I have already kind of accepted the fact that this post is going to be a pathetic demonstration of our pseudo journalism that you come here for because I literally know nothing about this artist, but this shit is waaaaay too good not to post. Somehow this song popped up in my Soundcloud feed a few days ago, and I have been listening to it a lot since. From what I gather, this is a demo for a collaborative project by two guys named Abhi and Dijon, and thats literally all I gather. The demo is the perfect blend of beat music experimentalism and heart-wrenching R&B aesthetic and vocals, sans the bullshit pretentious air taken on by many contemporary R&B experimentalists, that I suddenly feel l has been missing from my life. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this project in the future, but right now I’m fine with listening to this song on repeat for a few hours.
It’s been a long journey, but we’ve made it 20 volumes of Beaties in, and there’s no turning back now. I think this also means the one year anniversary is coming up soon, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. This time around we have 5 fresh ones for y’all as usual. We start off with an experimental chanting beatie from Holm.’s beatie-a-day project, then a short verse from /broke and Maj, a Neptunes/J.T.-esque summer track from Penthouse Penthouse, a mind boggling sample collage from BitterTV, and finally a haunting and organic sounding droner from Quam. As always, stream them all after the jump.
It’s been a long wait since we last heard from them but we still haven’t forgotten about the captivating sounds coming from UK trio A Yellow Man. They’ve finally ended the silent drought with an official name change to Hawk House and this new video for “Tidal Tendencies”. Like their early standout “3000 Miles of Youth”, “Tidal Tendencies” is a downtempo stunner that operates under a less is more ethos. For three gorgeously steady minutes, the trio take turns laying out deceptively casual verses rounded out by an r&b closer. Hawk House are combining hip-hop and r&b in ways similar to fellow UK natives Young Fathers and I couldn’t be more excited for more music from both groups as 2013 continues.
It’s been far too long since we’ve gotten new Young Fathers, but I can’t really blame them for not putting out much since ya know they’ve been busy blowing up and signing to Anticon and stuff. ”I Heard” is their newest taste of the long awaited Tape 2 and it has the group focusing heavier on the R&B and pop roots (the dudes apparently were once a boy band) than their hip-hop tastes. The Young Fathers signature dark atmosphere is still heavily intact turning what could be an uplifting track into a smokier, emotional, tramp’s anthem. We still get a rapped verse of sorts but the imagery and delivery of the lyrics sound more like spoken word. Look out for Tape 2 on June 11.
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.
The former beaties submitter turned beaties sensei Atu is maturing his sound and songwriting talent. Although he’s always had a knack for making sensual, sample-based music, Atu’s latest track featuring Sango is the most realized track he’s made yet. Moving beyond samples and employing the live singing of Sango, “the duo” has Atu experimenting with 2-step, r&b and bass music in a resulting track that is distinctively his own. The track is the first single from his upcoming release Pictures of Silence drops next week.
Just a little over a month after releasing his 19 track, experimental R&B filled Ten Thousand Thunders EP, Connecticut’s own Body Cheetah is blessing us with a new EP. Finger Pricks EP manages to be more experimental than the admittedly oddball Ten Thousand Thunders EP while also being more concise, memorable and distinctly his own. The biggest change on Finger Pricks is the addition of guitar on some tracks. With his falsetto croon and guitar picking, moments on Finger Pricks such as the opener “Africanized” sound indebted to Bon Iver. However, Body Cheetah still adds his own R&B-tinged flair to the material and the results end up sounding like a How to Dress Well and Bon Iver collaboration… just a lot better than that collaboration would undoubtedly be. Stream my favorite tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.