Blende just released a preview of their upcoming track called “Fake Love” set to release on Eskimo Records Sept 17. I try to avoid posting tracks without download links but this is too funky to not share. Instantly reminded me of Justice in their golden days – power piano and bizzy bass lines galore.
Griz finally drops his album “Mad Liberation” in true gentlemanly style – for free. Dude has been tearing it up the past year with a string of quality remixes and then combined forces with Grammatik to form an electronic duo of unfair levels of talent and chillness.
I was able to catch Grizmatik’s show and afterparty at Northcoast this past weekend and had a fantastic time. Their Northcoast performance was a little noisy and unrelenting for my taste but they chilled out for the aftershow and made sure to play a lot of tracks they are both known for. Plus Griz kills it on the sax.
Snag the album from Griz’s site below – his album description/mission is also some genuine prose that I dig so make sure and read that too..
I first heard Lemaitre’s “Blue Shift” years ago and wrote about it in my “pretty music” post. To this day it’s still one of the most delightfully bleep bloop productions to grace my ears. I could say that I’ve had these guys on repeat for the past week but I’ve said that on numerous occasions. Their music is fun, often bass infused and funky, fully capable of making the dance floor erupt but also retains an ethereal quality. One of the most refreshing acts I’ve heard in a while, plus bonus points for geeky science references in their song titles.
Ifan Dafydd is a relatively new producer on that future bass vibe. He’s been likened to James Blake in style, maybe because of the soulful pitch-shifted re-invigoration of R&B vocals, or the minimalist pretty synths coloring the empty space of the song. He also lived with James Blake in university, with Mount Kimbie not too far away, explaining the similarity in their “post-dubstep” feel, soulful vibes and stunning musicality. Either way, this song treehouse has had me down for days, and I can’t stop listening. Peep the music video too if ur tryna get all estranged-like.
Since I feel bad for getting you all down, let’s spice it up with some trap shit. I don’t know a whole bunch about the origins, but ‘trap’ seems to be a genre branching out of electronic bass music that incorporates a long-missed neo-gangster feel. For example:
After a long hiatus I would like to announce my triumphant return from the depths of graduate school. Free from the bonds of problem sets and long hours in the lab I’m excited to, among other things, re-chill the fuck out in funkytown. Been thinking about who I would write about for my return but that was too much pressure so I’ve decided to just drop a giant smelly puddle of tracks all over your collective chests. Lather up.
Chilled out Louis armstrong, chopped and hip-hoped up
And finally, an introduction to a friend here at funkytown, Cuddlemonster. Wrought with a satanic fervor only a republican candidate could know, he emerges from the dark subsonic sludge of New York City, experimenting with massive sub-basslines complemented by an uncanny spectrum of emotion accessed from within the minimalist template. I’ve got a sampling of some of his tunes below, but be sure to check out his mix and newly released EP Dupe (which plays with a fascinating array of Diablo II samples, btw). Very much digging this fresh experimental style. Something is around the corner my friends….