Friday, September 30, 2011

Album Radar: Mad-Hop Vol. 3

The Mad-Hop project started out in the best way possible: a group of people on who all shared similar taste in music, sharing their music and music that they enjoyed.

What has emerged is a monolith of experimental hip hop. Glitchy, wonky, 8bit at times, dubstep-ish beats from unknown, known, and emerging artists meshing together in perfect harmony. Dissonance, actually, but that's kind of the point.

Mad-hop is a global phenomenon, and this latest album is no exception. Everyone from Pixelord (Russia) to Karaoke Tundra (Slovakia) to Filtercutter (Serbia) to B-Ju (Germany) make an appearance, giving a true sense of connection while maintaining diversity.

Like all things wonderful in the music industry, this album is name-your-price on Mad-Hop's bandcamp, so you get to pay whatever you think this collection is worth to you. For me, it was $22, for you, it may be more or less. Either way, the amount of times I'll be rinsing this in my car and bedroom and jogging routes, it's fairly priceless.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Artist Radar - Slugabed

Bath bred, London based producer Greg Feldwick aka Slugabed is quite possibly the UK's king of wonky. I personally couldn't think of anyone who even comes close aside from Kuedo or maybe Ghost Mutt.

Since his Ultra Heat Treated EP and subsequent release on Ninja Tune, Moonbeam Rider EP, my ears have been honed in on Slugabed and any mumblings of releases and tours. Most recently it has been Dragon Drums off of his forthcoming reprise on Ninja Tune, Sun Too Bright Turn It Off EP, which you can pre-order through that link.

SLUGABED - QUANTUM LEAP (official video) from Thomas de Rijk on Vimeo.

One thing you have to love about wonky producers is the sheer complexity they put in to each of their tunes, seemingly endless layers of syrupy glitchy purple goodness.

Even on his seemingly more downtempo forthcoming STBTIO EP, there is still so much to look for on repeated listens (and that's just on the preview on the Ninja Tune site), and some of the bass drops on the title track still get me every time... so out of place yet so perfect. October 24th can't come soon enough, when I can get my hands on those tasty .wav files.

I'll leave you with the tickler for Moonbeam Rider, a great demonstration of Slugabed's range and expertise.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Low End Theory Preview: Machinedrum, Zechs Marquise

Tonight in Lincoln Heights, the Airliner will feature North Carolinian bred Brooklyn based producer Machinedrum, alongside El Paso's Zechs Marquise, not to be confused with the Gundam character of the same name.

You have gotta love the recent wave of alt and prog bands that are making it to LET... there's only so much wonk one can take before you're aching for more solidity.

Not to mention Machinedrum's latest exploits into oldschool synths and solid drum grooves, not to mention this clear purple 80s tune:

Faces by machinedrum


2419 N Broadway
$10 / 18+ standard

Get there by 8:30pm if you want to get in!

Album Radar: Adult Swim - {Unclassified}

Unless you're over 80 years old or live in some distant country outside of America, you've at least heard of the Adult Swim lineup on Cartoon Network.

If you've been watching the late night lineup over the course of the past few years, you may have noticed that someone at the station has an impressive taste in music, as they've given rise to all sorts of talented artists, such as LA's own don Flying Lotus.

Flash forward to present day: Adult Swim have teamed up with Scion (another company who have sponsored great music in the past) to release {Unclassified}, 18 tracks of unreleased or rare music.... for free.

Avant garde electro, purple, Burial.... it's all in there. It's as if they let me pick out the tracklist personally.

Head over to the official Adult Swim page to listen to the full tracklist and download the set. Also note on the right hand side of the page there are interviews with two of the most talked about and exciting people in music right about now... Actress and Pinch. Well worth the watch, if I do say so myself.

There is, sadly, a catch. When you download the music, the quality of the mp3 is 256kbps. This won't matter to most people who aren't audiophiles and music nerds like me... but the standard for mp3 releases is the highest quality, aka 320kbps. Now what does that extra 64kbps give? It's not a deal breaker, but c'mon Adult Swim... why?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Save a Pretzel for the Gas Jets!

Bad Lip Reading smashes it once again... hilarious.

Artist Radar - Kidkanevil

Kidkanevil has been making beats since I was in high school, and always gets my eardrums rattling around in my head in one way or another. Hailing from England, you can tell he's in touch with their deep scene, and yet occasionally comes out of nowhere and produces something that puts Glasgowian or Angeleno experimentation to shame.

As an example, play these back to back:

Words And Spit by kidkanevil
Mekaviolinist by kidkanevil

As you can tell, mister kanevil is no one trick pony. One of those artists that once you find them you just want to sink your teeth into everything they've ever done.

If you have a firm grasp on square waves and sine bass, you'll have my attention all day every day. Keep that in mind, people who are emailing me tracks.


As a closer, Kidkanevil recently dropped this massive free beat tape tribute to Raymond Scott, which you will definitely be downloading because it's free and I told you to. He also mentions that this tape is meant to be listened to on shuffle. So shuffle it up.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Artist Radar - Forest Swords

Let's see, where did we leave off on Friday, before weird weekends....  ah yes, Patten and the No Pain In Pop crew.

By the way, Patten's album is out today, and does it ever sound glorious. On the same thought, Patten has just done the most recent Fact mag mix, and it's worth a look, as it is utterly bizarre. Fleetwood Mac and DEVO... I kid you not.

Anyway, today we focus on another of the No Pain crew, Forest Swords.

There's not too many words that can accurately describe Forest Swords, as they linger somewhere between Brightblack Morning Light and Led Zeppelin. It's best to compare them with their contemporaries, to be honest, although that in no way should imply that they are similar.

Forest swords is a bit like Yeasayer and Neon Indian after chugging far too much cough syrup. It's best listened to when you're relaxed and have some time to contemplate, as their tunes are unlikely to get the dance floor moving.

Since the past couple of years have seen the rise of noisy rushed Skrillex and Magnetic Man tunes, it is quite refreshing to sit back and cool off with some of the hidden, downtempo artists like Forest Swords. At least I can guarantee you that the vibe at their show will be devoid of gurning girls in lingerie asking you if you have any K four times throughout the night.

As usual, I'll let the music do the talking and keep my peanut gallery to a minimum, but if you enjoyed these tracks, be sure to check out the rest of their repertoire and support them buy giving their debut a purchase over at the No Pain In Pop site.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Artist Radar - Afrirampo

In continuing with our "weird weekend" tradition, today's artist comes directly from the world capital of weird, the one and only Japan.

Afrirampo is composed of two lovely ladies who call themselves Oni and Pikachu, and that is only the beginning of the awesomeness. These ladies are guttural, frantic, noisy, and somehow melodic. One thing is certain, if you listen closely enough, you can tell that the majority of what they do is extremely precise and purposeful, which takes them out of the annoying hipster "making noise for the sake of noise" category and into the energetic chaos awesomeness category.

Touring with big heads like Sonic Youth and Acid Mothers Temple, these girls have been rocking faces for the better part of this past decade.

And it may surprise you, but Oni and Pikachu are not unlike the majority of their counterparts in Japan, and are completely adorable, even at their most chaotic:

Energetic, creative, talented, attractive, chaotic.... the perfect recipe for turning my heart into absolute goo.

Yasashii's drumming is actually classified as an aphrodisiac in medical journals. Okay that's a lie, but it damn well should be!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Autechre & The Hafler Trio - Ah3eo & Ha3oe

So, as you all know I like to throw weird stuff at you on the weekends. This weekend is no different, of course.

Enter three of the most experienced electronic musicians alive today, the duo of Autechre and Andrew McKenzie, aka The Hafler Trio (yes, The Hafler Trio is just one person, that's only the beginning of the strangeness).

Now, if you tried to put a genre tag on either artist, you will fail miserably, as Autechre has made everything from the glitchiest of glitches to deep and thoughtful soundscapes. You could even make the argument that Autechre was on to the dubstep sound long before it first emerged.

McKenzie also has an extensive repertoire, and in his Hafler Trio form he has worked with artists of every description since 1982.

Now, when these two come together it can be nothing but bizarre. And bizarre it is.

In a dual DVD format, over two hours of experimental noise can be heard in glorious 5.1 surround sound, meaning they put just a liiiittle bit of thought into it.

The result? Well, mine is still in the mail, but from the preview, I can expect to close my eyes and feel like I'm on a spaceship for a couple of hours.

Try and wrap your head around it, you'll either love it or detest it:

Read full review of ah3eo & ha3oe (5.1 Audio Version)  - AUTECHRE / THE HAFLER TRIO on ©

Friday, September 23, 2011

Album Radar: Patten - GLAQJO XAACSSO

Well, if anything, this release certainly has most review sites frothing at the vagina. Without the press kit, it's slightly hard to tell why, but not impossible.

Patten is yet another English electronic artist who does his/her best to stay anonymous (a la Burial / Zomby), and just kind of springs up out of nowhere to release music, this time on No Pain In Pop, who have recently featured the amazing Forest Swords and Echo Lake.

Fire dream by NO PAIN IN POP

After listening to the few and far between press releases, I'm fairly torn. Maybe I've been dipped in the wonky / off kilter LA beat scene for too long, but you have to wake up pretty early to create a 4x4 rhythm that sounds "experimental" and "fresh" to these big ol cynical ears.

A few listens later, there's a lot more than what first meets the ear. At times I had forgotten that I had pressed play and caught myself staring blankly at my desk, almost hypnotized by the soundscape. If all of the tracks on this album evolve in the way Fire Dream does, there really is huge potential in this release. Drawing similarities from 90's Warp Records doesn't hurt, either.

So, judging from Patten's bits and pieces that I can gather from the internet, he apparently has an intense desire to hypnotise everyone, and names his/her albums by pressing CAPS LOCK and bashing their face on the keyboard. As for the rest, we'll have to wait and see when the album comes out in three days (Sept. 26).

I mean seriously, I'm 4 minutes into this remix and I don't see what the big deal i-ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOPATTEN.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Meow Hours

Hello blog friends... are you reading this within two hours of its posting? Do you want some awesome background noise for your blogging experience?

Well then I implore you to tune in to WUSC's webstream by clicking here and listening in your music player of choice! The show is hosted by a good friend of mine with exceptional taste in music, so you won't be disappointed. And if you are then go listen to Nickelback or BotDF or something, I don't mind.

In case your audio needs are already met and you clicked on this expecting a cute kitten or something, I wont disappoint:

Goodnight/day everyone, plenty of updates ready for you tomorrow.

Album Radar: Shlohmo - Fine, Thanks

I know this blog is starting to look like a Shlohmo fan club, but email me with your favorite artist who tops him and I'll probably froth just as much!

(that was an invitation, by the way)

Anyway, Shlo has recently his 10,000 well deserved likes on Facebook, and cracked open his hard drive to release some old tunes to say thanks. Nine of them, in fact.

Upon releasing this, he stated "This should not be taken seriously. please."

HAH, nice try buddy, the fickle masses are sure to turn on you if this is not your finest work to date. Not really, but he doesn't even need to worry because it appears as if his brain is made up of rainbows and syrup and musical magic.

Enough of my yammering, click here if you want it, and the album art is below. And by the way, if you're anywhere near LA this weekend, be sure to hit up the Bad Vibes Release Party or any of the other fun and amazing events I detailed earlier.

Album Art

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Radar Reviews: Martyn - Ghost People

Martyn has been a figurehead in almost every electronic genre, from early DnB to techno and jungle, then releasing his first LP with a dubstep vibe in 2009 after being inspired by the legendary Kode9, and starting his own record label with Erosie, 3024 Records.

So naturally when the press kit for his sophomore album appeared in my email, my eyes widened, I whimpered softly, and let out a little bit of wee.

The album starts off with a really eerie intro featuring Spaceape's poetic musings, with a message about technology being an extension of the self, and the self an extension of something else. I think.

The record then kicks off with "Viper", with a sinister Milanese-esque synth line. Juicy. From there we see Martyn's new style direction: progressive house. So that's what he's been up to. Three prog house tracks in a row, a short interlude with "I Saw You At Tule Lake", and then into the title track "Ghost People", a more straightforward house track. Once he has the groove down, he plays with the headspace in a way only Martyn could.

The similarity of the tracks soon gives way to "Bauplan", an arpeggiated wander through ethereal noises. From here he rounds out his album with a snare shuffle 4x4 tune and a spacey outro over a solid groove (featuring an 808 cowbell, I have to mention).

Overall thoughts: Really interesting move for Martyn. I love how he's always evolving and doesn't bury himself in one genre for too long. The prog house tracks are just dance-y enough to be club tunes, yet just heady enough to be night-time headphone jams. My only issue with this album is some of the vocal sample choices in the early part of the album and on the title track. Stiff voices that seem to interject like the voice-overs that DJs do on unreleased stuff, or the beeps that BoomKat puts on its player. Other than that, great stuff from Martyn.

Choice tune: Viper / We Are You in the Future


Forthcoming Brainfeeder: October 10, 2001.

Album Art
Preview clips from the album below via Juno:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

When Saints Go Machine - Kelly (Shlohmo Remix)

Fresh off the presses from Californian wunderproducer Shlohmo is his remix of When Saints Go Machine's popular tune "Kelly".

If you are a fan of WSGM, you'll definitely be interested in Shlohmo's take on it, as it is much less straightforward rhythmically, and definitely has his signature fingerprints all over each note.

Click here to hop on over to XLR8R's site and grab the download link (it's a free 320, I might add).

LA Event Line Up (End of September)

Hello all you wonderful folk. It's an exciting couple of weeks coming up, so I figured I'd give you plenty of heads up in case you're in the LA area.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Low End Theory

You guys knew I was going to start with this, didn't you?

MONO/POLY, Pourier + Residents

2419 N Broadway, $10 / 18+

Friday, Sept. 30: Nosaj Thing + Tokimonsta @ Expansion V

Music + art + performances + visuals

PIEL ( Live )

Hummingbird Nest Ranch
2940 Kuehner Drive
Simi Valley, CA
$10-15 presale, / 21+

Saturday, Oct. 1: Eagle Rock Music Fest / Sound.wavs

Eagle Rock Music Fest:

Lineup (by stage):

Presented by Ford Focus "Gimme the Gig II" and Co-Curated by FYF Fest, LA Record, & KOXY Radio

Kenan Bell
Red Shark
The Feeding People
Allah Las
Boom Bip


Daddy Kev
The Gaslamp Killer
Flying Lotus
Nosaj Thing


Dirty Bandits
All spots to Black
Little Red Lung
Phaxanation & the dust kickers
Blonde Summer
Shadow Shadow Shade


Beatnik Jr.
Buffalo Electric
Miracle Parade
Dorian Taj
Adventure Galley


Arohi Ensemble
Village Archives
Carlos Nino
Biggest Crush (Sunny Levine + Turquoise Wisdom)
Mia Doi Todd
El-Haru Karoi
Suprise Guest


French Exit
Cheeto Champ
Summer Vacation
The Fuxedos
Barrio Tiger


Pio Pico
Micah Cover- Magic Show
Ellen and Matt
The Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere
Hot August Nights: A Niel Diamond Tribute Band


Border Radio
Saucy Monky
The Vagabondz

@ Colorado Blvd. between Argus and Eagle Rock
$5 donation / all ages


Lineup TBA

The Gravel Pit
4210 Santa Monica blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Monday, September 19, 2011

Tune Radar: D33J - Mooon

No, that's not a typo, first of all. The track name really does have three o's, I checked. I'm a real journalist you know.

Anyway, Wedidit Collective's extension in Hamburg by the name of Djavan Santos (D33J) comes through with another heavy hitting track that he's giving away for free because he reached 600 likes on his Facebook fan page. Ain't that swell of him?

Mooon by D33J

I literally let out an audible but crusty "mmmmm" when the drums kicked in. The vocals take a page from "Fall Creek" and are a tad indiscernable, but if you concentrate you can get most of them.

Preview it above, and click here to download it. Just kidding, click here. That other link is a picture of pikachu with Homer Simpson's face on a sock.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Artist Radar - Taraf de Haïdouks

In keeping up with my weekend worldly randomness, today we're going to be glancing at Taraf de Haïdouks, a Romanian Lăutar, or classical troupe of traditional musicians.

The group is massive, containing anywhere from 10-13 musicians on stage at any given time, creating an almost orchestral amount of detail and musicianship. Instruments range from accordion to violin to pan flute to double bass to the all-important vocals, which most of the members provide.

Just by the mention of Romanian folk music you probably have a pretty good idea of what kind of traditional music they would have: gypsy rock. This kind of music calls for a campfire, a lot of wine and of course some frantic dancing. Maybe some PCP and strippers, who knows, let's play this one by ear c'mon dude just roll with it here let me borrow your credit card....

Wait... where was I... Oh! Right. Gypsy rock. Taraf. They have released an impressive number of discs through the Belgian label Crammed Discs, but haven't released anything since 2007, which may or may not have anything to do with the death of the core member who plays the cymbalom (pure speculation on my part).

The true magic of the group is when they perform live, here we see them playing at Union Chapel, where their first song starts at a blistering 200 beats per minute:

Check out the moves on that dulcimer player!

In conclusion, I should mention that I came across this group through the fantastic radio show Meow Hours, which airs every Thursday from midnight to 2AM Eastern Standard time via the college radio station WUSC out of Columbia, SC. Thankfully due to the magic of the internet you can listen to the stream from anywhere in the world via the link on their site or by clicking here for the iTunes stream .pls file.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Artist Radar - Hossein Alizadeh

Today we're going for something completely different, because as many of you know, I frequently get tired of generic music and enjoy refreshing my palette with new and interesting sounds, and I drag all you fine folks on the adventure with me.

Hossein Alizadeh is an Iranian musician / composer, who really is a creative and expressive artist. He plays the tar and the setar, and frequently creates his own instruments, usually from the Persian lute barbat.

I can draw parallels from this to more the more familiar genre of IDM, and to me he is almost organic IDM. Zoning out and listening to all 11:41 of that song really does make your brain dance, and stretches parts of your music centers in your brain in directions that it's not used to being stretched.

It may seem uncomfortable, and that's fine, I really don't expect everyone to enjoy it. You have to at least appreciate the vast amounts of skill that Alizadeh possesses though, he has fingers that could put even the best banjo pickers to shame.

Even more impressive to watch him in action, live:

Happy Caturday everyone, regardless of what you though of today's exploration.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Album Radar: Jincallo - Contact EP

It's been a long couple of months before we've heard anything from our LA pal Jincallo, the last time being when I promoted his Spirit of Saturn EP. Considering I had about 12 readers back then, some of you might want to read the intro first, or just absorb his most recent work, it's up to you.

Anyway, Contact is a bass-y, syrupy shuffle from track to track, with enough headroom for aspiring rappers. Space themed (natch) and ethereal, it actually screams to be rapped over, especially track number 3 when Zone2 gets up in the mix.

Not even letting you name your price, this one is 100% free, just like everything else on his bandcamp, which is worth a listen at as well.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Updates and Sh!t

Hey all,

First off, you'll notice that my layout just got all fancified.... well, actually everything is the same, except for up top, where you'll notice I ditched the plain text header and got me a fancy shmancy banner.

Said banner was designed by none other than mister NowaysJ, the man behind DaMuseBlog and the ever-awesome Chest Kittens. In return I agreed to write a few articles for his ambitious site, so be on the lookout for me on that site, where he has promised I get to nerd out over genres and artists like I do here, but in a more long-winded fashion.

Sooo... yeah. That.

Okay, now, for some stuff.

Here's some lil chipmunks posed with the problem of unlimited peanuts:

Lil baby pandas slidin' down a slide:

aaaaaand just for good measure, a completely normal Japanese cartoon about completely normal events that are not strange in any sense:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Low End Theory Preview: Free Moral Agents / ELOS

Low End is switching gears a little bit this week and clearing out the stage for Free Moral Agents, a collection of musicians assembled by the keyboardist from the band The Mars Volta, Isaiah Ikey Owens.

Just from me mentioning The Mars Volta, you should know what you're getting yourself into. Wonderfully noisy, electric, beautiful and unique.

Tinges of surf rock and Venice drum circles flow in and out as well, and it doesn't get more indie-tastic than Mendee Ichikawa's voice and lyrics. If you haven't seen them live before, the energy and passion they bring is breathtaking.

Sharing the stage with FMA will be a return to form for Low End, with Alpha Pup's own ELOS, bringing the characteristic LA wonk with him.


So it looks like a jam out then a slam out for tonight, with the residents sealing the deal.

Who's excited? Well, let's just say this sums up how I'll look for the rest of the night:

2419 N Broadway
18+ / $10

If you're interested in learning some of the history behind Free Moral Agents and how they came about, or if you just want to watch awesome and talented musicians hang out, check out this neat lil mini doc I found:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

RIP - DJ Mehdi

In memoriam, this post is dedicated to DJ Mehdi, Tunisian/French electro producer/DJ, who sadly passed away today due to a tragic accident at his home. He was 34.

Early reports came from twitter, and later confirmed by his friends, his publicist and the record label that he was currently associated with, Ed Banger Records.

Mehdi has left behind a legacy of great tunes, great shows and a lot of fans who miss him already, including me.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tour Radar - Mochipet

Today we have something different for you, a Tour Radar, or a Tourdar, if you will.

I know I have readers from all over the place with all sorts of different tastes, so if this connects with even one person then my work here is done.

Mochipet (our talented, dinosaur clad fried who we first encountered here, if you remember) is going on tour through September to promote that very same album.

Tour dates/locations are as follows:

Sep 14 - Durango, CO @ The Abbey Theatre
Sep 15 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Sep 16 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Sep 17 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Green
Sep 24 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena - Lovevolution
Sep 29 - St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
Sep 30 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's
Oct 1 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Oct 7 - Portland, OR @ The Crown Room

So if you're near any of those locations at the given dates, you'll want to hop on over and rock out.

In case you need a refresher of what his music entails, here's his album preview:

Mochipet - Chicxulub Preview Mix (OUT 8/16 on 1320 Records) by Mochipet

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Artist Radar - Party Trash

Old school readers might remember my random friend feature on Meth Dad, a chaotically creative musician that I've had the pleasure of partying with during my days in Tennessee.

Well buckle up your britches because I have the next installment locked, loaded and ready to spray all over your heaving bosom: Party Trash.

Cut from the same magical cloth that is Blastoids, Party Trash is the side project of another 33% of the group. Another fervently creative individual, Mr. Trash truly is a glowing core of exploration.

In the same witch-house-y vein as some other acts, Party Trash will drag you into seemingly endless areas of musical and artistic depths.


In addition to his solo efforts, he also has serious knack knuckles for chopping and screwing the hell out of top 40 songs, turning each one into a baby-making symphony of airy deliciousness, with a side of love syrup, as exemplified with his name-your-price album, </3.

My pick for this one: track #3, the Mariah jam is endlessly smooth.

If you like the feeling of riding a rainbow dolphin through seas of syrup while wearing a Paula Dean mask (and let's face it, you know you do), you'll want to give Party Trash a solid exploration.

I can also attest to him being a solid dude, so if you're ever lucky enough to hear of one of his shows going down, throw your planner to the wind and hit it up, give him a shout after the show and tell him Knell sent you.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Minecraft 1.8 Leaked

Non-music update, sorry... for today's music post go here.

So, it appears that the highly anticipated adventure mode of Minecraft has leaked to the general public (in case you're not subscribed to one of the twenty million gaming blogs and don't already know this)...

It's buggy (as expected) and incomplete, but if you're foaming at the mouth and want to try it out, here is the download link. Yes it's legit and won't give you any viruses, I promise.

If you're wondering how to install it, wait a few minutes and there will be a video of youtube by a 10 year old with the microphone way too close to his mouth explaining how to do it.

Just FYI, in case one of you lovely people are interested in Minecraft.

Album Radar: Manni Dee - Superposition

Today we have an ambitious album from up-and-coming Brighton beatsmith Manni Dee, filled with enough wonky electronic goodness to make any head nod, LA or otherwise.

This album couldn't be any more up my alley, as regular readers will note. The beats start simply enough, but quickly turn into a venerable buffet of sounds that plead for multiple listens. You almost have to sit in silence after each track to reset your eardrum's palate for the next tune.

The flow on these tunes is immensely wonky, detuned and gorgeous. This one will be on repeat for me for the rest of the day.

Best part: It's another "name your price" album, and you all know how much I love it when artists do that. If you don't want to shell out some scratch for this album then there's something seriously wrong with you. Just kidding. Or maybe I'm not.

It sure as hell ain't Nickelback, I'll say that much....

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Artist Radar - iO

Today we'll be switching gears a little bit and looking in to a genre that I rarely feature: House music. The reason that it rarely gets featured is because house music to me is ambience, nothing that I usually pay attention to, just 12 minutes of monotonous drums and sweeping synths.

Enter iO, an artist and DJ from Guildford (UK), who recently sent me the press kit for his recent production "AFDW", which absolutely stunned me with its lushness.

AFDW 128kbps by iO.
Download here (128 kbps)

Listen to that snare with a good pair of headphones, and you'll see what I mean... layer upon layer of detail like everything else in the song, never stagnant or boring.

I don't listen to much House that I can identify, but I will say that the breakdown @1:58 is definitely news to me, a perfect breath of fresh air around the two minute mark when your attention just might start to wander. His history with garage might be a clue of his skills when it comes to drum programming.

iO is getting huge buzz around UK DJs and radio stations, and with good reason. The cleanliness of his productions tied with his keen ear for mix selections make him a force to be reckoned with. Keep in mind he's only officially been in the game for 4 months. I've been producing for 4 years and can't begin to touch some of his sampling and ambience skills.

Check out his second official mix below, listen to the rest of his soundcloud, and for goodness sake keep your eyes and ears on him. Producers with a unique take on House/Garage are few and far between these days, and there is truly something special going on in iO's mind.

Vol II by iO.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Baths - Exit the Mine

Indie pop magician and my friend Will W. never seems to stop creating wonderful soundscapes, and his latest track really shows off how naturally music comes to him.

He made this song entirely on an iPad using Beatmaker 2, and if that isn't the best advertisement for the app and the product then I'm not sure what is.

Exit the Mine by bathsmusic

Check out my intro to Baths here if he's new to you.

Oh and Will has offered this track up for free, so jump on your downloadin' horse and scoop up some smooth indie goodness.

Artist Radar - DJAO

Alex Osuch is a fellow from up in the PacNW (Seattle, specifically) who has been making some seriously interesting beats recently.

Us folk over here at Sub Radar have heard it all, believe me. Just yesterday I sat through almost an hour of pink noise with high hats that someone had sent to me, just for my due diligence of listening to every track I get emailed to me, and featuring the ones I like.

My point is that if something is stale or uninspired, it's not showing up here. I love my readers / listeners too much to feature every little thing that shows up in my inbox, you'd have all unfollowed me by now.

DJAO - Shore Ghost [Out on Dropping Gems] by DJAO.

So when I hear something organic and bass-y (or purple), I naturally tend to hit the repeat button and drift into concentration. And that's just what I found in DJAO.

I'll let the music speak for itself, because honestly, most people probably haven't read this far anyway.

Ghost Feet - Siq 20 (DJAO Remix) [Out on Dropping Gems] by DJAO.

I should also mention that DJAO has recently released an EP on his favored label (Dropping Gems, in case you couldn't tell), and it's 5 experimental tunes that you get to name your own price for. When artists do that, my respect meter goes off the charts.

So shell out a couple dollars, or grab it for free and be a jerk (just kidding, kinda) and enjoy this guy's creativity with your listening holes.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Album Radar: Slidecamp - S/T (Glass Air Records)

Slidecamp is the collaborative effort of Boreta (1/3 of The Glitch Mob) and a San Francisco based artist known as Comma, resulting in a sound that sounds absolutely nothing like either artist on their own.

Their self titled first album is pensive and nomadic, giving a sensation of gathering your thoughts while first waking up, with glitch-drum memories floating in and out.

I say nomadic not just because it's detailed in the press kit how the two recorded each song in a different location across the Pacific Northwest, but because that's really what this album sounds like - a collection of tunes, one never sounding quite like the other. Which is nice, because when it comes to ambience there are far too many artists who pump out 2-hour long drones and lose focus on flow.

Geometer by Slidecamp

Some of their tunes draw comparisons to -gasp- the legendary Boards of Canada, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Good because you're in the same vein, bad because it's tough to top BoC in any regard. Slidecamp achieves brownie points for not trying to flat out copy BoC, which quite a few ambient artists are fairly guilty of.

This is definitely headphone music. If you listen to this while distracted or on an open system, you'll miss out on most of the subtle sounds and panning, and this album will fall flat for you.

While not completely blown away, this is still a very solid album, especially towards the end, with my favorite track being #6, "Realmsweeper".

Read full review of Slidecamp - Slidecamp on ©

Monday, September 5, 2011

Album Radar: Balam Acab - Wander / Wonder

My more astute readers will remember the wonderful Balam Acab from my previous discussion on why you should know TRI ▼ ANGLE Records, aka the record label that can do no wrong.

Well, in keeping good form, they have done no wrong with Wander / Wonder, the latest release from the unstoppable Balam Acab, a young man from the small-sh town of Mechanicsville, PA, which to be honest I don't often hear music from, and I doubt any other Mechanicsville-ians will top this for me (prove me wrong, I'd love to hear it).

The album is tricky, it hinges on ambience, and lulls you into a false sense of security before quickly snapping back into reality with pronounced synths and dry snares.

I haven't seen a bad review of this album yet, and for good reason.

A good pair of headphones, some alone time, and closed eyes are all you need to find yourself lost in Alec Koone's latest masterpiece, whether you're a hardened thrash metal veteran or a Bieber-holic.

You can listen to the album in its entirety here, on NPR's amazing "First Listen" series, and purchase it in either hard copy or digital form from your favorite retailer, I recommend good ole BoomKat.

But seriously, find some time out of your busy days today to sit down and listen to the album via the NPR "First Look" link up there. It's like a massage for your brain, you won't regret it.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Album Radar: Hud Mo - Pleasure *limited*

So back in the day the magical Glagowian Hudson Mohawke released a bootleg EP featuring a remix of the Tweet song "Oops", which is currently a hotly sought-after vinyl.

Flash forward to present day, where Hudson Mohawke has again donned his Hud Mo personality to release another EP of R&B/hip-hop remixes, Pleasure.

The release was so anticipated that someone started a record label just for it, Pleasure Principle (sNSFW).

Hud Mo - Pleasure by Hudson Mohawke

The EP really takes off with the remix of Keri Hilson and Aaliyah, and he even makes Lil Wayne's voice not seem tiresome.

So... as far as buying it goes, it seems like the vinyl is still available at Bleep for $15...

but when the listings on discogs start at $81, it's either unlikely that Bleep has it in stock, or someone is just sharking discogs.

Anyway, yeah. If anything check out the Aaliyah remix, and maybe even the Gucci tune, which is far more palatable than anything Gucci's overpaid producers could muster.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Com Truise - Datebar

What? You guys didn't think that I would post a nightmarish Britney Spears video and then call it a day, did you?

Okay, I wouldn't completely blame you if you did, but whatever... music. Good music. Alright, let's do this.

Com Truise is a magical, glitched out wonderment of a producer. Real name Seth Haley and hailing from upstate New York (recently in North Jersey... there must be something in the water up there), Com Truise has already made quite a name for himself on the underground scene.

Here is his most recent effort, a prime example of his slow-wave funktasticness:
Datebar by Com Truise

If you enjoyed that, you can download it for free from his website by clicking right HERE.

The rest of his tunes are just as fantastic, give them a listen on his soundcloud page or by looking him up on youtube.

Thanks for reading/listening. You guys are my friends even after that Britney incident earlier, right?


Test Your Mental Stability

If you're a completely normal person like me, you've wondered to yourself:

"Gee, I wonder what it would sound like if you strung together every single instance of Britney Spears (the guys still remember her right...?) singing the words "baby" and "crazy" in chronological order....."



Of course by glorious I mean absolutely pointless, painful, and a waste of time... perfect for my blog!

If you can sit through all five and a half minutes, I applaud your mental strength... but you still probably rank far below the person who sat down and edited all this.

Bravo sir/madam, bravo.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Skate Radar: Child Prodigy Rene Serrano

Rene Serrano is ten years old. Now, there are very few ten year olds that have abilities that truly stun me, but Mr. Serrano is different. How different, you ask?

Well, just watch:

Particularly the part starting @1:16, where this lil rockstar goes from a double hardflip on an incline, to a double impossible over a ledge, in one smooth motion. While most 10-yr-olds couldn't even do that playing a video game, this kid's doing it in real life.

And before people start complaining that he's not wearing a helmet.... may I remind you that you just watched him do a double impossible, switch-up grinds and grinds to shuv-its. I think the kid'll be alright for now.

As long as he doesn't pull a Sheckler, this kid has the world at his fingertips. He'll probably be making more money than his parents in a couple of years if he keeps this up.