Ballout & Tadoe
Rise of the GloGang Empire
Even the most casual observer of TMT will notice that Chief Keef is kinda a big name round these parts, and this extends to pretty much everything else the guy’s involved in. It was Almighty’s cousin Matti BayBee who previously received some love in February’s mixtape column, and now we cast our gaze towards GloGang members Ballout and Tadoe, who just popped off their new project/tape/album/whatever Rise of the GloGang Empire. Precious little info out there on this one, but in all honestly it hardly needs much explanation: these 10 joints of bass-inflicted bangers, replete with disorientated free verse and plentiful usage of machine gun ad-libs, do the talking pretty damn nicely. Sosa himself checks in on the previously released “All Me”, and even Yung Lean turns in a tidy verse on the closing number; it’s all in a days work for this most bounteous of link-ups. The Empire has well and truly risen. Peep:
“Will (One Machine)”
Jungled in a mechanical world, running for your life seems more dangerous of a choice than hiding in the shadows, but the choice of running was the most immediate thought, getting chased by camera drones through alley-ways, feet burning from the arches on up, and sweat blinding any chance of visual direction. Puddles splashing upon the Rejections, robotic trash barely kicking, abandoned by building sides and flashing sparks when water hits their exposed wires, taking refuge next to one under an aluminum canopy from an almost-lost task-force of drones. It looks like it’s trying to restore itself as the drones encircle the area and chatter in clicks of measurement that sounds almost musical. Their whirling blades keeping them afloat while polluting the already noisy sound waves. Only to get caught when the refugee robot repairs itself, walks out from under the canopy, and beings talking to you about how happy it is to have fixed itself. “Will (One Machine)” beholds your future below:
• Reject and Fade: https://rejectandfade.bandcamp.com
Drink More Water 5
It’s time. The serotonin sprinkler, maneuvering master, and trench coat mobber known sometimes as Super Chef Makonnen, sometimes as the Man of the Party, and currently as The Red Dragon has pulled up on the scene with his latest mixtape, Drink More Water 5. The tape is a stopgap of sorts before his debut studio release, which is due later this year. Sure, that one’ll feature Drake, Rihanna, DJ Mustard, Diplo, and Skrillex, but will it make your skin glow like this one?
Always on deck and never out of work, that Makonnen fellow. Check out his upcoming dates with Sonny Digital and Key! here.
• iLoveMakonnen: http://www.ilovemakonnen.com
Life Size Maps
“All Been Spent”
There will be no shortage of genres/sub-genres and songwriters, the latter many of whom will belong to ‘Generation Y’ or whatever/after, that will make the ascension and eventual dominance of mass media in the late 20th and early 21st centuries a major thematic concern or at least inspiration around which their music revolves, attempting to come to terms with, or at least begin to grapple with the development or ongoing process of how the Internet, especially, has affected the social, political, economic, and also personal and emotional particulars of their lives growing up in such a time.
The long-active Bushwick-based synthpop foursome led by frontman Mike McKeever, Life Size Maps, is one such outlet for this increasingly popular – and relevant – phenomenon, but they just might be one of the more interesting ones, in terms of their unique musical, lyrical, and visual approach to the subject matter. After having put out a string of shorter-length releases, including a number of singles, the band has finally completed a long-in-the-works debut album, due to be released on April 7th, through Old Flame Records. The whole thing just became available for streaming through Spotify, though if you need something to feast your eyes on, check out the recently released video for “All Been Spent,” directed by none other than Lil Internet, who also helped out for some of the art direction this time around, or look up their tour dates, available on their official website.
Oh, the bonus is getting to listen to Life Size Maps via Spotify:
Zachary Devereux Fairbrother
One-half of Canadian-Philly duoLantern, Zachary Devereux Fairbrother goes from his typical face-punching rippers to a soft-acoustic ballad with “The Strawman.” I mean, the dude HAS gone a BIT soft before, but this was during a self-admitted time when he was away from the other half of Lantern, Emily Robb. Thus, when I got Zachary’s e-mail promoting “The Strawman” outta nowhere the other day, I was like “Uhhhh-ohhhh.” BUT I’M TOTALLY WRONG! Look how cute the cover art is for “The Strawman” single. And the lyrics pretty much describe the process of me writing about the song. It’s all about interpretation. And potentially, his lyrics of “YOU” can be read into as himself, or Emily, or just [musician/artist/person/YOU].
There’s an sneaky inspiration in Zachary’s “The Strawman” that’s not secretive, but only found upon close listening. No, I’m not talking about inspiration to go out and learn “Classical Gas” on guitar, but if you do, RESPECT. However, “The Strawman” suggests you should challenge what people say in reaction to how you present yourself within this world. Will you choose the way of social molding, or go for the Fleetwood Mac? I’d rather take the Lantern route and have beer cans thrown at me as an honor than be playing some sold-out arena concert to people who own iPods with five of my songs. As well, the whole Tyrannosaurs Rex vibe Zachary is fronting with “The Strawman” currently is illy af too, so let’s hope both this solo project and Lantern continue strong. Check out his solo work below, for judgement’s sake:
• Zachary Devereux Fairbrother: https://soundcloud.com/zacharyfairbrother