Featured Download: Moderat - A New Error
The new Moderat album is out now on BPitch Control.
"A New Error" opens up a little tentatively, with pitch-bent signals whipping off into space, but it doesn't stay reserved for long. Moderat drops some lush bass triplets over the top of the thin opening line, and from there each element drowns out the last - it's one thumping swoon that accrues an enveloping atmosphere, resets half way through, and then surges to the finish line. Don't overanalyze this one - a couple subtle shifts work well enough to keep our interest through this simple but engrossing slow-builder.
Featured Download: Holy Fuck - Jungles Jungles is a new unreleased song - out now on XL.
New unreleased Holy Fuck track? Say no more. "Jungles" crawls out of a hole and projects a nasty strand of reverb into the sunlight, before kicking into a perforated wall of blips knifed through by some nasty arena rock bombast. And yet, for all the snarl and punch, you could almost swap one vowel out and call this one "Jingles" - that main lead skips, almost flutters over the top of it all, pretty nonchalantly jovial in the face of a grinding, distorted background. And of course, Holy Fuck always keeps their shit off balance - what starts as a purposeful march ends in a riotous ruckus, ducking beneath a haze that grows more and more drunken, until it gets so fucked up that it has to duck out the back door and take a seat on the sidewalk to restabilize.
Featured Download: Busdriver - Me-Time (With The Pulmonary Palimpsets) Jhelli Beam will be out in June on Anti.
If you're keen on Busdriver I don't have to tell you what to expect from his new track "Me Time" - you already know his rhymes are so fast they make bullets look like molasses. But this seems like a whole other level - are those even words? It might take 3 or 4 listens to realize yes, yes they are, and damn are they tightly woven. He kicks off with a fiercely sarcastic warm-up (a do-re-mi that's all "me me me") before keeping pace with a beat which samples - no shit - Mozart's Sonata in A Major, but so fast it's trying to chase down The Benny Hill Theme in a footrace. Uh, weird, but why else do we love Busdriver? This one's a whirlwind, and it upholds Busdriver's status of one of hip hop's finest innovators.
Featured Video: N.A.S.A. - Hip Hop
"Hip Hop" (featuring KRS-One, Fatlip and Slim Kid Tre) is from NASA's debut album, The Spirit of Apollo, out now on Anti Records. The video was directed by Splunny.
Free Album Fridays: Sun/Rain_Flower
With Sun/Rain_Flower, you’re going to find a couple distinct worlds bleeding into each other. First you’re swimming in a very isolated aquamarine patch of ocean, drifting along, let’s say, with album opener “Squid.” It’s cold, but in that crisp way where you’ve somehow gained the ability to see endlessly into the distance: the bells echo off toward the horizon like an underwater tour guide, with little bricks of reverb tailing after them. Then that other world jumps in, the one where the entire fucking ocean jumps with a sudden shock electricity: these crazy chaotic drums flush everything out, triggering tidal waves of distorted energy that jumpstart the track in the fiercest way. Yeah, this EP is all about rise and fall: swirling pads and bells kicking up against drums so loud and busted that they make your vision blur with excitement.
Electro Freaks Present...
Electronic artists (or loose interpretations of the term), here's your chance to jump on a compilation in support of one of the finest music discovery sites out there (yeah, we don't mind sharing the title). A while back we lauded thesixtyone.com as an excellent, socially-driven music discovery service, where artists submit tracks and the top vote-getters land a spot on the homepage (and, by extension, a fair number of new listeners in their pocket). We're happy to see the system has held up - it's still the best of its ilk.