All I listened to this week is this album and the new Future album (coming out next week).
"Treasure" by Young Thug (ft. Zuse) [self-released]
At this point, deciphering what Young Thug is saying 99% of the time is a nearly impossible track. Truth be told, you’re missing the point if you’re strictly looking for standout line that can change your life — though, I am a true believer that Young Thug is a creator of countless memorable lines. The way he verbally whips that chorus, something I can only transcribe as “how the hell a nigga leave a treasure,” is fucking infectious. Really, it’s the way he skirts through each line, blurring each word at 100 MPH.
Anyway. Here’s yet another new track by Young Thug. The bouncy beat is produced by Dun Deal, who is responsible for Migos’ “Hannah Montana,” among other beats that I cannot name. And newcomer Zuse spits such a stomping verse on this with his signature Jamacian patois. Rejoice. My treat.
"Light Bulbs (Shlohmo Remix)" by Perera Elsewhere [Friends of Friends]
I really dig it when producers smuggle the harshest sounds into dance music and still make it flow fluid and *gasp* dance-able. My assumption is that those dissonant squeals come from the original Perera Elsewhere track (I only heard this like 5 minutes ago), and the more ghastly and druggy sound palette comes in service from Shlohmo — but, I could be wrong. Regardless of whether who is responsible for what exactly, it’s a well put-together remix that meshes with challenging sonics with contemporary ones, and I am always a fan of that.
You can find this song in the deluxe edition release of Perera Elsewhere’s Everlast, which includes other remixes by Prefuse 73, Planningtorock, Fis, Gobby, among others. Exciting.
Celebrating Hyperdub’s 10th Anniversary
The incredible dance label Hyperdub announced releases coinciding with their 10 year anniversary this year. One of the celebratory packages is a two-disc compilation, Hyperdub 10.1 (That’s the cover art for it above). Apparently, they got more things planned along the way. On Facebook, they wrote they hope to play in a city near you, so yeah. Big things.
When I started paying attention to current music much more closely, one of the talked about records around then was 5: 5 Years of Hyperdub back in 2009. I remember taking a listen because I read a few sources praising the record. I don’t think I took any of it when I initially found out about the compilation. The two-disc length overwhelmed me, mostly.
A few years later, I started reading and listening more into dance music to learn more of the underground idioms that I had no clue about. I was barely familiar with dubstep then. After reading up on how essential Hyperdub played in the rise of dubstep, I re-visited 5 Years of Hyperdub again. And that collection was in heavy rotation for the rest of the year.
The 5 Years of Hyperdub compilation became sort of a go-to reference for dance music for that year. The collection included a lot of the artists that I discovered and fell in love with that year: Burial, Joker, Darkstar, Zomby, The Bug, and of course the Hyperdub mastermind Kode9. Tied with Night Slugs All Stars Volume One, 5 Years of Hyperdub is the essential dance compilation for my dance music experience, and I highly recommend it to you if you are curious about dance music.
Now, a fresh 10-year anniversary collection will release soon, and it’s got me looking back when I first encountered 5 Years of Hyperdub. It’s been five years since then, that time when both that minimal 8-bit military-camo cover and the prospect of underground music seemed so foreign to me. And I’m so excited to welcome another landmark of the label, now with deeper knowledge than the last anniversary.
The track listing is stacked with great names who dropped some exciting records on the label in the past few years: Burial, DJ Rashad and his Teklife crew, LV, Terror Danjah, Mala, Flowdan, Walton, Cooly G, Ill Blu, and of course Kode9, among many others. No doubt it’s going to be a solid compilation, and maybe a gateway to underground dance to a lucky newbie.