Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Album Radar: Namo - DCM Sampler Vol. 1

Long Beach producer/DJ Namo recently shared this free sampler of some of his tunes with me, instantly converting me into a fan.

You have got to love the influences: trip-hop, dub reggae, jazz, and old school hip hop drums blended perfectly into chilled and mellow grooves. It's like Portishead and the ghost of Clifford Brown came together to make a hip hop / dub album or something wonderful like that. The first song "Slow Motion" is glorious, it really does feel like floating in a pool of rainbow butterscotch... in slow motion, naturally.

Here it is, 100% free to stream/download:

If you enjoy his beats, make sure to check out his Soundcloud page and to keep your eye on Dirty Chi Music.

Artist Radar: Still Corners

Dream pop? Dream pop. You guys don't want me getting predictable, do you?

A London-based, culturally mixed quartet, Still Corners are purveyors of reverie. They're not afraid to lay it on thick, either. There must be something about that English fog that produces such an airy yet blurry yet beautiful tone in their sound.

Vocalist Tessa Murray seems to grab each song and paint it with her amazing ethereal tone, but it is backed up perfectly by the rest of the group. I'm not sure what goes into their songwriting process, but they somehow manage to make each song dreamier than the next. Everything from twanging electric guitars, reverb-drenched organs, and standard finger-picked acoustic guitars provide the atmosphere for one of the most intensely brain-invading voices I've ever heard (in a good way).

It didn't take long for them to be picked up by Sub Pop Records, and their LP Creatures of an Hour is out now on vinyl and CD.

To promote the album, their video for the second single "Into the Trees" was released early last week, and is full of enough cinematics to warrant their trademark sound:

Like em? Love em? Gotta have em? Keep your eye on Sub Pop and their bandcamp page. Leave all positive/negative feedback in the comments below, even if you want to do it anonymously.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Video Radar: RAJA - Now

Everyone remembers our old friend RAJA, right? If not, you might want to use that handy link to refresh your memory.

Anyway, he has recently debuted the official video for the track "Now", which I could summarize here as delicate, haunting, and dreamlike, but it's something that you really just have to see for yourself.

Check out the official release page here, and the official download link for the song here.

RAJA - Now

Everyone remembers our old friend RAJA, right? If not, you might want to use that handy link to refresh your memory.

Anyway, he has recently debuted the official video for the track "Now", which I could summarize here as delicate, haunting, and dreamlike, but it's something that you really just have to see for yourself.

Check out the official release page here, and the official download link for the song here.

Free Beat Tape: Digi G'Alessio - The Yellow Book

As I continue to fall in love with the Italian beat scene, I keep digging up gem after gem of creative and bizarre beats and mixtapes.

One such artist that I can't help but notice is Digi G'Alessio, who has released countless official and unofficial albums over the past few years. This might lead you to believe that his tunes are somewhat watered down because of this, but oh no. They may be short, but every jam seems to be as inspired as the last, I have yet to find one that didn't move me in some way or another, even if it had me smiling and scratching my head.

His beats vary from being crunch-tastic to being lo-fi warbles that would fit right at home on the show Adventure Time (see the track "Un'estate a latina"). This release is full of surprises. I implore you to listen to more than one track, as there's no real definitive sound for this release, The Yellow Book, out earlier this year (for free, natch) on Belgium label Plynt Records.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mixtape Radar: CFCF - Night Bus II

I figured I'd take advantage of this nighttime / early morning time to remind people about CFCF's magical mixtape Night Bus II, in case you've snoozed on it.

This free mixtape is full of super dreamy mix-mashy remix-y goodness, one such remix featured on Kuedo's Fact Mix, so CFCF isn't just on my radar. Preview one of the tracks below, download link and tracklist after the jump...

Album Radar: Benny Loco - Set EP

Benny from Boulder, also known as Benny Loco, dropped this EP not too long ago and it has slowly been making the rounds around the dark and damp corners of the internet that I tend to lurk in.

Wonky, staggered, buzzy, ethereal at times... you know the deal. Name your price and score the EP below.

Haha, I just realized how amazingly lazy my write up looks. Don't let that fool you, Benny Loco is highly underrated and definitely worth checking out. My picks for this album are definitely the title tracks, "Set" part I and II.

As always, positive and negative feedback goes down there. 

Artist Radar: Grimes

Grimes is the artist name of Claire Boucher, a Vancouver --> Montreal based singer songwriter who takes a classical approach to singing, and pairs it with highly contemporary musical style, creating some sort of dreamscape melody of her voice in a variety of different manners.

When I first heard a Grimes tune, I was convinced that it was at least a trio (if not more) of ladies singing each song. Nope, it seems that Claire Boucher is the girl with a thousand voices, as dreamy undertones and chirpy quips are layered in equal measures.

Grimes - Vanessa from Arbutus Records on Vimeo.

And since I claim no objectivity on my musical taste or aesthetic choices, I guess I can say that she's definitely easy on my eyes in the cutest way possible.

Anyway, music. Really, what has impressed me the most with Grimes is her extensive vocal range, but not in the traditional sense. Like I mentioned above, it seems like she can mimic twelve different singing styles, yet somehow remain original.

I'll leave you with one more song, if you like what you hear, seek her out through whatever channels you prefer. Here's a link to her Facebook fan page to help you get started.

Love it? Hate it? Like it, but just as a friend? Leave your voice in the comments section below.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Remix Radar: Party Trash

My buddy Party Trash has been a busy little bee today, uploading a total of 39 songs to his Youtube channel.

Included in the avalanche is a whole slew of remixes from all sorts of underground artists, you can tell they're indie and kvlt by the weird unicode characters in their name. Kidding aside, they're definitely worth digging through.

Here are my picks out of the bunch, you can do more digging if you enjoy these:

Those drums + the Spanish guitar breakdown sealed the deal for me. Haruki Tamesue has caught my eye before, as you can see here in my "Artist Radar" feature on him.

This one sealed the deal when the beat dropped and didn't ruin the atmosphere.

I'm sure he'll be uploading all of these to his Bandcamp page once he recovers from his Youtube upload binge, so I'll update this page when that happens.

EDIT: As predicted, here's the Bandcamp update for all these remixes. It's not free but it's $5 for 29 tracks so it might as well be.

Cover Radar: Ye Mighty - Fuse

I stumbled across this unlikely cover earlier, a version of Mudson Mohawke's tune "Fuse", as performed by Brighton's neo-jazz duo Ye Mighty.

In my opinion, it'd be tough to top the original, but Ye Mighty definitely bring a fresh and organic perspective to the song, plus it must have been super fun to learn how to play that synth line on brass.

Original by Hudson Mohawke:

Cover by Ye Mighty:

For more Ye Mighty, check out their Bandcamp page, plenty of raucous and rockin newschool jazz to be had.

For more Hudson Mohawke, check out my "Artist Radar" on him here.

So, which one do you prefer? Let me know below!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Artist Radar: Peaking Lights

Peaking Lights is a couple from San Fran --> Madison, WI --> LA who make music that's self-described as "psychedelic dub pop", but have influences extending from electronic goliath Brian Eno to kraut-rock legends Amon Düül.

Those descriptors really hit the nail on the head, essentially. Their sound really does bring together the lo-fi drone of early kraut-rock and the dubby undertones of reggae influences, not to mention the airy, dream-like vocals.

While the sound may go under the table for the crisp-production saturated youth, it takes everything I enjoy from a variety of genres and mashes them together in a lo-fi puzzle, something that I would normally have to dig through dusty record store crates to find.

What's even more interesting, is that the reach of Peaking Lights plays well into the current evolution of hip hop. Yes, you read that sentence correctly.

More specifically, remember back in July when I was hyping Clams Casino? Well, you probably don't, so to summarize: Clams produces a type of instrumental that fringes on ambience, which budding rappers took a hold of as a new sound, and would wax poetic over the top of. See where this is going?

This is leading to some, well, interesting remixes of Peaking Lights tunes, such as the Main Attrakionz one below:

Peaking Lights - Marshmellow Yellow / Amazing And Wonderful (Main Attrakionz MAN WORLD remix) by Weird World Record Co

Am I super-mega-ultra excited about this tune? Not especially, I'd prefer the instrumental. However, it's definitely an interesting example of the versatility and evolution of hip-hop instrumentals.

For more Peaking Lights:

Friday, November 25, 2011

Beat-Tape Radar: Jimmy Flamante - Hip Beats Vol. 01

Tonight on another global voyage, we spin the globe and land on Caracas, Venezuela, where we find Juan Medina, who goes by the producer name Jimmy Flamante.

Flamante likes to dual-wield the mighty force of organic samples in one hand, while warming things over with vinyl crackle in the other. Add that to the super toned down and chilled vibes, hints of horns and strings, a touch of compression, a dash of salt, and you have a sweet cake of mellow musical nomtacularness.

Check it out below, it's 100% free of charge if you want to download it and play it in your open top jeep the next time you cruise the streets of Caracas. Like it? Hate it? Don't care? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Sub Radar Radio 002: Gielis

Hello everyone! It's Friday, which means it's time for the weekly installment of Sub Radar Radio!

This week's episode comes from Gielis out of Sydney, Australia. More astute/dedicated readers might recognize Gielis from his fantastic series Two Faced Podcast, which I featured at the beginning of this month.

Gielis brings us a 100% vinyl, supremely blended selection of some of the heaviest bass grooves around, leading into a juke-y, UK Funky ending.

This episode does include some NSFW language, so tender ears be warned.

If you enjoyed this mix, be sure to check out the Two Faced Podcast series for more mixed up goodness.

Feel free to share this mix with anyone who enjoys some bass-ed up goodness. Thanks for listening!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Compilation Radar: Beat.It Project

The Beat.It project is a compilation of forward thinking beat craftspeople from Italy. As the Outsourced series has taught us, there's very few areas of the globe where experimental and creative beats aren't being churned out.

Elements of funk, glitch, skweee, wonky, oldschool hip-hop and just about any other beat origin can be found combined throughout the compilation in glorious fashion. I have to admit I haven't heard much of the Italian beat scene before now, and to say I'm impressed would be an understatement. There is definitely something for everyone in this compilation.

Best part? You guessed it, it's 100% free to download and enjoy at your leisure. Click here to begin your download, or access their official landing page here.

You probably want to preview it first, so check out this exclusive mix for Laid Back Radio that blends the songs together quite nicely:

Access the official site of each artist involved below:


Beat Tape: Unlooped's Winter Promo Sampler

Brand spankin' new Milwaukee record label Unlooped have just released their beat sampler for this Winter with four free tracks representing their sound.

I haven't heard much of the Wisconsin beat scene, but it seems to be coming along quite nicely. This release is a nice combination of sample and synth based beats, and is pretty fresh considering it's FREE99. There's even a nice purple feel to that J Todd tune, which will never go unappreciated by my ears.

The release serves a dual purpose, not only to introduce the label but as a heads up for their Winter Beats show at bSide. If you're in the Milwaukee area and feeling these jams, you can find the Facebook event page here.

If you're not anywhere near Wisconsin (like most of my readers), just listen to and/or download the free beat tape. I'm not especially feeling the Haz Solo one (track #1), but the rest of the tunes are pretty solid.

What's your favorite jam off of this sampler? What's your favorite kind of Wisconsin cheese? Leave all positive or negative feedback in the comments below!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Hello all you lovely people, since all my American readers will most likely be involved in some sort of Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow, I thought I'd go ahead and say:

I am truly thankful for each and every one of you lovely people, all 475. Even the ones that don't update anymore. I love music and I love sharing it but most of all the community, the comments, the occasional vitriol filled angry person, all of it is what keeps me coming back here. Your support and input is phenomenal.

That's as cheesy as I'm going to get for now, don't worry. I'll keep the musical updates coming even throughout my busy day tomorrow, just to say thanks to all my readers, foreign and domestic.

Here's a dancing turkey! At least I think it's a turkey.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Skweedar: Melkeveien & Sagtann - Every Junkie is a Setting Sun

Okay, it's no secret to my long time followers that I am unabashedly in love with the genre Skweee. In fact, I love it so much that I almost held off posting this for the weekend so I could make a bad "Skweeekend" pun. Skweeekend posts...hmmm. Don't be surprised if that becomes a thing.

Anywho, this track is delicious. It is everything that you could ask for to tickle your skweet tooth (Oh, I have plenty more puns in my arsenal, just you wait).

A collaboration between two Skweee producers from Olso, Norway, this tune is dripping with Scandinavian goodness, and is a free download!

Melkeveien & Sagtann - Every Junkie is a Setting Sun by Melkeveien

I have no idea why they gave such a rad song a tremendously depressing title, but oh well. Click on the arrow in the soundcloud player (or click here) to download the tune.

If you have no clue what Skweee is, here is a pretty good place to start.

As always, leave those juicy positive or negative comments below, I love to read the vast spectrum of opinions when it comes to Skweee.

Collab Radar: Skylines

This collaboration is really a blessing for me, as I would probably feature all these artists individually (who am I kidding, I probably will anyway), but Skylines is the side project / collaboration between Party Trash and the vocals from Top Girls and Raw Moans.

The end result is pretty dreamy, and I mean that in the most literal sense possible: if there was ever a soundtrack for a washed out, syrupy, blurred pastel daydream... this would be it.

Vibes on this collaborative effort aren't completely ambient or aloof, the backbone driving beat is omnipresent, even if it's subtle (as in the free single "@Dawn"). I've listened to the album several times now, but this is my first time with headphones, and there is a whole lot of faint but refined audio tactics at play, including vocal panning.

Speaking of the vocals, it says a lot when guys can pull off a falsetto without sounding like a cheesy wedding song. That's certainly one way to curb your own sound, I don't see too many other indie guys reaching for the mack daddy falsetto.

Anyway, here's the self-titled release they presented yesterday for $3, have a listen and leave all positive or negative feedback in the comments section below. If you like what you hear, make sure to click the links above and check out the individual bandcamps of all the members.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Artist Radar: K*Saba

So, I like to keep an eye on my Twitter followers, because as exciting as it is to get a new follower, it's also rewarding to report the spam bots that always seem to find me. Seriously, where do they all come from and why must they dash my hopes of looking crazy cool on the internet by having a Twitter audience?

So anyway, I noticed that this K*Saba fellow started following me recently, and not only did I notice that he also follows some pretty amazing musicians, but he also makes tunes himself.

Oh my days did I not expect this level of tunage... so good. Let me do what I do best and think of a genre for him...

Jazztronica? Fuzzsoul? I don't know, let's just say the guy is talented. K*Saba is Karnan Saba, a multi-instrumentalist from Wellington, New Zealand, this guy had my head nodding almost instantly. The sound is a little jazzier than Flying Lotus and avoids the whole sidechain compression overload, resulting in some seriously smooth jams.

But yeah I'll let the music speak for itself, here's his free EP from Bandcamp, well worth a listen/download:

For more K*Saba, check out his soundcloud and follow him on the old tweet-o-gram.

Cheers, hope your Monday wasn't too dreadful.

Artist Radar: Kidnap Kid

Kidnap Kid, aside from making my Google search history awkward for anyone who reads it out of context and thinks I'm plotting a kidnapping, is a producer from Sheffield, Northern Britain (UK).

Matt Kidnap (as he calls himself on his soundcloud page) combines elements of deep house with the polyrhythms of all this UK "post-dubstep" shuffle business. He also seems to have a penchant for really catchy vocal samples, as they're laced in neatly with most of his beats.

I get a weird feeling featuring him in the beginning of Winter, since a lot of his music screams "Summer Beach/Boat Party" to me, but I won't let my fanciful imagination get in between you and music features.

Anywho, for more Kidnap Kid, check out his soundcloud page and his Facebook page. And for a laugh, check out his (I assume it's his) Twitter account, which contains a single tweet from two years ago:

No One Else [S&C003] by Kidnap kid

Free Slugabed Jams

No, he's not giving out jars of preserves. This is a quick update while I write up today's Artist Radar (it's a goodun).

UK beatsmith Slugabed must be in the Christmas spirit, because he recently broadcast via assorted social media outlets that every monday between now and the holidays he will be releasing free tunes.

So here's today's free tune, entitled KITTENS, which he says is an old tune that never saw the light of day:


which he paired with a photo of himself dressed as a daffodil:

The tune isn't exactly my favorite Slugabed tune by any measure, but hey, free Sluga is free Sluga.

Click on the down arrow in the soundcloud player to grab it, or click here if you don't feel like scrolling up.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Access the New Youtube Homepage (Pre-Release!) +Sinjin Hawke

Found this neat little trick to check out the new Youtube homepage...

1. go to youtube
2. press CNTRL+SHIFT+J if you're on PC (Chrome) CNTRL+SHIFT+K PC (Firefox), press OPTION+CMD+J if you're on Mac (chrome)
3. paste


into the console
4. press Enter
5. close the console and reload the page

And whammo! Brand spankin new weird and wacky Youtube homepage.

If the new and strangeness of it freaks you out, don't worry, clearing your cookies (specifically the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie) will make it go back to the old homepage.

If you tie this in with the Cosmic Panda video viewer, it's like a whole new Youtube!

A few people already have it, as Youtube is rolling it out gradually, but this is the chance for the rest of us to check it out!

...What's that? Oh, you want music? Umm, well how about you preview Sinjin Hawke's new EP The Lights (Out December 5th, preorder here)

01 - Shadows
02 - Like That
03 - Crystal Dust
04 - The Ballad Of Martyn Bootyspoon
05 - Crimson Tides
06 - Crusade
07 - Love Is On Your Side
08 - Outro

Artist Radar: Shigeto

Zach Saginaw, producing under his middle name Shigeto, is a Japanese-American electronic musician based out of "Mother Earth"... more specifically Michigan.

After releasing a slew of EPs on Moodgadget Records, a couple EPs under the name of Frank Omura, and remixes of Sub Radar favorites Tycho, Mux Mool, and Shlohmo, Shigeto released his debut on Ghostly International: Semi Circle EP, followed up with the next logical LP, Full Circle.

Shigeto is experimental in the best sense of the word. That is, not obnoxious, noisy or irritating just to gain attention, but pensive and creative vibes that actually sound different yet groovy.

It's tough to be comprehensive when it comes to Shigeto, as there are few similarities in his catalog aside from the creative use of organic sounds and the distinctive flow. Taking time to explore his releases is very rewarding, I would list my favorites here but it would be a Youtube embed avalanche. So as always, I implore you to dig in if you're feeling the tunes, you won't be disappointed.

Please leave all positive or negative feedback in the comments section below.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Artist Radar: Blawan

He's been bubbling in various corners of the internet for the better part of 2011, but I've been seeing so much of him recently that it's only natural that I do an artist feature on the Barnsley-now-London overnight success story that is Blawan.

Jamie Roberts aka Blawan, is part of the UK movement of post-dubstep. While the US has taken dubstep and turned it into stadium rock, the original UK scene was much more low key, so the progression past the half tempo bass shakers is the shuffling stagger daggers of Boddika, Joy O, the Night Slugs crew and Swamp81's latest turn.

Pretty much as soon as you get to the meat of any of his songs, you recognize his drummer roots. The percussion is where Roberts' true talent lies,  which pretty much guarantees him success in the shuffle hustle of the current UK bass scene.

With releases on Hessle Audio and R&S, he's already securely fastened himself onto the scene, it's not every day you see an artist premiere at the top, and from his persistence among all the music sites I frequent, it's pretty clear he's not going anywhere any time soon.

If you're digging his vibe, here are some handy links:

Friday, November 18, 2011

More Sub Radar Radio News

Hey guys and gals! It's the weekend! Yay!

In case you missed it (I posted at a weird time last night), the first installment of Sub Radar Radio is up! Thanks to everyone for the feedback and plays so far, it's getting off to a great start.

In other news, I've received more news about future shows. 002 will be from Johney (Slovakia) as you probably already know.

Future shows will include:
  • Gareth aka Budeaux aka the head honcho over at Night Tracks, from Birmingham (UK)
  • Guy aka Guyus, out of Zürich (Switzerland)
So double G action coming forth in the future, I'm really really excited with the offers and accepted requests I've been getting, I'll keep you updated of course.

In case you missed it, here's episode 001 by Hutyluty (Leeds, UK) again so you don't have to do any extra clicking:

Thanks for reading/supporting, I'm off to the dashboard to return the favor.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sub Radar Radio 001: Hutyluty

Well here it is folks! The very first installment of Sub Radar Radio brought to you by Hutyluty from Leeds, UK!

Absolutely superb tracklist featuring everyone from the likes of Rustie to SBTRKT to Pearson Sound... also featuring a rare track from Toasty and picks from Addison Groove, oOoOO and Loefah... I really couldn't have picked out a better start to this series myself.

If you're feeling his picks (which include some of his original works), be sure to drop by his soundcloud page and say hello.

Other than that, enjoy, listen to this while you blog/eat breakfast/stare blankly at the wall, and share with all fellow fans of the electronic / UK / dance scene!

Oh, and I should mention that I took the time to timestamp each track down to the second it appears (I will do this for all future shows as well), since it's a pet peeve of mine when I'm listening to a mix and have to search for the song. So while you're listening to the mix, it should highlight which song you're listening to at the current moment in the tracklist. It's the little things.

Leave all positive or negative or indifferent feedback below! Love you guys.

Update / News + More Free Hourglass Sea

I'm proud to announce that I'm branching this blog out and will start a brand new series to tie in with my regular updates:

Sub Radar Radio on Mixcloud!

All the Sub Radar music you know and love, in long-running radio playlist format. Each episode will feature a DJ from somewhere across the globe presenting what they're feeling at the moment. I already have the first two episodes lined up (to be uploaded later):

Sub Radar Radio 001: Hutyluty (Leeds, UK)
Sub Radar Radio 002: Johney  (Slovakia)

So keep your eyes and ears peeled! I'll post here when I upload each one, natch.

Also, I feel like I would be remiss to not mention that our electro glitch-funk boogy buddy Hourglass Sea that we visited a couple of days ago released even more tunes the day after I featured him.

They are, surprise surprise, free.

So here they are, grab them if you're a fan. If not, enjoy the rest of your day!

Hello to all my new followers, thanks for your comments and support, I try my best to return the favor! (I never forget the regulars here though, you guys are the best).

Album Radar: Tycho - Dive

San Francisco's Scott Hansen, aka the electronic musician Tycho, has been producing washed out and faded ambient music for the better half of the past decade, with each release seeming to top the last.

That bodes well for Dive, ten gorgeous lumbering reverb-y smashers. Blending his characteristic synths with organic beats and the occasional flutter of strings, wood, and a box of air, this album definitely bridges the gap for ambient music being more than just snore inducing sleepytime music.

Music isn't the only thing Tycho has dipped his fingers in, he has been publishing photography and design under the moniker ISO50, which you can see more of over at his blog here.

Definitely worth checking out if you need a soundtrack to a lazy summer day (if you're reading this in the Southern Hemisphere), or maybe while wrapped up in a blanket with a friend and enjoying pleasant conversation (and whatnot).

See the official press release here on Ghostly International's website, snag the vinyl here, the CD version here, and the MP3/FLAC version in the Boomkat player below.

Read full review of Dive - TYCHO on ©

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

URGENT: Don't Let Congress Censor The Internet

Hey guys, I know I try to keep things light around here for the most part, but I'd like to get serious for a moment. Today, the United States Congress is holding hearings on a censorship bill that will change the way you use the internet forever.

Sound a little doom and gloomy? Well, I only wish I was exaggerating.

Read the Bill for yourself by clicking here. For a visual explanation, watch the video below:

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

This Bill does nothing to prevent piracy and will give corporations free reign over what they want to censor. This essentially crushes the internet and its creativity.

Our host here on blogger (Big Daddy Google) and other tech companies such as Mozilla, Yahoo!, and Twitter, have undersigned a full-page ad in the New York Times against this, but it's not clear that the message will get to the people who really need to hear it.

If you enjoy the internet the way it is now, and have a few moments free, I urge you to visit one of the sites below and take a moment to let Congress know we're not going to sit idly by.

All of those have options for non-USA people as well, and the Avaaz one is global from the start. Yes, this law in America will stretch into all corners of the internet, so as a citizen of the world I implore you to take a moment to fight this. 

Please spread these the links above via Twitter / Facebook / Blogger. Let's not let them take the internet away.

Thanks for your time, today is the day to take action. Don't let this become a reality:

Album Radar: Jincallo - New Life EP

LA's own Jincallo is back with yet another name-your-price EP, this one entitled New Life. This is his second release in November, and his sixth for 2011. You've got to respect that kind of work ethic.

If you're familiar with Jincallo, you know what you're getting yourself into. If not, the tag "dream hop" is usually what is tagged to his releases: swirling experimental ambience tied down with the crisp flow of hip-hop beats. Don't be scared off by the mention of hip-hop, these are more than just instrumentals, they're complete thoughts. Any vocals on top would be an afterthought and would probably spoil these for me.

Checking his bandcamp page is recommended if you're feeling this release, as there are plenty more beats to be found.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

First Listen: Fine Peduncle - Aedeagus EP

Cole Murphy, aka the man behind the electro-soul project Fine Peduncle, is offering up a "listening party" of his latest EP Aedeagus, which my acrobatic levels of Googling has revealed to me to be: umm, well, an insects "love stick". There are some things best left un-Googled.

Anywho, I'll be the first to admit that this release probably isn't for everyone... this album is harsh electronica paired with Dan Deacon-esque vocal gymnastics. So if you're not a fan of my more far-out posts, you might want to give this one a pass.

Fine Peduncle - Aedeagus EP album art

But needless to say, if you mention this album by name down at the local coffee shop, you will be the bees knees amongst the bearded bike riding plaid wearing PBR guzzlers.

Okay, I'm only joking. It's not that acquired or strange. Heck, some parts are pretty catchy. It's inventive and truly impressive that Cole merges all the atmospheres of his songs solo. Even if some of those atmospheres include him chanting "Hey girl let me holla at them titty bags" alongside "let me seem them exoskeletits"...yeah.

Ultimately, it's well worth a listen, just for the sake of being hip to what these youngster rascal singer-songwriter types are up to these days. I personally like it because I get very bored with a lot of music, and this release is anything but boring, even if it strains in the process.

Click here to go to the launch site. You have to enter in a real email address to listen, but I couldn't find anything in their privacy policy that said they will spam you, so the worst you'll get is another email when the album comes out officially. If you're super concerned with that then just wait for the release and listen to the previews. If you don't want to do either, I'll embed one of his older songs below so you can get an idea (although this song is pretty tame compared to the more recent insect-genitalia named EP)

Artist Radar: Hourglass Sea

Hourglass Sea, hailing from Bradford (Northern England) is another artist in the impressive "thizz-wave" style we're starting to see emerge from the UK. Yes, I just made up that genre, but bear with me.

His bandcamp is ripe with crisp and heavy beats, with dashes of purple throughout, and that heavy swanky Rustie-style groove that's taking over a lot of big mixes and radio shows alike. On top of that, the drum samples and programming are so well performed that I'm not entirely sure they're sampled on some of the tracks... for the most part it sounds like he has a legit drum track being played on real live drums (gasp).

Generosity seems to run deep within him too, as most of the tunes on his bandcamp are free or nearly free, and he often opens up his soundcloud releases to download until it reaches the SC limit, which is pretty spectacular considering the quality.

Anyway, dive in! I'll link some stuff here but be sure to check his bandcamp and soundcloud for more goodness.

Dream Warrior by Hourglass Sea

Free Tune: Kuedo - Shutter Light Girl (FaltyDL Play Remix)

More music on the way in a little while, but I wanted to make sure you guys were aware of this, considering it's time sensitive.

The legendary Planet Mu record label has recently uploaded a free song to their soundcloud, a remix of Kuedo's "Shutter Light Girl" (see my review of that record here).

The song is shuffling and bass driven, not absolutely mind-blowing but certainly worth the free pricetag.

Grab it soon if you want it by clicking the down arrow on the player (or just click here if you don't see the arrow). It's just over halfway towards the download limit as I type this, afterwards soundcloud will lock it out.

Kuedo - Shutter Light Girl (FaltyDL Play Remix) by Planet Mu Records

Monday, November 14, 2011

Artist Radar: José James

José James (Panamanian heritage) is a neo-soul artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has been active since early 2008, but I have just recently stumbled across him from his latest single "Trouble" (as well as the Oh No remix of it) being played in just about every radio set I've listened to in the past month.

With good reason, of course. The tune stands out yet blends in to the rest of the set with a smoothness that's pretty tough to beat. Have a listen:

Silky smooth, amirite?

Anyway, after the "Trouble" introduction, I had to dig a little deeper. Three albums and a few collaborations, there's plenty to absorb.

I'll be brief and let you find them on your own time if you're interested. Thanks for reading and supporting, you guys are the best.

Remix Radar: Teebs - Arthur's Birds

Fresh from the interwebz we have Strangr's remix of LA's own Teebs' track Arthur's Birds...

Chilled, sidechain compression-ed goodness, have a listen:

Here's the original, for comparison, since I'm a nice guy who does all the hard work (ha) for youz guys:

Teebs - 'Arthur's Birds' by BRAINFEEDER

Both are worth the listen, enjoy... hopefully this helps you endure your Monday endeavors. Strangr is giving this remix up for free download: click here and pull down your own permanent copy.

Thanks for all the comments / love / support, you guys are great. I can never stress that enough.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Artist Radar: Youth Lagoon

Trevor Powers (going by his stage name Youth Lagoon) is a rising musician from Boise, Idaho.

I'll admit, after hearing he was a bedroom indie musician, I wasn't expecting a whole lot, since I've pretty much seen and heard it all when it comes to homegrown indie. Or so I thought.

There must be something in the potatoes up there, because Mr. Powers is leaking artistic talent. The melodies, the hooks, the reverb... oh god, the reverb. It's the sweet spot of muddiness and catchiness that gets my groove going.

A visual on said groove:

Yeah, like that.
Anyway, I won't go on in case I oversell it, but he's definitely worth checking out. I'll include some examples below, but the rest of the digging is up to you!

This song used to be a free download on his Bandcamp, but it looks like he's cleaned it out for some reason.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Artist Radar: Jesu

Keeping in line with the whole off-topic weekends thing, today we're going to focus on a post-industrial, semi-drone side project of the legendary Justin Broadrick, who some of you may know from his other band Godflesh.

While Godflesh combined metal and industrial music, Jesu is far more toned down, combining industrial with... let's call it shoegaze. The end result is long, distorted symphonies with Broadrick's laments floating on top.

It's an interesting mixture, since metal stretches the realm of listenability on the harsh side of the musical spectrum, while shoegaze is so toned down that it flies far left on the intensity meter. So the two meet happily in the middle, droning on while still retaining a sense of song structure.

With four studio albums, compilations and remixes, as well as a whole slew of EPs and splits, Jesu has a pretty impressive catalogue if your interest has been piqued.

One of my favorite songs is from the Jesu/Eluvium split, and it's entitled "Farewell". The mixdown is so well done, the balance of ambience and grounded groove hooks me every time:

Friday, November 11, 2011

Artist Radar: 123Mrk

Guess I'll continue the "producers with numbers in their name" (813 yesterday, with a brief kitten intermission this morning at like 3am).

Today it's 123Mrk from Marseille, France. There's just something about the French and their electronic music: Daft Punk, SebastiAn, Jean Michel Jarre... it seems as soon as they get their hands on the technology, they produce their own brand of gold.

Here I'll feature a short EP that he released on Infinite Machine a few months ago, but pretty much everything he produces is worth checking out. Bright staggering synths, choppy vocals and swirling gumdroppy UK funky goodness (my adjectives are getting stranger by the day).

That's not all though, he's shown that he has an ear for making mixes/radio shows as well, and this set he did for Rebel Podcast is definitely worth checking out/downloading:

123Mrk - Rebel Podcast - (FREE DOWNLOAD) by 123Mrk


Kitten. That's All You Need To Know

Okay it's super early/late/whatever here in LA but that doesn't matter because: kitten.

I've been exposed to all manner of kittens in my time, but no cat can break the internet like this cat can.

It's just... !!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Album Radar: 813 - Spectrum Rift EP

Coming mid December on Donkey Pitch Records, Moscow firefighter / producer 813's Spectrum Rift EP is sounding large. Rather large indeed. Pretty freaking large with bells, whistles and a shiny coat of gloss, I might even venture to say.

I got the promo kit earlier and just got done listening through it, it's right up my alley. If you've enjoyed any of the music that I've ever posted, you'll dig this release. Bright, vibrant, complex and slightly tangy like a saucer full of milk that you left out overnight.

No public promos available just yet, but I'll update when they arrive. In the meantime, I can link you to some of my other favorite tunes by 813, as well as the Slugabed remix that will be on the release that he uploaded to Soundcloud earlier.

813 - Glock story by Eight One Three

813 - Tinky Tonky (Slugabed Remix) by SLUGABED

813 - Crystal RAW by Eight One Three

813 - Spectrum Rift EP

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Album Radar: Finest Ego | UK / Ireland Compilation

Whoa, Project Mooncircle has done it again! ...and by that I mean retroactively done it again, because I've only just stumbled across this amazing compilation of beats that was released in August. But hey, better late than never, right?

Anyway, this album is smashing from start to finish, I can't even begin to try and critique it. 26 tracks of golden deliciousness, including former SubRadar features fLako and Om Unit. The album is €10, but hey, if we all stopped paying for good music then the good music goes away. That's not what you want, right?

I highly recommend listening all the way through, even if you don't intend on purchasing it. Some of the UK / Ireland's finest beatsmiths all neatly packaged and sitting right in front of you. I'm not going to blab any more, click play!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Album Radar: Bosco - Pacer EP

Bosco has recently self released her Pacer EP, which is chock full of muddiness and smoothness, sewn together quite nicely. Her voice cuts through the murky psychedelia so well, I just had to give it a feature.

The free EP is a nice little package, it comes with 5 tracks, a music video of her riding her bike and swinging on swings to the staccato "Baby", a poster of the vinyl cover, and a nice little flip book detailing her story and the album credits.

The EP is produced by Dog Bite of Washed Out (I thought Washed Out was a solo act?)... but the chillwave vibe goes with Brittany Bosco's voice so so well.

If anything, the EP is worth downloading just for this "Beauty & the Stone" tune alone. Simply gorgeous track. If this isn't on the soundtrack of at least 12 indie films in the next couple of years I will be supremely disappointed. Have a listen and see what I mean, that chorus is gold (and somehow reminds me of Richard Marx).

Grab the EP for free here, or go to the download via the official Bosco landing page, but I figured I'd save you a couple of clicks.

Bosco - Pacer EP album art

Olly: Smell the Internet!

Yeah, you read the title correctly, I'll post up some music in a little while but this was too good not to share.

So umm, woah. In what's either the best idea ever or the worst viral practical joke ever, Mint Foundary's Olly is a device that converts tweets, feeds, checkins and scrobbles (wtf is a scrobble, anyway?) into olfactory sensations.

Okay, before you panic, you get to decide what smells you put into the back of it to emit.

Whew, so you're not actually smelling the real internet. That would probably not be too pleasant of an experience. In fact, the developers encourage all sorts of tinkering with their device, opening it up, rewiring it, coloring it, developing software for it, the skies the limit! Before you know it your whole house will smell like a big ol pile of tweets and Facebook likes. Yikes.

Not currently available for purchase, but if you sign up to their email list, you'll be notified when they're available.

And if you happen to be extra DIY, Olly is so open source that they have listed their schematics for building your own... all you need is some circuitry and a 3D printer (you have one of those, right?).

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pinch & Shackleton - S/T

So Pinch and Shackleton have released a self-titled collaboration album of songs that sound exactly like what you'd expect... the clattering dubby musique concrète of Shackleton paired with the similar deepness of Pinch.

May be a tad hit or miss for some, but for fans of either Shackleton or Pinch, you'll want to be all over this ASAP.

Funnily enough, all those big shot music blogs just copy/paste the press release snippets and the track list and leave it at that... amateurs! Here at Sub Radar, I'll take it a step further and actually link you to the site where you can actually purchase the album: here, at Honest Jon's label site.

But that's not all! I'll provide the tracklist but link each tune to the available snippet provided by Honest Jon's, so you can actually demo some of the tracks and get excited... how about that, a music blog that actually has music on it!

1. Cracks In The Pleasuredome
2. Jellybones
3. Torn and Submerged
4. Rooms Within A Room
5. Selfish Greedy Life
6. Burning Blood
7. Levitation
8. Monks On The Rum
9. Boracay Drift (CD only)

Pinch and Shackleton album art

I Had No Idea The Backyardigans Were So Gangster...

Woah now, these guys have some serious moves:

The rad rad rad rad moves. Can you do the hitchhike? The parrot? There's a lot to be learned here.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Artist Radar: Purity Ring

Purity Ring, or "Indie Pop Music Done Right In My Book" as I like to call it, is a side project of the Canadian electronic outfit Gobble Gobble (now renamed Born Gold).

All you need to know is that it's singer Megan James singing over some of the most breath taking electronic grooves I've ever heard. Think I'm exaggerating? Have a listen for yourself:

I'm not sure what a "lofticry" is, but I like it and would enjoy it in and around my mouth.

Pitched vocals, solid yet surprising grooves and a porcelain voiced lady singing in between... I'm sold. I know I normally do weird stuff on the weekends but since I hardly feature indie pop I guess this could be considered weird. Sorry if you were expecting gypsy polka death metal accordion music.

From what I can see, all of Purity Ring's music is self-released, a brave move that has faired them well. The ultimate litmus test of music's merit is the ability to stand on its own two feet and be successful without million dollar ad campaigns.

Check out Purity Ring's soundcloud page for a few more tidbits. I'll take a sparse catalog of songs I'll repeat over a huge repertoire of half-heartedness any day.

Gotta give props to the Meow Hours radio show on WUSC FM (more specifically DJ La Sarah) for the intro to this a few shows back. Thursdays @9pm PST... she never disappoints!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Album Radar: Constrobuz - Work Hard

Great news for Constrobuz fans! He's given us something that we can actually get and listen to, unlike his ironic cassette-only releases of yore.

While this album is also available in limited edition cassette/CD versions, people who don't feel like digging out their old walkmans will likely scoop the digital version (that also comes with the purchase of the CD/cassette, in case you're curious.

The album itself is golden as usual. It's $5, which is a bargain when you're considering it's 27 tracks coming from one of the most exciting and elusive beat-smiths around. Constrobuz may have a grumpy online persona, but the man can produce.

Heavy sampling, jazzy wonk-tasticness. Stream it, buy it, love it, cherish it as your newborn offspring:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Viral Radar: Kinna Granis - In Your Arms

Okay, so I don't usually buy into the whole viral video thing (the rest of the internet usually handles that type of thing just fine) but this takes the cake.

And by cake I really mean jellybeans... 288,000 jellybeans.

Just watch:

This stop-motion music video took 30 people 1,357 hours and 22 months to complete.



Album Radar: Falcons - Remixxes Vol. 1

The Oakland based duo Falcons recently released a super impressive set of remixes of several R&B songs that really seem to hit a sweet spot with their style.

The release is sadly short in stature at four tracks, but that Ciara remix "Sumbody" is syrupy head-noddingly smooth. Hopefully the "Vol. 1" indicates that this is the first of many to come.

The EP is name your price, so you can scoop this up for whatever you think it's worth, or just stream it and start and impromptu office dance party.

Check it!

Is it just me or did they really sample an owl for "Ruffneck"? There needs to be more owl noises in music.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mix Series: Two Faced Podcast

Need a quick lesson on the UK/US dance subculture that doesn't involve the mainstream rave scene? Look no further than Two Faced Podcast, which isn't really a podcast since it's not on iTunes, but you get the idea.

Each episode of the series takes on a particular aspect of the scene, whether it's the eyes-down vibes of the legendary Kryptic Minds, the new age funky house vibes of the Night Slugs record label, the juke-driven Swamp81 releases, or the entire Bristol bass scene as a whole, individual episodes are like Cliff Notes for understanding what's going on in underground dance music these days. Since that's my main mission with this blog, this podcast provides a lot of the groundwork to understanding the progressions / themes.

Woah, I know I started to sound like 11th grade English class there, but bear with me.

It's not just the prime tracklists for each theme, they are properly mixed as well. Mixed as in not just played one after another, but properly woven together.

I'll quit my yapping, I'll embed some of my favorites and provide links to all the other episodes, you pick whatever interests you the most.

Episode 001: Tales From the Krypt
Heavy / Deep set highlighting Kryptic Minds' signature dark vibes.

Episode 002: March of the Slugs
Funky new age dance from the record label Night Slugs and similar labels.
Two Faced Podcast Chapter 002: March Of The Slugs by Two Faced Podcasts

Episode 003: 81 Ways To Work Your Blades
The funky juke side of life from Loefah's label Swamp81.

Episode 004: Aquatic Aesthetics 
Liquid bass from a medley of the UK's best labels.

Episode 005: Silkie Smooth
Relaxed and dubby vibes from Silkie, the Deep Medi crowd and similar artists.

Episode 006: Bristol Bass
The hugely influential Bristol scene as provided sounds from purple to the Punch Drunk sound. Soak in that Bristolian lushness.
Two Faced Podcast Chapter 006: Bristol Bass by Two Faced Podcasts

Follow them on soundcloud for all the future updates, this series is definitely one to watch closely.