“Phasin’ Out” has Jalal Salaam firing on all cylinders. Even across his two already impressive mixtapes, Salaam has never sounded this in control of the mic. Over a minimal and moody beat courtesy of LayerFace, Salaam commands the steady ebb and flow of his verse before passing it over to the ever open minded uhlife. Both rappers deliver what we’ve come to expect, Salaam delivering “flip an opponent like an exponent” and uhlife opening with “the universe is growing / supernovas exploding”, while pushing past their past efforts with refined and effortless wordplay. I’m gittin’ square routed and you’re just gittin’ turnt.
Acab Rocky first drew our attention and won our praise with their disgusting EP late last year and they are starting 2014 strong with a new jam that they were kind enough to let us premiere. ”Sara pt. 1″ is a noticeably bold and ambitious track for the young group in the same vein as lo-fi/folk classics such as “The King of Carrot Flowers pts. 2 & 3″. Things start slow, minimal and calm. Singer Sam Wells absolutely commands the mic with just a few plucks of his guitar behind him. By the second minute Wells conjures up a storm, “Sara, you know who I am”. It’s the last remaining moments of calm before Acab Rocky erupts into a full band frenzy. When the last distortion fades following the epic conclusion you’ll have a hard time forgetting about this band.
Walrus have come a long way since their first release. Glam Returns hardly sounds like the same band that was making fun Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah! channeling indie-rock tunes back in 2012. While “Banger” may not be what they’re playing in that club that’s too cool for you right now, it is an unexpected blast of garage-rock from the brothers that opens up Glam Returns with a catchy bang. ”Bulash” keeps the high energy with albeit trippier and more psychedelic leaning instrumentation. The title track is probably the boldest track from Walrus yet as it approaches Of Montreal or Foxygen level flirtations with british psychedelic music. Despite the clearly higher level of seriousness that Walrus demonstrate throughout the 4-track EP things never get bogged down in that seriousness. They’re still just two brothers having a good time which makes it pretty fun to listen to.
Arnold put out this remix over a month ago but it’s taken me that long to realize just how much I genuinely like this song. Taking on The-Dream’s club crooner “I Luv Your Girl”, Arnold transforms the song into a properly danceable track with an increased speed, renovated beat and his “aaaaaaaarnold” tag. True story, I showed this to a friend of mine and she hasn’t stopped playing it on a consistent loop for two weeks. I haven’t even seen her. She just locked herself into her room so that she wouldn’t have to do anything else but listen to this song. Devotion.
After putting out a song everyday for a (fucking!) year, Holm. took some time off to work on a new track for longer than just one day. The result is “45th Parallel” and it gives a lot of insight into just how much Holm. learned and grew over the course of his 365 day long project. ”45th Parallel” introduces for what I believe is the first time Holm.’s voice which he focuses into a blunt shout over his frantic and gorgeous percussion. While he doesn’t push himself to Majical Cloudz emotional heights, he definitely captures the same up close and personal effect. In case his project didn’t already put him on your map “45th Parallel” way be his way of shouting his way from faceless producer to an artist with a lot to say.
We’ve come to expect unpredictability from Hanz but I still can’t help but be surprised and wowed by his newest single “War Fiction”. If you’re reading The Up-Turn because you like our (pretty darn good if I do say so myself) taste in hip-hop or lo-fi rock then “War Fiction” may not be your thing. This is experimental a.f. bros. The biggest driving force behind “War Fiction” is the burst of military drumming that Hanz spreads through the tracks first two thirds. It gives his music, which has never failed to sound huge, a more directed form. The last minute collapses in on itself with plenty of distorted, dissonant and odd sonic goodies that Hanz is so good at pulling off. Reducer drops this spring.
It will probably take about 30 seconds for this song to get stuck in your head, that’s a money back guarantee. Hit me up on myspace or snapchat if you don’t like this song. That’s how much of a guarantee it is. Although FFNORDZZ is talking about another song being a hit in this track “IT’S A HIT!” definitely is an instant scuzz-punk, jangle-rock, garage hit and I really can’t get enough of it. FFNORDZZ should make a video for this song because that’d be very #meta. I don’t know what else to say about this track. It’s catchy, fun, has some serious guitar riffage and most definitely isn’t the last we’ll hear of FFNORDZZ.