‘Forgetting And Learning Again’ is the first single to see the light of day from Lapalux‘s forthcoming Some Other Time EP, which is set for release on 16th October on Fly-Lo‘s Brainfeeder imprint. There aren’t many amongst today’s chop and screw happy producers that can work a female vocal like Lapalux (see ‘Moments‘). His liquidised beats and honey-coated synths manage to evoke a lucid state somewhere between dreaming and awake, that just make you wanna curl up in his tracks like a nice warm duvet.
‘Lightbulbs’ comes courtesy of London based creatives Cronos and Lander Khadel. Like alot of good music being made this doesn’t fall neatly into one genre, but intelligently borrows and blends. Cronos’ ear for arrangement and production’s apparent when the intro comes on all laid back, yet intense, mirrored in the video by a figure carrying a rug he’s about to ‘cut up’. It sets the scene as a skilfully worked Angie Stone sample grabs attention for the screwed down Lander verse. The track draws on a lot of what’s potent now, codeine vocals and hydro beats, but they manage a fresh britified balance with it.
‘Slow Memory’ by London based producer Becoming Real is a great example of what happens when the worlds of experimental Electronica collide with that of Folk. On this track Alice Sunless 97′s vocals waft over Real’s glitchy drum patterns and arpeggiated oriental chords like an eerie lullaby full of spectral harmonies. The ‘Blair Witch’ inspired video transports you further into the other worldly space the pair have created on this collaboration.
‘Slow Memory’ is taken off Becoming Real’s mini-album Solar Dreams/Neon Decay and will be released on 17th September via Not Even/Moshi Moshi.
This is Dorian Concept‘s rework of Austrian producer Cid Rim’s ’Draw’, a track taken from his excellent debut Micro Album. Where Cid Rim’s ultra slick, yet slightly more reserved original takes its time, Dorian Concept’s ode is a skittish, jittering, electro funk inspired re-fix. Steadily building to a crescendo of crushed drums and spiralling vocal samples. Brash and hasty in it’s deliver, it gets to the point and insists on raising the stakes even further with a bout of surging keyboard riffs.
If you haven’t already go get Cid Rim’s excellent Micro Album which is available now on Lucky Me, who continue to add to their already impressive roster.
Lunice has teamed up with Montreal based fashion label Off the Hook and together are launching a new line called The Good Kids. To kick start and launch the collection they’ve both teamed for the video of Lunice’s new single ‘Believe That’. And as with most things he touches, the TNGHT producer comes hard with a apocalypse-ready epic that’s armed with monstrous synths, signature claps, hats and horns, culminating into what sounds like an exercise in controlled sonic aggression.
In the midst of what is according to Black Hippie Members and fans alike, the #TDEFamAppreciationWeek, member Jay Rock drops ‘YOLA’ which is apparently common slang for good old cocaine on the streets of L.A. The beat, which is produced by Dave Free and as always with a TDE mix down by Ali, is minimalist and menacing. With its hollow din of a kick and sharp snares set to rapid fire, they’re combined with rhymes painting a vision of an uncompromising dystopia where Jay Rock rules the roost and only he’s “Got that A1 YOLA!”.
‘Yola is free to download for all, so hit that button. You can also pick yourself up a copy of Jay Rock’s Follow Me Homehere.
One of the first things that strickes you about ‘Tobyjug’ is the way Abigail Wyles‘ voice sits serenely at the centre, cosseted by the lush chords assembled by Manchester based producer Doc Daneeka. Sung with a kind of reserved sincerity, her vocals provide just enough emotive drive to propel the song despite its languid, almost metronomic beat.
Abigail and Doc graced these pages earlier in the year when the pair teamed up on a track called ‘Halo‘, but shouts to the good homie who put us on to this new video. If you’re feeling ‘Tobyjug’ head over to their Badncamp and grab a copy.
‘You Are Why I Am Invisible’ starts in what is becoming a trademark for XXYYXX, lush filtered drums, corkscrewed vocals set to a hazy Hip-Hop inflected beat. But what sets this track apart from his other offerings is its lightness. The chords played out on the piano and the joyful vocal sample of Sarah Vaughn’s ‘Stardust‘ pierces through the trudging beat and illuminates the track like rays of sunlight smashing through cumulus clouds.
It’s encouraging to witness the rise in popularity XXYYXX has been experiencing over the past few months (a quick look at the numbers on his Soundcloud will affirm his growing fanbase). When you consider his age (16) and in turn how long he’s been doing this for, it’s a pretty safe assumption that he’ll continue to improve and grown.
Make sure you catch him playing C.A.M.P. on the London leg of his european tour this September.
ML the south London based producer/songwriter who we featured here a couple of weeks back, returns with some more genre bending stuff set to feature on his Forthcoming EP As The Crow Flies
This time ‘Heartache’ makes use off kilter 2-step drums, weighty lows, filtered hymning and slight Alternative Rock trimmings to tell the all too familliar tale of love gone wrong. The multi-faceted voice continues on his mission to carve out his own niche in this morphing world of motherboard-fried Hip-Hop with breeched fringes, that we’ve seen artists like Ghostpoet or Shabazz Palaces for example prompt in the past. Taking a his own experimental cues ML turns it up a notch and would probably collab awesomely with another newcomer Petite Noir in fact; the way these artists verge on pan-African influenced indie-electronica feels fresh and exciting in it’s pursuit to stimulate the modern skull with sage spirit.
Keep an eye on his Soundcloud for more future releases.
‘Livin in Vain’ features the uniquely soulful tones of Cleveland newcomer Lorine Chai, whose textured voice reminds me a little of Shingai Shoniwa (of the Noisettes fame) when riding this nicely paired post-dubsteppish half-timer with D’Angelo’esque Fender rhodes twitch.
Chai’s raspy vocals aside though, ChanceTheRapper’s guest verse also makes an impression – in fact, his performance almost steals the show. Maybe it’s his clever Arrested Development style phrasing and the character in his voice. Whatever the case, my curiosity lead me to his Soundcloud which is pleasantly full of new songs that display all of the skills heard above and more – go check ‘em out.
‘Living in Vain’ will feature on Lorine Chai’s upcoming, as yet untitled debut album.