If you’re at all familiar with the work of NVTHLSS, than F2i probably won’t be coming out of left field for you. If anything, NVTHLSS’ impressively sized catalog of beats and tapes are a demonstration of just how well an artist can define his own sound through constant recording, releasing and refining. F2i is not the solo material of NVTHLSS however, as the tape is the result of a collaboration with fellow french producer OVRDZ (no idea how to properly pronounce that name either sorry). Although the best I can do is speculate here, it does seem like OVRDZ has pushed NVTHLSS away from hip-hop influence and into deeper electronic territory. Although the percussion still hits mostly in the tune of boom-bap, none of these beats would provide stable ground for a rapper. Instead they are small meditations on warmth and repetition that revel in small moments of energy and inspiration.
This week has already been quite the amazing week for beats, however, no amazing beaties week would be complete without some new material from our favorite French beaties master Nvthlss. Snare autumn takes Nvthlss’ already chilled out style back another jazzy notch to make it more appropriate for the colder weather and windier days that the autumn is brining. Nvthlss even manages to take off some of the bite from Meek Mill and Rick Ross’ “Believe It”, flipping the brag filled affair into an introspective bumper that people could ride their bikes through the park too. Even the closing track “Bitches in the club” sound more appropriate for a campfire than a dance floor. Stream the entire release after the jump.
I’ve always been a big fan of French producer Nvthlss since he starting making EPs a while back, however, his recent run of EPs every few weeks this summer has only made me appreciate his art more. It’s clear that Nvthlss is a committed dude when it comes to making his music. Despite the fact that, for a reason I can’t understand, he’s being slept on by so many blogs, Nvthlss has stuck to his sound making revisions and refinements with each new entry. Vans on my feet, while still hardly reaching over 6 minutes in total, is easily one of his finest releases to date and possibly my favorite since EP6. With his latest EP, Nvthlss explores lush, damaged analog soundscapes that sound like an urban-tinged Boards of Canada. People should really listen up to this dude.
If the boss isn’t your thing maybe listen to this while drinking some PBRs and lighting your cigarettes with sparklers. Coming from a dude from Paris who makes beats where dust and vinyl crackle are main players, this might not be everyone’s perfect July 4th soundtrack, but I guess we never would have won our independence with out the French so that was pretty cool of them.
We’ve been posting the genius remixes from Oakland native OSØ for a while now and he’s finally decided to put them all in a convenient package with his Lean Mixes tape. The tape includes some of our favorites (“Goldie”, “Radio Song”, “Perfect Skies”, “All Gold Everything” etc.) and throws in plenty of new remixes we haven’t heard before. The newer highlights include more Main Attrakionz and Danny Brown flips as well as a remix of Travis Porter’s “Do A Trick” which has also received remix treatment from some of our other blog favorites NVTHLSS and suicideyear. Across the EP, OSØ comes through on the promise of lean mixes with tracks that are much more vibed-up and spaced out than the originals without ever sticking to simply chopped and screwed edits. He even throws in a “Gangham Style” remix at the end of the tape. Check out the entire tape after the jump.
I don’t know what’s different about the air or water over there in Paris but all the producers are on the same wave. Following in the footsteps of NVTHLSS, Dream Koala and Myth Syzer, 1963 is a Parisian producer who makes hip-hop minded beats with heavy doses of atmosphere. 1963 shows his sound off in spades with his remix of Justice’s much beloved “We Are Your Friends”. While the original is still the definitive dance floor anthem, 1963 spaces things out with some sounds and vibes that are just damn pretty. I have a weakness to pretty things. I’m just a man blogger.