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James Blake – James Blake

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Welcome back.  It’s a new year and life is finally being lifted back into place.  A whole new year of brilliant and terrible music is here and waiting to drop and I already have a lot of catching up to do.  So, let’s get to it…

James Blake’s debut LP James Blake is already set to make my top ten albums of 2011.   Honestly, it’s that good.  And even more honestly, I’m only halfway through my first listen….I already want to start it over from the begining.

His style is an untraditional fusion of Electronic, Dubstep and Grime.  It’s delicate and spacious and the bass that he drops will shift any part of your body that’s touching the floor.  Obviously what you hear is vital but his use of space and silence on this LP accomplishes an intriguing dimension and atmosphere that is gripping to say the least.

He’s only 21, but this kid is a man and he works like one too – he released 3 EPs last year alone: The Bells SketchCMYK and KlavierwerkeI.

The official release date for James Blake is scheduled for February 7th.

James Blake

Unluck

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Lindesfarne II

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Wilhelms Scream

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Bonus video:

Limit to your Love

Pre-Order the album here!


Twin Shadow – Forget

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This is for you.

Tyrant Destroyed

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George Lewis Jr.

When We’re Dancing

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Castles in the Snow

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Slow


Das Racist – Sit Down, Man

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give me a second to figure out how to break this down….

All I ever hear about Rap is that it’s dead, usually when nothing good has come out for a month or two, and then someone(s) comes along and saves it from being the stale tired imitation of itself.

Das Racist will take control of the indie, alt rap, hip-hop have you genre for now with their  ADD driven surplus swirl of synapse cracking information overloaded internet stream of consciousness.   Or, as they call it, “panic attack rap”.  These dudes are funny, intelligent, hyper aware of themselves and urban culture and they are heavily armed with a wealth of information –  oh, I almost forgot, a deadly sense of irony.  They know what they are doing and they know how to do it.

Get it while it’s still fresh.

Das Racist is based in Brooklyn, composed of Queens-born Himanshu Suri and San Francisco-born Victor Vazquez joined by hype man Ashok Kondabolu, known as Dap, for live performances and in music videos.

Listen with a soft focus.

Sit Down, Man

Rapping 2 U (featuring Lakutis)

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Hahahaha JK?

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Das Racist is wide awake in a pop-culture world of irony & excess.

Something else, (from wikipedia)
“When cartoonist Farley Katz of The New Yorker poked fun at Das Racist for ‘Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,’ Vazquez (also a cartoonist) challenged Katz to a cartoon-off. Katz accepted, and The Village Voice declared Vazquez the unambiguous winner, saying he ‘destroyed’ Katz.”
The cartoons are worth checking out.

Bonus Video of “Rainbow in the Dark” from the first MixTape(album) Shut Up, Dude


Menomena – Mines

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I would grab your headphones now.

Sound engineers and producers make music for earbuds now. Good or Bad – it is what it is.  As of April 2010,  260,000,000 iPods have been sold worldwide, which means 520,000,000 little tiny shitty speakers were sold as a well.   (David Byrne made a very interesting presentation on TED.com about the evolution of music based on Architecture and how the new arena is a portable experience for extremly intimate and detailed music -if you have the time, it’s worth watching).  Now, what kind of effect do numbers like that have on the musical landscape considering the main arena is so vastly isolated?  Something quite opposite of vast.  Microscopic is more like it.

Menomena – makes very big, moving, complex, loud, intelligent, and masterfully orchestrated microscopic music.  Listening to Menomena is an engaging experience but it might require a bit of patience.  You might not even enjoy this at all and easily dismiss it, that’s fine, but if you take the time to pry open this tiny world your mind just might explode from all the details.

Mines

Oh Pretty Boy, You’re Such a Big Boy

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Queen Black Acid

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Menomena is Justin HarrisBrent Knopf and Danny Seim of Portland, Oregon and Mines is their fourth full length album.  I highly recommend you also get your hands on their last album Friend & Foe.


Delorean – Subiza

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Subiza is Delorean’s best work to date.  Such a great enveloping lush soundtrack to put on to move you through your day.  When I first heard it, I played it through 3 times straight back to back.   Indie Dance Pop with similarities to the vocal styles of Animal Collective and some 80’s synth sounds.  Put it on and let it play.

“Stay Close”

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Subiza

and this great unofficial video for “Simple Graces”  sets the mood perfectly…


Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

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The flow from Los Angeles continues with Ariel Pink’s latest work Before Today. annnnnnd I like this guy.  I like this guy a lot.  I appreciate how creative this guy is.  He produces most of his own music, has complete control, uses his mouth to create drum sounds, has an immediate throwback sound, uses minor keys.  Great lo-fi freak folk quirk.  Eh, some think pretentious, I don’t care.  I might not be able to put my finger on it but I can’t stop listening to it.  It sank it’s dirty teeth in and I keep going back for more.  Check it out, try it on.

“Bright Lit Blue Skies”

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“Menopause Man”

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Warpaint – Billie Holiday

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Exquisite Corpse

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i know you are out there and listening…so, i have something new for you…but don’t tell anyone cause it’s a secret.  at least, this music, this landscape, sounds and feels like a secret. however, these 3 ladies don’t feel like they come from Los Angeles, but, then again, i’m not the best judge of “LA” and it’s character, i judge that book by it’s cover.  this is Warpaint- in all it’s subtle, airy, quiet, moody glory.  it’s hypnosis is soo very clean and best felt dim. Both of these tracks are off of their first EP – Exquisite Corpse.

i get to see them next monday @ mercury lounge and if you’re in new york, tix may still be available, come.

and morrrrre with “Stars”

I want to know these girls.