As we’re all anxiously awaiting Bibio’s upcoming album, Silver Wilkinson (due out May 14th) – we recently have been greeted with his fabulous new single, “You.” For more about the track and from the man himself, read below on his thoughts.
‘You’ has the longest history on this album because an early version of it was actually made around 5 or 6 years ago. At that time I was making a lot of cut-up sampled hip hop type stuff on my MPC. I always liked the track but it felt unfinished at the time and I didn’t want to just put out short beat type tracks on my albums. Tracks like ‘Fire Ant’ (from the album Ambivalence Avenue) started in a similar way, until I worked more sections into it and fleshed it out. A similar situation happened with ‘You’ but this time it was partly prompted by the positive response I had from early versions of the track. I did quite a few shows between 2009-2011 around the world, mostly Europe, and an early version of ‘You’ got played at most shows. It always seemed to get a good response, people reacting like they already knew it… then people started asking what it was. It brought my attention back to the track when I was in my studio – thankfully I had saved all the original samples on my MPC so I ‘produced’ it again, pretty much from scratch, upping the tempo and making it bounce more and getting the groove to sit right. I still felt that it needed fleshing out, so I revisited the record where I got the original samples from and sampled more parts to create the outro as well as adding more of my own instruments and drums. The intro was made with live instruments, me playing bass, guitar, a sitar-like string instrument and rhodes piano as well as drum machine sounds. I referenced the melodies I had created in the main sampled section of the track by highlighting them in the instrumental intro section. Finally the track felt complete so it was then added to the ‘potential album’ playlists which had been growing over the last two years. Tracks in the playlists got added and taken off on a regular basis, but ‘You’, despite being one of the older tracks, always remained there – it felt right and I never tired of it. It’s also the only track on the album that relies more on samples as opposed to multi-tracked live instruments, so I think for this reason it kind of stands out.
Dropping June 11th via the label Daylight Curfew, this first installment of the trilogy that will be available online as well as limited signed/colored cassettes. His last album, Greyscale, featured a lot more electronic modulation while Helsinki is already sounding gritty and raw. I’m super excited to see how this 3-part album release will sound.
Check out the first single, “Moon Milkshake,” below which integrates that old early 90′s hip hop sound with some impressive production.
I can’t believe I made myself wait this long to share this album but, Sunday is so absolutely fitting of a day to enjoy the collection of smooth beat-driven tunes I’m about to unleash on your ears. Melodic keys, heavy jazz influences, and a simple yet calming hip-hop beat just make everything about your day of rest that much better.
There’s nothing extremely different about Kae Sun’s latest music video for his song, “When The Pot.” But god damn, is it infectious.
VHS-quality black and white instantly strikes a nostalgic chord and the clean cut look of a simple white button up and sharp blazer really works. The dance-y rhythm alongside the repetitive lines, “Something’s gotta change,” keep the track deep inside of your head even hours after listening.
Why I haven’t thought of this sooner is beyond me. Based in the 215, introduce your ears to the widely talented producer/emcee, Lushlife.
God knows how many flyers I’ve seen this dude’s name on in the city and he was recently named the Deli Magazine’s “Performer of the Year.” Needless to say last year’s Plateau Vision is a work of art. It’s an elevated style of hip hop showing off Lushlife’s insane production work. From the hypnotizing opening track, “Magnolia,” to the soulfully chopped-up track, “She’s a Buddhist, I’m a Cubist,” featuring Cities Aviv, I cannot get enough.
Check out this new squishy fuzzy sounding, glitch-hop kind of 8bit boom bap rap track from the big homie Jonwayne. “Royalty” is a track that didn’t make the cut for the Wayniac’s new album that should be dropping some time this Summer.
I really love when I hear from local artists. Introducing, Hectic Zeniths.
After a couple of polite emails to the blog, I was finally able to click through some links and wrap my head around the Philadelphia multi-instrumentalist/producer, Adam Morgan Prince. He blends warping samples, emotive piano melodies, hip hop percussion and a range of other sounds to create his eclectic trip-hop sound.
Simply streaming through the2012 self-titled release, the amount of influences is widely apparent from track to track. Take “Why Shoot Debris About It?,” which lays down searing electronic guitar work that sounds like its from a different decade yet the next track, “I might drown,” hits your ears in a completely contrasting way. To some, the wide spectrum may disorient but I actually really enjoy the creativeness.
Hectic Zeniths has recently dropped something new for the ears and it lays more along the beat/trip-hop genre. It’s simple and more refined. I really dig it, especially the collaboration on the EP title track, “Type One Era.” Listen to a few tracks below and check out his website for more info.
BONUS: and for the production nerds (like all of us here at the blog), check out Prince showing the behind the scenes on the techniques he used to grab audio and turn them into beats.
Whoa. It has been a minute since I’ve been on the blog, let alone the internet for that matter. Also, moving one block away from my previous apartment proved to be one of the most inconvenient moves of my lifetime. With that being said…I certainly wasn’t tuned out over the weekend. I still managed to get my music in.
I’ve been a fan of the NYC-based little indie label, Ten Million Sounds, ever since they dropped their first compilation, Morning Light. Managing to slip under my radar this time around, the label recently dropped a new 13-track project titled, Finding Time. Your ears will be glazed over with laid-back beats that vary from piano driven instrumentals to completely chilled out, nu-jazz flavored hip hop beats. And all the proceeds go to the charity, Smile Train. It’s a wonderful thing, enjoy.