Chocolate Grinder Mix 60
Slick black Range Rover, Red Bull margaritas
No theme this time around, just some really fantastic tracks that I’ve been into over the past several weeks. The mix was initially themed around minimal electronic hip-hop-esque numbers like “The Nite Life” (Jam City) and “Ass Swung Low” (Arca), but these tracks begged to be surrounded by unlike-minded songs for contrast, so I figured why not. Aside from finding gems from artists who don’t typically adopt the aesthetic you’ll hear here (PIZZAFACEDGOD, chushi), I’ve also been looking to see where this whole “vaporwave”/computer gaze-y stuff is going. If the tracks by coolmemoryz and Sacred Tapestry (a.k.a. 情報デスクVIRTUAL) are any indication, it’s somewhere less cynical and more transcendent than before. The rest consists of harsh modernism (Rene Hell), in-the-red hip-hop (Mykki Blanco), a Chocolate Grinder mix artist staple (ahnnu), and my favorite song of the moment/in the universe (“EXECUTION” by 18+).
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[00:00] 18+ - “EXECUTION”
[01:58] Mykki Blanco - “Join My Militia (Nas Gave Me A Perm)”
[05:50] ahnnu - “o”
[08:39] coolmemoryz - “真夜中のJAZZ滑らかな心”
[17:17] chushi - “Aarp”
[18:01] Jam City - “The Nite Life” [feat. Main Attrakionz]
[22:27] Rene Hell - “Meta Concrete”
[26:32] Arca - “Ass Swung Low”
[29:52] PIZZAFACEDGOD - “4ever yung”
[32:43] Sacred Tapestry - “LD・VHD”
Actress Pets [album stream]
That little squeal tells you what’s to come. It’s like a distant voice screaming, warning you of the approaching stampede. And then you start to feel the rumble. It gets louder. And louder. “Ah man, I just wanted to go for a swim. I didn’t want this to turn into some underwater dance party.” Small ripples of water begin to splash against each other as they all move toward you. It’s getting closer.
Seriously, the bass alone on this self-titled from London producer Actress Pets is enough to make your neighbors move out. I’m talking plates shaking off the shelves low. If they are old, they might not even be able to hear this frequency. They might just think it’s an earthquake (or stampede). And that’s before the mountains of rippling guitars and squealing voices start rolling in.
Check it out below. You can buy it in October on CD (?) from AMDISCS or for however-much-you-want over at Bandcamp. Then blast it so those old farts move out and I can move in next door. I really want to live in your area of town.
• AMDISCS: http://www.amdiscs.com
“RAINSTICK FIZZ PLUS”
Radiohead releases a song and we’re all like this. But when James Ferraro releases a new song, we’re all like THIS!!!! It is in this spirit that we report on James Ferraro’s latest track, “RAINSTICK FIZZ PLUS.” Last time we heard from Ferraro it was for a track called “SAVE THE PLANET ♲ 100% pure H Y D R A T I O N : O2 REMIXED.” I guessed that it was a song by BODYGUARD, but I’m probably wrong about that. And yeah, I’m also probably wrong to attribute this track to “James Ferraro” rather than to ☣ NEW AGE PLAYBOY ☣ or whatever he might be calling himself these days. The point is: it’s a new song, it’s Ferraro-related, and it’s got that eco-bounce and unsheathing sword sample that “SAVE THE PLANET” had too, plus a little Spice Girls thrown in for good measure. So, get your Prius batteries charged to the extreme, kiddos: this one’s a keeper.
• James Ferraro: https://twitter.com/#!/JFerraro_zip
Triad God, the pseudonym of Vinh Ngan, is back with a new track, “Remand.” Well, it’s sorta new. The thumping original appeared on 2011’s Aym G 4 Life EP, but this new version is reworked to sound about as slick as you’d expect from Hippos In Tanks, who are reissuing Triad God’s excellent NXB mixtape (originally released on Triple You Tapes) on November 13 and also releasing his new album, slated for 2013. The Fader calls “Remand” a “single,” but it’s not entirely clear for which release — perhaps it’s tacked onto NXB as an extra track or will appear on the new album? Who knows. Just listen and make sure you check out NXB, which is lyrically pretty vulgar, according to my mom. Or in her words: “Wow, he so bad!”
Trash Advocate [album stream]
Sci-fi R&B. And when I say sci-fi R&B, I ain’t talking about aliens and shit. I mean, maybe, but Tigerbitch’s new Trash Advocate is way more 1990s-style sci-fi. Like, less time travel or fantasy-fi. Less about aliens and more about dimensions. Raw dimensional wobbles waving away like a distant peace sign blurred on a Trapper Keeper. Ahh, that must be it. Trapper Keeper R&B. And there’s some style change, yo. Like, it ain’t all about smooth R&B vibes. It never is (see: any R&B/rap track from whenever). It’s smooth moves in the tropical-fi sense.
Tell you “What,” Trash Advocate is all over the place “& Roll,” but in a very tight setting. It doesn’t go overboard. There’re plenty of jams to smile about. You may see a robotic parrot. I don’t know. Oops, I do know, but the more I write about it, the more time you’ll spend reading, so stop and start listening. It’s also good traveling music. C Monster, STOP!
To follow up his last big release on Brunch Groupe, here is Tigerbitch’s Trash Advocate in full force. Dig it, sign it, press it, and give Tigerbitch your undying attention for a short part of your day. YAY!!
• Tigerbitch: http://tigerbitch.bandcamp.com
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
“Requiem for the Static King Part One”
Instrumental ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen has finally released a music video! Directed by Christopher Hewitt, the clip for “Requiem for the Static King Part One” forms the perfect visual counterpart to the debut self-titled album track. As member Adam Wiltze explains:
We started investigating video ideas with many different directors as early as April 2011, to no avail, except for blowing currency on apocryphal hopes. Mr. Hewitt delivered us a storyboard idea around the first week of October last year, and it was well worth the wait. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by people like him, and the team at Knucklehead Films. In the end we have inspired each other, and I can only hope we will work together again before I check out of this place….
Pretty serious stuff. The video is as intimate as the band’s music, offering a glimpse of beauty where it’s never seen. Watch as a lek of monarchs (SAT word of the day: a lek is a group of butterflies) overtakes a prison, bringing temporary calm to a space often associated with brutality and anguish.