Split [almost]

This is something I’ve been awaiting for a minute, but it’s finally arrived: Dirty Tapes 007. Now, don’t QUESTION where 006 at, because Dirty always got u on hook-up. Just cast out a line. Last year’s September Cassette Store Day, I gripped 005 – having thought it sold out – on the slick from the owner, and have been blessed with them BUN and Delofi beats since. But the break-down is always what’s key in these split tapes Dirty been pushing.

ILLER on Side-A is all about the sounds. I mean, his sounds are KEY to his music, more-so than his style of production and mixing. It’s standard boom-bap that pals can joke-cypher to while driving under the rails with the sunroof drawn, but what gets tricky on Side-A is half the time you’re thinking “Is this reappropriated jazz I’m listening to?” Oddly enough, the sounds he makes (samples or synthetic) are so interwoven that if it weren’t for ILLER’s casual beat-head rythm, you’d never be able to tell the difference from true genre’d JAZZ and hip-hop.

On the flip, Virtual Flannel gets way less future and headier than he typically hones in on, but cuts at all the production at the jugular; the action is always worth a slice. It’s as if Side-B is pre-internet, and you gotta hit up the club to see other cats dance moves, study their steps, and take it to the next level of blend. Yeah, the sound on Side-B typical upon first listen, but Virtual Flannel grows within just the first track, and gets so psychedelic with mixing magic throughout, it’s as if his potion spilt onto his equipment and hands, and what happens next is beyond abracadabra.

Scope out the new split on Dirty Tapes by Virtual Flannel and ILLER, and snag a reel on the real before they all out.

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Various Artists

MENACE vol 1

It’s hard to be kind. It takes effort. But, it’s necessary for us humans. Kindness and respect are what build strong communities, and supporting each other is an immensely important part of this. I mean, just look at what MENACE is doing. I know the name seems at odds with this idea, but the label has gathered beat-makers from Europe to Japan — including chambry, miraa., Bugseed, Yagi, Arµ-2, and SNK∆ — and placed them on one nice, little ol’ compilation, helping support these artists individualy while also grouping their boom-bap drums, future synths, sampled piano rolls and guitar lines, and employment of dusty scratches together to make one strong entity, built to help you bob your head and relax your mind. Mighty kind of them, if I do so say myself.

vol 1 is just the beginning for the Paris based MENACE. With LPs from Jeremy Talon and Nasty Ill Brother Sugi coming soon, be ready to keep up and support.


John Krausbauer

“Blues for the Grave” (excerpt)

Noise music can be a difficult genre to process, especially when most releases contain songs that hover around or above the ten minute mark. In the fast paced click-bait loving world of music blogging, noise and other strands of cerebral experimental music can get left by the wayside. And, in some instances, noise and drone can be very homogenous, and I’ll often forget what I’ve listened to the second its over. Not so with Seattle’s Debacle Records. Their latest release, and first of 2k15, comes courtesy of West Coast journeyman John Krausbauer. Blues for the Grave “was conceptualized in Oregon, worked on in the Bay, and recorded in LA,” and the excerpt below, while merely a sliver of the full album, showcases the delicate tonal dissonance that unfolds over the record’s thirty minutes. Available on CD and digital, for an uninterrupted listening experience, Blues for the Grave is a proper kick off to the year for Debacle and for Krausbauer. Pre-order that disc here so you can get yours before the record drops April 17th (that’s Friday, yo!).

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Soul Ipsum


Car stolen a week before tour. Fate struck when a drifter hot-wired my Subaru, tour is still on.

The video is directly self explanatory. It’s a real bummer. If you want to help out a budding musician, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE, GO HERE


April 18th - Tucson, AZ
Exploding View Gallery
Ambient soundtrack for Short Film series

April 22nd - Dublab Radio 6-8pm
w/ Moon B, White Rainbow & Thick Bag

April 23rd - Glendale, California
Complex - Aloe Verified Thirstdays
w/ Ahnnu, SFV Acid, Thick Bag, Heaven, DJ Moon B

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Ynfynyt Scroll

Ynfynyt Scroll Spring Mixtape ‘15

It’s spring in the majority of cities I’ve lived in. It’ll rain every day in Florida until October, Chicago will only see snow two more times in mid May, and Seattle is set to have kids wearing shorts all week. It’s Spring again and spring time means track season. So go ahead, stretch, show off the winter legs, keep hydrated, beat that personal best, listen to Ynfynyt Scroll, woaaaaah chill.

Track Meet Spring Break 2015 is on thanks to Ynfynyt Scroll’s , transporting us to “a steamy Ibiza dancefloor with every listen” of the forty-plus minutes of heart digging dimensions. Released on the label he co-owns with AiR DJ, Ynfynyt Scroll Spring Mixtape ‘15 is the sequel to the 1017 Records-heavy and numerical predecessor Ynfynyt Scroll Spring Mixtape ‘14. Spring Break ‘15 rolls with a lot of reggaeton beat and rhythm, slapping edits of Jack Ü, The Weeknd, that super catchy Charli XCX song, into dancehall anthems into spring break essentials. C.Z. and Paul Marmota roll with in the roofless jeep. Can someone let me know if the end credits for the Fast and Furious movie features “Titiriti Ayo.” The whole mixtape has a family and friends, corona and sun #feelings to it.

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