You know, you know — Wet Hair’s “Camouflage” is nice. I mean, it’s nice and ‘_’ and nice. Like, it smiles at you mentally while providing a hard stare-down. And going from two to three members made an enormous groove change for the group. New pup Justin Thye brings them good-feelin’ bass rifts straight off some melted, late-1980s warped cassettes. You can also feel the electro-Americana sizzle in front of you. So pick it up, put it in a bun, and eat it already. Hold the relish. It’s weirder to hear how both Shawn Reed’s and Ryan Garbes’ sounds mesh so well. I suppose it’s just due to spending their musical lifetime pretty much together. This video is also way “Camouflage” in visuals and color and mesh. Only thing better than watching the ocean blur is jumping in while Wet Hair’s Spill Into Atmosphere blares off your speakers. Find it at De Stijl, both on LP and CD.
“Baby’s On Fire”
After the black-and-white drudgery of Die Antwoord’s most recent videos, it’s about time we see some color. Don’t think that means that Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er have skimped on the shocks, though. Their new clip for “Baby’s On Fire” starts off innocently enough, with the family sitting down for a quiet dinner — except in this family, Ninja and Vi$$er are siblings (they have a kid together in real life, if you’re behind on your Zef gossip), and Mom and Dad watch cat videos on TV while the kids run amok. What follows are six and a half minutes chock full of sex, drugs, violence, and lube wrestling — with pikachu slippers and cool vehicular stunts thrown in for good measure. In other words, just another day in the neighborhood.
• Die Antwoord: http://www.dieantwoord.com
Chocolate Grinder Mix 46
Bread Trail to Jardunne
It’s hard for me to believe it’s been 464 days since we posted our last Chocolate Grinder mixtape. We’re talking pre-Far Side Virtual here, readers! But if history has taught us anything, it’s that
human beings are fucking cruel it’s never too late to start making mixtapes again. So, it is in this spirit that we resurrect the Chocolate Grinder mixes, starting where we left off with #46.
For this mix, I tended to focus on beats — but don’t expect to hear a live drum set, and if you hear vocals on the mix, you can safely assume that it’s sampled. Indeed, rather than guitar, bass, and drums, here we have MPCs, SPs, and synths, courtesy of crazy US beat makers (Ahnnu, Massacooramaan, aaronmaxwell), the avant-Right-Guard© (BEBETUNE$, Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland, Dolphins into the Future), and a couple footwork producers I can’t shut the hell up about (DJ Rashad, Paisley Parks). It’s all book-ended by someone who’s clearly suffering from Multiple Personality New World Disorder.
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[00:00] 0000-A70U-0075 - “Y94”
[00:42] Ahnnu - “Cartoon Style”
[02:49] aaronmaxwell - “criminon”
[04:06] Dolphins Into the Future - “Noite”
[10:20] BEBETUNE$ - “NERO CEA$ER/ANTI CHRIST”
[15:22] Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland - “Poison Dub Unmasterd”
[16:44] massacooramaan - “Trainwreck (ft. DJ Rashad and RP Boo)”
[21:44] DJ Rashad - “Don’t Drop It”
[25:19] Paisley Parks - “Geto”
[29:11] Warm Thighs - “>”
C V L T S
Realiser [album stream]
C V L T S (not Cults or cults) come across as friendly and welcoming, but before you know it, you find yourself surrounded, enveloped, and in way too deep to get out… kind of like a cult, actually. Realiser, their new release on Belgian label Aguirre Records, runs your head through a water-logged marathon of highs and lows, ranging from drone to noise to all of that dream pop that those northern countries do so well. Yet, despite the wide range of sounds, the whole album moves in a way that feels natural. So much so that when album closer “Suki” takes all of time and throws it into the ocean to drown, you may find yourself brainwashed and swimming out to join it.
Hey, Tollund Men video! Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
“I think I saw it on… never mind.”
“A 7-inch this month or something.”
• Tollund Men: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tollund-Men/218747341478646
• Bleak Environment: http://bleakenvironment.bigcartel.com
“Big Beast” [feat. Bun B, T.I., Trouble]
With his latest LP, R.A.P. Music, Killer Mike has brought dirty south rap back to the forefront of hip-hop — albeit in a smarter, Lil Jon-less, untamed guise. The video for lead single “Big Beast” frames this triumphant cultural homecoming within a zombie vigilante film, complete with topless chicks in Day of the Dead makeup, scary Reagan masks (wait till you see who’s underneath), guns, car chases, and lots of ass whoopin’. Let this be a lesson to all you small-time thugs out there: don’t hold up a convenience store unless you want your body to be eaten by T.I.’s harem of cannibalistic beauties. Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out by now, this one’s NSFW, kiddies.