Last night in L.A., Flying Lotus revealed that “Captain Murphy” is an alias he’s been using for his experimental rap side project. Stitching together unique samples with slick rhythms, it’s definitely reminiscent of hip hop in the vein of DOOM, Madvillain, et al (there is even a track referencing Bat Man and another track referencing the X-Men). As you’d expect, the production is brilliant and, perhaps surprisingly, the rapping is pretty damn engaging. I’m hooked. Check out a few samples and then download the deluxe edition of his Duality mixtape for free below.
Talib Kweli has once again teamed up from producer 9th Wonder to unleash another blazing track which will feature on Kweli’s upcoming mixtape titled Attack The Block. If Kweli and 9th would team up for a proper LP I can guarantee it would be one of the hottest Hip Hop albums of the year. If you don’t believe me feel free to check out “Never Stop Loving You” on 9th Wonder’s 2011 record The Wonder Years.
Listening to Phonte rap is like breathing in a deep breath of fresh air. He brings you something original, clever, honest and on point. Phonte tells it how it is, nothing over exaggerated. His word play is second to none and keeps you engaged in what he is saying. But if y’all had payed attention during his stint in Little Brother then y’all already knew this. Tigallo has quickly become a bright star in an already impressive galaxy of MCs that have graced my headphones over the years so check out this latest gem featuring Median.
Buy Charity Starts At Home on 2xLP from Insound. Check out the video for the track on Vimeo.
Some of my mixes come together quickly and some are harder to piece together. For whatever reason, the July 2012 Mix was one of the harder mixes to piece together. Nonetheless, in the end I think it came out quite nicely and I think you’ll agree. We’ve got blazing hot new music from Frank Ocean, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Tame Impala, Sean Blackthorn, Lord Huron, and Flying Lotus (feat. Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler no less). There are also jams by newcomers including Leif, Young Hunting, Seatraffic, Yuna, The People’s Temple (who we were introduced to by our newest contributor Robert), and Arc In The Round (who we were introduced to by our friend Bruce). There are some interesting covers and some engaging remixes. There is indie rock, indie r&b, a little electronica, and some hip hop. Yup, the July 2012 Mix might just have it all. And now you do too.
Also, you may have noticed that we’ve had a few changes around here recently. For example, you may find the Turntable Kitchen Market of particular interest. At the moment we’re selling a few items including a pair of specially designed TK shirts. We’ve only had a limited number of the shirts made and they are selling pretty quickly. Order before the end of the week and we’ll throw in a few goodies leftover from our previous Pairings Boxes.
Once again Adult Swim is off the hook with their amazing Singles Program. Today they unveiled a new track from Flying Lotus, featuring Earl Sweatshirt no less, that is simply irresistible. The track features a melodic, shimmering foundation drilled forward with a steady, propelling flow. You’re gonna dig it.
Check out the rest of the 2012 Singles Program here. They’ve already released jams by The Hives, Wye Oak, Absu, The Field, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Grooves from Com Truise, Gauntlet Hair, Wavves, Elite Gymnastics and more to follow.
Joey Bada$$ isn’t trying to reinvent the rap game. Instead, the young 17 year-old Brooklyn MC and his crew are content with just doing what they do very well. It’s proof you don’t need a gimmick to get attention. By and large, these tunes are extra chill like a cold beer at a backyard/rooftop BBQ on a sweltering hot summer day with your friends. Joey’s been blowing up on the Internets in the past week, but I found this debut mixtape thanks to a tip from one of our readers. He put it well: “This kid’s got skill, confidence and a solid sound. Nothing like the current hip-pop artists these days.” I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for the tip Matt!
New music from Azealia Banks, Deerhoof (feat. David Bazan), The Dø and M.I.A.! That is a lot of great new music for one Single Serving. Thankfully, I think you can take it. What you waiting for: give ’em a play.
Azealia Banks – Bambi
Uhm, so the new Azealia Bank’s track is mind-melting (and, uhm, very N.S.F.W.)! As it stands now, Banks only offers up only a brief, but fiery, rap in the center of the track surrounded by giggling and small talk-like narration, but Pitchfork reports that she plans to extend the verse on the track. I don’t know about you, but I need that extended verse. Seriously, I can’t get enough Azealia Banks right now.
Deerhoof (feat. David Bazan)– No One Asked Bazan To Dance
I’d be lying if I said that this is what I expected a David Bazan and Deerhoof collaboration to sound like, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t sound great. It is on limited-edition (2000 copies), clear blue vinyl and it is available from Polyvinyl. What isn’t surprising is that you get stunning guitar picking and Bazan’s vocals with some interesting, unorthodox little flourishes.
The Dø – Tightrope (Janelle Monaé Cover)
Ok, I’m new to French/Finnish-duo The Dø, but based on the way they nail this cover, I need to hear their original material stat. Their take on the track is slowly simmering with a creeping, sensual groove. I’ll say it, I even prefer their version to the original (sorry Janelle fans). A big thanks to the always excellent Listen Before You Buy (which is where I discovered this).
M.I.A. – Bad Girls
You might remember this song from when M.I.A. released a shorter version of the track on the Vicki Leekx mixtape about a year ago. The full version premiered days ago and it reminds me of just how much I love M.I.A.’s music when she is on top of her game. Let’s hope we’ll be hearing a whole new album of music this compelling from her.
Anyone else here a fan of How To Make It In America? That show is so slick. And Cudi has been surprisingly good in it as Domingo. Still, like me, I’m sure many of you have been ready for him to return to making music. Well, the wait is over. He’s just leaked the first teaser, titled “Brake” from the new album for his rock project with Dot Da Genius called WZRD. The big surprise here is that this is a relatively gritty rock song, not a hip hop cut. He’d mentioned this project before, but it’s unexpected nonetheless. Check it out.
Interesting fact. Area code 212 (for the borough of Manhattan) is one of the first area codes from back when they were first assigned back in 1947. The number was given to NYC because it could be dialed the fastest with a rotary phone. According to Wikipedia: “At the time, 0 and 1 were not allowed as the first digit, the second digit was either 0 or 1, and the third digit could not be the same as the second digit.” It’s also the title for a ridiculously awesome (and lyrically NSFW) track by Manhattan-based rapper Azealia Banks. Seriously, this jam will get stuck in your head. She has a mixtape coming soon and I think it’s going to be big. Big thanks to my bro Angela Watercutter at Wired’s Underwire for this one.
Sole‘s Selling Live Water was one of the best indie-rap albums ever. Fact. So when he releases a new album, I listen — and so should you. What made Selling Live Water stand out is that it was experimental, fearless and not afraid to disregard the boundaries of hip hop. With tomorrow’s release of his latest effort, Hello Cruel World, it’s clear that Sole is still pushing at the boundaries and isn’t afraid to experiment. Just reading the list of guests that appear on the album gives you the sense this isn’t going to be your normal hip hop album with appearances by Xiu Xiu, Lil B THEBASEDGOD, Pictureplane, and Kool A.D. (from Das Racist). Indeed, on Hello Cruel World, Sole has reinvented his style while nonetheless retaining all of the best elements of his prior albums including cerebral lyrics delivered with a flinty, gun-spark like flow paired with hazy, sputtering rhythms and thoughtful production. It’s gritty, well-stated underground hip hop.
And if being a great rapper with experimental production and unique melodies wasn’t enough reason to love Sole: it turns out that he is a big old foodie too. On the track “Napolean” he raps about being “an amateur chef f*cking with rare spices.” I guess when you are a rapper who doesn’t rap about guns, hoes and drugs you need to find more down-to-earth subject matter. And that isn’t his only food reference that he’d done recently. In fact, we’re excited to share an unreleased track from Sole titled “We Stay Eating” (a slightly different version appeared on his free Nuclear Winter Volume 2 Mixtape). In addition to the food related theme (sample lyric: “you can’t go wrong with quinoa – especially with avocado on it”) it features a James Blake sample. Buy Hello Cruel World from Insound.
32 oz of navy beans
3 stalks of celery (diced finely)
2 garlic cloves finely diced (add more to taste)
quarter of an onion diced (or a couple spring onions)
two tablespoons of veganaise or something similar(or more to taste)
one tablespoon of mustard (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons of capers(optional)
salt and pepper to taste
*optional : dried nori seaweed, basil, pickled habaneros, pickles, anything.
usually when i make this i get a bunch of dried navy beans, boil em until they are soft and then mix in. this is good because you can get dried organic navy beans very inexpensively and it lasts the whole week if stored in a tupperware. i often make this at the beginning of the week and its what my wife and i have for lunch during the “work week.” this goes great with sprouts.
first mash the navy beans, then mix in the mayo, mustard and everything else. put in fridge. holds for about 5 days or more.
I was introduced to “Atlandelphian” emcee STS by way of his contribution to the Glorification of Gangster soundtrack which found it’s way to my inbox recently. Thanks to a solid groove and his tumbling, rhythmic flow the track made an impression on me in the crowded urban alleys of my heavily polluted inbox. It certainly inspired me to check out his latest collection which is a compilation of all of the original tracks from his Demand More mixtape series. There are a number of dope cuts in the collection making a very worthwhile addition to your music library if you are looking for some new hip hop. Download Demand More: G.O.L.D. Edition for free here.