Royal and LeGinge totally transformed this horrible Diddy song (which somehow has over 110 million YouTube views). The intro is laid back, quiet and ethereal like the last blurry, muted seconds of life until an EXPLOSION of light rushes in at 1:35, and we are in synth heaven raving in velvet robes.
Check out LaGinge at his Bandcamp.
“Stay Young” and “Tears Apart” are the first two digital singles from the UK quartet Letters to Fiesta. While the post-punk, new wavvvvy pop crew did just hit the Internet (running quite fast), they have been together for a couple years, surprising new fans with an unconventional approach to fundraising and music distribution. LTF swaps their EPs for donated records from fans, then sells those records at pop-up stands during their shows. Sounds kinda fun right? I have a Michael Bolton record I could do without.
The video to “Stay Young” (below) is cut together with clips of the 1972 cult-classic Spanish horror film La Cabina, directed by Antonio Mercero, and definitely Kafka inspired. Look out for their forthcoming EP Aphorism.
I can’t believe it’s almost the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, released in 1994. I was 7, Nas was 20, signed to Columbia, and working with some of the best producers available (ie. Pete Rock and Q-Tip).
It’s funny listening to SIDEREAL’s remix. What was a slow burning, nihilistic track throbbing out of subs in Cadillac trunks, now has an uptempo pace with jazzy back vocals fit for pool parties and Saturday night pre-games. It’s as if the context has changed from a cold, ruthless attack on the meaning of life (which is valued on the dollar), to a YOLO track that lacks that calloused, hard world Queens perspective Nas represents: ”Robbing foreigners, take their wallets, their jewels, and rip their green cards.”
Rappers don’t spit lines like that anymore. Of course, it’s not a bad thing that rap has changed. Many would disagree, but evolution in any genre is what keeps it alive, and SIDEREAL exemplifies this progression with the addition of his new age aesthetic. Either way, it is nice to be re-united with AZ, Nas, and probably the best rap album of all time.
Check out more from SIDEREAL on his Soundcloud.
Now, I’ve been all over Joel Compass since his single “Back to Me“ dropped earlier this year, paired with a pretty captivating, albeit strange, emotional slowmo video. The young (20) producer turned new age R&B talent is getting a lot of attention in the UK, and is about to blow up (I think/hope) in the US with his first EP Astronaut, out September 9th on Black Butter Records.
Here’s a remix of Joel’s title track “Astronaut” by Henry Krinkle, who I also image is British with a name like Henry Krinkle.
This uptempo synthy spaghetti western pop song from Misun can be paired with pretty much any end of the summer activity, especially if it involves riding through tumultuous Texas desert towns on quarter horses. There probably needs to be a mash-up of Clint Eastwood clips for the “Hills and Trails” video.
Misun is Misun Wojcik, William Devon, and Nacey from Washington DC. Every song I’ve heard from Misun is fantastic, so you should put them on your radar like right now.
I’m sure this video resonates with those that received their introduction to quintessential nineties rap through vinyl records and tape decks. My first rap album was Puff Daddy’s No Way Out on compact disc, and it’s a shame to know that if I was just a few years older I would’ve had that rock hard rap gambit pumping out a Clairtone stereo next to the Michael Jordan poster in my bedroom. I didn’t have that, but it’s okay. Ka is making up for it.
You might of heard of Ka (he hit Pitchfork a few weeks ago with a strong album review of The Night’s Gambit). However, if you want a great overview of the forty-year-old NY firefighter / humble hip-hop-ripper, check out Brandon Soderberg’s piece over at Spin. I’ll be pumping Ka MP3s through my digital auxiliary cable in the meantime.
I was in bed reading the The Movie Goer by Walker Percy the other night when “Dolores” came up on a recent playlist I made. I had to put down the American classic and listen a little closer to Chase Weinacht’s delicate melody. I let it melt me into the fluffy comforter as I envisioned Queen Dolores sinking into her own spell of defeat among knights in armor and vast arnica gardens, watching our pearly faced narrator as he leaves his one true love. It was as if I saw some 15th century gaudy-framed painting come alive, the story expounded then returned to canvas. Deep shades of oily paint weeping down a white-washed gallery wall.
I don’t know if that’s how it actually goes down, but I do know that the Marmalakes are wonderful storytellers with the softest, saddest croons I’ve ever heard. Check out the three-piece crew (Max Colonna, Josh Halpern, and Chase Weinacht) at their website, and keep an eye out for Marmalakes shows around Austin.