GHOSTWRIDAH – 305s n Heartbreak

April 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm (Hip Hop, Mixes, Songs)

This is kind of old news for anyone who’s really really into the mixtape scene, but I didn’t encounter it until the last week. It’s by this Florida chap called GhostWridah and it’s called 305s and Heartbreak. It’s a concept mix where each of the tracks, except for the opener, sample 808s and Heartbreak, but in pretty interesting ways: on some tracks he added instrumentation or even re-created the original beat and re-mixed it in interesting ways. It really gives you a new appreciation for how awesome some of Ye’s beats on 808s were, especially since GhostWridah has a super dope flow and doesn’t have any pretentions to being a pop singer (unlike, erm, Kanye).

If you are looking for a sample, check out the video embedded below; not only is the song great, but the video is a really good, elegant, and engaging piece of music videography.

Download 305s and Heartbreak

GhostWridah Myspace

Thanks to Derya fer hookin it up

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Bear Hands – What A Drag

February 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm (Brooklyn crap, Songs, Uncategorized)

Kendra and I just heard this song while listening to Western Washington’s student station, KUGS (awesome
station by the way), and it was the best song I’d heard in days! Woah, BIG DEAL. Anyway, check it out. The band is from Brooklyn (yeah yeah, what else is new?), they’re called Bear Hands, and they wrote a song that’s a little mathy, has a really good, driving beat, and is pretty catchy. It sounds a little bit like early Tokyo Police Club, but a little more…mmm…Brooklyn?

Check out the mp3 at KEXP’s blog (yeah, I know, bad music blog etiquette, but this blog isn’t big enough yet where it’ll trash their bandwidth if I link):

Bear Hands – What A Drag

UPDATE: Now that I listen to this with better speakers I am sorry for calling it at all mathy. That guitar during the chorus somehow sounded a lot more interesting on crappy little TV speakers.

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The Middle East – Blood

February 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm (Pop, Songs)

This track comes to you courtesy of Kendra, ~*my girlfriend*~. She put it on a mix she made me and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. The Middle East are a…uh…somethingtet (I can’t seem to find information on exactly how many group members there are, but it sounds like a good number) out of Townsville, Australia. This track is beautiful and it’s a little long–though I generally find that contemporary pop songs could almost always do with a bit of trimming down, this one uses every measure effectively. It develops slowly, artfully, gracefully over five and a half minutes and culminates in one of the most tremendous, triumphant, and beautiful choruses I’ve ever heard. Take a listen.

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The Middle East – Blood

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Vitalic – OK Cowboy

February 11, 2010 at 3:28 am (Electronic, Songs)

Does this look like the cover to a sick early electro album?

Why is it that album covers so often do a terrible job of conveying what the music they represent actually sounds like?The cover to this Vitalic album, OK Cowboy, is one of the things that discouraged me from listening to it when it was first recommended to me years ago. From the cover and album title I’d guessed Vitalic was some kind of crappy turn-of-the-millennium garage rock band or something. What Vitalic actually sounds like, as I discovered yesterday when I finally gave it a spin, is something much better. Pick your cliche music journalist analogy:  early Ladytron or Daft Punk with a harder edge, Crystal Castles minus most of the vocals (though those that are there are just as machinic and fuzzed out) and the chip tune aesthetic, Black Moth Super Rainbow making dance music, etc. You probably get the idea: really dirty, aggressive synths, four-step house beats with rock drums, occasional guitar leads. It seems to find a sweet spot, being just repetitive enough to be pleasantly hypnotic but not so repetitive as to be boring like much minimalist dance music. However you describe it, this album will probably be in my top 50 of all time now. Check out a couple select tunes below.

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