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. (more…)
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’.
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.
Bam. 21 tracks leaning on the electronic side from Electric Picnic artists. Featuring Azealia Banks, Le Galaxie, DENA, Rustie, Todd Terje, No Spill Blood, Not Squares, SBTRKT, Monto, John Talabot, Young Wonder, Sertone, Caribou, The Cast Of Cheers and more…
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. (more…)
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.
Last year’s Electric Picnic2010 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.
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.
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
I’m away to Barcelona for Primavera Sound this week, as I’m sure many of you are. Here’s a 20-track mixtape from artists playing at the festival from Thursday to Friday. Check back on Friday for an exclusive first listen to the double A-side single from Jape. Plenty more to listen to below in the meantime.
I’ve seen Rye Ryetwice 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.