Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sometimes its hard to believe how much an artist must wade through to get to where they are. Singer-songwriter's Cass McCombs early struggles in the industry are well-documented, but 10 years after the release of his debut LP A, those struggles seem fortunately distant.
The California-born McCombs, who released his seventh album Big Wheel And Others back in October, has found critical success as one of the more consistent darlings of the indie folk scene. But before all of this, McCombs was nothing more than a poor, traveling musician, trying to edge his way through in the late 90s and early 2000s. Knowing that, the dour subjects on Big Wheel And Others, such as the lead track - a spoken minute long session between McCombs and a drug-addled child - start to make more sense.
It's not a constant motif for the project, but rather a tipping point for McCombs jumping into a twisted perception of Americana. Murder, mystery, and a constant feeling of drifting helplessness come to pass on the record. But Big Wheel ... is big enough to let McCombs dance around other elements, giving more credence to the vast openness of his Western inspirations.
He'll be making his way to Philadelphia's newest venue Boot & Saddle Friday, December 13 alongside Arboretum for an intimate showcase. Tickets are on sale now for a modest $13, but don't forget to check out Boot & Saddle's awesome menu and drink list.
Big Wheel And Others is out now on Domino Records.
Two months back, we highlighted "Ax//s," the first cut from Egyptrixx's newest effort A/B Til Infinity. Since then, the producer has released the album, an hour-long "scrapbook" of ideas that inspired the new LP, and now this mammoth (MAMMOTH) mix Music To ... DRONE Out To.
I've been doing this for quite a while, scouring the internet for mix after mix for endless hours. But never, ever, have I seen anything put together quite like this. Music To ... DRONE Out To reaches almost seven hours. Seven. The selections here, which features the work of Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker, among a litany of others, also apparently inspired Egyptrixx's new work. Take the day off and stream it below courtesy of i-D.
A/B Til Infinity is out now on Night Slugs.
Southern California live screenprinting company Hit + Run might seem like an odd platform to release compilations, but the company - founded by Brandy Flower and Mike Crivello back in 2005 - has been curating these for a while now.
The group, which has previously held events at Coachella and SXSW, debuted the 777 29-track effort, which features the likes of B&B favorites Jeremiah Jae, Ras_G, Zeroh, Knxwledge, Kutmah, and plenty more. The entire comp can be bought on the Hit + Run Bandcamp, available below.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Celebrating Ras_G's birthday, the off-kilter producer has brought out an unconsciously spirited remix of his own "Injera, Lentils and Kale" alongside his Afrikan Space Program. Frequent collaborator Zeroh throws versus in the mind-melding remix, which features a video from Protius of G and friends at LA's Mom Alim's Ethiopian Restaurant.
A sincere happy birthday to G, one of the year's best producers. And as he says, "You can't fail when you're fuckin with kale."
A couple weeks back we hit up the preview of Lee Bannon's Ninja Tune debut LP, with the teaser for "Value 10" - a cab-driver sampled, twisted single.
Now, Bannon has released the full-effort, which makes the cab portion a little more clear at the end. And by clear, I mean it's totally unfiltered and you can hear a cab driver trying to score coke from Bannon and his producer (info via Dazed Digital).
Listen to the track below and order Bannon's Alternate/Endings LP on Amazon before its February release.
Still lurking in the pantheon of artists that can never be ignored, UK producer Burial has returned with the brand new three track Rival Dealer EP. On the title track, available below, Burial flexes his supernatural ability to comb Euro-fused dub with morose house-inspired beats. While that might sound similar to most of his work, "Rival Dealer" does show newer, more frenetic pace and vocal sampling as well.
Listen to "Come Down To Us" and "Hiders" below as well, courtesy of Hyperdub. Order Rival Dealer here.
Yesterday marked the release of Long Island rapper Roc Marciano's Marci Beaucoup, a classic dive into 90s-inspired raps, brimming with guest stars like; Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, Blu, Oh No, The Alchemist, and more.
It's streaming in full courtesy of Spotify. Otherwise, head over to Amazon to order the full LP.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A glorious day to you and yours, for the legendary camp of J Dilla has debuted the digital release of his previous vinyl-only Dillatroit.
DJ Booth has officially brought the LP back to life, which also contains two extra cuts from Dilla's Lost Scrolls EP. Stream and download the entire set below or order it only at Amazon.
With the jump from her long-time label affiliate 4AD, to the major-label owned Republic/Loma Vista, St. Vincent is ready for a prime-time debut; with a song that almost immediately references masturbation.
"Birth In Reverse," from her self-titled fourth album, features the sticky, chugging bass familiar with her name, is a step in a slightly new direction for the singer-songwriter, who refers to her new record as, "a party record you could play at a funeral.”
Listen to the new single below. St. Vincent is due out February 25.
From the band's forthcoming Badillac, the recently-renamed together PANGEA debuted the new animated, slightly NSFW video for "Cat Man."
The bluesy garage effort is highlighted by Shelby Hohl's animated violence, which ends up being much more satanic than you might expect. Watch it below and pre-order Badillac before its January 21 release, via Harvest Records.