Ever since I first listened to Tuamie I’ve been hoping that a properly skilled rapper would take on one of his perfect loops. Luckily the wait is over as one of our favorite rapper’s decided to spit over a jazzy loop on “Thousand Arrows”. This is two gods coming together and “Thousand Arrows” is appropriately awesome. Over the nonstop movement of Tuamie’s beat Kal delivers a lyrically dense and disorienting verse. Where “Paranoid” was a tuned and perfected version of Kal’s space-gazing flow, “Thousand Arrows” is Kal with his eyes forward cruising as fast as he can. No matter what gear he’s in he doesn’t stumble.
ewonee’s music has always sounded nice but something about this new EP just sounds super nice on headphones. More so than his previous tranquil EP, UN▲TY manages to pack warm, hip-hoppy, jazzy, liquidy audio goodness into bite-sized packaging that defines a sonic palette uniquely ewonee’s. ewonee seems fascinated in jazz for it’s warm textures and dynamism just as much as he is in it’s rhythms and flows. Just listen.
Last weekend The Up-Turn had its first showcase on a rooftop in Brooklyn, and one of the many amazing performers who came out was Snacs, who put on a vibe-heavy set that went perfectly with the twilight skyline surrounding us (pictured above). Today Snacs released this track which I believe was in that set. With “new alchemy” Snacs doesn’t really change the formula of past tracks like “Trees”, but simply improves on it. ”new alchemy” mainly consists of a fairly simple loop, that over the course of the songs almost 5 minutes starts to feel beautifully ritualistic. You can stream the track below and then download it for free on Futures Collective’s first compilation.
This weekend I had the fortune of seeing PORCHES. play live at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, and although I was already a big fan of their music that’s been floating around the internet for a while now, their live performance completely won me over. They are currently prepping to release their debut full-length on Exploding in Sound Records and have blessed us with a single. ”Franklin the Flirt” shows all of the reasons why PORCHES. are so awesome, with front and center vocals, tried and true song writing, and just enough synth work to not be overdone. Slow Dance in the Cosmos is currently looking at a rough release date of late August, but if you need something to tide you over until then, I would highly suggest making your way over to PORCHES. bandcamp page for jamz galore.
So Brooklyn/Purchase, NY producer Lord RAJA just announced that he has signed to Ghostly International, alongside the likes of Gold Panda and Matthew Dear, and I can’t say I’m surprised at all. If you have been following RAJA at all over the past few years, you know that he has been ridiculously talented and the fact that he’s only getting signed now is what is surprising. RAJA has been periodically putting tracks up on his soundcloud page before taking them down soon after for the past year, and now with this announcement has finally graced us with a debut EP. Rubies is sure not to disappoint any of RAJA’s previous fans, and most likely gain a lot of new ones. It’s easy to compare his style on this EP to other producers around Soundcloud and on labels such as Brainfeeder, but this EP sounds much more thought out than most of that. Even though this will be a lot of people’s first introductions to his music, on Rubies, RAJA sounds completely comfortable and incredibly experienced, morphing aesthetics from too many genres to name into one cohesive sound that is completely his own. Stream one of my favorite songs off of the EP below, then link to download the whole thing under that, and then hit the jump to stream the whole thing- in that order.
A few months after releasing his Whenever.EP and grabbing our attention, New York/ New Jersey producer Snacs is back with his second EP. On Meaning Of, Snacs continues to blend genres into a crazy new label-less electronic sound. Although not all of the tracks on the EP make use of R&B vocal samples, most of them borrow the feel from the genre with soft drums and subtle production. Meaning Of has a similar formula to Whenever at its core, but also experiments beyond it, for example on “Wondering” which is built around a percussive sample instead of his usual smooth synths. Overall, Meaning Of is a very strong second release and will hopefully turn some heads. Stream “Trees” below, and the whole EP after the jump.
Although its getting more and more difficult to really get behind any new trap artists, Yung Gutted caught my attention right away. Part of the incredible and diverse music scene at SUNY Purchase, (I won’t even list all of the artists because there are too many but just know that we have posted a lot of them) something about Yung Gutted’s music is exciting and fresh in a sea of artists trying to build around a similar template. Making use of 808 kits with pitched kicks and chopped vocal samples, on the surface it may seem like Yung Gutted is using the same exact formula as lots of other artists, but he brings a new morbid aesthetic to it that doesn’t sound contrived at all. ”Triple Six” is a huge track driven by heavily distorted 808 kicks and decorated with twisted instrumentation straight out of a horror movie. Its become nearly impossible for artists to stand out within the trap sub genre nowadays, so props to Yung Gutted for being able to.