James Blake
“Tep and the Logic”

“Tep and the Logic” isn’t on James Blake’s self-titled debut (TMT Review), but maybe it should’ve been? You can find the track on the vinyl edition of the album, which also features another bonus track, “You Know Your Youth.” But hey, you’re so cool that you already don’t like James Blake, right? (via GvsB)

• James Blake: http://www.myspace.com/jamesblakeproduction

James Ferraro

“IAsia 2 RAVER”

I saw Best Coast play on David Letterman the other day, and wow, they sounded like any other live rock ‘n’ roll band, with booming drums and muddled, metallic guitar. Compare that to the slightly jangly, echoing, borderline lo-fi album track. My point? A record’s sound these days is particularly important (sometimes all that matters), so it’s interesting to see what kind of actual tunes/compositions people are throwing through the sonic mud.

With that in mind, check out this 30 minute track posted on James Ferraro’s Soundcloud. It’s one of the more washed out slices of sun-soaked VHS-pop I’ve heard since, I guess Ferarro’s last album? The actual source of the music is completely eschewed. Is it played live, then put through a million filters, transferred from the computer to cassette and back again? Is it all sampled from lost 80s cassettes? Nostalgia culture being appropriated twice over to highlight the unreliable nature of our personal and societal memories? Or does it just suck ass.

• Jim Ferraro: http://soundcloud.com/digital_skin

Bibio

“Excuses”

Bibio’s groin-tastically trip-tronic new album, Mind Bokeh, is due March 29 via Warp. If you ever doubted Bibio’s obsession with kaleidoscopes, this video for first single “Excuses” will change all that. Hey, it might even change the world.

• Bibio: http://www.myspace.com/mrbibio
• Warp: http://warp.net

About Group

“You’re No Good”

This is my first Chocolate Grinder post, and all I’m going to do is link to my news story about About Group!

• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

Balam Acab teams with L'Oreal

“See Birds (Sun)”

I’ll be honest, as far as Witch House is concerned, I didn’t even listen to the Salem album last year. But shit, I couldn’t stop playing Balam Acab. And now I can’t stop applying L’Oreal products. I’m jerking to Beyoncé, too (mmm… 7up). Thanks to Stereogum for revealing this classy yarn.

• Balam Acab: www.myspace.com/thebalamacab
• Tri Angle: http://tri-anglerecords.com/

Raekwon

“Rock N Roll” [feat. Ghostface, Jim Jones]

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Raekwon is back in the muthafuckin’ mother-fucking house with a new track, “Rock N Roll,” which features Ghostface and Jim Jones. The song is off his fifth full-length, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, due March 8. (via The Quietus)

• Raekwon: http://www.myspace.com/raekwon

  

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