A refreshing hybrid of IDM and jazz by the talented Tomáš Dvořák.
sort of reminds me of telefon tel aviv, with its precisely striking daggers of electronic energy, though there are hints of bonobo’s recent music present in the form of a dignified soprano sax solo. floex is a czech producer and visual artist, who also plays the clarinet and composes cinematic music. this pristine track showcases his captivating and inspiring potential.
definitely about to check out this dude’s tunes now. this track is a bunch of everything; the vocals project some psychedelic r&b vibes, while the beat is somewhere between muffled instrumental hip-hop and church service. he’s a producer from philly and is on tumblr. the tag ‘too short’ is appropriate.
really enjoyed his live set a few weeks ago. creatively presented a sort of hip-hop anthology at austin’s socialism-themed dive bar, red 7. took some pictures with my phone, but i don’t have a phone anymore, so those are gone forever. his beats remain.
wowww….this just luckily caught my attention tonight, but i’m going to listen to it way more than once tomorrow. maybe with some legit speakers too. somehow ‘elevator music' turned out to be exactly what i was hoping for when i clicked it. love when the beat is good enough to be presented indefinitely on its own merit after the verses are through….elzhi's 'one love' particularly comes to mind.
(is the name of this mix.) but i wouldn’t really disagree though….this ‘track’ has found its way into my speakers more than anything else has this week, even though its over 30 minutes long. it’s mixed by preacha, a dj named chris from australia. when this was released, these were all the tracks that he’d released, the unprecedented beats that were garnering momentous hype even before his critically-acclaimed self-titled debut dropped. i actually meant to post it over a year ago, when i was still in tallahassee, but it found its way into my drafts folder along with some text that was never completed, and somehow got scrapped as a post. shame. favorite part is from around 16: to 22:, when james blake’s enormous take on mount kimbie’s ‘maybes' is seamlessly blended into his already-classic 'cmyk,’ which was, among many other things, the first big drop in tokimonsta’s camp bisco x set. it’s a remix of ‘caught out there' by kelis (the 'i hate you, so much right now' song…sample at :57), with some aaliyah clips (from 'are you that somebody'…sample at :47) in the mix as well. my favorite spot in this whole mix is at 17:33, when he throws down a tectonically disruptive climax that fellow english bassmavens mount kimbie surely admired. i also love 33:, because 'the bells sketch' is the first track of his i ever came across and i still think it's one of the more unique dubstep tracks i've ever heard. the whole thing is a free download.
so my roommate, who pedicabs around downtown austin, and makes damn good money doing it, met james blake during sxsw in march and gave him a ride, as well as advice on a good spot to buy a shirt. the name was familiar, but he wasn’t a big follower of his music or anything. (he paid via credit card on my roommate’s iphone, so i saw the payment under his name show up.) they exchanged numbers in case james ever needed another ride around the city. six months later, he’s pedicabbing around during acl weekend, and he heard “akiiiiiiiiiiin” from the distance. he’s a very recognizable dude, six foot with dreads, so he gets yelled to all the time, but turned to look and noticed james blake standing outside of the four seasons. they talked for an hour or two, and then for another hour later on after he called for a ride to another spot. apparently he’s a totally down to earth and genuine guy, extremely knowledgable about music (my roommate akin is from the southeastern caribbean, grenada, and grew up on calypso, dub, roots reggae, etc….said james blake is totally on top of dub history and all that), and exchanged email addresses with him so that he could send him some new tunes and maybe receive some stuff he hasn’t heard before as well. pretty awesome. i think people already knew that he’s legit, but nothing wrong with a little bit more evidence towards the affirmative.
during my lifted bike ride through the unexplored areas of my neighborhood tonight, i made a playlist that combined prefuse 73 (guillermo scott herren)’s 2007 releases, preparations & interregnums; a standard lp of his, along with an accompanying disk of orchestral arrangements. every track that came on was intriguingly lush and entrancing in its own way, but this one in particular, clearly off the classical album, really resonated with me. the guy reviewing them on pitchfork didn’t seem to think too highly of prefuse’s efforts, but i feel like the music presents a distinct standard of maturity and intellectual merit, significant elements of IDM and art as a whole, that most other musicians aspire (at best) to capture. creations like these are perfectly demonstrative of why he’s such a capable glitch-hop dj, and served to illuminate my journey tonight and expand my physiological consciousness.
Archie Whitewater - Coming As I Come From Where I’ve Been (Unreleased Material from The Cadet Concept Label - Musk, 2009
damn you musk, damn you. :)
mellow blues with a flexible approach to structure. you might need a track like this right now. one of the tags is ‘psychedelic soul,’ i can see that. it sounds like something the dude would put on for a smoking session in his bathtub.
in austin’s ‘enchanted forest.’ first time there, but not my first time ecstatically dancing with wireless headphones on, switching between two live dj channels. thanks, camp bisco 9 & 10. motion potion, a founder behind this silent frisco movement and a fantastic dj in his own right, played around 3am; i thought he was later, and would have totally missed his set if i hadn’t recognized his ‘glorious day' (track 9) cover of radiohead's 'lucky.’ he also remixed ‘everything in its right place,’ there was also an incredible muse mashup, jurassic 5’s ‘i am somebody,’ and a bunch of stevie wonder in honor of his upcoming ACL performance. it was nuts. some guy traded me his almost-full bottle of red wine in exchange for one rip from a one-hitter. it’s going down tomorrow night too, from 11 to 7am, but my first priority is the fsu/oklahoma game as soon as i can get off work….and then silent disco right after that. seriously though, i’m real tired, but that was pure quality, sherwood forest style.
in the interest of sharing more new music, i’m going to start posting my top-played song from the week after lastfm posts my top 5 artists from the past 7 days. this week, dabrye’s timeless classic two/three gets some favored treatment. it was released in 2006 but i can easily see its continued relevance ten years from now, with some stupefyingly deep beats and a wealth of top-tier mc’s. mf doom shines on the particularly memorable ‘air,’ and fellow nyc veteran a.g. confidently throws down on another track i’ve been digging lately, ‘my life.’ vast aire (of cannibal ox), beans (of anti-pop consortium), guilty simpson, wildchild…..this album showcases a perfect balance of premium hip-hop alongside occasional instrumental endeavors. it even closes out with a dilla collab….come on. i first learned about dabrye (ann arbor, mi’s tadd mullinix) several years ago when i got into prefuse 73 and other artists on the early side of glitch-hop, but it took me far too long to uncover this easily-missed gem. don’t make the same mistake.
love this, my favorite track off the knives out ep. beautiful track, ahead of its time, as is the norm. one of those tracks that seems longer than it is, because it’s so easy to lose yourself in its wondrous depths. the chords in the aforequoted line gave me immense chills the first time i heard them. glad i picked up a used copy of this album in tallahassee, or else i probably wouldn’t have heard of it (and this single would’ve totally been blowing my mind right now)…..it mostly reminds me of driving south through florida by myself, trying to stimulate my mind on the 7ish hour trip home from tallahassee. i don’t feel like this track is abrasive by any means, yet is still somehow unprecedented in the infinite anthology of music history.
really excited about the return of fsu football season.
they’re starting off the year ranked #6, and the matchup against #1 oklahoma in two weeks already looms large on the horizon. i think ill ask for the day off from work today, just to make sure i get that done far enough in advance.
also, great show last night by the luyas and the dodos, as well as their combined efforts as the doyas. i have some pictures and videos that i’ll be posting soon. caught a great dubstep fusion kind of show afterwards at plush downtown and danced for a few more hours to the electronic stylings of djs mez one and i/o. happy weekend everyone.
and lastly, i might need to find somewhere else to live in austin over the course of this next month. that’s not a definite, but it’s suddenly a possibility. updates to follow.