I haven’t got this excited about a hip-hop scene since the days of Funcrusher Plus and Cold Vein, but the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All collective really seem totally unstoppable. The reason they remind me of the heady days of Rawkus or Def Jux is not the sound particularly, because there isn’t an obvious aesthetic as with those 90’s milestone labels. The crowning sound of OFWGKTA may be the mischievous, antagonistic swagger of Tyler, The Creator or Earl Sweatshirt but the output is much farther reaching, from the lovesick crooning of Frank Ocean to the space jams of The Jet Age Of Tomorrow. The reason to get excited about this lot though is their enthusiastic, unpretentious creativity, full of bravado, and seriously good records.
Words fail me.
These have all probably been blogged to death by now but there’s no rush where Daniel Lopatin‘s concerned. I could literally watch nobody here forever. Or at least an entire afternoon at work.
Almost certainly my find of the week, I’m fairly late to the party but that seems appropriate enough. RUN DMT has a bit of a weed fascination which filters through his track titles and sample-based recording aesthetic. The listening experience is a stoned meander, a munchie-frenzy through a large box of Dilla’s donuts, flicking through the channels of an abandoned radio discovering strange but familiar frequencies.
Download the excellent Bong Voyage for free from his myspace.
More OESB videos via their Vimeo page. These are a few of my favourites from the past year that I haven’t posted previously. Its Monday morning, needed something to brighten up the page a bit.
Julian Lynch’s new album was released last week and it’s very good. Might write some words once I’ve got my head round it.
Pigeons album Si Faustine is out today on Olde English Spelling Bee. It is something a bit different again from OESB, good to see the label broadening it horizons. Fade Away is a wonderful wee track, delicately balanced between those vague emotions of ‘happy’ and ‘sad’.
For fans of cheerful computer salesmen dancing in front of Windows XP wallpaper; or joyous, electronically enhanced traditional South African music. The perfect remedy for the inevitable world cup melancholy. Read the rest of this entry »
Alastair Cook (MALIN, Dissimilar) is in a rich vein of form. This wonderfully hypnagogic video and soundtrack to accompany the rich, striking words of Gérard Rudolf is just one of numerous excellent pieces of work that have passed my way. Previously noted on these pages for his stomach churning bass drone alongside Erstlaub at the Hidden Door festival, a new MALIN live set is in the pipeline along with a full collaboration with Erstlaub. Keep up to date with his activities here.
I’ve spent most of my Good Friday so far getting pretty excited about the new Forest Swords’ EP Dagger Paths; more enthusiastic ramblings to follow. In the meantime he has done a great wee lo-fi mixtape for Gorilla vs Bear, featuring the likes of Jeru The Damaja, Atlas Sound, King Tubby, Ducktails and various tracks off the new album:
The Wirral based producer also includes on the mix a reworking of a track by another British purveyor of murky post-dubstep, Burial. The Moth collaboration with Fourtet was excellent in the first place, Forest Swords has beefed up the original with a rolling psychedelic drum workout:
And to finally stir you from your Easter holiday hypnopompic state, Caribou has made the remix of Odessa by Nite Jewel available for download. Again, the original wasn’t half bad but this submerges it in Nite Jewel’s ethereal tape haze, with Ramona Gonzalez’s accompanying vocals lifting Dan Snaith’s original falsetto: