Lara CrÅft

“The Fire That Burns On Rough Bounce”

Typically, I am NOT a big fan of songs like “The Fire That Burns On Rough Bounce.” But there’s something so compelling about it, especially because nothing else on his SoundCloud sounds like it.

I met Lara CrÅft through Andre this past May at that Sun Araw show, and found out he’s from all over the Earth, has a Finnish wife, and lives with main-main-main dude, Andre. Maybe because I have back-story and creative-thinking context on a fellah who’s adventured a lot throughout the world, I try to imagine his travels while listening to “The Fire That Burns On Rough Bounce.” The song itself is pensive and longing. You can hear him thinking about the song via reluctant instruments being deployed. All rhythmic instruments, which comes close to Lara CrÅft prior sample-driven production work. His voice is exact and non-imitative and ruggedly gentile.

I can’t ever imagine “The Fire That Burns On Rough Bounce” on a television show or during a movie-montage. As much money and praise as Lara CrÅft deserves, he luckily also remains very intricate with craftsmanship of beat and preparedness. This sort of craftsmanship would actually negates a lot of commonly made man-with-guitar music, as it shuffles itself constantly. Lara CrÅft lives within “The Fire That Burns On Rough Bounce” and manifests his own destiny playfully in tune:

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james matthew

Twenty one

Half of the ungodly tasteful FAMILY EVENT, james matthew has gone ahead and fucked your ears with Twenty one. Be prepared to stay in bed. Tell your boss to suck an egg, ‘cause work just isn’t happening after Twenty one hits.

Remember sacking up and feeling the heat under your seat? Well, james has lit that fire for you once again. Dusted loops and 404 madness make themselves known. And after your first one or two or thirty listens, get out of bed and walk around with Twenty one. Maybe try to find some monkey bars to climb above and gain a different vantage point. You know, quit swinging. Fuck, swing away and quit looking. Either way, make a change. Lose sight of familiarity and find comfort in altered boom bap. Is there room for more compression? Who isn’t here? You?

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Lipstick Elite



Holidays themselves are not necessarily chill, although they have a reputation as such. Even the most ostensibly chill holiday I’ve ever taken –to Aruba– was a bit of an ordeal, due to the fact that I was with my best bro (who had invited me) and his girlfriend (at the time). But as soon as I got there, it was clear that the two would have broken up weeks prior under normal circumstances, but because they had this trip planned, they were sticking it out. And fighting the whole time. Also I got sunburned on day-two of the seven-day trip because I was walking up the shore that entire day in the same direction; the sun really turned the left half of my body beet red, and the rest was more or less untouched.

Anywho – Lipstick Elite (a superduo between Skeleton Lipstick and Luxury Elite) do their best to reinforce the holiday-as-paradise myth with this latest track off of their (already sold out in tape form?) full length collab Stay Passionate, Be Discreet. Several tricks pulled out of the Daft Punk “Digital Love” playbook for this one as far as melody and production go, paired with an easily digestible vocal part by what sounds to be an absolute peach of a gent. Do chill, won’t you? I insist. No, no, after you!

An ideal track to deepen your sunburn; you’s in the Southern Hemisphere are catchin’ this one just in time. Refer to the Sunup Recordings Bandcamp to stream the album in full and d/l info. Tip-top-notch artwork by Keith Rankin.

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Kendrick Lamar


The results are in! Kendrick Lamar’s first single, “i,” from his forthcoming album has been released, and here’s what the music world has to say about it:

“Produced by Rahki, it samples the Isley Brothers’ ‘That Lady’.” – Pitchfork

“Produced by Rahki, the track samples the Isley Brothers’ ‘That Lady.’” – Prefix

“K. Dot’s first solo song in nearly two years, ‘i’ features a sample of the Isley Brothers’ 1973 version of ‘That Lady’ and features GKMC co-producer Rahki behind the boards.” – Consequence of Sound

“Rakhi produced the rippling, liquid psychedelic track, which samples the Isley Brothers’ ‘That Lady’ and which moves fluidly from one section to the next.” – Stereogum

“Entitled i, the track follows in the footsteps of The Beastie Boys and Charles Hamilton, and samples That Lady by the Isley Brothers.” – The Guardian

“It’s the rapper’s first tune as a lead artist since 2012 and it features a funky sample of the Isley Brothers’ ‘That Lady.’” – Rolling Stone

“If the sample heard through out the funk-infused track sounds familiar, it’s because it’s Isley Brothers’ ‘That Lady.’” – Billboard

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Tashi Dorji & Frank Meadows

Number Six is Sacred

Witnessing Tashi Dorji play guitar is almost like watching a caged tiger in multiple moods: in meditation, playing with it’s food, or lashing out against cold, steel bars. His skill is obvious, dexterous, and nimble; but, even more compelling is how brazenly out he can get over the course of a short improvisation. The dude takes you places, often risking entire “improvisational moods” for the sake of dynamism. This wild style WORKS for me –
I’m not always down with boring free-improv/woody guitar hoopla – if I’m enjoying the communication between freewheeling instruments, there better not be any tacit string scraping, put-on Americana bravado, or mousy, faux-Cagean slop (*you know who you are!). I like that energized, Bailey-style shit that Tashi owns so well.

Like a fresh pot of coffee, a new release comes to to refill the empty Dorjian cup (a cup that’s barely empty…he just got back from a tour with Richard Bishop AND released an album on Ben Chasny’s Hermit Hut).

Here, Dorji has paired up with bassist Frank Meadows for Number Six is Sacred – a frenetic collection of works that has the two “locked in” on a focused improvisational space that’s equal parts tension, release, and insane. Frank Meadows’ bow-sweeps and prepared fretwork help ground Dorji’s fierce runs and bursts; their movements diverge and reunite according to an unknowable psychic framework. Frank’s literally my boy and helped organize the Hopscotch TMT day party; so, I’m not gonna flatter him too much here :). But, jeez, they are some advanced players – they’re way beyond just proving they can sling out some acrobatic licks. Instead, they choose to focus on the materiality of their instruments, pushing their personal, idiosyncratic tendencies into an objectification of the potential freedoms accessible through a focused, instrumental process. It’s an abstract listen, one I’ll be using to craft potential mental narratives into autumn.

Purchase the beautifully packaged tape from Cabin Floor Esoterica, it comes with a rusty nail. Also, stream the album below:

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