Finding an original rapper like Kool Keith in the modern music would is impossible. Undoubtedly, you’ve MC’s vying for their own lime-light, a place to harness completely on their own, like their predecessors. Then you find that everyone is doing that same thing on social media. So you turn to the idea that copying is beyond the art of becoming original, yet what typically becomes of that is stale repeatable points and critique on similarities/impressions. With Franc Bacon, this is not the case, and Wet (Mixtape) is the perfect example.
There’s a lot of comparative influence in Wet (art by Mr. Two Three), but it’s all over, which makes it hard to pin down Franc Bacon’s specific role model. As well, he isn’t exactly original, but withholds a unique voice through how quickly he traverses heartfelt, humorous, alpha, and metaphorical tracks and beats. Franc Bacon manages to train his body with the music and adapt to the preciseness of breath and flow opposed to how HE represents HIM. Like how “You do you” is turning the modern world into a bunch of turn sniffing aficionados, Franc Bacon passes on self-stench, and relies on where the music takes listeners, opposed to him taking you directly there.
Franc Bacon suggests you should probably get Wet, and not just on a Thursday, but until your soaked:
And be sure to listen to his #BaconLife Podcast on SoundCloud.
For all the meth fans out there, RJ Mitte (a.k.a. Walter White Jr./Flynn of the Breaking Bad fame) is about to burst out the blue this Friday night with his debut performance of #BreakingBeats. With hard blends of house, club, and acid, Good Looks New York and Decadence is hosting RJ Mitte in Time Square’s BB King Blues Club as a Breaking Bad themed rave. So I’m expecting to see plenty of yellow coverall-hooded jumpsuits, gas masks for all the fog machine billowing lungs worth of party, and neon glasses framing the letters B-I-T-C-H across every other face in the joint.
Prior to RJ Mitte, DJ Mia, Vita, Narkatta, and Laetus will be squirting deep tracks, and getting the crowd fired up on blue crystal rock candy that Good Looks New York and Decadence will be passing out during the event. Fists will be at peace being pumped into the air to #BreakingBeats, snapping like synesthesia just hit them with a plus only New York City can provide. BB would be proud. HARD Benny Benassi house sample in this (Preview) too. Too many hard samples going hard. If your a fan of just general hype and NYC and not FOMO, you’ll probably want to get these tickets ASAP before they sell out.
Going unappreciated during your peak must be a massive ego blow, so allow us the chance to correct it with Kitty. The Austin, Texas based band formed more than two decades ago and though their radius stretched only so far as Denton, the group’s unreleased EPs and recorded one-offs are now collected by Medical Records as single LP of mind-melting artistry.
Straddling the line between rock show and rave up, “Herzog” is the best visual representation for an album that is the evolution of experimental rock and electronic music melding out of the alternative spotlight. A swirling drone mingles with a heady drum beat, soaring synths and metallic distractions. Much like the pinhole that psychedelia entered and exited for a brief moment in the mid-90’s, “Herzog” does its best to rip it open. But the weight of flannel and Hot Topic are too much to overcome.
Kitty’s eponymous reissue is littered with artistic love notes to the unappreciated. No wonder “Herzog” shares space with similarly named compositions that evoke greatness from the music and namesake. “Herzog” stands as the last heartbeat of a band gone before it could have its groundbreaking talent celebrated. A rave at a rock show, in all its VHS time capsule glory will have to speak to the movement we so carelessly missed because Fuel had a new album.
• Medical Records: http://medical-records.org
Lately, I’ve been inclined towards techno and house that takes me not to a pristine club in Ibiza, but to a filthy basement party where everyone, from the crust-punks to the techno-heads, is going out of their minds. Such music can be heard at the regular MOTOR parties that take place in Seattle. But did you know that you can take a little slice of those parties home with you? MOTOR is dropping not one, not two, but three (!) new releases this spring, and tomorrow you can cop the digital only EP from Portland’s Sean Pierce (member of PDX punks ASSS). “Hive,” streaming below, showcases the deep, dark, and dank sounds that permeate this 4-track beast, with chugging beats, acid synth tones, and a grimy late night party vibe that is right up my alley.
Transit drops online April 24, so stay tuned for more dope content from the MOTOR/Debacle crew. Also, be sure to scope the sick new cover art and packaging for the MOTOR series, courtesy of Coldbrew Collective’s Aashish Gadani!