Thast

“Play My Shit”

Tampa is a weird place. Nestled mid-dick on Florida’s gulf side, miles of treeless roads sport high-end car salesmen next to alien-themed strip clubs and a rich dude is buying up everything around Downtown and pushing people out to the suburbs that didn’t exist 15 years back. It’s a place that gave the world the curious mix of John Cena, Aaron Carter, Cannibal Corpse, Hulk Hogan, Billy Mays, Underoath, Macho Man Randy Savage, and Ray Charles. That’s Tampa: it’s terrifying. But the saving grace of the city of mangles is the occasional Miami Bass-bred club star. I bet you didn’t know “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” was from Tampa rapper Khia – arguably the best thing to come out of Florida not under the name Trina or Trick Daddy. It’s been 13 years since Khia went soared up international charts and Tampa might be ready to crowd another queen.

Thast is ready. She isn’t new to it all, her Soundcloud goes back through two years of songs like “Fuck U,” “Rep Ur County,” and “Stop Hatin,” it’s aggressive, unruffled, and unswerving Florida bravado. Thast put up “Play My Shit” this week and doesn’t beat around asking or begging the DJ politely, Thast knows she has what we need and isn’t going to step down to our level, she says it outright on the track: “We run this bitch.”

• Thast: https://soundcloud.com/thast01

Andrew Jansen // Loud Sun

(​(​(​LOUD​)​)​) [three-track preview]

MJ MJ Records just dropped another BOMBBBBBBBBBBB, mother fuckers! And this time, they turn’t-in it (​(​(​LOUD​)​)​). No joke, MJ MJ’s newest tape entitled (​(​(​LOUD​)​)​) by Andrew Jansen // Loud Sun is completely dried out and fried. Not in a heavy psyche or harsh noise way, no, but in the most mellow-melted moods this side of Bandcamp. So let’s get listing:

“Gold Again”

The feel of “Gold Again” grabs listeners like a tan that’s just getting darker, or more freckled. Cut with a strum, back beat, and harmonizing vocals, it’s perfect timing for each listen to flip over and even that brown out. Shit ain’t getting “Gold Again” until next summer. So just vegg on the vibes Andrew Jansen // Loud Sun drip down your spine like lotion that’s been in the sun, silky.

“Running From”

Second track “Running From” sounds more satirical to me, troll repeating that “everyone-hum-along” melody before the broken guitar-chord verse, chanting in minor, down-scaled notes, trying to purse both intent for majesty and possibly a pharmaceutical commercial for someone off-key. Fuzzy feels and “maybe this is blue” sounds emote speakers and ears like the same pop-crackle enjoyment of Pop Rocks packet mouth pour. Really, the only thing Andrew Jansen // Loud Sun is “Running From” is sounding too demographed of a sound, which is the only type Choco fuxx with, so :)

“Wayes”

I’m not saying “Wayes” is a dislikable track at all, but without further listening to the full length of (​(​(​LOUD​)​)​), I think maybe the context is a bit off. Though, this is the whole part of that [three-track tease] MJ MJ Records beckons. So jam the most you can on these before Andrew Jansen // Loud Sun drops the mother-fucker load this September 1 on cassette and digital. Also, don’t forget the MJ MJ Records subscription deal too!!

• Andrew Jansen // Loud Sun: http://loudsunloud.tumblr.com
• MJ MJ Records: http://www.mjmjrecords.com

The Nativist

“For Those Who Know Keep It On The Low”

The Nativist is back on that jungle turn’t DEEP NYC with “For Those Who Know Keep It On The Low,” for real. That early AM race-to-get-out beat, dodging muted bullets putting your commute on fleek when the dueling tones increase and swarm the mentality of the daily grind. But they soon fade, and back to that same hit-the ground running pace swells up, only to be joined in sonic purity, almost crystallized in a moment that otherwise would be another view of the city. So in light of the title, I believe a big-old grin on your face is the only way to react to “For Those Who Know Keep It On The Low.” And The Nativist knows this grind. Duckin’ into lower Manhattan at random, throughout the week. Vibing with the city mentality. Dressing a weave around what he can control. The maintence of calming your thought processes can also be a different way of easing a completely opposite situation. “For Those Who Know Keep It On The Low” sounds like it took a long meditation to complete. The Nativist is just swimming with us now:

• The Nativist: https://soundcloud.com/the-nativist

free music

“Die Hard (Acid): First Try”

Actually, what I heard is the entire new (and Night People re-reel cassette) of Great Music by free music was made entirely in one take (side from VHS dubbing) on an uncounted amount of keyboards. Well, no, the truth is “Die Hard (Acid): First Try” came out a while ago, and I’m talking just about after Die Hard II: Die Harder was released on VHS, so director John McTiernan loosely based most of the third movie on the jam, which samples were added into later for full holophonic effect. Not playing this time: I’ve no idea who I’ve been e-mailing back and fourth about free music, but I trash-talked [general] PR firm “Merge.pdf” spam I receive on the daily, and then looked at the free time webpage Blogspot attached to the free music SoundCloud, there’s a million names there, so like YES! And mostly, it slays that free music reached out to Uncle Sean at Night People, because it’s not only the type of music that’s been babbling from the Minneapolis label’s brook, but Great Music’s maker/e-mailer/Willy is exactly the sort of crowd matching the Night People artist discography. Plenty more to come. But for the time being, enjoy the levity and humor, the curves and smurves of “Die Hard (Acid): First Try” streaming below:

• free music: http://www.freetimewebpage.blogspot.com
• Night People Records: http://raccoo-oo-oon.org/np

  

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