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.
“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.
Like many Polish metal acts, some experimental bands from the Appleland seem to have a wider recognition abroad than in their home country. The Bydgoszcz based group Alameda 3 (now “reformed” under the name Alameda 4 to reflect upon the fact that the group has four members now) may very well be on the same track. With the video for “Humunkulus”, created by Magdalena Syboń, the band teases the listeners with their mind-expanding vision of dark, synth-fueled psychedelia. Hell, the band’s Bandcamp page description is like a psychedelic maniac’s wettest dream, with terms like “drone-ambient”, “krautrock trance”, “japanese noise-psychedelia” and “rock in opposition” being thrown around to concoct some sort of a lysergic monster. “Humunkulus” stays on the more droney side of the mirror, packing the 3-minute track with wailing synths a’la Acid Mothers Temple, tape loops playing back and forth and a healthy wash of white noise to cleanse our minds. Suddenly, the term “magical brutalism”, coined by group leader Kuba Ziołek and used by him to describe many of his projects, makes perfect sense. “Humunkulus” is violently soothing, as strange as it may sound.
Interpol’s still putting out records, and if you agree with our quintessential optimist Simon Chandler that evocations of melancholy have a self-nullifying effect with each consecutive release, then you’ll be happy to know that Institute are here to send you off into mild emotional purgatory! Lyrics can’t convey sadness if listeners aren’t totally sure what those lyrics are, after all, and for that reason, we’re doubly happy that lead singer Moses Brown has chosen to confuse his expressions of relationship ire through deliberate garbling and half-pronunciations. Wait, was that “relationship?” Equally possible, he may have been issuing a “rallying” call for “shins,” for some reason…
Formed in March 2013, the Austin-based band is releasing their debut EP Salt on Sacred Bones October 14. The initial bassline of the title track (listenable below) had me anticipating a secret cover of Joy Division’s “Disorder,” but thankfully, it ends up being so much more — and more punk — than that.
Saltines are the key! Your vocals are boring and comprehensible without them!
“Ghosttown” ft. Travi$ Scott
The latest Yung Lean press release (such a phrase need not exist in this or any other world) contains the following passage.
Yung Lean is wiser; self-confident and at the same time more complex. His lyrics are relevant to his new life experience, memorable and relatable in real time. You meet a person, who shares his experiences, his troubles and joys. The rhymes are still snappy, but now with poignant heart and soul.
But it’s a conspiracy. Yung Lean was built in a factory (read: some blogger’s living room). He’s the worst rapper of all time. The greatest accomplishment he can hope for is inclusion in Big Ghost’s Annual 10 Softest Niggas in the Game List, which would be fitting because the kid’s lyrics sound like they could’ve been ghostwritten by Pretty Toney’s pretty son Infinite Coles a.k.a. Moon God.
Fuck this shit.
• Yung Lean: http://sadboys2001.com