Artwork by Nate James
We’re back again w/ another round-up of content
that we didn’t get a chance to properly SLCT the day-of,
because sometimes we got other shit to do.
This week actually had so much worthwhile material released
that we had to split up the MISC. SLCTIONS into two parts –
this is Part 1, & Part 2 will go live whenever we get to it,
so just hold tight.
Rejjie Snow, Crave & Jesse James
Honestly, I wish I knew about this one.
All I know is it’s three young rappers from the UK
(Rejjie – formerly known as Lecs Luther, is from Dublin, & the other two from London),
over a beat from San Jose-based producer, Dranal
w/ a video masterfully animated by a company called Jitterbug Studio.
Other than that –
I think I’d have to agree w/ Earmilk‘s assessment
of this being the Video Of The Week.
My second favorite video of this week,
would have to be the Paranormal Activity meets Ghostbusters-inspired
clip from Beach House.
It’s pretty badass. & I don’t even use the word badass.
SUPPORT: Beach House – Bloom OUT NOW
Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz
(prod. Lifted, Kanye West & Hudson Mohawke)
Surely you’ve seen this one by now, right?
The response to the video, as is much of Kanye’s output, has been pretty polarizing -
w/ fans & critics either hating or loving the (kinda) one-shot, minimalist approach taken.
I lean well towards the latter, personally.
It’s good to see excessive artists reel it in
for something clean & simple every once in a while -
especially when done right – which this one very much is, in spades even.
Tef Poe -
War Machine 2
St. Louis has been one of my favorite cities for hip-hop in the last few years,
& one of the city’s best rappers, Tef Poe
(formerly known as Teflahn Poetix back in the Soul Tyde days,
who also happens to be Black Spade’s younger brother)
has just put out his best work to date.
Like 2Pac most famously exemplified,
& Killer Mike (who appears here) has most recently carried on the tradition for -
Tef is one of those rare examples of an MC that can get across a message or say something progressive
w/o sacrificing an ounce of intensity –
in fact, its usually his message that makes him so fierce.
Fuck w/ this one. It’s highly recommended.
DOWNLOAD/SUPPORT: Tef Poe – War Machine 2 OUT NOW
San Francisco-based producer, Giraffage,
released a new song this week.
Along w/ Toro y Moi,
Giraffage is another one who gets lumped into the already crested “chillwave” category -
but with “Feels,” he shows he’s really just on some hip-hop/downtempo beat shit.
We dig it.
You can stream & download it below, via FADER
DOWNLOAD: Giraffage “Feels” OUT NOW
“Just A Blur”
In 2012, “unique” is not a word you can use to fairly describe many rappers.
I think Rockwell Knuckles might one of the very few exceptions to that rule,
& he somehow pulls it off w/o having to sacrifice any accessibility to his style.
He also happens to be one of my favorites at the moment, probably because of that.
This week he leaked a new joint & a half on The Smoking Section
from his upcoming Take Me To Your Leader tape -
one of which is a collaboration w/ PRTLND producer, TROX,
who we hooked him up w/ via Twitter & it thankfully paid off.
You can stream & download them both below.
DOWNLOAD: Rockwell Knuckles “Just A Blur”
DOWNLOAD: Rockwell Knuckles “Do What I Will” (prod. TROX) SNIPPET
Brooklyn-based band, Body Language
released a video for the first single (which is actually, also titled “The First”)
from their upcoming album on Om Records,
as spotted on μ sique.
In what is so well done, it could easily been assumed as an official music video -
the clip is actually a live performance, filmed by the awesome Dreambear group.
In retrospect, I probably should have given this one it’s own post earlier in the week
because I’ve been playing it back non-stop ever since.
Oh well… next time.
SUPPORT: Body Language – Social Studies OUT NOW
“Face Off (L.S.Darko)”
(prod. Erick Arc Elliott)
Taking the current bath salts & zombie current events/memes & running with it,
Brooklyn’s Flatbush Zombies released a video for their surprisingly off-topic
“Face Off (L.S.Darko)” – a solo track by Zombie member Meechy Darko,
produced by their frequent collaborator, Erick Arc Elliott -
in yet another case of the video really making the song.
DOWNLOAD: Flatbush Zombies “Face Off (L.S.Darko)”
Furthering the female-led, “post-genre” group trend of recent years
is San Francisco-based band, The Seshen.
Their video for “Oblivion” was premiered
on the Jay-Z funded, Life + Times blog this week,
& although not too much new ground is covered here -
it does show a palpable potential
& the interest of those who are into
groups like Little Dragon, J*DaVeY, Sonnymoon, or maybe even Beach House,
should be piqued.
SUPPORT: The Seshen – The Seshen LP OUT NOW
(prod. Party Supplies)
Following up the digital single released as part of the partnership btwn Fool’s Gold & Scion A/V earlier this year,
the Danny Brown & Party Supplies collaboration, “Grown Up”
gets the “Sky’s The Limit” treatment
w/ its own video released this week.
DOWNLOAD: Danny Brown “Grown Up”
Grizzly Bear unveiled the first preview of their upcoming, as-yet-untitled new album
this week, w/ a streaming video of the first single, “Sleeping Ute.”
According to Wikipedia – a ute can either be a tribe of Native Americans in the Colorado area, or a genus of sponge….. tight.
The album’s out on Warp Records on Sept 18th
& the next tour starts off right before that on 8/28 -
see The FADER for the full dates.
SUPPORT: Grizzly Bear – Title TBA IN STORES 9/18
feat. ∂eƒ Sound
The clip (which we first spotted on URB) is just a quick preview of the track “Precious”
from Anthony’s new album, Just Visiting – out this week on Plug Research,
but it’s still pretty awesome.
SUPPORT: Anthony Valadez – Just Visiting LP OUT NOW
This might seem out of place here…
but fuck it,
I’m a big Fiona Apple fan.
She premiered a new track, “Werewolf” via Pitchfork this week
& it sounds (surprisingly) just like classic Fiona.
Not sure what I was expecting, but I’m with it nonetheless.
ALSO SEE: Fiona Apple “Every Single Night” VIDEO
SUPPORT: Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do IN STORES JUNE 19th
Bling47 Breaks – Dilla Edition:
Amir on Jaylib “No Games”
(directed by Waajeed)
Again, your weekly fill of Bling47 Breaks, courtesy of the B47 site.
This episode features Amir (of Kon & Amir) talking about the rare French record
that Madlib looped for Jaylib’s “No Games” (& DOOM’s “One Beer”).
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