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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Spaceghostpurrp just let go this monstrous new track on youtube from his aptly named upcoming project Trilluminatti.  If you have heard any of Spaceghostpurrp or Michael Uzowuru’s previous work you might think their sounds are incompatible, but on “Way Back” they work together perfectly.  Uzowuru provides a beat that matches Spaceghostpurrp’s over-the-top style perfectly without sounding like he is forcing anything, and Spaceghostpurrp delivers the usual trill, Three 6 Mafia-esque verse.  On top of this, though I’ve been underwhelmed with Speak!’s music in the past, he does a great job on this song and I will definitely be looking out for him in the future.  Trilluminatti shall blow all of our minds.

-TC

When I saw that Phantom Power had dropped some new material I wasn’t expecting an entire album of new jams.  It was only last month that Phantom Power released the 14-track FUCK and he’s done gone released a 9-track album.  The whole affair isn’t a very long listen which works with the chill vibe of the release.  Phantom Power is really making a name for himself on the blogosphere with his consistent and solid releases and the buzz is well deserved.  Stream and download I Am David Jackson below…

Download: Phantom Power- I Am David Jackson

-PK

The Avalanches created something incredibly special with their 2000 effort Since I Left You.  The Australian group sent shockwaves through the music world with their genre-infusing album that worked as an oral collage of world music, dance and electronic.  It’s been a long 10 years of no new material from the band, however, signs seem to indicate that a follow-up could finally come to light as soon as next year… hopefully.

Yes, the band has announced a reissue of Since I Left You which I am incredibly psyched for but I’m tired of waiting for new Avalanches so I decided to look back.  Although Since I Left You is the bands only full-length, a few searches on the internet will lead to some of the more underplayed and early releases.  The band’s El Producto EP is almost a straight hip-hop release and the Rock City 7″ has an amazing synth driven b-side.  I highly recommend that everyone else do some googling and check out their older releases.  Stream/download one of my new favorites ‘Thank You Caroline’ below…

-PK

If you’re already familiar with in-the-process-of-blowing-up Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky, you may recognize “Peso” from Rocky’s viral video for his song “Purple Swag”.  Rocky just released an unscrewed full version of the song recently and it does not disappoint.  Though I think it might sound better if it were chopped and screwed, for me “Peso” quite possibly tops “Purple Swag”.  You can stream and download the track below thanks to Hypetrak and stay tuned for a chopped and screwed version because I’ll be looking out for it.

-TC

After posting Teeel a while back I clearly did not pay close enough attention to his continued releases.  Amulet gained Teeel plenty of indie cred, however, he has continued to pump out tracks, the latest tune being ‘Marx on my Heart’ a part of a compilation he dropped on his soundcloud.  The video for the track takes a montage of Teeel’s favorite 80s romance scene and mashes them together into a collage of summery/radical/tubular love.  Woah.

-PK

It is becoming more and more evident that 2011 is the year that brought back the saxophone.  Strong sax contributions hit the blogosphere early this year with Destroyer’s Kaputt and have continued strong with Colin Stetson, The Rapture, Bon Iver, Julian Lynch, Fleet Foxes and now M83 embracing the power sax solo.  One of the innovators, Clarence Clemens, may have passed away recently, however, the power sax has become a growing indie trend.  ‘Midnight City’ is the latest Hurry Up/We’re Dreaming leak that finds the french musician embracing the trend.  Even if the rocking solo didn’t enter in the last minute, this track would still be hard to describe without use of the word epic.  The soaring synths, pounding drums and lyrics build up an immense track that feels much larger than 4 minutes.  Stream/download below…

-PK

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Ever since I first discovered Tyler’s music, the great influence Clipse and The Neptunes’ production had over his music was apparent.  Now he is finally big enough to do a track with some of his idols, and even make a video for it.  You would think since Tyler seems to be such a Neptunes stan that the video would be of him hanging around with the Star Trak gang, but instead the video features Pusha T palling around with the center of so many peoples’ attentions, Odd Future.  Though I love Pusha T’s music, and him and Tyler do work well together on the track, he definitely seems really out of place in the video.  Regardless, the music is good, and the video is still pretty entertaining.

-TC