Enjoy. – simon smitty the bg’s tracklist oshi – my plug is hispanic (remix) tish vair – become becoming smitty the bg – softly rae sremmurd – come get her appleby – drinkin’ metro thuggin – warrior steamy peen – dookie pack ft. drk drip-133 – stretched out ft. abbi press & blank body polo […]
If you haven’t heard of Deon Custom yet stay tuned. Not long ago the Dutch producer dropped a new track and it’s very cool. Drenched in shimmery synths, “Ice Cream” is a high energy number that we definitely can appreciate. Kind of reminds us of a Wave Racer gone wild plus a touch of some chemical x. Enjoy.
San Francisco’s Mikey Maramag, who produces under the alias of Blackbird Blackbird, has brought to our dreary winter days the refreshing sonic platter of spring in his latest release, ‘Sakura’. Fittingly, the title translates from Japanese ‘桜の花’ to ‘Cherry Blossom’ in English. With this track, Maramag takes a step away from the dark dreamy psych-pop that pervaded his 2014 album, Tangerine Sky, allowing his pop sensibilities to transcend into a futuristic realm where trap snares clap below a tapestry of bouncy synths and playful sound effects. A background of lively chopped vocals whets the listener’s appetite for the lighthearted whimsicality of spring, and for Blackbird Blackbird’s forthcoming EP. An impressive union of complicated electronic textures and carefree video-gamey hooks, ‘Sakura’ will have its listeners dancing their way through the rest of winter, in anticipation of spring cherry blossoms.
Wow. This was my initial response after hearing ‘Incredibly Close’ by BABEL featuring the breathtaking voice of Wrenn. As suspense builds with BABEL’s silky pads and Wrenn’s vocals, minimal percussive elements are introduced leading into a plethora of bells and saxophone riffs. If you aren’t familiar with this Belgium-based producer and Los Angeles-based singer / song-writer, I would highly recommend you listen to their other work because it’s all absolutely fantastic.
Up and coming producer Emmanuel Osemene is better known as the phenomenon that is Dirty Chocolate. Ever since releasing ‘3 d s D r e a m s’ about a year ago, Dirty Chocolate’s effortless diverse sound has earned over 18,000 followers on Soundcloud. His newest release ‘Emoji Girl’ is nothing short of the high expectations he has set for himself. When hearing it first, ‘Emoji Girl’ might seem like just another cool track. But there is some serious stand out percussion in the song. Listen a little bit closer and you will realize the layers of cymbals and shakers fluctuating softly in the background, making the foundation of this song. It’s definitely worth checking out this wavy groove.
Oh, with a few clicks download ‘Emoji Girl’ for free here.
Hey Elyn, how are you?
How did you get into art?
What is your preferred medium of art?
What do you do for Los Globos?
Can you tell us a little bit about the work you’ve done for Team Surpreme?
Who are some of your favorite graphic designers?
Toni Halonen and Michael Cina.
What is your favorite animal?
What is your favorite color?
What have you been listening to lately?
That’s a hard question to answer as I’m normally listening to an array of material every day, but I’ve been listening to Kero Kero Bonito, BADBADNOTGOOD, Majid Jordan, and Nick Hakim a lot recently. Oh, and Rhye. I love Rhye.
Mind giving us some advice on life in general?
Yea, so life is an awesome fucking ride. Be grateful for every part of it, the good and the bad. And expect the unexpected.
In Tall Buildings is the indy rock project created by DIY musician and producer, Erik Hall. Over the last four years Erick Hall has worked patiently, carefully constructing the project’s sophomore album, Driver. Recorded in a home studio in Chicago, Driver brilliantly blends live instrumentation and electronic production to make for tasteful & modern indy folk sound. When a band decides to use more electronic production on a new album they are sometimes tempted to reach too far. In effect loosing their distinctive sound. But what makes Driver so appealing is that it sounds totally natural. With just a few clean-tone instruments, basic synthesizers, warm snares and clear relaxed vocals, Erik Hall allows his pop songwriting to reach it’s full potential. We think Driver is an outstanding album that will be a milestone for In Tall Buildings. Read a track-by-track review below and you can buy a digital copy of Driver here.
Bawl Cry Wail
What a way to open the album. Slowly building from an acoustic guitar rhythm layered with a ghostly vocal track and synths. Hall showcases his distinct style and sets up perfectly for the rest of a great album with ‘Bawl Cry Wail’.
All You Pine
The second track off Driver features loose percussion and sporadic bass lines. A low-key groove is set up around a slow repeating piano chord. The unpredictable vocal melodies on top are where In Tall Buildings showcase their creativity on this one.
Decidedly simpler than the other tracks on Driver, Exiled nonetheless is a display of superb songwriting and musicianship. Add the intrigue of Hall’s lyrical melancholic rambles and Exiled is easily the hidden gem on Driver.
One of the more energetic tracks, ‘Unmistakable’ has catchy riffs and rhythms layered with emotional vocals to make for a pop masterpiece. It will, without a doubt, be one of the more high profile tracks on Driver and for good reason.
At this point in the album I’ve realized that a song with an arpeggiated synth intro means it will be a standout. I think Hall’s song writing thrives by building & layering from a simple singular idea. This gives ‘Flare Gun’, and all of the tracks that evolve like this, an inspiring unpredictability. The vocals come in and suddenly harmonies and melodies come together to reveal a patiently composed song.
I’ll Be Up Soon
Gritty guitar with just enough delay starts out ‘I’ll Be Up Soon’. This track moves back and forth between bad-ass bluesy and soft peace of mind. The transitions are really what make this song so powerful. Nothing better after a soft chorus than the unexpected crunch of a blues guitar solo.
A 38 second acoustic fill. Just chillin-relaxing-maxing to some layered acoustic guitar licks. Very nice.
When You See Me Fall
‘When You See Me Fall’ is one of the most interesting songs on Driver, both musically and lyrically. Phased guitar plucks along calmly with a groovy, heavy flange lick for the attention-grabbing breakdown. Unique soft percussion samples are varied throughout. But over the easy-listening instruments are deceivingly dark lyrics “One thousand shades of red won’t be enough, when you see me fall just know it’s truly fine.” I won’t bother you with my interpretation, but a though-provoking song without a doubt.
In Tall Buildings end the album Driver with this masterfully crafted song. More classic rock songwriting, reminiscent of groups like, The War On Drugs. ‘Pouring Out’ hits a familiar tone. A pretty big synth bass is able to naturally blend into the back as effect-drenched guitar echos over a melancholy chord progression played on tremolo keys. In Tall Buildings let you walk away from the album in wonder with this perfectly elusive wrap up.
Written by Henry
Track-by-Track by Henry & Greg
In the last year the San Fransisco-based, Rootnote Collective, has put out some incredible genre-bending releases. The success from this diverse team of producers has built up to a one-year victory lap taking the form of a compilation album, 1 Year Of Rootnote. Already featuring some of our favorite producers and good friends, 1 Year Of Rootnote also introduced us to new artists and unique sounds. We had the opportunity to talk with one of the co-founders and contributing producers of Rootnote, Darius Giurar (aka Gypsymamaba), about this outstanding compilation album as well as the collective’s plans for the future. Take the sonic journey through, 1 Year Of Rootnote, and check out the interview below.
Interview with Rootnote co-founder Darius Giurar
Hi Darius, how have you been doing lately?
Hey Henry, what’s up man. I’ve been awesome just working on projects, tryna build.
Nice, good to hear. Could you tell us briefly about who’s involved with Rootnote and what you guys are all about?
I like that approach, you can definitely hear it on the compilation. Any favorite moments on the album?
Anything you guys have set for the future that we can look forward to?
Thanks Darius.Things are looking up for Rootnote. we’re looking forward to hearing more.
New York based producer & vocalist Abbi Press has a new song, ‘stretched out’, released as a part of her recent posthaste EP. And boy oh boy is it worth a listen. Her voice cuts through the spacious mix with deftness. Vocal chops highlight the overall high-quality production from bine and drip-133. The mix itself is finely balanced with gentle pads and leads swirling in cloudy reverb cut with crisp, forceful percussion. And of course, the fat synth bass. This track definitely gets two thumbs up for its chill, grooving vibe. The best part is once you’ve listened to it, you don’t have to stop. Keep going because there’s a whole amazing EP to feast your ears on.
The posthaste EP is available as name your price here
David Blazer is a Los Angeles based producer who goes under the alias of A Sol Mechanic and is part of the Stereocure collective. About two weeks ago he put out an “Eden” flip that is breath-taking. His smooth instrumental hip-hop esque sound is simply wonderful and works perfectly with Stwo’s sounds. Check A Sol Mechanic out on Soundcloud here. Enjoy.