If the last single from Hanz, “Reducer”, then “Gum” might be more of your thing. Moving away from the largely ambient and noisey “Reducer”, “Gum” might be the closest thing Hanz has written to a pop instrumental. Only a few hi-hat rolls away from being a trap single, “Gum” has some of the most colorful and playful sounds we’ve ever heard Hanz working with. Admittedly, “Gum” isn’t exactly bubbly or poppy at all as Hanz manages to retain his sense of dark, chaotic atmospheric. The track sounds ready to break down at any time and fly off the rail. This is the type of gum you might find on the sidewalk, dirty, unsavory yet hard to take your eyes off of.
CT homie and incredibly talented producer Color Plus just released this track a few days ago. ”Pulp” shows Color Plus beginning to experiment with house styles, and doing so with ease. Driven by a very house-sounding organ chord progression, this track switches between classic four-on-the-floor house drums and the more hip-hop influenced percussion which Color Plus is known for without missing a step. Every day I see more and more electronic producers bringing house elements into their production, but few have executed it as perfectly as Color Plus has with this track.
Over the past year C.Z. (of M|O|D)’s sound has gone in a number of different directions. He started buzzing with a sound that could be pretty easily classified as trap with songs like “Doin’ What I Do” and over the past few months has moved towards a heavy UK Garage influence with songs like “wana do”. Now, with bathtub, C.Z, is releasing his first solo EP in a while and is finding a way to make all of these sounds work together. On this EP he weaves influences from a huge number of genres of electronic music together into a cohesive project, maintaining a consistent well-produced but quirky sound throughout. This is a weird time for a lot of artists who have been labeled as “trap” in the past despite creating lots of different types of music, but it looks like C.Z. is doing a really good job of keeping things interesting. Stream my favorite track from the EP below and the whole thing after the jump.
Its been a while since Color Plus released his last EP, Cerulean Dream, and since then he has been up to a number of different things, releasing two EP’s with Chef the Chef under the name Ghost Row. For most of the songs for Ghost Row, Color Plus toned down the thick ambience and airy nature of his solo music, but now on Key Lime, it is back in full force. His production style is just as distinctive as ever, stretching out vocal samples in a number of different ways to form gorgeous backdrops with extremely well produced drums over them. Although Color Plus’ choice in drum sounds can often draw many connections to trap music, his production style as a whole completely transcends the genre in an extremely impressive way that I can’t think of many producers who are capable of. Stream one of my favorite tracks off of the EP below, and the whole thing after the jump.
What first drew our attention to Florida native Bukkweat Bill wasn’t that he was saying and doing things that other rappers weren’t already doing but that he has an incredibly talent for saying lines that stick. ”Kawasaki Tires”, his latest collaboration with Djemba Djemba, has Bukkweat on a nonstop ride spitting some of his most memorable lines yet. I honestly can’t think of many other rappers who are able to pull of genuinely funny punchlines while also being incredibly abrasive and explicit. Bukkweat isn’t wasting any time either with the entire track just reaching over 2 minutes despite being packed with so much personality. I can’t imagine Bukkweat is going to stay underground for much longer.
Parisian producer Myth Syzer may be miles away from the neon soaked streets of Miami but the distance hasn’t stopped him from collaborating with Florida natives Raider Klan. Raider Klan is a constantly evolving group and honestly it’s hard to keep up with the many members, however, Shvun Dxn (Shaun Don) is an easy standout from the crew. While most of the crew employ a flow indebted to the pacing of Three 6 Mafia, Shvun Dxn approaches most of these beats in a more traditional style with plenty of hooks and mantras. As a result, Shvun Dxn is probably one of the only members of Raider Klan who I wouldn’t be surprised to find over a boom-bap beat but not because he sounds generic. Instead, Myth Syzer’s atmosphere soaked beats (which don’t lean boom-bap) allow plenty of space for Shvun Dxn and the Raider features to present catchy hooks and ear worm inducing lines. Despite sounding like just another don’t-give-a-fuck anthem, “Fuck you” is a clear standout with Shvun Dxn confidently striding over woozy synths and trap-styled percussion. Considering the highly experimental nature of SGP’s recent releases, I wouldn’t be surprised if Stairway to Blackland served as a proper introduction to the world of Raider Klan and all things phonky.
My Soundcloud feed is usually completely dominated by experimental instrumental music which is great, but every once in a while someone like Bukkweat Bill makes his way into it and I get really excited. Bukkweat Bill’s abrasive flows, beats, and personality immediately stood out to me, not because it was something I hadn’t seen before, but because Bill was doing it so well. Bukkweat Bill is far from being alone in making ignorant and heavily explicit rap, but he makes it with so much confidence that you can’t help but believe him that he’s better than any other rapper in his lane right now. On “#D4MN” he opens by repetitively muttering a rap cliché almost incoherently and it works perfectly and on “Kelly Rollin” he drops lines aren’t groundbreaking but somehow are impossible not to repeat. Bukkweat is also aligning himself with the right people as he just released a track with L.A. producer Djemba Djemba so I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes a blog favorite within a few months. Stream “#D4MN” below and “Kelly Rollin” (produced by Djemba Djemba) after the jump.