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Ace Mo is the latest member of the experimental Makoshine collective to have his turn in the spot-light with his new EP A Dream’s Depth.  The release lives up to it’s name, acting as a sonic cloud pillow, of the memory foam variety, to rest my tired blogger ears.  The washed out sounds and soft textures coming through on this release sound somewhere in between the Final Fantasy 7 soundtrack and what I would expect the Final Fantasy 7 soundtrack to sound like when I’m dreaming.  That is to say, Ace Mo explores the dreamier and loftier side of electronic music while still rooting the tracks down so that they don’t fade into ambient obscurity.

-PK

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After hearing his remix of Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Drop’, I knew that I wanted to kick-off our new mixtape series with a mix from Jonathan of Tako Tomago.  His Hydro EP is still one of my favorite surprise releases this year as it is probably one of the most convincing examples of a (I honestly never thought I would say this) ‘post-genre’ release.  Although he’s making some left-field, r&b tinged, synth-pop, Tako Tomago decided to make a hip-hop heavy mix with a lot of edits and mixing thrown in.  To keep the mix fresh, Tako Tomago made sure that “pretty much every song on the tape is an edit so even if you’ve heard the song you’ve got something new to enjoy.” On top of the edits he even throws in an ASAP Rocky remix and an original demo to close everything off.  This tape is the first of hopefully many to come and we couldn’t have asked for a better tape.  Hit the jump for the download link, track list and a quick interview we conducted with Jonathan…

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Khris P KReam has already earned himself praise as a producer, specifically for being one of the biggest talents working in the resurgence of trap that is coming out right now.  His newest mixtape, YES, has Khris stepping out from solely the role of producer as he takes to the mic to deliver some quality verses.  Khris’ rapping isn’t tailor made to blow your mind or make you change your perception on rap but it does the job flowing with the beats and sets a unique vibe for the album.  There aren’t many rappers pulling off making good music quite like Khris with his style tied closely to the same southern rap vibe that produced some of my least favorite rappers (I have to admit such jams like ‘Throw Some D’s’ have grown on me since middle school though… the beat is pretty sick).  For the best dirty southern rap mixtape this year check out YES.

Mixtape: Khris P KReam- YES

-PK

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I like Pirate Treasures by Mood Tattoed because it is good.  It is good because Pirate Treasures is filled with gorgeous ambient tracks with splashes of tropically inspired music scattered throughout the listen.  Moving away from reverb-filled synth-wash ambient music, Mood Tattoed’s tracks demand the attention of the listener with memorable compositions and melodies.  The result is an album that sounds somewhere in between Boards of Canada and El Guincho.  Mood Tattoed is part of a music and art collective with another blog favorite Tortilla Pass so we’re expecting some great things to keep coming from their collaboration.  Stream and download Pirate Treasure below…

-PK

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I honestly wasn’t anticipating on listening to Kool A.D.’s new mixtape but after an awesome single I become much more hyped for Kool A.D.’s mixtape dedicated to the bay area.  The hour-long mixtape, 51, is probably the most convincing example of Kool A.D.’s talent since Sit Down, Man and at this point I don’t think there is anyone that can argue that Das Racist are no more than a few funny lines.  On 51 Kool A.D. steps out from his usual character of referencing every possible aspect of pop culture and shows off that he can be a pretty conventional rapper.  With out mentioning Taco Bell or Pizza Hut, Kool A.D. still manages to explode with charisma and his laid back flow sounds great paired with the many Main Attrakionz features.  Stream and download the mixtape below…

-PK

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This EP has been floating around for a minute now but just got officially released by Bad Panda Records earlier today.  It’s clear from the opener, ‘In Fielder’, that Kiss This (Vol. 00) is typical Miró Belle material with the notable exception of being far more refined and well put together than anything he’s put out so far (which has all been pretty great anyway).  The organ sounds on ‘In Fielder’ definitely give the track a summertime baseball game feel, which I can safely say is a unique vibe that I don’t get from your typical soundcloud beatsmith.  The beats on this mixtape wouldn’t feel very out of place on a TV Girl release and after listening I’m actually really wishing the two artists would collaborate together.  Stream and download Kiss This (Vol. 00) below…

-PK

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Soundcloud is an absolute haven for great beatmakers and producers.  Just to further prove that fact to myself, today I decided to start following some artists based of their name and picture.  One of the most eye-catching artists had a classic photo of Batman and Robin as his picture and goes by L▲nguⓘd (Languid) who turns out to be a Zimbabwean beatmaker based in Britain who just dropped a new mixtape today entitled Soulness Side Two.  At first listen, Languid’s sample-based sound didn’t jump out as something of a rare find on soundcloud but as the music progressed his style became easier to distinguish.  Every one of Languid’s tracks was recorded using only chops which he has proudly demonstrated by performing every one of the tracks live.  The result is a mixtape of glitchy, J Dilla-esque beats which can be downloaded over at his bandcamp.  Two of the tracks on the mixtape come from Negrosaki who’s style fits in with the rest of the tape.  Stream Souless Side Two below…

-PK

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