Unlimited Dream Company
Amun Dragoon, who we admittedly know next to nothing about, has taken to SoundCloud to release Unlimited Dream Company, a 14-track dream simulation that swims its way through synthetic pop (“Secret Highway”), breathy new age (“SIMULATION PROJECT 1, ツキハナ「MOONFLOWER」”), and demented appropriations (“MEMORY INVOKE 059”), with a couple unexpected twists along the way (“JADE PASSAGEWAY”). The album is Amun’s envisaged future in which environmental love songs meet space-age broadband pop in a new age/new world data stream straight from Christmas Island, drifting in and out of clarity, shifting from one dimension to the next, exploring ways to achieve different levels of consciousness through the therapeutic yet sometimes ominous tones of 2108 A.D. This is what your dreams will sound like packaged up and sold back to you by a corporate entity. Depressing, yes, but exquisitely manufactured to satiate your every commodified whim and marketable desire.
Listen to Unlimited Dream Company below. For an artist who seems to exist only on SoundCloud, this is some pretty impressive stuff.
• Amun Dragoon: http://soundcloud.com/amun-dragoon
Ghostface Killah, M.O.P. & Pharoahe Monch
I don’t know if you know this, but RZA’s martial arts movie is coming out soon. The Man with the Iron Fists is the story of a noble blacksmith (RZA) who joins with warriors and assassins to save his community from invaders. It stars Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, and the soundtrack is off the chain — there’s a Black Keys/RZA collab, Talib Kweli, Method Man, and even a cut from your mom’s favorite Starbucks singer-songwriter, Corinne Bailey Rae. “Black Out” comes off that same release; it’s a pugnacious piece of work featuring Ghostface Killah, M.O.P, Pharoahe Monch, and a whole lot of whoop-ass. Only thing it’s missing is Russell Crowe
Mamiffer / Pyramids
It was with much sadness that we received news of the ”imminent demise” of Hydra Head Records. For nearly 20 years, Hydra Head has been altering the way we think about heavy (and, occasionally, not so heavy) music, while simultaneously perfecting the art of unbelievably badass packaging. Their absence will be our loss. On a small, personal note: given the countless ways in which Hydra Head’s output has moved and shaped me over the last 15 years, it’s an honor to be premiering one of their final releases. Requiescat in pace, HHR.
On October 16, Hydra Head will release a split 12-inch from Mamiffer (Washington) and Pyramids (Texas). Although both artists will be releasing unique compositions, there is (to shamelessly borrow from the very accurate press release) a unity of vision — both sonic and emotional — at work here. You can preview the full split below, so I won’t waste too many words. Suffice it to say, however, that it — all of it — is a strange, gorgeous, and sometimes overwhelming mix of acoustics and electronics. In short, it’s a stunning release. Think Grouper meets William Fowler Collins. Think Jefre Cantu-Ledesma meets Neurosis. Or, hell, just think “Mamiffer” and “Pyramids,” as both have long since established themselves enough to be the bands to which other bands ought to be compared.
Furthermore, a limited-edition photo book by Faith Coloccia is available with the clear/black vinyl for an additional $5. Considering the work contained in the booklet accompanying the Locrian/Mamiffer collaboration (a personal and TMT favorite), I’d suggest you spend the extra $5.
Illusions Of Grandeur 2 [mixtape]
“YESSSSSSSSSS.” That’s now one of my favorite Lil B lyrics, and you’ll hear it a lot on his latest mixtape, Illusions of Grandeur 2, the follow-up to last year’s installment. This release sees Lil B on autopilot, and I mean that in the #based possible way. I love him. He loves you, too. In fact, I saw him live a couple weeks ago, and he said “I love you” over 20 times in a row. He also told us to give it up for our parents, handed out bottled water, and did the cooking dance. It was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, to the most eclectic crowd I’ve ever seen. Task Force is strong. Protect Lil B at all costs.
Download Illusions of Grandeur 2 from DatPiff here and/or stream below here:
Meanwhile, Lil B’s rock album is due in late December. We can probably expect at least one more mixtape before then.
• Lil B: http://www.basedworld.com
“The mode of production of material life determines the social, political and intellectual life process in general. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.”
– Karl Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
“Being and time determine each other reciprocally, but in such a manner that neither can the former - Being - be addressed as something temporal nor can the latter - time - be addressed as a being.”
– Martin Heidegger, Being and Time
“I am myself and my circumstances, and if I do not save them, I do not save myself”
– Ortega Y Gasset, Meditaciones del Quijote
– The Cheeky Girls, Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)
“I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to be the center of attention. I wanted the glory, I wanted the fame. I wanted the pretty girls to come up and say, ‘Hi, I see that you’re good at Centipede.’”
– Walter Day
• SLF Tapes: http://www.slftapes.com
The Black Bar Mitzvah [mixtape]
I quite like that Maybach Music. Anyone else, besides my pal Mickey and me, ever wish Ricky made you a personal shout-out on the “Intro” track? Yet, that classic and terribly amazing king-boss personification is BACK with The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape, recycling the most pop’d radio-rap tracks and ripping them some new Ross. Don’t matter if it’s trash, and it really ain’t, but Rozay is a radio CEO, so face front and serve your ears some bubbles. Rick Ross for president!! Like, it’s all there. This is pretty much just Rick Ross’ playlist, his mitzvah, and him rapping over whatever the fuck he wants. Yo, there was a countdown for this yesterday. I suppose my only complaint is that I wish I heard more Ross. The licks he got are wet, yo, but they don’t stick, ya feel me? Ehhhh, shit. Ross. “Said fuck me and she wanna fuck me!” Rick Ross fucked me for his vote. wOOp, “911” setting some originality straight, no? Ohhhhhh’kay — “originality.” “Bands” is okay. Into “Itchin’.” Can’t fail when Mike WILL Made It. Someone huge come out with a mixtape and just make guttural noises throughout their favorite 2012 tracks. FUCK YOU, YOUNG JEEZY. SAY IT TO HIS FACE!!!!!!!