Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
“Deeper” is ultimately a tale of hardened empathy. Perfectly soundtracked by Madlib’s deft flip of The Ledgends 1970 B-side cut “A Fool for You,” Gibbs runs through five years in less than four minutes, detailing a relationship nearly ruined by the initial attraction, the following separation of both parties, and the evidence of what their loving and mutual time spent together produced. The beat couldn’t be more on point either. Siren strings loop endlessly, pulling you closer and closer while fractured vocals cut in and out like the second guessing of time spent apart. And the drums bump like a dude beating his head steadily against the idea of his significant other’s infidelity.
“Deeper” is one of the most fundamentally human songs you’ll hear all year (but if you’re like me, you’ve been bumping this for some time now). Featured on the stellar Piñata LP, the video is the third in a series of Gibbs and Madlib tracks to be directed by Jonah Schwartz, all of which are worth your time. Bonus: Derek Jeter makes a guest appearance (kinda).
Chronic Organicism Part. 4
Oh, hey reader. What would you say if I told you that Italdred — the London based beat label — just released the fourth and final volume of their massive Chronic Organicism compilations? You’d say flimflam? And maybe even pishposh? Well, okay, you have a right to say whatever you want, but don’t write me off so quickly, ‘cause I’ve got facts backing me up, pal. Just take a look at their Bandcamp page and then try and tell me that I’m pulling your leg. You can’t!
Totalling well over a hundred tracks, and featuring the likes of Ohbliv, naps., GRIMM Doza, beatboxbandit, and many many others, this collection has something for the whole family (providing your family are all beat heads). There’s “Long Red” yelps, microKorg synth lines, Dilla-indebted drums, abstract Ableton bleeps and bloops, fuzzy funk samples, vaporwave porno chillers, mournful Clams Casino-ish vocals, dubby delay ripples, smooth as shit disco-fueled loops, footwork influenced chops and cuts, choral and orchestral flips, drill hi-hats, HUGE bass, and so much more. Fuck, there’s even a LOX remix thrown in. What more could you ask for?
Still don’t believe me? Well, stream the entire Chronic Organicism Part. 4 below:
• Italdred: http://italdred.com
index of/nipple tapes
Gaaaah, this jambalaya of temperance, patience, and intuition is getting me all worked up (in the best way possible). index of/nipple tapes feels so thought out and complete, yet still so unplanned and stubbled upon. Kinda like when you were young and had to stay home from school because you were sick, and the only thing to do was lay on the couch and endlessly flip through the channels. And then at some magical point, the surfing got good, and everything started to mix together into one sensical, fluid program. Er, sumthin’ like that.
By the way, this isn’t a fluke, either. Check out uuu by nipple tapes, released a little over a month ago. It’s equally as enthralling as the new index of/nipple tapes, which is streaming below:
Various Artists: Chico Dub
Hy Brazil Vol 5: New Experimental Music From Brazil 2014
As a seriously dedicated dude to Brazilian musicians, producers, groups, and artists, Chico Dub is my newest jam! Since last year, Chico been poppin’ this Hy Brazil series, which volumes collections of musicians from across the great country in promotion of electronic and experimental sounds being produced throughout their geography. In turn, these volumes conceptually help with local promoters, festivals, producers, collectives, parties, labels and venues that have been struggling in recent years to change the cultural production with these two scenes by continuing to present new ideas, formats and smart programs. Which, their second volume snagged one of the 20 Bandcamp BEST OF spots. There’s also going to be another experimental release, making it volume 6, sometime this year.
However, Hy Brazil Vol 5: New Experimental Music From Brazil 2014 goes through zones and emotional levels that only masters can achieve. The quality of editing and precision of (mostly) new and/or random sounds seems so expertly crafted that there was NO way these could be improvisation. Or could they? Whether live to recording, or hours upon hours of editing and depth, Hy Brazil Vol 5: New Experimental Music From Brazil 2014 soars in range and skill beyond what is right and what is song. The fifth volume of Hy Brazil lays in experiment below via Chico Dub, and click on your favorites, as their links are below too:
• Chico Dub: http://chicodub.bandcamp.com
• Ricardo Donoso: http://www.ricardodonoso.com
• Ceticências: http://ceticencias.bandcamp.com
• Elma: http://elma.bandcamp.com
• Maurício Takara & Kassim: https://soundcloud.com/mtakara
• Auto: http://www.noropolis.net/auto
• N0x30: http://n0x3o.bandcamp.com
• Rampazzo: https://soundcloud.com/rampazzo
• VHS Logos: https://soundcloud.com/vhslogos
• Albatroz: http://albatroz.bandcamp.com
• Notyesus + Henrique Iwao: https://soundcloud.com/notyesus
• Fantasmafoto: https://soundcloud.com/fantasmafoto
• Fluid Druid: http://thiagomiazzo.bandcamp.com
• Abdala: http://abdalagalatic.bandcamp.com
• Projeto Mujique: https://soundcloud.com/projeto-mujique
Shit, you guys, I could not be more excited to spread the word about White Reaper, previously one of Louisville’s best kept secrets before their inevitable breakthrough earlier this year. I must admit that the pleasure is accompanied by that distinctly elitist pain I feel when other people start paying attention to one of “my” bands, but if you’re reading this you’re probably cool enough that I won’t begrudge you for discovering your new favorite rock ‘n’ roll band right here, right now. These goofballs aren’t even old enough to get into the bars they play at, but they sound like they’ve been cruising the circuit for ages. And like the very best in viral #content, their psychedelic two-chord approach singlehandedly #restoredmyfaith in the Power of Punk. “Cool” was the first song I ever heard by the Reap ‘cause it was the first track on their scorching 2012 demo tape, and it sounds even scuzzier and groovier in its latest iteration for the band’s Polyvinyl Record Company debut, which arrives June 24. Do yourself a favor and catch these cretins when they hop through your town on tour this summer, supporting fellow hometown heroes Young Widows.
The last time Pinegrove released an EP, I listened to it on repeat for a few days in a row, while laboriously cropping gourmet sauces, canned vegetables, and the like, onto white backgrounds for a supermarket website. The four-track EP never seemed short, or repetitive, or tiresome – even after the 23 time playing it. Before long I had a bachelor’s degree in Pinegrove lyricology. Needless to say, Pinegrove makes me sweat.
The four-piece band just dropped Mixtape Two, a few days ago. Carrying on similar threads of their year-old, last release, Mixtape Two is auspicious and homely. Perhaps a result of hearing many of these songs played live before, each track leaves a distinct feeling of nostalgia, not necessarily of a specified instance, but globalized sense of tranquility. The last cut “Need 2” emanates an empowered subject, riding the current of self-subsistence over a deep sea of forgettables. It’s a beautiful track, worth blasting with the sunroof open; something to scream along to.
Catch Pinegrove on their US tour, with Tawny Peaks too!
• Pinegrove: http://pinegrove.bandcamp.com