This Summer, 62 musicians gathered in New York City to make music, attend workshops, share secrets and perform live. Those 62 comprised the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy class, an impressive array of producers, vocalists and instrumentalists from every corner of the electronic music world. Today, we’re lucky enough to receive (part) of what they came up with this past Summer. Various Assets – Not For Sale features collaborative tracks from Astral Plane favorites Sinjin Hawke, Kid Smpl, DJ Slow, Throwing Snow, Distal, Thundercat (under his birth name), Benjamin Damage and more. A compilation can only go so far to document a Summer’s worth of collaborative work, but Various Assets does an admirable job at giving plebes like myself some insight into the wonderful process that is the annual RBMA gathering. Stream Kid Smpl, SHDBOX, Branko and AnnaLove’s “Forces In The Way” and hit the jump (or head to Bandcamp) to listen/download the entire compilation
Jeremy Rose aka Zodiac recently contributed to a Red Bull Music Academy feature (which you can view after the jump) on the rise of so called “Alt-RnB”. The video features Rose, Miguel, How To Dress Well and BadBadNotGood and makes a pretty solid attempt at deciphering what makes “ethereal” pop music so damn enticing while dispelling some of the silly connotations the internet has attributed to this group of artists. To complement the RBMA feature, Rose released a new Zodiac jawn that certainly would be bolstered by one of the aforementioned crooners (or former vocal partner Jesse Boykins III), but functions rather well as an instrumental. As much as I hate to say it, ethereal is the perfect adjective for “PE1”, which halts and stutters through a series of vocal chops, off beat percussion and screaming samples. Stream “PE1” below and watch the full RBMA feature after the jump.
The Red Bull Music Academy was founded in 1998 with the goal of presenting and highlighting up and coming DJ’s from across the globe. 14 years later, the event has grown to encompass not just DJ’s and instrumental/electronic music, but also bands, singers, etc. and music from across the spectrum. Last year, the Academy’s largest showing took place in Madrid, and the results were extraordinary. Lectures from the likes of Erykah Badu and and John Talabot highlighted the educational features of the event, while Om Unit, Brenmar, Jesse Boykins III and more were all featured. RBMA is unique in that any musician can enter to take part in the Academy. Past participants have included Flying Lotus, Jake One and Benga. Lucky for those us of us who couldn’t make it out to Madrid, RBMA has released a massive 35 track compilation made up of music made at the Academy. I haven’t had a chance to delve into the massive tape, but based on the names involved, it should be an expansive look at the artists involved. Download/stream the tape below.