King Felix (Laurel Halo)
It’s Laurel Halo season, readers. Next week, Halo will release the Spring EP under her King Felix moniker. The EP is due on Liberation Technologies, a new imprint of Mute Records. Check out “SPRING02” below, courtesy of Liberation Technologies’ SoundCloud:
Meanwhile, Quarantine, Halo’s upcoming album on Hyperdub, is due June 5. Can you feel the love?
Death Grips were really good at the promo game from the start, tossing off their Exmilitary mixtape in 2011 for free like it weren’t one of the best albums of the year, letting vultures pick at it with Black Google, and offering a video companion for any song you’d like to share with potential pals. Now with major label backing, they’re doing promo like they’re doing rap, firing off “Blackjack” then “Get Got” then “Lost Boys” then AYE AYE AYE AYE AYE AYE.
Where to go from there but into the fucked unknown: RETROGRADE is Death Grips’ new video inspired by Mercury being in retrograde until Wednesday. Fair enough. But that video is made up of 109 separate videos meant to loop as “GIFs” (really, short YouTube clips), all original Gripz footage. Head to the RETROGRADE site and start/stop as many of the clips as you’d like in whatever order, or just press “PLAY ALL” to hear what I suppose is the “full song”! You can also check out each RETROGRADE video in order via the YouTube above.
Read a lot more about RETROGRADE in this statement/interview at The Creators Project.
Well it looks like somebody got a vocoder — and I ain’t talkin’ ‘bout Kanye West. It’s Madalyn Merkey from Chicago, and she’s using it to emit some pretty bedazzling sounds. By simply rambling off improvisational cycles of vocal rhythm into her her fuzzed-out vocoder, Merkey constructs music which feels refreshingly aimless and free yet thoughtful and beautiful.
Available now through New Images Ltd., Merkey’s LP is called Scent. Smell it now.
“To The Ground”
Last month, we posted a new Mount Eerie track called “House Shape,” a song off Mount Eerie’s upcoming full-length, Clear Moon. Lives were changed. Today, we’re posting another new Mount Eerie track, but it’s not off Clear Moon. The song is called “To The Ground,” and it comes from a new 7-inch featuring Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids), due April 10 on Atelier Ciseaux. (The limited-to-300 release also features a track called “The Mouth of Sky [M.I.D.I. strings],” but you’ll have to purchase the 7-inch if you want to hear that one.) Listen to “To The Ground” here:
Meanwhile, Clear Moon is out May 22 on P.W. Elverum & Sun. Prepare yourself.
[Photo: Atelier Ciseaux]
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With such emblematic titles as “986,” “996,” and, how could one forget, “984,” you’d be forgiven for assuming that Koen’s latest release for beat curators Soulection was merely a series of unused beats cobbled together into a release package resembling an album. You would, however, be entirely wrong. As the man says himself: “For this project, I decided to take a different route and make all the tracks from scratch, with a different approach. Inspired by my good friends Duke Hugh and Nangdo, I chose a more up-tempo sound, with a lot of 808 drums.” So we’ve got some jungle, some footwork, and plenty of cropped vocals from rappers. Think of it as a much faster version of this geezer.