“Song for the People of Syria”
Here at Tiny Mix Tapes, we tend to talk about social, political, and cultural contexts as much as “the music itself,” but in the case of Dustin Wong’s “Song for the People of Syria,” the work has been done for us. It’s in the title, and the depth of meaning and emotion behind the track, with regard to the crisis to which it refers, is communicated through Wong’s rare reliance on vocal loops to form the song. That choice alone makes the song a standout, both musically and worldly. Listen to it here:
Wong’s latest album, Mediation of Ecstatic Energy (TMT Review), is out this week on Thrill Jockey.
“The Loin King”
Like smashing your nose, blood rushes to your head/face immediately and immensely. A blur of this magnitude hasn’t happened since ‘02. But dancing like you’re drowning helps take the pressure off your mind. Feeling the frenzy has never been so overwhelming on all muscles in your body. Your sinews and proteins are ripping together, building a tensely hard ball of groove in your core as sweat beads pool in a crown around your head; eyes roll back and submit your mind to song. You have become “The Loin King” on this club floor.
Instead of bowing, attendees and witnesses are all following your moves and creating an aura of heat through all the movement. White tees become nipples. Head bands melt. Chest paint was once on faces. Shoes are off and elsewhere. Something is yelled about cocktails by the back bar, but the exclamation fades like a sample within the music. Nobody moves in any specific direction. Everyone is both stationary and flailing. And it’s more than art or movement. It’s life in the fullest. It’s PARADISE 100.
100% Silk won’t stop until they got the whole world dancing. PARADISE 100’s four-track 12-inch comes out on October 1. Also, scope the new pink silk vinyl cover art!
• 100% Silk: http://www.listentosilk.com
Half Measures [mixtape]
Historically speaking, Armand Hammer was a wealthy industrialist and art collector who chaired Occidental Petroleum, pissed off his PR agent, and rubbed shoulders with numerous Soviet and American politicians, surely hatching many a nefarious self-serving scheme in the process; conspiracy theorists be damned.
Today and from here on out, Armand Hammer is a Brooklyn rap duo consisting of billy woods and Elucid, who — between Dour Candy and For Madmen Only — are already individually responsible for two of 2013’s best albums.
Today, I will repeatedly stream their debut mixtape Half Measures, wondering if the title comes from that Breaking Bad episode. It must, right?
Tomorrow, I will continue eagerly anticipating their debut album Race Music, coming October 22 on Backwoodz.
Shut the fuck up, Danny Brown! JK JK JK. But doesn’t it seem like we’re posting about another new Danny Brown track or collaboration every week? But hey, it’s cool. It’s not like Danny’s long-awaited follow-up, Old, is out yet or anything. So, in the meantime, we have a video for album track “Dip,” produced by his partner in crime and Bruiser Brigade associate Skywlkr (“the white guy at all the Danny Brown shows”). And, of course, it all sounds very Skywlkr. So Skywlkr in fact that it sorta kinda lovingly regurgitates the frenetic beats from “Witit” and reconstitutes them into a club-friendly party jam.
Old is out on September 30 via Spotify. It’ll hit stores on October 8.
Nine Inch Nails
“Find My Way (Oneohtrix Point Never Remix)”
Nine Inch Nails, who released Hesitation Marks earlier this month, tapped Oneohtrix Point Never for a remix of “Find My Way,” and, predictably enough, the result is fantastic. Instead of abstracting the song, Daniel Lopatin remixes the track in a way that further accentuates the melody and articulates the chord progressions, replacing the crunchy drum programming with an adventurous set of sounds that alternate between pointillistic synth pulses and beautiful organ washes, heightening the drama considerably by the remix’s midpoint. The latter half, however, inverts the original by stripping away the noise that otherwise obscures the vocals and again emphasizes Reznor’s lyrics, letting the song finish peacefully and spiritually. Check it out here: