Joey Bada$$
“Word is Bond”

Joey Bada$$ is set to release his Summer Knights LP on June 12, just around the time the kiddies are fresh out of school and a year after dropping 1999, one of 2012’s most buzzed-about mixtapes. A lot’s changed since then: the 18-year-old Brooklyn rapper has rubbed elbows with the likes of A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, and Smoke DZA; caught the interest of Roc Nation; and was earned the title of XXL Freshman. With all the laurels piling up, you might expect Bada$$ to get a bit cocky — but, thankfully, refreshingly, “Word is Bond” skips all the pretenses. The Statik Selektah-produced track screams “summer stoop jam,” bristling with breezy piano samples and gritty scratches. From a production standpoint, Bada$$’s music has always tended towards early-90s nostalgia, but his rapping on this cut is anything but dated: he hotfoots around like only a New Yorker can, slipping in and out of double-time as he weaves together references to tetrahedrons, Charles Dickens, and former Gotham governor George Pataki. So much for a lazy summer vacation.

• Joey Bada$$: http://badassjoey.tumblr.com

Mount Eerie

“Ancient Questions” (live)

As we recently reported, Mount Eerie is releasing a live 12-inch via XRA Records. Titled Live in Bloomington, September 30th, 2011, the album captures Mount Eerie as a three-piece (two keyboards, one guitar, and an Elverum) during a period after the release of 2009’s Wind’s Poem and before 2012’s Clear Moon (a period known to Mount Eerie fans as M = 2π(t - tp) /tY, a reference to the angle from the periapsis of the elliptical orbit to the mean Sun). The album, which features 10 songs, even sees the group going back to Microphones material with one of my personal favorites, “Karl Blau.”

XRA is sharing “Ancient Questions” with us, and it sounds fantastic. Thanks Mike Bridavsky at Russian Recording!

Look for Live in Bloomington, September 30th, 2011 on July 9 via XRA.

• Mount Eerie: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com
• XRA: http://www.xrarecords.com

Joey Bada$$

“Word is Bond”

Joey Bada$$ is set to release his Summer Knights LP on June 12, just around the time the kiddies are fresh out of school and a year after dropping 1999, one of 2012’s most buzzed-about mixtapes. A lot’s changed since then: the 18-year-old Brooklyn rapper has rubbed elbows with the likes of A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, and Smoke DZA; caught the interest of Roc Nation; and was earned the title of XXL Freshman. With all the laurels piling up, you might expect Bada$$ to get a bit cocky — but, thankfully, refreshingly, “Word is Bond” skips all the pretenses. The Statik Selektah-produced track screams “summer stoop jam,” bristling with breezy piano samples and gritty scratches. From a production standpoint, Bada$$’s music has always tended towards early-90s nostalgia, but his rapping on this cut is anything but dated: he hotfoots around like only a New Yorker can, slipping in and out of double-time as he weaves together references to tetrahedrons, Charles Dickens, and former Gotham governor George Pataki. So much for a lazy summer vacation.

• Joey Bada$$: http://badassjoey.tumblr.com

Diamond Terrifier

The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow

The music that is Diamond Terrifier has narrated my time growing within the confines of New York City, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Not only is it sonically reminiscent of how my father mused my creativity as a child, but it feels as though Sam Hillmer’s music as <>T is the perfect soundtrack to the highs and lows of being surrounded by a million things working at once. As is New York: meeting new people you admire, finding meaning within an overabundance of variety, hearing music in the subway as the train transitions to a screech, saving moments and smiles more than money, fluttering from hunger to shock to joy to insomnia, and being a being within a bigger being.

Picking up from last year’s album Kill The Self That Wants To Kill Yourself, Diamond Terrifier brings to you four long-burner tracks out today called The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow. The intro track, “Shrine Flu,” was first heard in its early stages last year on the Words+Dreams tape Shrine Flu. But as an album opener, the track really sets the tone of Sam’s brass-beaten breath and love of seared electronics, which wake-waves listeners into “Two Witnesses,” baring an array of furiously flying fingers, wailing out cries of disparity and joy, anticipation and daunt. Flip to the B-side to hear “Triple Gem” and the title track. “The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow” is a fantastic closer to the intensity that is this release, finding calm within Sam’s storm of sax, harmonizing with the electronic hum and glittered tingles of metallic drips.

The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow is out today via Terrible Records on LP/CD/digital formats. I pre-ordered a copy as soon as I knew it existed and can’t wait to go to my Grams’ house and spin it like a mad man! DO NOT sleep on this.

• Diamond Terrifier: http://www.diamondterrifier.com
• Terrible Records: http://www.terriblerecordsus.com

Roc Marciano

“Ruff Town” ft. Cormega

Hempstead’s Roc Marciano and Queensbridge’s Cormega have teamed up before on the posse cuts “Tricks of the Street” and “M.A.R.S.,” but this is their first pairing to date, which is kind of surprising considering they came up around the same time within 30 miles of one another and clearly share many of the same influences. Plus, they’re both short guys, who, in spite of their stature, sound like they could kill you without batting an eyelash.

No word yet on whether this track is off Roc’s forthcoming production album, Marci Beaucoup, or just a loosie. Either way, look out for that album as well as Corey’s Mega Philosophy, which is produced entirely by living legend Large Professor.

• Roc Marciano: https://twitter.com/rocmarci
• Cormega: http://www.legalhustle.net
• Man Bites Dog Records: http://www.manbitesdogrecords.com

18+

“BITCH” [ft. C Powers]

AND WHEN I LIKE YOU TO GET MORE / GOT A LOT OF MY PUSSY
AND WHEN I LIKE YOU TO GET MORE / GOT A LOT OF MY PUSSY
AND WHEN I LIKE YOU TO GET MORE / GOT A LOT OF MY PUSSY

IN THE BACK OF THE SLEEPSACK/ SINGLE CELL WISH IT WELL/ OMG
IN THE BACK OF THE SLEEPSACK/ SINGLE CELL WISH IT WELL/ OMG
IN THE BACK OF THE SLEEPSACK/ SINGLE CELL WISH IT WELL/ OMG

I LIKE YOU / I LIKE YOU A LOT. MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE.
I LIKE YOU / I LIKE YOU A LOT. MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE.
I LIKE YOU / I LIKE YOU A LOT. MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE.

18+ are playing live on May 30 at the opening of an exhibition titled oO at Palasport in Venice. Go if you can.

• 18+: http://18plus18plus18plus.tumblr.com

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