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Jonwayne has had quite a year, upping his beat game, entering the rap world with a tape released through Stones Throw and becoming the GOAT of MS Paint. His latest loosie, “Watching Me”, sees the La Habra resident contributing in all three categories, supplying Zeroh and Quelle with a lazy Sunday afternoon backing, an entertaining stream-of-consciousness verse and another brilliant cover. Quelle does what he does best, which is throwback backpack-y rap, and Zeroh steals the show with his nasal flow. They’re honored that you’re watching them. Stream 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 DumboAlice 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.

Jweezy has does it again. Everyone’s favorite SP-404 maestro and surprisingly adept MC just featured in XLR8R’s podcast series. The mix is hip hop heavy, but like his live sets, features a heavy does of abstracted funk and video game sounds. Company Flow, Dr. Octagon and Defari are are all featured, as well as an exclusive Wayne remix of Lord Quas’s “Broad Factor.” XLR8R’s been killing it recently with their podcasts and this is one of the best in recent memory. You really can’t go wrong with this combination. Stream and download below.

At first, Jonwayne was going to ask for a certain amount of facebook “likes” before he released his rap mixtape This Is False. Then he was going to release it Friday. Then he got impatient. We’ve been exposed to Jonwayne the producer, Jonwayne the DJ, and now we get Jonwayne the MC. We haven’t had much time to delve into This Is False, but through the first couple of tracks, Jonwayne has exhibited his humor, a flow slightly indebted to Doom and a good amount of off-the-cuff esoteric raps. Download the tape below and know that Wayne is one of the best out there doin’ it.

Download: Jonwayne – This Is False

Back in February, we expressed our anticipation for Geoff Barrow‘s upcoming hip-hop album (in collaboration with over 35 other artists), under the moniker Quakers, which is due out on Stones Throw on March 27th. Today, you can listen to a new track off the album; this one is called “Smoke,” and it features one of our favorites here at the Astral Plane, none other than Jonwayne himself. Stream “Smoke” right here:

 

And here’s “Fitta Happier,”featuring Guilty Simpson and M.E.D., another single off the album, which was released last month:

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Well this is quite the coincidence. Back in February, we covered cloud rap aficionados MainAttrakionz performance at Pomona College. La Hambra beatsmith Jonwayne just happened to be opening up for the Oakland duo that night. In a comical turn of fate, legendary IDM producer Odd Nosdam mashed the two unlikely collaborators into one track using Main Attrakionz “Chap 3” and Jonwayne’s “Bowser I.” The track would undoubtedly sound better yell-rapped in a dark club, but what you do? Shit bumps. Stream/download below.

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At this point, I don’t think anyone or anything can throw Jonwayne off his roll. Signing with Stones Throw, releasing The Death Of Andrew and everything else he accomplished in 2011 was just a table setter for what he has planned in 2012. His first feat will be releasing the instrumental tape Oodles of Doodles, a collection that he has been selling at his live appearances, that has now been expanded upon and will get a proper release. A few weeks ago, we heard “Electricity” off of the tape and today, amid all the post-Leap Day madness, we’ve been graced with another track. This morning, Prefix premiered “Pondwater,” another Oodles track that sounds straight out of Legend of Zelda. Unfortunately, it’s a private Soundcloud link so you’ll have to stream it over at Prefix, but check it out and be on the lookout for Oodles and Wayne’s upcoming hip hop release on Stones Throw.

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It’s a well-known fact that we love the big homie Jonwayne here at The Astral Plane. His upcoming beat tape/double LP, Oodles of Doodles, is one of our most anticipated releases of 2012, and if all goes as planned, will be one of the best instrumental hip hop albums of the year. Oodles will be Jonwayne’s last instrumental work of 2012, although he will also be releasing an entirely self-produced hip hop album on Stones Throw. This isn’t much, but earlier Stones Throw posted short, lo-fi snippets of Oodles, and while it serves largely as something to briefly salivate on before the album’s impending release, it does give the listener a small bit of insight into the tape’s sound. Stream the samples on the Stones Throw website and be on the lookout for Oodles in the coming weeks.

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For The Astal Plane’s second live review, we’re stepping our game up a little bit. Unlike our last review, we managed to bring a camera (fully charged!) and got some nice shots. Last time it was Tokimonsta’s b-day set at Low End Theory. This time, we caught Jonwayne and Main Attrakionz at Pomona College.    Like last time, we hit a few bumps in the road though. We planned on doing a video interview with Mondre and Squadda B of Main Attrakionz, and in fact, we did interview the Oakland “cloud rap” duo. We also forgot to turn on the mic. As a result, instead of a five minute interview with Mondre and Squadda, we have five silent minutes of me looking awkward and them looking inebriated. In fact, it was actually a pretty decent interview covering topics ranging from how they met Clams Casino (through Keyboard Kid), coining the term “cloud rap,” and wanting to create their own legacy among Bay Area legends. Mondre and Squadda were more than willing to do the interview and were amiable throughout it. Read the rest of the review after the jump and check out photos from the show here.

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We’re back with the second edition of Sounds From The Astral Plane. If you missed last weeks edition, check it out here. We will be highlighting some tunes from (mostly) unsigned/independent artists that we might have missed throughout the week. Enjoy.

Stream: R.Dot – “From The Ashes…Anew”

It’s always a treat to get new music from Huntsville, Alabama. Over the last several years, Huntsville has evolved from an afterthought of the hip hop media to its darling thanks in large part to groups like Paper Route Gangstaz and G-Side. Much of the success of PRGz and G-Side can be attributed to the production acumen of the Block Beattaz. One half of the Block Beattaz, R.Dot, is preparing for the release of instrumental project Euphoric and let a track that didn’t make the album go on Tuesday.

Stream: Jonwayne -“Electricity”

Jonwayne has been one of the hottest names in the LA hip hop/electronic landscape over the past several months. The producer/MC finished 2011 off with a month long Low End Theory residency, a spot on dozens of “Best Of” lists, and a spot on the Stones Throw roster. Now Mr. Wayne is starting 2012 off right with a beat tape titled Oodles Of Doodles set to be released on Stones Throw in February. “Electricity” is the first track off of the tape and features Wayne’s signature bleepy videogame sounds.

Stream/Download: Dam Funk – “Bionic Pussy”

There’s not much to say about Dam Funk that hasn’t already been said. The Pasadena native and keytar master just released an unreleased cut titled “Bionic Pussy” that didn’t make it onto 2009’s Toeachizown. Stay funky Dam.

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Stream/Download: Ski Beatz  – “Fly By (Feat. Curren$y)

Ski Beatz was one of the most accomplished producers of 90’s producing tracks for Camp Lo, Jay-Z and AZ. For the majority of the aughts though, Ski was quiet only occasionally releasing new music. That changed all changed in 2010 when Ski took over the game with Curren$y, Jay Electronica and Stalley in tow. 2010’s 24 Hour Karate School was a resounding success and while its follow up, 24 Hour Karate School 2, was a little disappointing, the two albums cemented Ski’s return as well as his place as one of the best producers in hip hop history. “Fly By” is the first track off of the third incantation of 24 Hour Karate School.

Steam/Download: Nocando – “Hollywood (Ras G Dub Mix)”

Low End Theory collaborations are almost always a smashing success. Here, Ras G takes Nocando’s ode to Tinseltown and flips it on its head. This is truly future music.

Stream/Download: Miike Snow – “Paddling Out”

In 2009, Swedish trio Miike Snow took the indie/dance worlds by storm in 2009 with their self-titled debut The album featured catchy dance anthems like “Black and Blue” and “Animal,” both of which stayed in rotation years after the album was released. Three years after the first album, we are lucky enough to get the first official single from the groups upcoming album, titled Happy To You. “Paddling Up” is a piano driven dance banger that definitely sets an upbeat vibe for the album.