Both Mak and Pasteman have shown that they have the ability to function on a highly successful level as solo artists, but they’re really at their best when that ampersand connects their respective monikers. At some point in the coming weeks or months, the duo will let loose and independently released white label featuring two brand new tracks. The a-side will feature a rework of Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (potentially titled “Jimmy Kendrick’s”) while the b-side will be be focused around Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”. For now, the white label, tentatively titled MAP001, has no release date, but in the meantime, you can grab “Chunky” for free right now. The track is a throwback of sorts in its simple composition and retro-sounding chords, but its focus on bass weight aligns it more with contemporary houses like Hypercolour and Dirtybird. Stream and download “Chunky” below and listen to a radio rip of “Jimmy Kendrick’s” after the jump.
Can we talk about Steven Ellison for a moment? Just take a few minutes out of this lovely Sunday afternoon to recognize what the man stands for and what he represents in the 2012 music landscape. This little piece probably won’t include anything that hasn’t been said, but it’s so worth reiterating it, especially this week. As Flying Lotus, Steven Ellison has produced some of the most divergent, thought provoking and challenging
electronic music of the past 20 or so years. Since his arrival, Mr. Ellison has essentially put Los Angeles’ instrumental hip hop movement, known by most as the “beat scene”, on his back, pushing it into international waters. Despite being the figurehead of this movement, touring incessantly and heading a hugely successful label, he is still the very best at what he does. Furthermore, he seems to genuinely enjoy making music, meeting fans and performing. If you’ve ever seen a Flying Lotus set, you know what I’m talking about. That ear-to-ear smile is just impossible not to replicate. That’s why it isn’t even remotely surprising that Ellison devised and followed through on the Captain Murphy project. Ok, his above-average rapping ability is a little surprising, but the fact that he would release a free album featuring a menagerie of the best MC’s and producers in hip hop shouldn’t be. So before getting to the rest of this week’s sounds, can we all take a moment to thank Steven Ellison? He deserves that much from us.
As much as I loved the split Mak/Pasteman The Throwback EP, the duo works best when they’re in a collaborative mood as we saw last week in their remix of Cassie’s “Me & U”. Like their take on “Me & U”, Mak & Pasteman (I like the ring of that) take a poppy approach to bass music remixing Debian Blak’s “Hawks & Spies”. Like most Mak & Pasteman releases, this sounds amazing on a big system so don’t skimp on the headphones/speakers. Stream below and pre-order the Hawks & Spies Remix EP here.