Gorgeous Children have been on our radar since releasing their debut mixtape about a year ago. Even though that tape was extremely good, we haven’t heard much from them until now. ICE is the Seattle duo’s second full project and shows further progression into their dark and dismal take on rap. Over the course of the past year both members of the act have improved excessively in their crafts. Gila Monsta’s beats are cleaner than ever, contorting obscure samples into bubblingly bleak soundscapes and Face Vega tears through them with catchy hooks and ferocious verses. The highlight of the tape for me would probably be “Daiyamondo” on which Gila Monsta creates a beat stuck somewhere between grime and Mystic Stylez and Face Vega rips it apart, sounding like he’s almost barreling out of control with aggression by the end of his verses. Stream “Daiyamondo” below and the whole tape after the jump.
I still don’t really know how I stumbled on this release, but I think that adds to the darkness of it, so I’m going to try to leave it that way. Underworld Dust Funk are the trio of Caz Green, Khrist Koopa, and Bolo Nef hailing from Seattle, and they make some of the darkest rap I’ve heard in a while. At face value, the lyrics on this album aren’t anything new or special, repeatedly referencing drugs and womanizing, but when constantly hammered into your brain over the entire 35 minutes of this tape, backed by incredibly bleak yet huge beats, it completely pulls you into UDF’s own hazy world. UDF aren’t doing anything revolutionary on this album, but what they are doing, they are doing really well. Stream two of my favorite tracks below, and the whole album after the jump.
Like your social life (that you secretly wish wasn’t impeded by your refusal to listen to anything that has graced the top 100), Eat Your Beaties is back from the deepest depths of midterm week. To be honest we just didn’t wanna see this thing turn 30, hairlines may go up but everything is down from here isn’t it (damn)(sadboyz). Because EYB has been MIA like a paper plane (I’M FUCKING KILLING IT WITH THIS POST) for a while now, we’re gonna hit you up with a few more than usual. Because you’re worth it. In this volume we have Memory Cards bringing us back to the days of the ps2, triangle regime flipping some horns, Jung Jill chilling out like it’s the summer of 2009, Leah Axel partying it up like a sad hipster who doesn’t like dancing but is really good at it anyway, Color Plus bringing in some heat for the ladies, Plue Starfox doing something cool and Yung Gutted with a reminder that it’s halloween season, bitch.
I know we’re really late on Beaties this time but I don’t really have a good excuse to give you so sorry. This time around we have lush and organic-sounding track from Ale$, a swing-heavy funk influenced beat from J. V!bes, a chopped up sound collage from Spectre Waltz, a pleasantly nostalgic dance track from Testudo and Slam Skillet, a delicately distorted experimental track from little cloud, and last but certainly not least; an official Up-Turn-certified trap banger from D.J. Detweiler.
I don’t know whats going on with Spaceghostpurrp’s Raider Klan lately. Apparently Wulf (formerly EthelWulf) and a bunch of other members, including Denzel Curry and Chris Travis, are no longer a part of the group anymore, but they are all still releasing awesome music. The beat for this track by Kaine Solo is ridiculously awesome, collaging Zelda samples together into a quirky but huge sounding backdrop, and Wulf puts together a hook and couple of verses that perfectly match the beat’s marriage of nostalgia and current rap clichès.
With the end of summer and having to move back into school, beaties are the perfect bite-sized pieces of music to listen to when I have a few minutes. Collected over a few very quick and rushed messages between Terence and I, this beaties volume includes some jazzy swagger from KVZE, gucci trap from DJ Smokey (one of our new favorite beaties senseis), gorgeous loops from Cosmicatt, a Snoop and Dre flip from Psittacines and a crazed, WOAH OMG WTF inducing track from Loec. Eat them up.
While most posts I make are written after listening through a track only a few times, I wanted to give my self more time for Hanz’s newest release A Brief Guide. I’ve been following the music of Hanz for a while now as he’s grown from a sample-based and hip-hop inspired beat maker into a force all his own and A Brief Guide is his biggest mission statement yet. The release ebbs and flows like a factory, revealing moments and hints of pop after heavily rhythmic sections of noise and clutter. Influence of bass music, trap, juke and house persist through the tracks in a mutated, twisted and restrained manner. On “Queen Speed”, which absorbed the earlier single “Gum”, bird fluttering replaces hi-hat rolls and breaking glass stepping in for cymbal crashes. ”Read the Sign”, probably the most danceable track, would serve well to soundtrack a dirt-level rave of rats and cockroaches. Working with a restrained yet world-building sound, Hanz demonstrates that he’s working on a whole other level than many of his electronic peers.