DJ Nigga Fox

“Tarraxo Bela (Flauta)”

DJ Nigga Fox (a.k.a. Lx Monkeys, a.k.a. Rogério Brandão) lives inside the Doomsday Clock, firing out cuckoo calls of off-balance kuduro/techno, experimenting in radical new forms of ping-pong delay, and just really-really loving Tupac and Dr Dre.

I fell in head and heels with his stumbling, delirious beats and horror-show synth palette after last year’s “O Meu Estilo EP” on Príncipe Records.
Many nights of chromatic, comatose delirium were to follow.

“Tarraxo Bela (Flauta)” is practically a ballad compared to a tune like “Powerr.” It’s a twilight grinder for a lost night in Lisbon, as steep as the city’s stairs at dusk.

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Jam City

Earthly II

Coming at listeners six months after “Earthly,” Jam City is back again with “Earthly II,” continuing what appears to be a series of mixtapes. And it’s totally the soundtrack to robbing every store on the same block around closing time in SoHo, getting away with about $249k and some (maybe real) gold necklaces. Duffel bags taken from Gucci and Prada stuffed with stacks. Disguises of course consist of draped bonnets and thick dresses. Jeffery got hus fine dainty white neck garter caught and torn. Someone covers their kids eyes and Alex spits on/at ‘em. Everyone involved is licking off shots and sniffing a lot and rubbing their eyes. Visions of unrestlessness. All this wobbling and people running. So-what-so-what. Maybe that’s sirens or screaming. Blood has been kept minimal. It’s a snatch and grab job.

After this, the driver will lose the cops around midtown, head up to about 96th Street, then floor it down West Side Highway, hook downtown for a few more smash-grabs, grip about $100[some]k more, maybe a wallet if the mood is frisky, radio blaring in the van this entire time, Jam City taking down domes with “Earthly II” (download), fashion meets Wall Street, tires squeal across the Brooklyn Bridge bike track, sirens getting nearer, Jeffery tucks and rolls down to the lower level and gets hit by oncoming traffic, Alex is flaring the end of his gun out the sliding door, drive nicking walls minimally, cops in a Temple of Doom standoff serving through packed traffic, bursts of red splash upon windows where Alex missed (??) the police, he’s yelling, “Turn this shit down,” so you push him out the window, crank it up, flip the bird at a few cop cars the crash from the distraction, and it’s like nothing ever happened.

Put “Earthly II” by Jam City on repeat this morning/afternoon/evening and crush a little bit of work you’ve been putting off since the weekend. Stream below:

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Oscillating Continuum

When examined within the context of RYOICHI KUROKAWA’s previous audio/visual installations, oscillating continuum is sparse and meditative. In 2011, Kurokawa created syn_, an album length movie with a soundtrack from the guts of a Windows 98 processor, and ground, which addresses the terrors of war and disaster in the Middle East by manipulating news broadcasts to create a living, melting portrait. His latest work is like a TMA-1 – a monolithic block of brushed aluminum laid on its side like a futuristic sarcophagus, projecting sparse, ephemeral blasts of particles and noise. It becomes difficult to watch the blaring white screen, so devoid of matter, one imagines it to fill up with lavish colors and landscapes, as we’ve come to expect from high resolution computers. Instead, the waveforms are the architecture of explosively harsh noise, and Kurokawa demonstrates absolute control over his medium by playing with sounds that cannot be controlled. Like we pictured the landscape to fill in all that white space, we imagine a melody and harmony as well, one that can make sense out of all the uncertainty. While much of Kurokawa’s work could translate well to a musical performance, oscillating continuum is better suited for a quiet, empty room somewhere in France (Brussels is close enough) where it can command your full attention.

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Chaz & Alex

Gods Of Love EP

Yo, I want there to be a face-off! I realize this is unrealistic, especially ‘cause it’d be two-on-one, but how about we do a versus match? Grip 2014 Saint Pepsi vs. 2014 Chaz & Alex. To give you a hint, I always bet on Giant Taco. Gods Of Love EP not only got that MAD conceptual aesthetic to it, but it totally plays prison rules. In ANY real brawl, anything goes, and that’s how Chaz & Alex straight play they’s production game. Gods Of Love EP wasn’t just put on a playlist with additional beats. I also heard Chaz & Alex drank that dub-cup during the making of the entire six-track mixation. And gaming this in pensive ears is complete brutality. Friendship. FRIENDSHIP?

Okay then, what’s worse? Fucking with one of my Friday/Choco mixes? Maybe. Got one stirring up currently that’ll make babies shit on they mammies. Maybe, again. But Gods Of Love EP is so fucked with and real. Like, reality in this fluttery-but-beaten mix of beats and samples sits dark in the corner just waiting it’s turn to bat, coach. So give Chaz & Alex another digital “spin.” Let the Gods Of Love EP adorn you with your realities, but please your ears to no end. Well, I lied. It’s only about 20-minutes in length. Get your chair grind one Gods Of Love EP by Chaz & Alex below:

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Cult Favorite

MADMENXX_B_ [Versions]

One year ago today, Cult Favorite mollywhopped the rap world upside its headpiece with the release of For Madmen Only, a revolutionary meditation on collective psychosis that, although internally hailed by the prog rap scene that birthed it, was unfortunately and unjustly overlooked by much of the outside world. That being said, it honestly wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it came out that Kanye West was bumping FME while he was in the final stages of crafting Yeezus.

Anyway, one year later:

To mark the first anniversary of the critically acclaimed release For Madmen Only, Cult Favorite (Elucid & A.M. Breakups) sought out the assistance of some of their favorite associates and producers to freely reinterpret various pieces of the album.

Every artist involved in MADMENXX_B_ paints a new backdrop to Elucid’s vicious and meaningful lyrics and samples, creating a brilliant new interpretation of the album that critics and fans alike agree is already a classic in the eyes of the NYC underground.

To my surprise, there are still some vinyl copies left of that limited-edition “classic,” so you buy now, and stream MADMENXX_B_ [Versions] below. ‘Nuff respect due to Cult Favorite for adopting some dub lingo in calling these remixes “versions,” by the way.

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