedeck fuzz, into a collage that fits together perfectly. Although chopped samples and synthesizers don’t occur in nature, somehow this track sounds completely natural like it could have existed long before computers did. It’s been almost a year since AceMo released his last project, so “LEIS” has me extremely excited to hear how Borders turns out.
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.
Today we have a new track from Chicago rapper Sidewalk Kal and New York/Connecticut producer AceMo. The last time we heard from them was their track “COMFORT/CONTROL” which was a pretty experimental track. This time both producer and rapper move a little closer to the tried and true formulas of 90′s rap while staying experimental enough to keep things interesting. For the beat AceMo shows his versatility (the last we heard from him was a droner in Eat Your Beaties Vol. 10) by contorting a jazzy piano sample with chops and filters into a monstrous boom-bap beat while Kal lays down one of his best classic flows touching on some of the nostalgic themes of his hip-hop forefathers. There’s a right way and a very wrong way to do boom bap, and this is the best way I’ve heard in a while.
For our tenth edition of Eat Your Beaties, we are continuing to bring you that heat, because when it comes down to it we don’t have anything better to do with our time than scour the internet for awesome beats all day. This time we have beats from some EYB vets and some newcomers too. C.Z. hit us with what is probably his most experimental track to date, Ahwlee put together a track that sounds like pure New York summer bliss, Selaone made some grade-A space-out music, MIKE CREEPS got especially trippymane, and last but not least, AceMo put out an ambient droner that has an awesome story intertwined with hurricane Sandy. Listen to our wonderful finds after the jump and we will see you in another two weeks.
Ace Mo just released this new track and video, and I must say it is the perfect music for this Sunday. Comprised of a chord progression of chopped electric piano chords, a guitar sample, and some perfectly subtle drums, this track has the perfectly dark and relaxing vibe for any sunday. This track definitely continues further in the direction of “Sirocco/Seed”, playing around with the use of dissonance and atmospheres, and Ace Mo does it really well.