Captain Murphy could never have really been anyone else could he? Though there was much speculation and Flying Lotus himself tried to throw people off the scent, and despite some embarrassing, but attention-grabbing trolling from Rejjie Snow, Thursday night Fly Lo revealed himself as Captain Murphy by playing live in LA on Wednesday night.

In truth, there shouldn’t have been any mystery. As SertOne pointed out on Twitter last night, Fly Lo had a Myspace page for his Quasimoto-esque rapping called LunchPail about four years ago.

Those proceeding four years have seen Steven Ellison become a grand wizard of jazzy hip-hop and electronic productions, much feted and much celebrated but he’s clearly been spending time behind closed doors on his rapping.

Generally speaking, I’m more inclined to love the sonically punishing end of Flying Lotus productions over his impressive, intricate jazz and soul tapestries. This year’s Until The Quiet Comes veered too close to grey lounge music, much of it felt indistinctive despite its obvious detail. It became one of those records I tried to like but really couldn’t muster any great enthusiasm about as a whole.
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Posted on November 30th, 2012

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As was suggested by pre-release tracks ‘Wavvy’ and ‘Haze.Boogie.Life’, Mykki Blanco’s Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss mixtape is aimed more towards a dancefloor than his previous scratchy idiosyncratic sometime-caterwauling releases. The club vibes present on Cosmic Angel are a good look for the New Yorker performer who plays between the lines of gender,  club/electronica, poet/rapping and art project/singer.

His producers across the 15 tracks: Brenmar, Sinden & Matrixmann, Flosstradamus, Gatekeeper and Gobby keep to the dark side of the club palette. So plenty of  chest-rattling bass, darkwave synths and unnerving rhythms. Mykki meanwhile, goes for full chest-pounding bravado raps twisted in weird ways (seemingly including a recording of his first freestyle). Previously unheard highlights: ‘Riot’, ‘Kingpinning’ (you may have heard it last week), ‘YungRhymeAssassin’ and ‘Squanto’.

Free download or listen below…
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Posted on November 12th, 2012

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somadrone
somadrone

A series of mixtapes from Neil O’Connor (Somadrone / The Redneck Manifesto) featuring music from the past that inspired him to make music in the present. Featuring, but not limited to ambient electronic music from the 1950-70s, Cold Wave, 60′s ballads, European electronica from the ’80s and disco from Japan.

Here’s #8:

Potion of Oblivion Vol.8 – 80′s electronic/disco/french/japanese

Potion Of Oblivion

Posted on September 11th, 2012

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One look at RiFF RAFF and you’ll be expecting the punchline. If you put a team of comedy writers together in a room and told them to create an eccentric white Texas rapper, RiFF RAFF is what they’d come up with. A point re-inforced by Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers film which will feature James Franco in a role that appears to be inspired by RiFF RAFF.

RiFF RAFF wears gold grill teeth, rocks braided hair, those coloured contact lenses and has MTV, BET and NBA logos tattooed on his body. Like Nicki Minaj, he’s got a character called Jody Highroller with a terrible English accent. When he gives interviews, he’s lost in his own world, playing with ours. Rap game Lee Scratch Perry.
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Posted on August 14th, 2012

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Das Racist’s Heems appears on two tracks on Small Black’s new lucid synth-heavy mixtape Moon Killer. The 10-track free download serves as an interim between a new Small Black album and their first from last year New Chain and features a Nicki Minaj edit, a Phonetag remix of ‘New Chain’, ”

Download it via Mediafire or the individual tracks below.

MOON KILLER MIXTAPE by Small Black

Posted on November 11th, 2011

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Last year’s Electric Picnic 2010 mixtape went down so well, when it came time to do one for 2011’s Electric Picnic I couldn’t whittle the tracks down to one mixtape. So I decided to do two – Day and Nite.

Mixtape 1 – Day represents the guitar angle, the folk musicians, the indie, the rock and everything in between. Mixtape 2 – Nite represents the more electronic side of the festival, the beats, the repetition and the remixes. An abridged downloadable 24-track version containing OK to download tracks from both mixes (think of the old fashioned Side A & B) is available below too for your offline journeys to the Picnic.

Stage Times.

Electric Picnic 2011 Mixtape 1 – Day

Electric Picnic 2011 Mixtape 2 – Nite

Download: Nialler9 Electric Picnic 2011 Mixtape : Link 1 | Link 2

Posted on August 29th, 2011

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Fittingly, Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd waited until the nocturnal hours of Thursday night to post the second instalment of his mixtape trilogy Thursday and the followup to the brilliant hardly-ever-off-the-stereo House Of Balloons (The third part is called Echoes of Silence and is expected before the end of the year).

‘The Birds Pt. 1’ and ‘Rolling Stone’ were previously released. Drake pops up on a verse on ‘Zone’ but otherwise, it’s business as usual and that business is alluring as ever – sex, drugs and R&B.

The Weeknd – Thursday by The_Weeknd

Download links: the-weeknd.com | Hulkshare

Tracklisting

  1. Lonely Star
  2. Life of the Party
  3. Thursday
  4. The Zone (featuring Drake)
  5. The Birds Part One
  6. The Birds Part Two
  7. Rolling Stone
  8. Gone
  9. Heaven or Las Vegas

Live footage of The Weeknd’s first ever gig.

Previous posts on The Weeknd.

Posted on August 19th, 2011

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Check out this unwieldily-titled Indie R&B: The Evolution of Alternative and Experimental Contemporary R&B mix which aims to chart “Alternative R&B”, “lo-fi R&B”, “future soul”, “prog-RnB”.

Call it what you like. R&B ain’t the same it used to be. It evolved.

It features tracks from Quadron, Aloe Blacc, Active Child, Jamie Woon, The Weeknd (I just found out it’s pronounced like “Weakened”), Onra, The Dream, Frank Ocean, Shlohmo,

Indie R&B: The Evolution of Alternative and Experimental Contemporary R&B by machicodi

Download link #1 – AAC | Download link #2 MP3

There’s also Indie R&B Part 2 available on the Indie R&B blog.

Tracklisting

1. Aloe Blacc – “Arrive”
2. Milosh – “Another Day”
3. The Foreign Exchange – “Daykeeper” feat. Muhsinah
4. Machine Drum – “In the Dust” feat. Jesse Boykins III
5. Discovery – “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” feat. Angel Deradoorian
6. Muhsinah – “Stay Here”
7. Electrik Red – “So Good”
8. Quadron – “Horse”
9. The xx – “Basic Space”
10. Sonnymoon – “Houstonatlantavegas” (Drake Cover)
11. Pit Er Pat – “Water”
12. Teen Inc – “Fountains”
13. Alicia Keys – “Unthinkable” (Physical Therapy Real Heavy Vibe Mix)
14. Onra – “High Hopes” feat. Reggie B
15. Earrings – “World End”
16. The-Dream – “Priceless”
17. Active Child – “When Your Love Is Safe” (Classixx Remix)
18. Andreya Triana – “A Town Called Obsolete” (Mount Kimbie Remix)
19. Ciara – “Deuces” (Dubbel Dutch Remix)
20. Guerre – “LT4”
21. Drake – “I Get Lonely Too” (TLC Cover)
22. Body Language – “You Can”
23. How to Dress Well – “Ready for the World”
24. White Hinterland – “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” (Monica Cover)
25. Collarbones – “One Time” (Justin Bieber Cover)
26. First Rate People – “Funny Games”
27. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
28. Shlohmo – “Places”
29. Marques Toliver – “Deep In My Heart”
30. The Weeknd – “What You Need”
31. d’Eon – “Transparency”
32. Jamie Woon – “Gravity”

Posted on June 20th, 2011

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Philadelphia-based Bombe & Caribbean made a 30-minute mashup of Drake and Blake tracks which you can download in full here. My only complaint? Not nearly enough of Drake straight up rapping. A fun listen all the same.

“… a soundtrack for sippin Robitussun & Alize in an abandoned Cathedral, covered in a velvet blanket with a sexy stranger on a dark night…”
– Mr. Caribbean

MP3: James Drake Mixtape

Meanwhile, Drake debuted a new tune called ‘Marvin’s Room’ last week which features Chilly Gonzales on piano and may possibly (but possibly not) feature production from Jamie xx.
Drake – Marvins Room

Posted on June 14th, 2011

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SertOne’s free 13-track mixtape of remixes Versions is perfect Friday listening. Contains reworks of Crystal Castles, Halves, DOOM, Kev Brown, Koreless, MachineDrum and more.

As a bonus, check out his recent remix as part of Owensie’s ongoing series which to date, features Lar from Adebisi, Bantum and Fearsome Floors.

Owensie – Loney Woods (SertOne’s Dark Forest Mix)

Posted on May 20th, 2011

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Rye Rye

Rye Rye
I’ve seen Rye Rye twice now, both times at South By Southwest, once each year since I started going. It feels so long ago, she’s almost become this mythical young Baltimore ghetto dancing rapper who only exists in my hazy memories. Now signed to M.I.A.’s N.E.E.T Recordings, she has been wisely taking her time with her debut album (she’s only just turned 20). Well that time has almost arrived as Go! Pop! Bang! is released on February 22nd in the U.S.

As a teaser, Rye Rye released the Ryeot Powrr mixtape this week and silly spellings aside, it’s over an hour of relentless Hi-NRG tunes produced by DJ Sega featuring a twist of club hits (including the only questionable bit, a cover of ‘Party In The USA’ – see video below), booming rap, B-more beats and stuttering electro. Go hard.

Download: Rye Rye – Ryeot Powrr mixtape (mediafire)

Download link via The Fader.

Posted on February 10th, 2011

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Gucci Mane mixtape

Sinden gets together an all-British cast of producers to remix The Appeal the latest album from the man who recently tattooed an ice cream on his face aka Gucci Mane. Includes remixes from Hudson Mohawke, Duke Dumont, Terror Danjah, Toddla T, Rustie, Scratcha DVA and These New Puritans. Available for an email swap in full. Here’s two of my favourites from it.

Download: Gucci Mane – Gucci Time Feat. Swizz Beats (Sinden Remix Feat Tinchy Stryder)

Download: Gucci Mane – Party Animal (Hudson Mohawke) by Nialler9

Posted on February 2nd, 2011

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