It’s the beginning of a new year…feeling optimistic? I am. Looking for a soundtrack for that hopefullness? Brooklyn’s Wildarms (Duncan Cooper) and his new electronic jam “Unity” have me smiling at the morning light.
Look for something new from Wildarms this year from Cascine.
Y. K L Ei N just released their H O L L O W H O L L O W EP via The Roomers filled with tempermental electronic beat travels. Download it for free via The Roomers Bandcamp. The highlight of the EP for me is the melted r&b title track for sure:
Not too much hip-hop finds its way into my inbox, and when it does…well it ain’t too good. So when this video link showed up of a sick rhyme spilled out over a minimal dark electronic beat in an equally dark and affected cemetery…I was happy. The Suede God’s “The Dead” is off of The Holy Pope which can be downloaded for free here.
“The process of this album was an interesting one to say the least. Struggling to decide which one of my influences to base a unique sound upon caused about a million restarts in the creative process. upon accepting that the amount of influences are endless, the only thing that was left to do was to speak from emotion. Every track produced by myself to capture the mood. In an era where hip hop no longer inspires me, I aimed to make music in general instead of being confined to a genre. “
And I’m baaack. I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday/new years! First up is a new dip into some hazy experimental instrumental hip-hop courtesy of Brooklyn’s WaaMoo Papez (Juan Alvarez). Last year he released a pretty rad LP, We Float, and this new track “Poppy” continues down that line.
Lancaster’s Air Drops have that electronic ocean jam vibe going real good. It’s been over a year since I’d heard from them, but this new jam they just sent me, “Bom Bali Blast”, is a sweet talking tribal explosion that simply blew me away. Check it:
2012 was a year full of change, expansion, imagination, and reinvention for myself, my family, and Pasta Primavera. The creation of PORTALS and being a part of that had a major effect on my views on music and community as well as myself as a visual artist and illustrator. The internet-family built through that union exposed me to music and ideas that I probably would not have discovered on my own. What’s even more exciting is that many things have just begun in 2012. It seems that 2013 will be even more so…just wait.
But the real purpose of this post is to expose my favorite releases of the year. The first three were easy to come up with…the rest…not so easy. Any given day the order could change. Enjoy (stream a playlist at the end):
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1. It is rain in my face. It is rain in my face.
2. Yung Life Yung Life
3. Dustin Wong Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads
4. Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory
5. Wing Dam / Which Magic Split LP Dogwood / High Already