“New Or Leins / Training Day” (prod. by Blue Sky Black Death)

In case its title didn’t already clue you in, TREE’s new mixtape, Trap Genius, starts off with the rapper/producer conceding that this release is going to be a trap project, presumably, as opposed to the soultrap sound he’s developed over the past few years. To my ears, the absence of soul samples is only really noticeable for the first few tracks, because before long TREE re-reveals his inner-Chicago bluesman and you remember that the “soul” in soultrap has just as much to do with his voice as it does his beats.

And then this happens…

I don’t know what the fuck that was … but it was fucking beautiful.

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Hot Sugar


So your best friend, your guidance counselor, and Patti Smith have all told you, “Go for it!” Just move to New York, hustle for a year or two, keep working at it, and eventually it’ll all pay off, you’ll be a well-off artist or musician for sure. Lukewarm response to your work? No worries – you’re ahead of your time, like Jandek, Van Gogh – nay, Jesus…right?

Fuck no! There are literally thousands of us in NYC for whom this isn’t paying off whatsoever, and although it sort-of-has or eventually will for some, it’s more apparent every day that our only TV appearances will be five-second slots in the documentaries about our friends who do make it. In the meantime, what do we do?

Thus, does the camera in Hot Sugar’s latest video “Sinkies” begin rolling. Jack, a would-be somebody about to turn 30 with fewer options and more bad habits than he had five years ago. Rose, a pill-popping layabout with too much money, a laptop, and a pet snake. Will they meet?

Rough drafts of texts written and scrapped, half baked scams, small time dealing, big time using, and lots and lots of time spent staring at screens – all these and more form the backdrop of the video. Sound-wise, it feels like a video with background music rather than a music video, which makes sense given that Sugar’s experiments frequently are backing tracks on Broad City. If Jon Brion had grown up listening to rap in the 90s, and had a MIDI keyboard and a laptop, the result might be something like the melodic latter half of the video. The diversity of individual sounds used and atypical structure keep “Sinkies” interesting and fresh - not to be overlooked are the sounds in the first half, layered and FXd cityscape natural sounds that provide an uneasy backdrop for the tense footage.

The ship on which they’re sailing, New York City, is at this moment how everyone viewed the Titanic after it set off on its maiden voyage. Invincible, too big to fail - the future. Then it hit an iceberg, and the first-class passengers got into the lifeboats and bailed. What becomes of our Rose and Jack? See for yourself.

Check out the video and Hot Sugar’s new album, God’s Hand, out this past Tuesday on Break World Records.

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Devon Folklore Tapes Vo.II

Graves (excerpt)

The corpse eye gets a squint of daylight as the coffin creaks open. Dancing in the daylight is the rhythm of collage. Dancing with the rhythm, adults, masked, in children’s bodies. Their footsteps evoke death ritual, a sluggish live action “Skeleton Dance” struck with the Horror of Hammer. Behind the footsteps, an abandoned Catalina floats in the Gulf.

–feat. Ghédalia Tazartès as Christopher Lee, a field researcher carrying an emerald vial filled with poison, just in case.

The corpse mouth swallows the poison, then the dirt. More dirt, Earth’s natural animal muffler.

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Junior Loves

“Husk Discarnate”

London friends Junior Love and Scientific Dreamz of U are continuing their ascent into transpersonal holograms with the March 10 release of The Dreamcode through fourth dimension god child 1080p. A meditative terror often caught up in their monthly NTS Radio program, Kestrel Explorations, the split evenly draws tension and ordains relaxation. The name of their monthly radio show and the cover of The Dreamcode share a commonality with the Kestrel Falcon (here’s a picture of it soaring). The bird, native to the UK, has adapted to living in urban areas and is doing okay.

Prior to The Dreamcode, the two co-produced the eleventh installation of the ongoing semi-anonymous series of far out soundscapes, R-Zone. What was shared under the cloak of R-Zone 11, is deciphered and spread over eleven tracks. The two sides meddle with cosmic mysticism and dark heavens throughout The Dreamcode, never reaching for balance. Scientific Dreamz of U has two (1 2) of five out in the open, but this is the first peak at Junior Love’s side.

“Hack Discarnate” is a damp, grit stained wall to wall carpet carrying the aesthetics of a windowless basement. A self-destruction that can take any chair next to any demon present for the production of Maxinquaye. March’s release will mark Junior Love’s first physical with his name on it. Opinion: it’s the best tape from 1080p since Music for 1 Piano, 2 Pianos, & More Pianos. Fact: only 150 The Dreamcode cassettes are being made and pre-orders are up now.

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Though you may miss Thailand, it’s still nice to have you back, Yagi. Must’ve had your sampler with you there, huh? Find any good digging spots? Prolly.

Special treat, this SLOWCOLOR is. Lithe guitars, pianos, and horns, dismembered and reassembled vocals, and various other jazzy samples mesh with crisp drums. And those drums are what set Yagi’s work apart from most beat-builders. They contain a gritty quality, in that they’re heavily compressed and more than likely sourced from old records, but they’re not buried in a bed of hiss and lo-fi murk; they step forward in the mix, hitting hard and relentlessly, yet still remain fluid and smooth.

Check it out for yourself below.

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