Gucci Mane
Diary of a Trap God

In case you haven’t been following Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis’ career lately (shame on you, seriously), allow me catch you up to speed. Within weeks of releasing a three-part mixtape chock-full of 1017 Bricksquad features, the artist briefly known as Guwop publicly disbanded his crew via Twitter, then used the social networking platform to launch a two-day tirade targeting not only his past associates, but also basically everybody in the world. A war ensued — a world war, one might say. (Read: Gucci claimed to have had sex with a bunch of famous pop stars and in turn was told he needed to go to rehab.) Unfortunately, Gucci’s Twitter account did not survive the melee. However, with its dying breaths, the rapper-cum-actor managed to…

“Claim his account had been hacked?”

No.

“Apologize for his rant?”

No.

“Describe Nicki Minaj’s plastic posterior one last time?”

No.

“Well, what then?!”

He announced the release of yet another mixtape, this one titled Diary of a Trap God. That’s right: Gucci Mane isn’t just a mane. Gucci is God (how’s that for a t-shirt?!) and he kept a diary (so who needs Twitter anyway?!).

Gucci Mane: 1
• Terrorism: 0

Torn Hawk

“Pretend to be a Cop” / “‘96 Galant”

Fuck it, cut the cord. I got a copy of Battle of Los Angeles from my friend in seventh grade. But I was already obsessed with “Guerrilla Radio" because of THPS2. Man, that school skate park is the greatest level in video game history! Turn that shit up. ‘Cause it’s Torn Hawk with a new release via Beer On The Rug called FIST. From Rage’y guitar samples to future-funk frankensteins, Torn Hawk produces elaborate yet concise, familiar yet alien soundage on sample FIST tracks “Pretend to be a Cop” and “‘96 Galant.” You can hear these tracks from the record below, but gotta purchase it to get the full experience. Lights out.

• Torn Hawk: http://tornhawk.com
• Beer On The Rug: http://www.beerontherug.com

Various Artists: Tranquility Tapes

Duets II

Yet again, Tranquility Tapes has gathered an eclectic bunch of banderling outsider musicians ready to rip at your reactor core(s). Duets II comes at a cost in waging a sonic war against wave after wave of tracks that dig deep into your mode of audible transformation. As language is to culture, the sound variety on this compilation will trash at the task of each translator and call forth a parade of meanings only one can mark as their own. Visuals encapsulate the masses in a real way here, but on such an individual basis, who KNOWS what you’ll see.

Duets II is relentless and won’t give up as it reels away your afternoon blues and takes you to colors you’ve yet to witness. Tranquility Tapes got that young creative madness blistering at your brain stems with heavy hitters and new bloods surrounded by an atmosphere of swirls and sizzles. So treat your imagination already to Tranquility Tapes’ newest collection captured on Duets II. It’s a c100 tape that includes Dozens, Glass House, Cream Juice, Roped Off, Perspectives, Nite Lite, Pendulums, Urkas, Coyote Image Revisited, and Morae. BANG!!!

• Tranquility Tapes: http://tranquilitytapes.blogspot.com

Donato Dozzy

Plays Bee Mask [excerpts]

I’ve always been fascinated by the potential for a piece of music’s mood/tone to be completely altered via production, arrangement, and timing. Even when melody/harmony are kept intact, a minute change in any one of these three elements can drastically change the listener’s perspective on a composition. In some ways, this is the ultimate test for a composition’s worth. If an artist is able to dramatically alter something within the structure of a piece and have their interpretation illuminate something new about the work or ring true to the original’s intention despite radical variation, then the initial composer’s material must contain a significant degree of musical integrity.

On Plays Bee Mask, Donato Dozzy has proven that Chris Madak of Bee Mask’s “Vaporware” piece from last year’s album of the same name is full of structural richness, but also extremely permeable for radical reinterpretation. Plays Bee Mask is in essence a remix album, since he is working with Madak’s original tracks, but what Dozzy does with these materials is truly remarkable. For over 40 minutes, Dozzy manages to completely deconstruct “Vaporware” and examine each one of the track’s elements under a microscopic before moving onto the next. That means the original’s bell-like percussion gets expanded into nearly six minutes of ambient bliss and that Madak’s original vocal samples become looped swaths of glacial noise among many other things. The whole record works well as a testament to both Madak’s initial material and Dozzy’s ability to reinterpret and restructure a complete composition into something that’s entirely new yet still in line with the original’s ambient intentions.

Plays Bee Mask is out now via Spectrum Spools. You can listen to excerpts of the album below:

• Bee Mask: http://www.bee-mask.tumblr.com
• Donato Dozzy: https://www.soundcloud.com/donato-dozzy
• Spectrum Spools: http://www.editionsmego.com/releases/spectrum-spools

DJ Rashad

“Every Day Of My Life” [ft. DJ Phil]

DJ Rashad’s been runnin’ it for quite some time now, and in October, he’ll continue the domination with the release of Double Cup, his new 14-track album for Hyperdub. The album, which follows two EPs from earlier this year (Rollin’ and I Don’t Give A Fuck), allows Rashad legroom to stretch out stylistically, which is pretty clear given what’s been released so far (“Double Cup,” “Drank, Kush, Barz,” “I Don’t Give a Fuck”).

The latest preview comes as a collaboration with DJ Phil, titled “Every Day Of My Life.” It’s one of the weirder, rawest tracks on the album, and again attests to the variety that Rashad’s employing this time around. Check it out there:

And hey, while I have you, why not check out a lesser-heard collaboration with Spinn, just because:

Okay, last one:

Finally, don’t forget about the Hyperdub North American tour, which starts today.

• DJ Rashad: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dj-Rashad/152577002604
• DJ Phil: https://soundcloud.com/d-j-phil
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Huerco S.

“Prinzif”

Considering how much of electronic music is made in the four walls of the musician’s bedroom, out of the sunlight and the feel of a fresh breeze, Huerco S. has always sounded here. Not gallivanting around on the beach or driving around with the windows down, but music made right where most music is heard: at your desk, in the living room, on your stereo. It’s strange that we can be swept away by obsessively following the line of a particular music trend and then find ourselves faced with the familiarity of our lives feeling turned, twisted. It’s like seeing a commercial for the first time after years of only watching shows on Netflix.

Check out the video for “Prinzif” above. The full album, Colonial Patterns is out September 24 on Software.

• Huerco S.: https://soundcloud.com/huerco_s
• Software: http://www.softwarelabel.net
• Mexican Summer: http://mexicansummer.com

  

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