Steff & the Articles
“Call You Mine”
A little different from the norm here, Steff & the Articles hide from the dry heat of Tucson, AZ in their coffee-house-lit track, “Call You Mine.” Vocalist and pianist Steff Koeppen maintains, forward and bright, a blend of Jenny Lewis and Nicole Miglis across the shivering lull the “Articles” (Tom Beech, Chris Pierce, and Alex Tuggle) generate. With a string of EPs and a handful of demos, Steff & the Articles have amassed a small following that you can join on their upcoming West Coast-ish tour.
• Steff & the Articles: https://soundcloud.com/steffandthearticles
“Port Harcourt (Shriekin’ Orchestral Remix)”
In everything I’ve heard from Shriekin’ (a.k.a. Shriekin’ Specialist), I’m always shocked at how epic and massive his compositions can feel even though they’re being made from tiny, sound effect-y samples, like some sprawling Game Boy Color game. With “Port Harcourt,” the grime producer pulls the original both sillier and lower brow, and more “orchestral” and higher brow. Although there are a ton of sounds being heard in the track, the silence in between is so palpable, which for me, is the most effective part. I think that emptiness does deaden the style for some listeners, but Shriekin’ is more concerned with the full journey, which is why I think his work is best appreciated when he has even more time to showcase it (Check out the 100% Shriekin’ Boxed Mix).
The longer you listen, the more you realize how the perceived emptiness is a style rather than a void of feeling. Although by no means do I discount how Port Harcourt creates an emotionally effective beginning, middle, and end. And with mostly beeps and boops.
A Loaf of Fun
Jesse Krakow overloads each second, writing out one line at a time, blocking the prior lines with a blank sheet of paper. This technique is good reading practice: it prevents the reader from doing a quick scan of the preceding phrases and, therefore, the reader stays focused. However, when the technique is employed by Krakow, the focus shifts shiftily and the sounds meander radically.
Despite the abrupt terminations, the hard and unpredictable splices, of brief and giddy musical moments, A Loaf of Fun does not break the listener from the fun, due to the tint of humor Krakow applies to those overloaded seconds, seconds filled with shifts in accent, genre, quality, and arrangement, where the artist, presumably by his lonesome, is nearly grinning from his own jokes, like the Alf equivalent of bedroom pop.
The shifting seconds of A Loaf of Fun construct a half hour of an unresolved punchline. Sometimes, I find myself shaking my head at its tackiness; sometimes, I am hypnotized, intrigued by its deranged twists and mesmerized by its fragments, fragments that, when assembled from A to B, create a “linear blur,” a horizontal unison of tangents.
Lil Tobacco EP
How do you become an “internet dude?” Is there a cue and subsequent internet driving test where our pages gains followers and are handed a grab bag from shallowww at it’s completion? HA, naw you grind, brother! Check NYC internet dude Neuport. Real name Mikey D. Lane, the internet dude has remixed and produced for the lot: Le1f’s “Breezy” off last year’s Fly Zone mixtape and mixed up TMT favs Hannah Diamond and The-DRUM.
Jumping up his fresh produce game, Lil Tobacco EP tears through quick, clocking in just shy of nine minutes, and slays the club. With catch lines like “Drank got me slomo, can’t see shit,” “You know we smoking loud,” and “Fuck my face” there’s nothing stopping you from chanting these phrases on the five o’clock train or in your local artisan coffee shop. And to satisfy your eye needs, Mikey made visuals for each track. What a nice internet dude!
• Neuport: https://soundcloud.com/neuport