September 30, 2014
Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan teamed up as Rich Gang, and the two dropped their debut tape today. Obviously Birdman is involved, but as much as that dude shout out “Rich Gang” throughout this tape (and he graces a couple verses as well), he’s more of the overseer/A&R in charge of putting this thing together. The fact this thing actually saw light of day is a miracle, to be honest.
I’m mostly into this mixtape to check out what Young Thug’s been up to all this time. His past material has been milked out to the point of potential abuse this year; his 1017 Thug sequels are interesting B-sides at best, and Black Portland might be remains of the cutting room floor during the sessions of “Danny Glover.” His warped stretch of the voice and cadence is always interesting, but I’ve been wanting to see him succeed mending those superb techniques into something fit for the commercial. “Stoner” did that well, which to me has stood as Thug’s best record thus far.
I don’t think Young Thug in this tape is yet sellable to the middle line but his control and sense of self is so much better. He runs circles writing his hooks; he shows such great discipline within his verses. He’s not banking off off-the-hinge stuff but his knack for melodic ticks. I was kinda worried how his trajectory would pan out, but I’m so optimistic about what’s ahead for him right now.
You can download Rich Gang: The Tour, Part 1 from LiveMixtapes.

Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan teamed up as Rich Gang, and the two dropped their debut tape today. Obviously Birdman is involved, but as much as that dude shout out “Rich Gang” throughout this tape (and he graces a couple verses as well), he’s more of the overseer/A&R in charge of putting this thing together. The fact this thing actually saw light of day is a miracle, to be honest.

I’m mostly into this mixtape to check out what Young Thug’s been up to all this time. His past material has been milked out to the point of potential abuse this year; his 1017 Thug sequels are interesting B-sides at best, and Black Portland might be remains of the cutting room floor during the sessions of “Danny Glover.” His warped stretch of the voice and cadence is always interesting, but I’ve been wanting to see him succeed mending those superb techniques into something fit for the commercial. “Stoner” did that well, which to me has stood as Thug’s best record thus far.

I don’t think Young Thug in this tape is yet sellable to the middle line but his control and sense of self is so much better. He runs circles writing his hooks; he shows such great discipline within his verses. He’s not banking off off-the-hinge stuff but his knack for melodic ticks. I was kinda worried how his trajectory would pan out, but I’m so optimistic about what’s ahead for him right now.

You can download Rich Gang: The Tour, Part 1 from LiveMixtapes.

September 30, 2014
Save this album for a time where you can sit down and immerse yourself into the music (though I feel like all Vatican Shadow releases require some level of this engagement anyway). It’s great dark, droning synthesizer music. Maybe you can stare off into the abyss that is the album cover while you loop it for eternity.

Save this album for a time where you can sit down and immerse yourself into the music (though I feel like all Vatican Shadow releases require some level of this engagement anyway). It’s great dark, droning synthesizer music. Maybe you can stare off into the abyss that is the album cover while you loop it for eternity.

September 30, 2014

"Earthly III" by Jam City

Music is going great today. Many great albums are streaming. Arca news popping up everywhere. And out of nowhere Jam City puts out this underwater sadness of a mix. It’s only 8 a.m. where I’m at so I’m hoping more stuff like this keeps coming my way to cheer me up for my work-loaded day.

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Filed under: Jam City Mix MP3 
September 28, 2014

September 28, 2014

"Sub Conscious" by Erol Alkan [Fabric]

I’m never really the one to anticipate Fabriclive mix releases nor am I ever really up-to-date with what’s coming out. But after I heard this exclusive from Erol Alkan for his now-available Fabriclive 77 mix, I needed to at least take a preview of what’s in stores.

"Sub Conscious" is a gorgeous piece of electro-house. And as the name suggests, the track is led by a deliciously squelching sub-bass, bubbling underneath some gust of synth-string hymns. The bass line itself is one tough hopscotching beast. Scrawl in some flowery synth around it, and the whole thing put together rises into a modest anthem.

Hopefully the producer has some more exclusives. If not, then I hope the mix something along the lines of this pretty thing. The Fabriclive mix is available now. You can also stream this awesome live set Alkan did at his Fabriclive launch party.

September 25, 2014
Don’t mind the mixed scores. This is a good album.

Don’t mind the mixed scores. This is a good album.

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September 24, 2014

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September 24, 2014
Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

September 21, 2014

"MFS-1" by Lee Bannon (ft. Hak of Ratking) [Babygrande]

Lee Bannon moves quickly. From the sound of this new one, his jungle- and break-obsessed tracks found in Alternate Endings matures into its natural next step. I hear more bass in this one. The production also sounds like he’s itching to strike something new. Pretty stoked for his new EP, Main/Flex, which is out Nov. 4 from Babygrande.

September 15, 2014

"The Key" by Breach (ft. Kelis)

From Breach’s creative standpoint, his new single is alright but not too moving. But if he can fully produce a Flesh Tone dance-pop follow-up for Kelis, that’d really awesome. Kelis doesn’t fully open up here, staying more reserved as she similar did on her latest album, Food. That’d be nice if she put herself more out there like “Acapella” and tried the dance gig again especially now with talented straight-up house producers left and right.