It’s been a few years since I had heard anything from Baltimore’s Mr. Moccasin…but low and behold they have a new album, XAHA, coming out soon. It’s produced by our pal Greg Hatem (Heart Of Hearts) prompting me to immediately press play on the first single “Black On Black”. XAHA is the Russian cyrillic spelling of the name Hanna, i.e., the singer of Mr. Moccasin. This album is built around her world/expression/vision, and boy does her power come through on “Black On Black”. Her voice is strong and the rhythms are mind-altering. I dig…very very much so.
mp3: Mr. Moccasin – “Black On Black”
19 year old New Jersey producer/Bard College student Snacs plays some golden platinum plated crystal funk grooves. Its impossible not to like. Its impossible to play quietly.
An EP is in the works…
And he’s also part of this little collaboration with fellow Bard College student/rapper Windex (EP upcoming as well):
mp3: Bomb Ass Soup – Single File (demo)
Belgium’s Hazey Jane (Jeroen De Meyer) previously twisted my mind with his blistering Spring EP. But the seasons have changed with his Winter Walks EP. While it’s the burning summer here in Baltimore, the winter snows have built up around Hazey Jane, coating everything…washing it out…calming and freezing it. Pure meditative beats. Go get Winter Walks via Primitive Patterns.
mp3: Hazey Jane – streets
Today on PORTALS I posted about Baltimore’s Which Magic (Sara Autrey) and her brand new split EP (with Wing Dam) High Already. Here’s the first video from it put together by Wing Dam’s Austin Tally:
Buy and stream the EP right here!
It seems like a rare occurrence when a remix comes by that I really enjoy enough to devote a single post to. Javelin, a favorite of mine, have remixed Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s “Traveling”, perhaps my favorite track from what is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums of the year Jazz Mind (purchase/stream it on bandcamp). Take a listen below.
Young Latitudes, a Madrid/Brighton label/collective, has been killing my ears as of late. deadCAT, Western Walk, and Grand Lux were all super sweet releases and they continue the trend with a new split single from Magic Fades and Veracom. Take some eerie r&b vibes and pair it with some slightly warped electronic pastimes and you have a nice coupling of songs to soundtrack seven minutes of your life…
“I’ll Adjust” is a haunted RnB gem by Magic Fades. It moves between beautiful hooks and sombre undertones, creating a unique and catchy dark-pop track.
Veracom is the ghost of a failed telecommunications company from 1986 and now dwells in lush, heavy-sampled, nineties soundscapes. This is reflected in his track “ST()NE”, a romantic take on early internet days nostalgia.
Download the split for free via the Young Latitudes Bandcamp.
Cloud Seeding is the musical project of guitarist Kevin Serra. His goal is to create a musical space to collaborate and improvise with vocalists. His work with Marissa Nadler is something everyone should listen to.
Serra has just released “New Testament”, a song featuring Baltimore’s Greg Hatem aka Heart Of Hearts (it was also mixed by Hatem and mastered by Mat Leffler-Schulman at Mobtown Studios). Take a listen: