I first came across the mysterious Blackedoutwhen late one night, I found myself in the tinychat internet concert venue SPF420. After “sticking around” (or keeping my internet browser open / headphones on) for a couple of the other acts, the host announced Blackedout would be performing next. A quick switch of the webcam to wherever he was performing from, which for the most part, was in complete darkness and he was set to begin.
Almost immediately I was completely enthralled with the sounds I was hearing. As I’ve said before and through a lot of the music I share, I’m a huge fan of late night/R&B type sexy grooves and spacey sounds and beats. After the performance, I was excited to delve into some more tunes and was even more thrilled when I came across this brand new EP just released on April 30th.
This is a solid example of the sounds I love (think kind of the same vein as Supreme Cuts, The-Drum, Holy Other, etc). This is pure sex. Really nice sounding pianos, synths, drums, water sounds, [probably] some found sound samples in there, and nice use of Rihanna vocals and vox from the song ”Baby I’m For Real” (which was either taken from Michael McDonald or The Originals).
My only real complaint (if you can even call it that) is the brevity of the EP, spanning only about 15 minutes total. Anyway, hop on down below, turn the lights off, and hit play.
BONUS: for some non-EP tracks (that are just as chillin’) head on over to Blackedout’s soundcloud.
ape was on of my favorite releases of 2010. I’ve been a fan ever since, trying to keep up with his various singles, EPs, and collaborations ever since. Last month he released a little 2 track digital 7″ that continues the tradition of his groovy ass experimental 80s synth funk entitled “Magnolia.” CHECK THAT OUT BELOW RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND!
Italy’sDrink To Mereally put some work into their latest album, S. Their tribalism influences especially shine through in fourth track, “Future Days,” with a heavy yet playful electronic build up. The lyrics are charming, especially at the end when the group sings, “we’re doing the best we can/ we’re wide awake and we’re working on the future days/ we are the people that have no hopes/ there’s no nostalgia nor anticipation at all/ we hate, we smile and we’re beautiful/ no revolution was ever made with love .”
The video for the song is more than stimulating with a heavy focus on clean colors and symmetry. There’s a good section in the middle of the track that just feels like a weird acid trip but beyond that, I really love the final minute where the small colored blocks come into play.
I know I wanted to share these gentlemen’s music with you all a while ago but I, for some reason, did not. The-Drum are the duo of Brandon and Jeremiah. Hailing from Chicago they evoke that same “future R ‘n’ B” sound of fellow Chicago-ans Supreme Cuts (who I also love and feel both groups need to team-up for some sort of collaboration). They take a lot of samples from 90′s and popular slow jams and rework them into their very own sexy goodness.
They have a lot of good sounds I’d like to share, but most recently the duo released a digital split with another Chicago resident, Sich Mang (who has cool stuff too). For fear of trying to say too much about non-relavant things and share too much music at once, I’ll hit you with this new neu and just one other track from the boys. You’ll have to uncover the rest on one of your online archeological digs.
Damn this is smooth! Coming by means of Montreal-based Independent Record Label InfiniteMachine, this 3 track EP release from Bwana drips, glides, and 2-steps all around my eardrums. Cool vocal samples and nice beats for ya feets.
Arrete (French for stop or order or something like that) hails from Knoxville, Tennessee and brings that disco-electro-funky goodness. Oddly enough (or maybe not?) Arrete’s sound reminds me quite a bit of fellow Knoxville native Brandon Biondo aka WALSH. A lot of his songs have that throwback cinematic 80′s feel to them. Pretty cool stuff that I happen to enjoy, so I thought I’d share.