OG Maco

“Want More” prod. by Deko

OG Maco (a.k.a. Maco Mattox) came through last month with “U Guessed It” and by came through I mean broke through elevator doors disrupting whatever the fuck you were doing. Since then the 22-year-old signed with Migos imprint Quality Control Records, dropped a collaboration with the label heads, and hit a million views on the “U Guessed It” video. OG Maco is playing the game with energy drinks for middle fingers.

More spoken word than conventional bars; more more Atlanta hype than Atlanta weird, the dude picks huge, all blast no flare tracks to jump on from small time big grind producers. If Flockaveli II is a bust, brush it off, OG Maco is the new hype, bruh.

• OG Maco: https://soundcloud.com/og-maco
• Quality Control Records: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quality-Control-Music/393542857439913?sk=…

Orchestra of Spheres

“2,000,000 Years”

In “2,000,000 Years,” civilization is divided into four distinct worlds: the wrestler-ruled realm of dildos and perfume samples; the harmonica-monolithed land of crystals and balls, but no crystal balls; the animal planet, where one hand definitely does not wash the other; and the ophthalmological laboratory, where you’re always being watched. All four are becoming rapidly overpopulated, and tomorrow’s weather forecast reads “cryptically apocalyptic” with a high chance of ejaculatory snow.

This is the state of things according to the New Zealand-based Devo-devotees comprising post-novelty act Orchestra of Spheres and their countryman, music video director Simon Ward. The Orchestra will soon be embarking on their first ever U.S. tour, which begins at the Moon Block Party in Pomona before stopping in New York, Chicago, New Haven, Philadelphia and D.C. And to celebrate the occasion, they tapped Tiny Mix Tapes to premiere their new video for “2,000,000 Years,” because hey, who else is weird enough to do it … am I right?

Hopefully, the band’s journey through our country can live up to the “surreal road-trip through a hyper- primal, fuzzed-out, synth-laden Garden of Eden” that is their second album, Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music. Let’s all do our part to see that it does.

• Orchestra of Sheres: http://www.orchestraofspheres.com
• Fire Records: http://www.firerecords.com


weekend tape

Galvinizingly disturbed beats are c.180_ (a.k.a. mgkrp) forte. Such derangement should only be enjoyed by droolers and sociopaths, but fuck if I ain’t slobbering all over my unfeeling self while bumping weekend tape. c.180_’s unsteadily steady hands touch the plastic and metal of his sampler with total control. Stops and starts; jumps and sags; glory and gully flips; its all here.

c.180_/mgkrp/Brendin Hundle-Wilson has already completely killed it this year with lia​-​ji / old ones and shùliàng, but weekend tape seems to be the cream of the crop, least for this gent. Made over a weekend (GAWL!), get ready to be engulfed in the mightyness that is weekend tape, which is streaming below.

• c.180_: https://soundcloud.com/c-180-1
• mgkrp: https://soundcloud.com/mgkrp


Evolution [trailer]

London artist UZZEE steps out of line with past rock-influenced rap efforts and has something going strong on his debut EP Evolution. The twenty-two year old second-year-in-fashion-school deep-in-Egyptian-polymathy drops “5th Element.” The track features a grinding production from Mr Carmack under the deep laid confidence of UZZEE. A love of rock in a rap world is common: OG Maco openly channels punk music, 3Stacks is playing Jimi Hendrix in a biopic, rappers are constantly called today’s rock stars, it all makes sense. The way UZZEE incorporates rock and his love of guitar the right way, the not Rebirth. The energy and dirty embedded in “5th Element” conjures up the spirit of stadium-wide power, for UZZEE it’s his motherfucking element.

Watch out for a collaborative mixtape with UZZEE and Long Clothing/BOY London.

• UZZEE: https://soundcloud.com/uzzee_ce
• UZZEE: http://pyramidsofimhotep.com

Trap Door

“Luv Thang” (Mike G Remix)

Mike G’s remix of “Luv Thang” starts with an immediate grime reference, the infamous “Ice Rink” sample, and it’s as bright and hard as “Ice Rink” but in a completely different way. The cute little synth from the original “Luv Thang” reigns, making the track bright but in a dreamy rather than realistic way. For a track being made up of incredibly short little sounds, it still has a tremendous, (but also meandering?) flow. It’s easy to see how Mike G can use influences of grime, vogue, and a little house to make a remix that lives fully in many different genres while still feeling fresh. It’s soft spoken but demands the listener’s attention. It’s extremely different from the original, but still maintains it’s calm, cool, collected-ness. And it’s as silly (like, it’s called “Luv Thang” and there’s warbling synths) as it is serious. And it’s featured on Trap Door’s upcoming debut Emerald Dove EP, coming out soon via B.YRSLF Division.

• Mike G: https://soundcloud.com/mikegbass
• Trap Door: https://soundcloud.com/trap_door
• B.YRSLF Division: https://soundcloud.com/byrslf_division


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