Kid Smpl
“Escape Pod”

It’d be easy to draw comparisons between Seattle’s Kid Smpl and Burial, and all of those comparisons would likely be valid. But while Burial tends to be praised for soundtracking dark cityscapes, “Escape Pod,” the new one from Kid Smpl, feels much more lost-at-sea than walking-home-in-the-city. The only sounds are the captain’s laments carried out over a dark ocean, touched by rain and scattered with debris from sunken ships lightly tapping against the boat. No resolution but the melancholy carried outward toward the horizon on black ripples of freezing waters. Chilling.

Listen to it below and buy the entire EP from Hush Hush Records.

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Bolo Yeung

Chinese Hercules [preview]

Stop-stop-stop. What’s today? [Whatever]day? Bolo Yeung (NOTT) choppin’ dem GAT-DAMN beats. Do yourself a favor: if you’re on the LIE and hear the Dat Piff release of 10 Minutes Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. No poke, can’t be more flagrant: snag it noWWW! Don’t care if you at work. I hope it give your CPU viruses. And, yes — SLF TAPES are fresshing Bolo Yeung’s new Chinese Hercules… it’s all you need the rest of this year. Shit, this two-minute preview is probably the whole album.

Loop each track 20 times. Look, put it on shuffle with whatever else you like from 2012 and tell me you skipped a Bolo Yeung track. You can’t. Unless you add that Onra tape Words+Dreams put out earlier this year (SOLD OUTT) #butpossiblecontestant. You can also tell me you took it off shuffle and put Bolo Yeung on repeat. Also-also, I understand this is it right now. But it;;s fucking swelling. Y;;o. There’s still a good scene in mixtapes @LilB @JuicyJ @KoolKeith @TrapAHolics @FatTony&Tom Cruz. S’ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Chinese Hercules. SLF TAPES. bl’owbl’owbl’owbl’ow

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Dean Blunt

“Palace Pavillion”

Like The Quietus, we’ve been getting emails too from Denna Glass (♥), the superstar celebrity, media-whore representative of Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland. Last time we got one, we were treated to “Flaxen,” a harp-laden track from Dean Blunt’s forthcoming The Narcissist III mixtape, a follow-up to part II. This time, we were pointed to a short little number called “Palace Pavillion,” which sees Blunt — eyes closed, chin pointed toward the sky, biting lower lip — playing piano, overdubbed with Blunt — eyes wide open, slight grimace on face, swaying ominously — on drums and horns. Listen here:

Meanwhile, don’t forget to pick up Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland’s Black Is Beautiful, and keep an eye out for those stalker vids!

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“Trapdoor to Infinity”

Frank Ouelette, the man behind Hobo Cult Records and star of solo project Hobo Cubes, also has a visual enterprise: Moduli TV. Frank made the video accompaniment to an excerpt of Rambutan’s “Trapdoor to Infintity” from the Tidal/Rambutan split LP on Aguirre Records. The montage of abstracted VHS-like visuals follows nicely with Rambutan’s Albany-grown organic noise, while the images look as if they were captured from the inside of a tube television as damaged tape is pulled through a VCR. The frantically moving pixels marry well with the cascading granular signals of Rambutan’s layered processing.

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Teamm Jordann

Champion [album stream]

Champion, the new one from collaboration Teamm Jordann, wastes no time slamming the boombox-blowing beats of Teams against the buoyant shimmers of some of the more aerated Daytime Television tracks. Check out the album below, but be warned: that bass blast in the beginning of “Stadium (Ignition)” may be more than your tiny computer speakers can take. It might be safer to just buy the cassette from Orange Milk Records (which is co-run by Seth Graham and our own Keith Kawaii) and blast this one through stereo speakers big enough to handle it.

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“The Stud Pt. 2”

Living together can be monitored by the flow of traffic. Check and see what clashes on your high-/roadways, and focus on the fluidity of it. Master the conception of its direct steadiness, then being to weave your way through it. Just as creating an unseen color in your mind, striving for FIRST or getting ahead takes thinking around what we encounter. Instead of trying to hone the gold-glowing skull in the back seat of the car behind you, set free your mind and become part of your own venture. Keeping free-thinking musicians on hand, such as Dreamcolour, sure comes in handy while taking your life by the brains.

Two years gave Rob Magill and Alex Gray a plethora of ways to explore new elements of music-making. They figured out the flow of traffic, and are now just going to fuck with you, tonally deconstructed along the way. “The Stud Pt. 2” being a prime example of, “What do you think this thought is about?” Maybe. Or just musically, where are they? Pinpoint it.

In the meantime, stream History of Dreaming in Colour via Deep Tapes. No physical release date as of yet, so you should put ‘em on your label and make that happen. You got the internet right? Now set up a Blogspot and a cart-account, and go forth!

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CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.