It’s been almost two weeks since we first pulled up to the cow pastures of George, WA and well, our daily lives just don’t quite contain the same excitement we experienced during those four transcendent days at the Gorge Amphitheater. Nonetheless, we take great pleasure in rehashing our adventures via set recaps and photos. Sasquatch has come and gone, but memories of dusty walks to and from the campsite, an innumerable amount of mind-blowing sets and many, many pretty lights are oh so fresh in our minds. It’s a bittersweet moment as we conclude our coverage of the very best weekend of the year, but it also means that Sasquatch is only 350-something days away. Enjoy.
It’s been difficult keeping up Dipset’s output this month as Cam’ron’s #UNLostFiles series has released a track every weekday. We’ll have the full mixtape/series when This one was too hard to pass to up though. For many, araabMUZIK (is it just me or does he change the way his name is stylized every other week?) is the MPC wizard known for smashing Skrillex and Flux Pavilion tracks to pieces and resurrecting them in festival tents. Others know him as a panty dropping trance-hop wizard. Contrary to popular belief, the diminutive Harlem resident is actually a hip hop producer and has run with Dipset for years. More recently, araab has associated himself with the A$AP Mob, contributing to the upcoming album. I have one question for you though: have you heard “Salute”? It’s the track that arguably brought araab into the hip hop consciousness. It also explains why his signature screams and effects are a little bit stale. “What Lies Beneath” isn’t nearly as menacing, or hardbody as “Salute”. It would also be difficult for Vado to match the lyrical prowess of Jim, Cam and Juelz. Even a 2010 Jim. Despite this, the Slime Flu mixtapes certified Vado as a more than capable Dipset capo. Compared to araab’s more recent output, “What Lies Beneath” is understated as hell. It probably won’t please his newer fans either and certainly not the dilated music festival crowds he’s garnered over the past six months. IT DOES prove that he can still make gully shit behind the boards though. Usually, that’s enough for me. Download “What Lies Beneath” here and stream below.
A lot of new music surfaced this week, most of it in official release form (weird, right?). Albums/mixtapes/EP’s from Jonwayne, Beach House, Miike Snow, Odd Future, Martyn and Stewrat hit the interwebz in some form or another, but it was a comparatively slow week for remixes, youtube rips, bootlegs and the like. Still, any week you get a new Hudson Mohawke/Lunice track should be considered a resounding success! As a result, here is our slightly stripped down Week Six incantation of Sounds From The Astral Plane. Enjoy.
Stream: Jacques Greene – “Ready”
This one is from Martyn’s Essential Mix we posted earlier in the week. It’s just a low quality rip at this point, but shows a more house-oriented sound from Greene. Maintaining the wafty R&B vocals found on tracks like “Another Girl” and “Motivation,” but includes an acid house bassline this time. Look out for an official releases from Montreal-based producer.
This one debuted as a Big K.R.I.T. remix back in January as part of The FADER and HTC’s X Squared series of artist collaborations. While many (some would say most) Clams productions sound better on their own, this one could really use K.R.I.T. on it and really functions as library fodder. Still, let’s give thanks Clammy Clams for more free music.
Stream/Download: Dana Buoy – “Call To Be” (Teen Daze Remix)
Earlier in the week, we wrote about Teen Daze dropping his synths and picking up an acoustic guitar on his side project, Little Chords. Maybe we spoke a little too soon. Obviously, he wasn’t abandoning his synth-y aesthetic, but it’s nice to see him back on his greezy for this remix of Akron/Family member Dana Janssen.
Stream/Download: Swizz Beatz – “Street Knock” (feat. A$AP Rocky) (Prod. AraabMuzik)
Besides writing about new music, live shows, mixes, album reviews, etc., I will be occasionally be highlighting new music production gear/software. Today, I bring you the Akai Pro MPC Renaissance, the next incarnation of Akai’s legendary Music Production Center series. I’m not an expert when it comes to production gear or software, but I’m learning, and will continue to learn by writing in this space. More information about the controller and software is set to be unveiled on January 19. It will interesting to see who jumps to use the Renaissance and whether it will be more popular for live performances or in the studio. After the jump is a list of Renaissance features and a video produced by Akai featuring araabMuzik, Sean C and LV.
Photo from facebook
Over the past week, the Coachella facebook page has been posting videos of songs by The Weeknd, AraabMuzik, Azealia Banks, Breakbot, Jimmy Cliff and Housse De Racket. Predictably, hundreds of commenters jumped on the videos as confirmation that those artists will appear at the festival, and while there have been no official confirmations from Coachella, it is more than likely they will be making an appearance in Indio this April. The lineup is generally released around mid January and should be out sometime this week or next. I will be making the exodus to the Coachella Valley for the first time this year and could not be more excited over these first artists announced.
Download: The Weeknd House Of Balloons
Download: Azealia Banks – “212″
Download: Breakbot – “Baby I’m Yours ft. Irfane”
Download: AraabMuzik – “Streetz Tonight”