One of the best albums, let alone rap albums last year was certainly Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80. It was a release that was filled with emotion, ambition, fear and existentialism that shone through its beautiful production work. Songs off the album like “HiiiPower” will likely remain a relevant tune for years to come.
Lamar recently posted a new track which features a couple verses from Gunplay titled “Cartoon & Cereal”. Again on this track, like many that were featured on Section.80, Kendrick uses a pretty obtuse take on the production on this track. His unusual approach to the track tied with his lyrical capibilities take the song to a whole new level.
Another new artist on Brooklyn’s Software Label, Napolian is turning heads in the electronic world with his Rejoice EP that came out late January. I posted the synth soaked track “My Refuge” a little while back, and it hasn’t lost any flavour on me since then. The rest of Rejoice proved to be as nostalgic feeling with its sensual tones and soft production. Producers like Napolian manage to evoke a response in audiences, making them forget about their stupid problems for a second or two and just enjoy the music.
Software, Dan Lopatin and Joel Fords new record label looks like it will be releasing some pretty juicy material this year. A few days back, Brooklyn producer Slava released his debut EP on Software “Soft Control”, which is filled with modular sounds and synths as well as an array of sampling.
Seeing as this is the debut for Slava (not Salva), I will be looking forward to anything this producer does in the future. My favourite track on the EP at the moment is “I Had”, but that will likely change after a couple more listens. Check out Soft Control for yourself below.
Islands seem to have refined their sound into some very nice, coherent indie tracks. They don’t often utilize the flare present on the groups debut, but the consistency of this release is a lot more palatable. Give it a listen for yourself HERE
Air just recently put their newest album up for stream over at NPR. After the first listen, it is certainly one of the most interesting albums thus far in 2012. It’s hard to pinpoint a genre, its a pretty gentle blend of pop and indie with some alternative sensibilities. At times the album takes on a eerie and disguised sound that bounces back with tracks like “Sonic Armada”. If you just want a taste, give “Seven Stars” a listen below, which feature the always amazing Victoria Lagrand of Beach House.
Hey guys, I know I’m a bit late on this one, but January was a surprisingly great month in music and a solid start to 2012. Aside from some February album leaks, January was jam-packed with a load of great albums from a bunch of different genres. If you haven’t listened to any of these releases, they are definitely worth a check out.
It’s been a while since Orbital released any new material, and here they are with the amazing Zola Jesus on the track “New France”. Orbital has a new full length scheduled for an April release this year, so stay tuned!
TEED is one artist that I got into a couple years back, and since then I always figured that once he grew in popularity he would become more centered in the insane electro-culture in the UK. It seems as if he wants to prove influence still with the great pop sensibilities that he adds to his music, which is something i’m digging.
No word of any kind of full length has been released, but this track should hold us off for now. Check out “Tapes and Money” below.
Tri-Angle is easily one of the best record companies around, since they brought amazing acts like Balam Acab, Clams Casino and oOoOO to everyones speakers and turntables. Their newest signing, which happened only days ago is with Evian Christ, who had been making waves via youtube early this year.
As a way to promote their newest artist, Tri-Angle released a free mixtape by Evian Christ, which is available for download right HERE