Thursday, September 8, 2011
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Posted by Zachary Foos at 8:05 PM
Thursday, September 16, 2010
You can bet that things are going to start looking up when Mary Anne Hobbs names you her "Favorite Unsigned Artist of 2010". You can also bet that you'll be getting rid of that "unsigned" part. Coming out of the U.K., Young Montana is one of several artists working to bridge the gap between L.A.'s beat makers and London's ever-expanding dubstep scene. But what makes Young Montana's music even more interesting is that he takes it back and uses a more classic hip-hop sound, reminiscent of legend's like Madlib and Dilla, rather than keeping it electronics focused as most artists are doing today. Daddy Kev and his Alpha Pup label were lucky enough to sign the sudden sensation, which should mean we can be expecting an official release sometime soon. Here are two of his best tracks to date.
Posted by Zachary Foos at 9:19 PM
Warpaint, an L.A. based all female quartet, have had a steady stream of tracks floating around the internet since the beginning of this year and in a little over a month, October 25 to be exact, we'll finally get to here their debut album, The Fool. They've given the public a taste of the album with their single "Undertow". The four-on-the-floor beat and synchronized bass and guitar are reminiscent of The XX, but everything else, especially the funky breakdown just before the three minute mark, is all Warpaint. Download "Undertow" and the older but equally amazing "Billie Holiday" below.
Posted by Zachary Foos at 8:43 PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The Morning Benders have covered Paul McCartney's "Ram On" as a part of their Echomix2, which you can download here. The cover has an unexpected R&B feel with heavy drums and a speaker-shaking bass.
Posted by Zachary Foos at 9:30 PM
Women didn't get nearly enough credit for their self-titled 2008 debut. It had more than a couple memorable songs and there wasn't a bad song on the album. Now, as they're readying their second album, Public Strain, I get the feeling they won't be so easy to ignore this time around. The single, Eyesore, runs just over six minutes but you'll be begging for it to keep going by the end. It's mellow production and atmospheric layering of guitar and bass drag you in while the melody invades your mind. Public Strain comes out September 28 on Jagjaguwar.
Posted by Zachary Foos at 9:07 PM
Ana Caravelle is a 22 year old harp player and vocalist who has ties with the L.A. beat scene through her boyfriend/producer Asura. Her music is reminiscent of Bjork and Joanna Newsom and any other harp playing pop-vocalist you can think of. As if that weren't intriguing enough on its own, the production and remixes of her tracks combine two completely unrelated genres to create songs unlike anything you've ever heard. Her debut album, Basic Climb, comes out September 28 via Non Projects. Below is a spectacular track from Basic Climb and a remix by Non Projects label head Anenon.
Posted by Zachary Foos at 8:30 PM
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Jonwayne is one of several members of the WEDIDIT COLLECTIVE, a collective of L.A. based beat makers. He is a rapper and producer with an upcoming release on Stones Throw. His latest track, "Infinite", is the strongest thing he's put out yet and is one of the best beats I've heard in months. Also, check him out rapping over a RZA beat in the video above. Keep an eye on this one.
Posted by Zachary Foos at 9:31 PM
As Dominant Legs, Hannah Hunt and Girls' guitarist Ryan Lynch create an entirely new form of indie tinged disco-pop. The combination of his vulnerable voice and her dreamy backing vocals creates a playfulness that makes you want to get up and dance. Despite having only a four track EP out, the duo's fan base is growing rapidly. Two tracks from the Young At Love And Life EP are below.
Posted by Zachary Foos at 8:29 PM
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Teebs is one of the youngest and most promising beat-makers coming out of the Los Angeles area. He's signed to Brainfeeder and has an EP and a debut album on the way. The album, titled Ardour, is supposedly being released on Oct. 19. "Arthur's Birds" is the first track from the album to be shared with the public. It's dreamy bells and buzzing bass will have you listening to it on repeat.
Check out his collaborative Tropics EP with Jackhigh to hear some of his previous work. The video for the track "Rains" off the EP is below. Watching this will be the best four minutes you'll spend all day.
Posted by Zachary Foos at 9:45 PM