Ak'chamel

Fucking With Spirits

Witch house. Not the genre, but like an actual witch house. That’s how the new tape from Austin’s Ak’chamel sounds. The label, Centipede Farm, describes it as shaman rock. Alright. Like chanting around huge fires and summoning shit and Fucking With Spirits. ‘Cept shamans were praised for their divine abilities while witches were burned at the stake. Although, if spirits are all rooted in existence after life, then I suppose those who fuck with ‘em get what’s coming to them in the afterlife. The band’s name even sounds like words from some curse enscribed onto old parchment paper. Each of the tape’s tracks confusing themselves with old field recordings of some snake-charmed happenings. Like all those dusty records in the locked room in The Skeleton Key. Are these recordings ritualistic or just made to sound that way through the divine blessing of production?

Fucking With Spirits is available now from The Centipede Farm.

• Ak’chamel: http://akchamel.bandcamp.com
• Centipede Farm: http://centipedefarm.com

Future

“Move That Dope” ft. Pharrell Williams, Pusha T

Ima have to agree with our boii Embling, ‘cause you KNOW Honest (TMT Review) – the new album by Mike WiLL’s go-to rapper Future – deserved a 4.5. It’s layer with plenty of shit to move your mind past generic interpretation. Also, this is why I’m not late to that “Move That Dope” game: it’s being played everywhere I go, so the song is popping off, and the video may have too, but this is just that constant reminder that people dig shit like this on the reg-lyfe, outside of all the weirder shit TMT dabbles in, but also what TMT 4.5s too. Still love Pusha T’s flow. He’ll be crushing it until he lands that new Clipse album, which will end all of us. I also like the way Pharrell’s mouth looks when he uses the word “niggas,” and then think back to his track “Happy.”

Anyhow, Honste is amazing, and the rapping in “Move That Dope,” as well as featuring Pusha and Pharrell at their continuous peak, just proves Future is not only clairvoyant of hits, but will eventually ejac on all ears throughout 2014. Including Grams, which I’m not sure how I feel about that…

• Future: http://freebandz.com
• Pusha T: http://pusha-t.com
• Pharrell: http://pharrellwilliams.com

BLACK KRAY

City Of Doves

Ah, when you’re in that proverbial rut, aye… lost in the www, encumbered by data/info, perhaps? Direction or purpose seems wayward, and this feeling… ineffable. So many questions, thoughts, BLACK KRAY got me all cerebrate right now. I guess – just like anybody – I’m often prone to existential thoughts, but either way, the sheer atmosphere of City Of Doves alone got a young kid thinking, you know?

But don’t worry, KRAY’s got you covered on all emotional fronts, like this right here be a guaranteed grin inducer. And the tape slaps from top to bottom with tear-jerking, uzi toting emo-thug anthems. Maybe there’s something in the air down there in Flexico because GOTH MONEY RECORDS output for the last year-or-so has been pretty much nonpareil. BLACK KRAY in particular is on his sui generis shit right now. I mean, he’s on some other-world hustle, akin to that godly 2011 SGP grind. Just check the goods, they hella doozies: mixtapes on mixtapes. Thanks for the good times, whodie.

• BLACK KRAY: http://gvccikray.bandcamp.com
• Goth Money Records: http://gothmoneyrecords.com

Lil B "THE BASEDGOD"

Hoop Life

The timing is everything,” raps Lil B on “NBATV Commercial” (whose video, by the way, features “extremely rare” Lil B layups and “collectible” shots with his eyes closed). Which is likely why Lil B, the man of the millennium, has just dropped his long-anticipated, NBA-themed Hoop Life mixtape just hours after the Spurs eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs, preventing the BasedGod’s pseudo-nemesis Kevin Durant (this year’s well-deserved MVP) from getting his first title. Guess Kool Keith wasn’t enough for OKC this time. Call it the BasedGod curse. Call it the White Flame catching The Servant. Call it Lil B being the #1 Bitch.

Durant’s favorite moment on the mixtape? 2:34 - 4:13 on “At the Freethrow.”

“Don’t post if you can’t make a shot!”

Lil B’s “2-disc,” 33-track Hoop Life mixtape is out now. Download here and stream here:

• Lil B “The BasedGod”: http://www.datpiff.com/profile/LilBtheBasedGod

DJAO / Running in the Fog / Natasha Kmeto

“Bass Camp SF”

The last time I drank Red Bull, my friends and I filled up the bathroom sink in our hotel room with ice and cans of it and pounded them like shots of whiskey from nice, glass tumblers provided by the hotel (which we ultimately ended up stealing). I was 17, and it was a Spring Quarter field trip to the Chicago Art Museum, hosted by our high school. We were so jacked on it that, at 2 AM, our art teacher came knocking at the door about noise complaints we had received over the past three hours while trying to film a Vietnam War reenactment in our room using clothes hangers for guns and my friend’s camera set to night-vision mode to make everything look green and, therefore, as much like a jungle as any hotel room possibly can.

Years later, I’m bartending at a dive in downtown Portland, pouring vodka drinks mixed with Red Bull to idiot college kids looking to rage all night, long after the bars close at 2 AM, following an entire week of college courses and homework, paying rent with student loans, and having nothing better to do on weekends than make mistakes collectively, as a generalized demographic proving its own… well, generalization.

Last February, Pacific Northwest beaters DJAO, Running in the Fog, and Natasha Kmeto were invited to attend the San Francisco Red Bull Music Academy, providing the attendees educational opportunities and creative freedom to practice their craft, collaborate, and drink infinite Red Bull, etc. Some combination of all of those things led to a whirlwind 12-hour session of recording, mixing, and editing, ending sometime around 2 AM and resulting in this collaboration. It came naturally. Instinctually. It was meant to be.

No, this is not an advertisement for Red Bull. You should have already received that on your way into Tiny Mix Tapes today. But there is something to be said about getting unnaturally energized at 2 AM and getting shit done, worthwhile or not. And this track, featuring DJAO, Running in the Fog, and guest vocals from Natasha Kmeto, thumps. Like some storm off in the distance shaking the windows and glassware. And those vocal cuts just float so nicely on top.

Check it out:

• DJAO: https://soundcloud.com/d-j-a-o
• Running in the Fog: http://www.facebook.com/runninginthefog
• Natasha Kmeto: http://www.natashakmeto.com
• Red Bull Music Academy: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com

  

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