In 2002, Praveen Sharma aka Braille aka 1/2 of Sepalcure founded Percussion Lab, an organization that has assisted the proliferation of electronic music in the greater New York area through live events and a non-profit hosting service for mixes and live sets. Recognizing that most bedroom producers just need an outlet for their music, Sharma and Percussion Lab have put on dozens of artists over the past ten years. To celebrate a decade of existence, Sharma has put together Cambio, a protean compilation of songs from the likes of Daedelus, Lando Kal, Shigeto, Mux Mool and Machinedrum. The tape benefits Percussion Lab’s various operational costs, as well as Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and is a measly $5. We don’t usually hawk releases in this manner, but you really should pull 500 cents out of your velour coin purse (we all have on of those, right?) and throw it Sharma’s way. Stream below.
Looking Ocean, the new release by L.A. beat magician Daedelus, is up for free download at Scion A/V. With this EP, We find our hero embarking on a journey in a new direction and to a new dimension. After creating a musical persona that centers around shuffling, stretching, warping, and layering found samples and synths characteristic of a certain genre to reveal unexpected yet even more groovy patterns, he has stepped outside of that space, or perhaps further into it. Now we hear no discernable samples, just lush synths and crushed drums that stand alone and carry new emotions with them. This mixture forms the base of new rhythmic and harmonic soundscapes that Daedelus lets swirl around you and lift you up to the heavens. Still, despite these wings we can hear the roots quite clearly. Daedelus commented on the youtube video for “Platforming”:
“I’d challenge any players out there (especially Jazz) to perform over these changes. The chords are a circle of fifths (same as “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane). I know the song might not be the first you’d think of performing along with, but the results could surprise…”
Beyond this, The tracks “Looking Ocean” with Brainfeeder’s resident virtuoso pianist Austin Peralta and “Flying Sail” With Computer Jay have some of the most compelling and unconventional synergies of futuristic rhythmic and compositional experimentation with traditional melodic and chordal… well… just listen, and download.
Here’s “Platforming” for your viewing and listening pleasure.
Scion A/V continues their run of putting out incredible releases (check out Nick Hook’s debut here) by getting behind the new EP from Daedelus. Set to drop tomorrow as a free download, Daedelus let loose the title track before the release. “Looking Ocean” features the handy work of Brainfeeder pianist, Austin Peralta, over Daedelus’ jarring percussion and synths. Peralta’s live instrumentation on the piano blissfully rises above the heavy synthesizers and are wonderfully juxtaposed against Daedelus’ production. Stream “Looking Ocean” here and another track off the EP, “Platforming”, below.
Hello loyal readers. We regret the lack of action over the past week, but two thirds of the team has been at George, WA at Sasquatch. We learned a few things over the weekend; slow and steady wins the race; Jack Black shouldn’t be allowed near children; and most importantly, you should all learn to do the Larry David. In all seriousness, Sasquatch is an incredible festival in one of the most breathtaking natural settings one could imagine. Before we get to our coverage of the festival though, we have to catch up. It was an incredible weekend for bass/beat music so I’ll just get right into it.
Everyone and I mean everyone has eagerly been anticipating the release of the TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke x Lunice) EP on July 23, but before we bestow the duo with the crown, another Lunice side project needs to be fairly recognized. Nouveau Palais, made up of three Montreal-born beatsmiths, Lunice, Ango and Prison Garde, entered our airspace yesterday with the Avant Gang EP. Despite being named after a Montreal comfort food eatery, the trio’s music is far from cozy as it coyly bounces from futuristic takes on garage to hip hop to house. As an added bonus the EP features remixes from Canblaster & Sinjin Hawke, Salva, Monolithium and more. Oh yeah, it’s free courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy. Don’t sleep, pick the EP up right here.
Jonwayne has made quite the name for himself as an outspoken internet critic, sparring with fans on his various social networking profiles. He has also made a name for himself by unexpectedly releasing quality material via those same social networking profiles. The verbal diarrhea can get tiring at times, but then he’ll release something like Jonwayne Fucks Disney. Crafting using only an “SP-404 SX, an iPad used to access Youtube videos, and a Zoom H2 to bounce sounds to”, the 8 track beat tape is a testament to the La Habra producer’s dexterity behind the boards. Straying from his usual palette of 8-bit samples, the tape gets weird with a number of Disney samples from Dumbo, Alice In Wonderland and more. This one is not for the faint of heart. Also, a free download. Get it here.
Everyone and their mommas (us included) have had their panties in a bunch over a new school of MC’s made up of the likes of Danny Brown, the Black Hippy crew and A$AP Rocky. Nacho Picasso is another member of what SPIN called the “New Underground”, but has inexplicably received less praise than his compatriots. Exalted is Nacho’s third album of this year in collaboration with Blue Sky Black Death and it might just be their best output yet. It’s blunt music for the party. A hip hop take on The Weeknd in some sense, investigating the emotional gaps between the party and the after party, the dose and the overdose. Nacho’s lyrical output has improved with every album and Exalted is no different. Production-wise, BSBD has never been better, outgrowing their roots in instrumental hip hop long ago and growing into one of the premier forces in hip hop. This one isn’t free, but I can’t imagine you’ll find a better way to spend five dollars. Cop it here.
Haleek Maul, learn the name Internalize it and wait for his rise. The 15 year old Barbados via Brooklyn MC has been making some waves on the internet recently and “88″, produced by Chicago duo The-Drum, further solidifies himself as one of the most exciting MC’s to come out of the woodwork in a long, long time. My words aren’t a proper testament to this track so just give it a spin.
Only because of lack of time, I’ll speed through these last few. New Daedelus Fact Mag mix. Dark Ages EP on Salva’s Frite Nite. Jacques Greene did a mix for oki-ni. Hopefully this makes up for our lack of activity. Check back in a few hours for the first few installments of our Sasquatch coverage.
Daedelus has been on fire lately, reinterpreting Chicago juke on his last track and bringing back this little trip-hop ditty from 2005. Now he’s featured on this month’s Topman CTRL mix and Juke influence he showed on “Curtains Don’t Talk” are readily available. I’ll let the curators take it away:
This DJ mix sees him delve into that love of the rhythms of juke and footwork, while also throwing in drops of dub, smooth radio pop, old jungle classics, and some very familiar cuts. It’s fast, frenetic but also beautiful; a masterclass in the art of DJing and throwing up surprises with the next song.
The mix features Krampfhaft, Machinedrum, as well as a steady heap of contemporary R&B. Stream below.
Daedelus has been making some real classy shit recently. The man who always dons a tuxedo for live shows just released a new track, “Shooting Off The Sun,” on his Soundcloud. I’ll let him set the stage:
A sober and reflective song made with overcoming in mind. A short sketch of recent events. Made for an imaginary emcee.
I’m not really sure if it’s for an imaginary MC in the sense that the MC exists in Daedelus’s mind, or if it’s just an MC to be named, but the track would certainly set a somber tone for a talented rapper (Open Mike Eagle would be great) to lace. This is just conjecture, but maybe the song title harkens to the Greek myth? Maybe? Anyone? Nevermind. Stream below.
With a few exceptions radio has devolved into a mess of electro-driven pop tunes being played 10,000 times a day. There are very few radio stations (KEXP in Seattle is one of them) today that play more than a dozen or so mind numbing songs, and large internet radio platforms like Pandora and Spotify that put the onus on the listener to find find quality music are becoming increasingly popular. The internet is obviously the present and future of music, but there is still room for DJ driven content on the radio, especially on the internet. Los Angeles’s dublab is an incredible non-profit radio station that also dabbles in film, art exhibitions and event production. The station has welcomed Flying Lotus, Dntel, and Daedelus into the booth and continues to feature forward thinking artists of all colors. It is no surprise that such a unique radio station would collaborate with one of LA’s most forward thinking record labels, the venerable Stones Throw.
Yesterday, dublab and Stones Throw debuted the “Sounds of Symmetry 7″ Volume 1″ featuring a James Pants original remixed by Daedelus and a Daedelus original remixed by James Pants are incredible and highlight two of the brightest talents in the Los Angeles electronic/hip hop scenes. Buy the 7″ on the Stones Throw website and stream the tracks at the dublab website.