Guardian Alien


YUS! Guardian Alien came out with a video for “Vapour,” a track off their album Spiritual Emergency that popped out on Thrill Jockey earlier this year. Mr P told me they weren’t going to release a single, but low-and-behold, “Vapour” came seeping on through them wifi-waves. And it’s cute, yo. At first I told people my fiancee helped make this track ‘cause her voice is super high in pitch, and it’d be funny if it were taken to the next level of sound manipulation, but it’s not. In my opinion, it’s Grey Fox pullin’ out some post-Grain twerk action. Though, it could be a number of people under the Guardian Alien saucer-umbrella. Eh, but it don’t matter. Who’s been counting TMT’s 2014 coverage of Greg Fox in slash tallies on their desk wall?

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Chocolate Grinder Mix 105

Teklife to the Next Life (A Tribute Mix to DJ Rashad)

Note: This mix was originally included in our feature on DJ Rashad.

As soon as I heard about DJ Rashad’s death, I decided to make a mix. After choosing over 30 of my favorites, I let the songs sorta organically determine its own order, with a mission of making it a bit economical at just over 30 minutes. This inadvertently resulted in no tracks from his more well-known releases — Double Cup (Hyperdub, 2013), Welcome to the Chi (Lit City Trax, 2012), etc. — and it has very little of the juke-flavored tracks that originally gave him his name in Chicago. Which is to say: these tracks are neither the “best” nor intended to represent the entirety of DJ Rashad’s deep and diverse output, but I passionately love each one and think it’d benefit us all to mourn over his passing with our speakers on the verge of blowing out.

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[00:00] DJ Rashad - “From The Start”
[03:13] DJ Rashad - “Drop Juke Out”
[05:14] DJ Rashad - “R House” (with DJ Manny)
[09:15] DJ Rashad - “We Run It”
[12:26] DJ Rashad - “The Letter S”
[16:24] DJ Rashad - “Roy Ayers Show”
[17:39] DJ Rashad - “Iiiiiii Hiiiiiiii”
[21:51] DJ Rashad - “Somethin”
[23:17] DJ Rashad - “Madnezz 2010”
[23:41] DJ Rashad - “Betta My Space”
[25:23] DJ Rashad - “Do It Again”
[26:35] DJ Rashad - “I Can Feel It”
[29:47] DJ Rashad - “Love U Found”



We been slacking in the Chocolate Grinder on them Friday mixes. That’s why I been tryna go hard on the last post of every week. This Friday, the first Friday in May – a five Friday month, and I get paid every Friday – I present to you the new SPF 420 mix by LORD$M$, LORD$M$_4_SPF420_MIX. And holy shit leave your mind at the door, submit yourself to dance, and enjoy the treat of mix paradise streaming below:

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“Like My Hand Did”

Prepare for the nasty: Boyfriend bringin’ that crass white-girl rap with EVERYTHING in her teeth. And if you get too close, she’ll DEFINITELY bite you, yo. Thus, “Like My Hand Did” is a really good way of finding yourself absorbed in her touch. Her feel. Her cotton. With these lyrics, I can imagine Boyfriend’s hand makes her cum pixels and glitter. So you gotta treat it with a certain type of care, no? But if Boyfriend wants what you got, you’d better give it all-everything, or there’s a good chance you’ll end up missing for a week. If you think you can top the “Like My Hand Did” then you gotta bring that ∞-luv game. Oh, and sweat.

VERY MUCH diggin’ this video for “Like My Hand Did” too. It’s all so… colorful. LOL - seeing Boyfriend just passed out with someone on her lap in the leaves is just amazing imagery. Wait a minute. Shit, wait, NO!! I know Boyfriend. We hooked up via Tinder the other week. That night, I found myself floating face down in the Hudson after, and shit didn’t even get violent, just wild. Just wild enough to risk death? Um, yeah. It’s Boyfriend. Who wouldn’t?

Anyhow, scope these bugged out visuals for Boyfriend’s track “Like My Hand Did” ASAP. It’s Friday. “Fuck it” is at an all-time high. Thus, I’m thinking about making a Like My Hand Did toy product. Just get a mold of Boyfriend’s hand. Send it to a factory. Put a souped-up fan motor in it powered by double A batteries. Sell it for BOO-KOO Bitcoin all OVER a new Etsy account. Or maybe just make it a tour-only product? I dunno, but there’re ideas stirrin’ the air.

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Beat Detectives

“Summer In The City”

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I can get away with a text-pic post ‘cause both Beat Detectives and 1080p Collection is straight murdering the music game this year, and now they’ve joined forces, so… text pics!! New tape Ass Cop out next Tuesday, May 6.

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CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.