08 August 2010
30 June 2010
the 2 dollar album! PLEASE SUPPORT. I dug out this early Nsok Ep from 2004. That's the year I left Chicago for the wild west. "Transitional Instrumentals" is 4 tracks, much slower than the jungle/ idm tunes of my chicago days, yet more technical than those smoked out Breaks you'll find on ''Make Your Own God" and "The Echo Park EP". These songs tell the story of a young man, scared and lonely, fighting his way into an uncertain future.
just $2(US) >>BUY NOW
01 May 2010
The album just came out and already we are getting great feedback from the blog-o-sphere. Here's a review from europe's lofty residentadviser.net.
...Heavily influenced by the sound collage madness of DJ Shadow and Prefuse 73, Make Your Own God has a unique way of dealing with the sensitive matters of politics and religion through constant sound evolution.
On the seven songs on the LP, NSOK exercise the qualities that define him as a unique type of a storyteller. He use his sounds as a brush and patiently paints the picture of the cinic, post-modern world we live in. The more you stare at it, the more you become aware of its depth and richness.
This is a true one-of-a-kind album and should immediately be listed among the essential releases of 2010.
17 April 2010
08 April 2010
Lipp's Eastern Development pedigree and sublime synthesizer skills may not place him in the same puddle of dubstep + bass + hiphop that Low End Theory is know to pontificate, but his bass blows speakers better than most, and his beats inspire neck movement just as deadly. It's a true shame we lost such a talented musician to New York, just a few short years before the infamous Lincoln heights bass night blew up. (1)(2)
24 March 2010
17 March 2010
EchoPlex: Los Angeles, CA
March 15, 2010
10 March 2010
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04 March 2010
Seams like since the Knitting factory got turned into a european grocery store, El Rey has been hosting all the prominent instrumental hip hop acts/ beatmakers. I already dropped the RJD2 news in a previous post. This post is dedicated to Bonobo, a sick beatmaker that i have yet to see live. Not only is he coming to the el rey with fellow ninjatuner Yppah on Thursday April 22nd, but look out for 'Black Sands' dropping march 29th.
03 March 2010
02 March 2010
- 2 x LP DOUBLE GATEFOLD VINYL WITH VELUM INNER SLEEVES - 22.99
Mux Mool 'Skulltaste'
01 March 2010
America, so I tuned in via the NPR link. I wrote while I listened and here's what happened. A track by track review of the third Gorillaz full length 'Plastic Beach'
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We begin with a fitting Orchestral Intro that seamlessly leads to the jump off track Welcome to the World of Plastic Beach, featuring Snoop dog, a clickly little vocoder piece. The sped up funk, treble heavy with Miami Vice style synth swells, says neither Dan the Automator nor danger mouse, this is the newness from the Gorillaz.
Next up is White Flag, the intro of which is used on all those little plastic beach vignettes that appeared on the Gorillaz home page a month back. This track puts you in the middle of a video game, and really conveys the vibe of those first few Gorillaz tracks, where the 4th wall was still firmly in place, and it was almost believable that a group of cartoons wrote an album. Then
Rhinestone Eyes comes on with Damon Albarn (aka 2d) ridding high-a-top a simple slow beat. Damon sings about the plastic beach, and already four tracks in, this album is mild cohesive. When some high-faluting synths and a background chat come through, it feels like a drunk Albarn singing karaoke to his favorite eighties jam.
Stylo is next, and it's the single for obvious reasons. It's supper dancy, with a synth hook that repeats through out the lofty Albarn vocals, into the disappointingly short contribution from Mos Def near the end, Womack definitely kills it though, making Stylo one of the stand out tracks.
Stylo is followed by a little commercial and a big breakbeat rhymed by Gruff Rhys and de la soul. The track, Superfast Jellyfish, has the famed Gorrillaz swagger dancing with the tongue in cheek humor that really defines the project. Remarkably, while sounding the most Gorillaz of the tracks so fall, it's also a little different than anything I’ve heard from them, and also the least 80's sounding.
Empire Ants is next and is the first track featuring not a vocalist, but a band! And not just any band, but one of the best new bands: Little Dragon. The song is sweet and lovely, even though as they sing, 'the world is falling down.' If I close my eyes, I’m floating on a cloud listening to this pretty little melody as I float along. Unfortunately, it doesn't really showcase the amazingness that is little dragon, and half way through, sounds more like a Ryoksopp song than Gorillaz or Little Dragon, but then Yukimi Nagano voice comes through and melts my face, she is amazing. And now I know what it sounds like when the new kids (Little Dragon) get the rock star production treatment.
Glitter Freeze (Gorillaz homage to dubstep) has that sick wobbly, the crunchy clap and sci-fi synths that have taken over the electronic world. But you can't escape that Gorillaz funk any more than you can escape plastic beach's proclivity for gigantic breakdown and massive builds.
One final synth stab drops us into Some Kind of Nature ft. Lou Reed. Lou sort of talks his way through the track, as he does. The drum beat is simple and straight forward. This track is kind of amazing. Albarns experience with the Good the Bad and the Queen really shines through. He's got a knack for making these older recording artists sound really modern and contemporary.
On Melancholy Hill starts out sounding like a rather weak daft punk track, and then gets a bit emo. Perhaps the most blur sounding so far, with the synths swells and thick English accent the song could just as easily have been recorded by Supergrass. Much more new wave than the bands previous hip hop core, I can imagine girls with massive eyeliner crying in their beds listening to this track right after they caught their teenage boyfriends kissing another girl. I might have left it off the album.
A half assed apology come in the way of Broken (at least beat wise). A track that puts Albarn on top of a Dr Dre style track. I'm curious why they didn't try and put snoop on this one, where he would have been quite at home. Instead Albarn kind of whines his way through, with vocals way up in the track, which seams fairly consistent through out, the quest vocals are buried in the instrument, but Albarn is perched high on top.
Mos Def has a real opportunity to do his thing on Sweepstakes, as he sort of falls through the track, which is actually sort of a difficult rhythmically, and kudos to Mos Def for rockin' it. It's a cool little track and one of my favorites on the album.
Little Dragon are no quite as effective on their second appearance To Binge. Albarn and
Cloud to Unknowing brings back bobby, but flips the style crazy like. This is the only really effective slowish track on the album, it sounds neither Gorillaz or plastic beach, and yet fits perfectly in the record where other tracks fail to support the concept and groove. There's no beat, no hook, just some strings drenched like a
And finally Private Jet, the little banger that almost could. A fat beat under some tasty synth stabage, Albarn nailing a perfect cadence, reminiscent of other really successful Gorillaz track. The synth lead is a bit hot, and sort of detracts from the stellar groove. The track slowly rolls along, somewhat haunting, a little silly, and in my opinion far to short, but I guess that’s the idea of a closings track, you have to leave the listener wanting more.
Overall impression: After only one listen, it's not my favorite of the three Gorillaz records, but plastic beach is a good record non-the-less, and fans of the band will not be disappointed. Below is my bootleg remix of Stylo. Enjoy.
note: the spell check in Google chrome is a piece of shit. also, the album preview is the best thing to come to the net since illegally downloads.
19 February 2010
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27 January 2010
i remixed the new gorillaz single. it's called 'stylo' and it hasn't been officially released yet, but it's from the album "Plastic Beach" due out latter this spring. i made this remix with just the leaked mp3 and my micokorg xl.
you can check all the little vignettes i made the video with on the gorillaz home page.
25 January 2010
i've been spinning vinyl for a few years now, and i almost totally forgot about all the great music i have on cd. Here are some of the records i ripped to my computer today: Marumari "ballad of the round ball", Diplo "Florida", Amon Tobin "Permutations", Jaga Jazzist "animal chin ep"
My cd collection tears apart the notion of depth my extensive vinyl collection garners, and does so in a fraction of the space. I might have to pull a couple of these digital bangers from the archives for an upcoming 5signs podCAST.
20 January 2010
Aeroplane Alana Grace As Tall As Lions Baroness Benny Benassi Calle 13 Céu deadmau5 Deer Tick DJ Lance Rock Echo & the Bunnymen Erol Alkan Fever Ray Grace Jones Grizzly Bear Hockey Iglu & Hartly Jay-Z Jets Overhead Kate Miller-Heidke La Roux LCD Soundsystem Little Dragon Lucero Pablo Hassan Passion Pit P.O.S. Proxy Public Image Limited Ra Ra Riot She & him Sleigh Bells The Avett Brothers The Cribs The Dillinger Escape Plan The Specials The Whitest Boy Alive Them Crooked Vultures Vampire Weekend Wale Wolfgang Gartner Yeasayer 2 many DJ's Aterciopelados Band of Skulls Bassnectar Beach House Camera Obscura Coheed and Cambria Corinne Bailey Rae Craze David Guetta DEVO Dirty Projectors Dirty South Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Faith No More Flying Lotus Frank Turner Frightened Rabbit GIRLS Gossip Hot Chip John Waters Kaskade Klever Les Claypool Major Lazer Mew MGMT Muse Old Crow Medicine Show Porcupine Tree Portugal. The Man Pretty Lights RX Bandits Shooter Jennings Sia Steel Train The Almighty Defenders The Dead Weather The Raveonettes The Temper Trap The xx Tiësto Tokyo Police Club White Rabbits Z-Trip Zoé B.o.B. Babasónicos Charlotte Gainsbourg Club 75 De La Soul Deerhunter Delphic Florence & The Machine Gary Numan Gil Scott-Heron Gorillaz Hadouken! Infected Mushroom Jónsi Julian Casablancas Kevin Devine King Khan & the Shrines Little Boots Local Natives Matt & Kim Mayer Hawthorne Miike Snow MUTEMATH One eskimO Orbital Owen Pallett PAPARAZZI Pavement Phoenix Plastikman Rusko Sly & The Family Stone Spoon Sunny Day Real Estate Talvin Singh The Big Pink The Glitch Mob The Middle East The Soft Pack Thom Yorke Yann Tiersen Yo La Tengo