Ohbliv
“Awaken2theNuu”

Did they call the Renaissance “The Renaissance” during the Renaissance? I am referring mostly to the one that started in like the 14th century or whatever, but there is also that Harlem Renaissance that happened. I think maybe they knew that one was a Renaissance. But it’s hard to tell; I mean, maybe we are in the midst of one right now — at least musically? I mean, shit sure is changing. Half the world is scared that music is dying because music on the radio sucks, when in reality it is bigger and stronger than ever, thanks largely to this wonderful thing the internet, in which we are sitting at this very moment. Case in point: super-productive producer Ohbliv has just released the B side to his work entitled New Black Renaissance, and whether he means it or not, I am now convinced that we are knee deep in hot steamy Renaissance — and it is indeed black. In fact, Ohbliv released eight albums last year, including one last month, so this guy may singlehandedly start and finish the entire revolution.

On “Awaken2theNuu,” sliced soul vocals serve as an intro to one of the tastiest bass lines I’ve tasted in a while, which charges a team of lagging synth cymbals and a rock-hard kick drum. You can listen to and purchase the whole thing on the dude’s bandcamp.

• Ohbliv: http://0hbliv.tumblr.com

Heat Wave

Sweets [mixtape]

HOORAY! Deep Tapes owner Alex Gray and his Heat Wave project are back with a new mixtape titled Sweets. It’s already his second mix since the year started, the first being Fuckd in Tha Game. I went kinda nuts over one of his mixes from last year, and I’m happy to report that the two latest mixtapes are equally great. Chop-hop beats. Wormy synths. Freeze-dried ambience. Cosmic hand claps. Cocked guns. Bathdub. Cyberfuck. Poo-Smur. Infra-Pop. DELICIOUS.

Check out the official videos for “Scum” and “Drone Music,” and listen to the full Sweets mix here:

Meanwhile, Heat Wave has a 7-inch out on Cauldron, a new micro-label from Pooh-Bah. It’s limited to 300, making it all Cerberus-like. First 100 copies come with a limited art book, so if you want a copy, order now.

• Heat Wave/Heat Rave: http://heatrave.com
• Deep Tapes: http://deeptapes.com
• Pooh-Bah: http://www.poobah.com

Death Grips

“Get Got”

Death Grips, who are releasing two new albums this year, has just unveiled a second new song, “Get Got.” It’s clearly the fastest track in Death Grips’ catalog, but MC Ride has never sounded so subdued. (It almost sounds like a different MC until 2:06!) The track will be off their first full-length of the year, The Money Store, which is due April 23 on Epic. No joke.

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net

Lockbox

“Zeebin in My New Zone”

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- Jesse Briata (Fats Mctwinky, Lockbox, Dandelion Spirits, SEO)

Yeah, he’s doing folk. He’s zeebin “sonic fluctuations.” He’s maybe a she and only 17. She making you dance. He making you moist. She he-she’ing him and her. He bluing. She Smurfing. We nodding? Nod on over to Animal Image Search and pick up your Lockbox cassette today!

• Lockbox: http://lockbox.bandcamp.com
• Animal Image Search: http://animalimagesearch.bandcamp.com

Hodgy Beats

Untitled EP

Hodgy Beats. Free EP. Get it here if you want.

Untitled EP tracklisting:

01. Bullshittin’ (produced by Juicy J)
02. Cookie Coma (produced by The Alchemist)
03. Lately (produced by Flying Lotus)
04. Samurai (produced by Jonti Danimals)
05. In A Dream (produced by The Alchemist)
06. Ave. (produced by Thelonious Martin)
07. Lamented (produced by Flying Lotus)
08. If Heaven Is A Ghetto (produced by Thelonious Martin)
09. Higashi Loves You

• Hodgy Beats: http://hodgybeats.tumblr.com
• Odd Future: http://www.oddfuture.com

Ian Martin

“Moving Activity”

Like anticipating a slap across the face, one must always stay community based and concurrent with their own perspective interests. There’s no real way to describe it all. Maybe it has to deal with energy or natural motion. It’s weird to think of natural motion (down), opposed to living motion (all around). And to imagine energy as something abundant in commodity, and without a specific meaning, breaks us further. Or builds us. Us, as in person and community. Us, as in the means of words. Us, as in “indie” of — of what? Of progression? Being yourself to people? Expressing energy in an unseen motion? “Moving Activity” has it’s place in heads-ears-minds, and it continues and continues.

• Ian Martin: http://www.ianmartin.nl
• Further Records: http://furtherrecords.org

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