Never ones to dwell on the past for too long, Los Angeles based imprint Friends of Friends have kicked off 2012 in proper form with the seven track Show Me The Future compilation. We’ve already posted the Ryan Hemsworth and DJAO (both former Astral Plane interviewees!) contributions, but the remaining five joints are brimming with quality and shed quite a bit of light onto what FoF will be bringing to the table in the coming year. In the coming months, Lazy Brow and crew will hit the world with new material from new and old members of the crew including a new Shlohmo EP (!!!) and Evenings’ debut for the imprint. For now, enjoy the sublime nocturnal vibes of Smpl, the Final Fantasy-sampling Hemsworth and Dreams’ sweaty/sexy garage riddim. The tape sounds like nothing FoF has released to this point, which is exactly its purpose and whether or not you believe these to be the sounds of the future, they’re certainly thought provoking in the best possible way. Stream and download Show Me The Future below.
Ryan Hemsworth dominated 2012 via a lengthy series of remixes and one remix heavy solo EP, but 2013 sees the Halifax-native taking to the originals game with gusto. Like “BasedWorld”, the track Hemsworth let loose on New Year Eve, “An Overture Might Help Me Stop Thinking About You” would fit right in on a video game soundtrack and actually samples Final Fantasy resulting in something of an epic orchestral sound. Pot and pan percussion adds an earthy, homemade element to the otherwise otherworldly instrumental, which will appear on Friends of Friends’ upcoming Show Me The Future compilation. Stream below.
I don’t need to tell you that Ryan Hemsworth was one of 2012’s most apogeic performers. The rest of blog world has that covered I think. Not to toot our own horn or anything, but we did interview Ryan back in April. Just sayin’. Anyways, “BasedWorld”, right. Sounding as triumphant as he ever has, Hemsworth’s “BasedWorld” falls somewhere between video game proportions super hero music and an “I’m God” approximation. There a few points last year that Hemsworth’s glut of remixes began to sound a little verbose and mechanical, but “BasedWorld” certainly bucks that, proving that despite a propinquity for remixes, his best work comes in the form of originals. Stream below and download here.
Update: Commenter ei8htzer0 pointed out that sample in “BasedWorld” is M83’s “Moon Child”.
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.
In which Ryan Hemsworth keeps it in the ‘Nuck family, contributing an official remix to Monolithium’s Bounce 4 Life EP. Initially, Hemsworth dulls the raucous nature of the original, maintaining its large-scale sound, but instilling a more pensive attitude. By 1:45 though, Hemsworth’s remix work slows down and gets even bigger, percolating synths offset by a massive low-end. Add another notch in the Hemsworth remix belt folks, this dude still holds the heavyweight title. Stream below and cop the Bounce 4 Life EP here.
I’m going to be brief here, because you probably have better things to do today. You’re probably familiar with Ryan Hemsworth at this point and dude just turned in another brilliant remix, this time of Montreal 17-year old Black Atlass’ “Castles”. The remix is typically wavy and another must have in the Hemsworth canon. Black Atlass is also well worth checking out. You can download his debut EP for free here. The Weeknd comparisons are unavoidable and I expect to hear a lot from this dude in 2013. Stream and download the remix below.
This is something of a litmus test for Ryan Hemsworth’s esteemed (named one of Fact Mag’s top 15) remix ability. We know he can flip a Three 6 Mafia or Jeremih tune on its head, but what about a mediocre British boy band whose lead singer has a Skrillex haircut? Now that’s a challenge. The 1975 aren’t really offensive in any way, they’re just kind of… meh, but Hemsworth manages to get the most of the Mancunian’s stultified vocals. Clearly aimed at headphone listening, Hemsworth’s take on “Sex” isn’t going to please most of his fans, but the twinkling piano driven beat is unobtrusively emotive, a result many producers struggle to touch upon. So Mr. Hemsworth, you pass the test, but maybe stay away from the boy bands next time. Stream and download below. (Via.)
You can call him Bill Russell! Or Ryan… Mr. Hemsworth does share some qualities with the all time great Celtic, namely a statesmanlike record of consistency and timely performances. Not one to skimp on a mix, Hemsworth brings 60+ minutes of tunes from Green Ova, MMG and Baauer to FACT Mag. It’s probably his most self-centered mix and it might just be my favorite. More Hemsworth is certainly not a bad thing. And that “Fuck You All The Time” remix. Fuxwidit. Stream the mix and the Jeremih remix below.
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Deniro Farrar’s sound has always been more akin to West Coast artists like Main Attrakionz and Schoolboy Q than his East Coast and/or Southern counterparts and the Kill Or Be Killed tape sees the Charlotte native matching bars with Green Ova member and East Oakland representative Shady Blaze. The tape is essentially an expanded version of last month’s DESTINY. altered and features an drool-worthy list of producers ranging from Green Ova mainstays Ryan Hemsworth and Friendzone to Sines and Lunice’s 808s driven take on Bass music. Like the title suggests, Farrar and Blaze are mainly concerned with street realism and their contrasting lyrical styles mash surprisingly well. Astral Plane favorite Haleek Maul features on the desolate Hemsworth produced “Cold Blood” and contributes one of the tapes best verses. Stream Kill Or Be Killed below and head here to download it (name your price).
And another Lianne La Havas remix rolls through. By my official (unoffical) count, La Havas is the most remixed songstress of 2012. At this point, you should know that Ryan Hemsworth is one of our favorites and a true Astral Plane-ian. Hemsworth drenches “Ages” into synth molasses here, giving it a n incandescent vibe. Unlike most, Hemsworth’s use of video game samples and 8-bit sounds avoids sounding nostalgic and/or corny in a way that I can’t put my finger on. Dude just manages to rise above with every original and remix he’s done to this point. Head over to Earmilk to stream and download the remix.