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.
It’s really only a matter of time before Lord Raja blows up and gets signed by either Brain Feeder or Stones Throw (both of which he has connectionswith) and blesses the world with his righteous vibe. For now, Raja is just doing him which includes putting out this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired remix of Captain Murphy’s “Mighty Morphin Foreskin”. Straight whimsical.
It’s been awhile since uhlife flew onto our radar with the stunning “pruse” and honestly “rituals” doesn’t do much more than continue to make it harder to wait for new material. At just over a minute and a half, uhlife doesn’t actually get that many lines in over the shape shifting beat from the ever prolific RAJA, however, he isn’t just passing the time casually either. Just like on “pruse”, uhlife conveys a confidence and personality on “rituals” that makes it impossible not to believe his peak climbing boasts. uhlife has a new tape coming soon, “rituals” reminds us why we should all be excited.
L.A.-based record label/artist collective thing The Melt just put out this compilation completely stacked with amazing artists. Alongside the five resident producers at The Melt including Djemba Djemba and Gossamer, the compilation also has tracks from 14 other producers including Color Plus, C.Z., and RAJA among others. If you’re looking for new producers who are leading the way in pushing electronic music to new exciting places and will probably have taken over the scene in a year or two, this is where to look. Sub-genres on this compilation range from ambient to footwork to U.K. Garage without ever sounding out of place. You can stream two of my favorite tracks off of it below, and stream and download the whole compilation after the jump.
The ice has all melted. The geese are back to poop on the grass. Girls are still wearing yoga pants. It’s March and things are pretty darn good (not for Terence though he lives in Boston lololololol). Basically, there is no better time to be celebrating Eat Your Beaties’ sweet sixteen. We out chea celebrating with a flip of Animal Collective’s “College” which is one song in Holm’s very rad 365 beaties year long project, the first clear beatie of the year contender from Lord Raja and AceMo, weirdo grooves from Dirtybird Beats, some gorgeous guitar from Shak and the return of spliff master simpson. HAPPY SWEET SIXTEENTH!!
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.
When I saw this track I pressed play for the first time because of the production credit from Brooklyn producer RAJA, who’s always unpredictable style has been amazing me lately, but I’ve been pressing play over and over again since then in a large part due to uhlife’s verses. RAJA’s beat is one of the most perfectly gritty beats I’ve heard all year, so a rapper could get overshadowed by it very easily, but uhlife matches its grittiness with expertise. uhlife’s flow is laid back with the confidence of a rapper who know’s he’s better than 99.9% of the rappers you’ve listened to today. There’s very little in this world that makes me happier than hearing something this great from an artist I’ve never heard of before.