Dak
“Youstandit”

In the most avant-garde filbook-style video collage, Miko Revereza presents Dak in black and white. Seize your gaze upon imagery, both wingding and stock, for a colorful array of beats and sensory overload. Take it to the next level. Show this to someone 10 years older than you, and watch ‘em smack around your monitor for a clearer image. Nahhhh, I’m just being ageist; that’s not real. Maybe. But Matthew McQueen is reely providing vibes over at Leaving Records, and y’all are keeping up. Gotta wade through all these other micro-genres and digital label entities to keep up with all the Dak post-hip-hop love, but the reward is all in your ears. Thank goodness someone like Miko is around bringing that reward straight to your cortex (opposed to just your eyes/vision). Hi!

• Dak: http://ddust.net
• Miko Revereza: http://mikorevereza.tumblr.com
• Leaving Records: http://leavingrecords.com

Colin L. Orchestra with Guardian Alien

“Searching For God”

If you were “Searching For God” on this year’s Clandestine Cassette Series from Northern Spy, search no further. “Searching For God” has happened and was captured during the Northern Spy Festival this past summer. Also, if you haven’t heard enough from Guardian Alien this year, here is some more, only this time with Colin L. Orchestra, who’s jammed before via Northern Spy real country-loving style. It’s nice to see these two groups meet up within a musical aura: a harmony of chords blending with singular notes, nonstop steady walking drums, and earnest offerings of human developed voice-boxing. Best part is that it’s a perfect dying jam at the end of the summer. Scope out Northern Spy ASAP for your cassette.

• Colin L. Orchestra: http://www.myspace.com/colinlorchestra
• Guardian Alien: http://guardianalien.tumblr.com
• Northern Spy Records: http://northern-spy.com

Pulse Emitter

“Bioluminescence”

Pulse Emitter, the project of Portland-based Daryl Groetsch, has just released a new track, “Bioluminescence,” which will be one of two Pulse Emitter tracks on a four-way split 2xLP released by Immune Recordings. It’s a fitting title too, for both this track and Groetsch’s recent work. Pulse Emitter creates synthesized music that is vibrantly cosmic and totally spaced-out, but it always maintains an earthly, organic quality. The biological phenomenon of bioluminescence is sort of the same: something that seems so imaginary and alien, but resides right here on Earth among the rest of us. Like fireflies on a hot summer’s day or glowing jellyfish gracefully bobbing along the ocean depths, “Bioluminescnce” will transcend your earthbound brain to fantastic new space-age visions.

• Pulse Emitter: http://www.synthnoise.com
• Immune Recordings: http://immunerecordings.net

Onuinu

“Happy Home”

After years of tearing up the dance floors of all those warehouse clubs in the Southeastern part of the city, Portland’s ONUINU has finally found his next-level disco beats a home in the form of a proper debut full-length, Mirror Grazer, on Bladen County. Check out the video for lead single “Happy Home” above, featuring ONUINU’s Dorian Duvall slamming hard-boiled eggs and performing a strange tin foil-based science experiment from some flux-capacitor type scribblings surely discovered in some dusty old tome in his grandfather’s attic.

• Onuinu: http://onuinu.bandcamp.com
• Bladen County: http://bladencountyrecords.com

Chase N. Cash

“Poker Faces”

New Orleans native Chase N. Cashe took to Twitter to premiere this previously unheard track, “Poker Faces.” No Lady Gaga samples here, just some old-school big band mixed with dancehall foghorns, because why not? Lyrically, the track isn’t too complex — your standard host of poker-inspired metaphors — but Cashe’s almost conversational flow is the perfect complement to this unexpectedly laid-back jam. Even as a key member of Surf Club — the modest but consistently strong California collective that includes “Niggas in Paris” producer Hit-Boy — Cashe still hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves. But if he keeps putting out great tracks on social media, the Waviest dude in rap just might catch the big one.

• Chase N. Cashe - http://chasencashe.com
• Surf Club - http://itsthesurfclub.com

Finally Boys

Feelings [EP stream]

Finally Boys’ Feelings EP is like being trapped in some sort of video game club that took a retro spin on (not so) modern club sounds and dosed it with tranquilizers. Damn, I want future-retro already. Like, what’ll nearly complete digital labels do after they’ve weeded out all the physical release labels? And now that we’re covering trash CD, skip-scratched sampling, how will the future integrate digital formats? Maybe Finally Boys have already reached the point of future-retro: optical tapped trans beats, screwed juicy quasi-diva 92-bit vocals, misogynist stuttered button-mashing, carelessly web-surfed melodies. The potential is at AMDISCS for free. Or, Feelings EP can be found right below. “Hi!”

• Finally Boys: http://finallyboys.com
• AMDISCS: http://www.amdiscs.com

  

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