DecibelCast 27 – “Weightless”

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A specially curated trip through the continuum of ambient sound, ideal for headphones during the gray days and long nights of late winter. Over the course of approximately two hours you the listener can expect to drift through an array of soundscapes—from classic ambient, krautrock, and new age to techno, ’90s IDM, modern avant guarde composition and disembodied chamber music—toward some faintly outlined shape at some distant point beyond the horizon.

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Tracklist:

Huerco S. – “Sea of Love”

Grouper – “Made of Air”

Laraaji – “Being Here”

Gas – “Pop”

Tim Hecker – “(They Call Me) Jimmy”

Botany – Ory (Joyous Toil)

Iasos – “Bubble Massage”

Aphex Twin – “Radiator”

Dedekind Cut feat. DJ Shadow – “Conversations With Angels”

Vangelis – “Creation du Monde”

Edgar  Froese – “Epsilon in Malaysian Pale”

Julianna Barwick – “Offing”

William Basinski – “Desintegration Loops”

Tangerine Dream – “Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares”

The Caretaker – “An Empty Bliss Beyond this World

 

Jay Autom@tticus’ “Going Bump in the Night” Halloween Mixtape

Well, we haven’t posted all that much recently, but it’s Halloween and the occasion is beckoning so here’s a special mixtape from us to you. It’s a “classic” kind of Halloween party mix, most of the songs being circa 1980s. There are admittedly a few questionable selections (it’s probably the only time ever you’ll find us posting a Hall & Oates tune), but shameless or no we feel this captures the spirit of the season. So please download, share, enjoy and happy Halloween!

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Alice Cooper – “Welcome to My Nightmare”

The Cramps – “Teenage Werewolf”

The Cramps – “Zombie Dance”

Dead Kennedys – “Halloween”

Misfits – “Horror Business”

Misfits – “Halloween”

The Kinks – “Wicked Annabella”

Eels – “Fresh Blood”

Bauhaus – “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (Tomb Raider Mix)

The Damned – “Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde”

David Bowie – “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”

Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party”

Hall & Oates – “Maneater”

Rockwell – “Somebody’s Watching Me”

Ministry – “Everyday is Halloween”

Ugress- “Ghost Von Frost”

Micah P. Hinson – “Diggin’ a Grave”

Timber Timbre – “Bad Ritual”

Henry Mancini – “Experiment in Terror”

Dead Man’s Bones – “Werewolf Heart”

Steve Gray – “New Orleans Funeral”

Ween – “Cold Blows the Wind”

Tom Waits – “Dead & Lovely”

The Orwells – “Halloween All Year”

King Dude – “Eternal Night”

KAYTRANADA’s “0.001% ???” Mixtape

Canadian producer KAYTRANADA released one of our favorite records this year in the form of 99.99% (XL Recordings), a sleek hybrid of incandescent club music with razor-sharp production, featuring a formidable roster of rappers and vocalists.

And now he’s flexing his DJ skills with this gem of a mixtape he dropped on us earlier this week. It’s a sublime ride through a slew of exclusive material, remixes, edits, features, etc., that really demonstrates just how good modern dance music can be.

Stream and/or download below, and don’t forget to check out 99.99%.

DecibelCast 24 “Dat ’96 Sh*t”

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1996 was when we reached peak hip-hop—the year when the genre’s creative vitality was finally eclipsed by its significance in the mainstream culture of America, the year when it came crashing down.  In 1996 hip-hop was pop music and vice versa. The West Coast sound, which had basically dominated the decade was finally being legitimately challenged by what had begun as a small insurgency with Wu-Tang‘s debut and gained steam with insta-classic debuts from Nas and Notorious B.I.G.

1996 saw the first and only Fugees record, the debut solo outings of Ghostface,  Busta Rhymes and Eminem. There were classic records released by Nas, Lost Boyz, Mobb DeepTribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Roots, Redman and Too $hort.  And there was 2Pac. More than any other rapper, 1996 belonged to Tupac Shakur.  Pac managed to release three(!!!) albums worth of material (counting the double album All Eyez on Me and the posthumous Don Killuminati) and sell more records than any other rapper probably ever will, before the inevitable end to his tragic whirlwind of a life arrived in September of that year. 96 was the very height of the East Coast/West Coast war. It was beginning of the end for Death Row Records (and  Biggie Smalls who was murdered in early ’97). And it was the  beginning of the South’s ascension, as heralded by Outkast‘s objectively game-changing ATLiens.

DJ Shadow, who correctly interpreted the glitzy cul de sac that mainstream rap was entering even while releasing an album that has yet to be equalled said hip-hop sucked in ’96, but from here it sounds pretty damn good. Fuck! 20 years, I can’t believe it’s been that long. It was a trip listening to all this stuff again. I sincerely hope you enjoy listening to this mix as much as we enjoyed making it.

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DJ Shadow “Why Hip-Hop Sucks in ’96”
Busta Rhymes feat. Biggie Smalls “Modern Day Gangsta Shit”
The Fugees – “Ready or Not”
2Pac – I Got My Mind Made Up”
Lost Boyz “Music Makes Me High (Album Version)
De La Soul  “Itzsoweezee (Hot)”
Do or Die “Po Pimp”
Dru Down “Breezy”
Nas  “Affirmative Action”
MC Eiht “You Can’t See Me (Compton’s Most Wanted)” Instrumental
Heltah Skeltah “Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka”
Mobb Deep “Hell on Earth”
The East Flatbush Project “Tried by 12” feat Des
Redman feat Method Man  “Do What Ya Feel”
Nonchalant  5 O’Clock (Album Version)
Cypress Hill “Illusions Instrumental (Jay Dee Remix)”

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A Tribe Called Quest “1nce Again”
Westside Connection “Bow down”
Camp Lo “Luchini (AKA This is It)”
Delinquent Habits “Tres Delinquetes”
The Roots “What They Do”
O.G.C. “Hurricane Starang”
Makaveli (2Pac) “To Live and Die in LA”
Da Bush Babees “The Love Song” feat Mos Def
UGK “Diamonds and Wood”
Outkast “Mainstream”
Jay-Z “Dead Presidents”
Eminem “INFINITE”
Biz Markie “Studda Step”
Jeru the Damaja “Whatever”
Too $hort “Gettin’ It”
Ghostface Killah “All That I Got is You” feat Mary J Blige
DJ Shadow “Midnight in a Perfect World”

POP.MORRIS

We’ve written about P Morris (real name Philesciono Canty) before. His glitzy hybrid of trap, chopped and screwed R&B and cavernous bass music (which he refers to as Goombawave) is characterized by lush melodic arrangements with long almost classical sounding interludes. He’s released several quality EPs (via Bandcamp) through his Bear Club Music Group over the last couple of years. He’s also a pretty active DJ, as his POP.Morris mixes attest.

Loaded with edits, bootlegs and re-fixes, these tapes encompass a wide range of pop music from various eras and sides of the Atlantic—from golden-age hip-hop to ’90s Euro-trance to the songs you’d find right now on the radio (if you still listened to the radio)—all twisted and processed through the Goomba-filter.

Vol. 3 kicks off with a Fetty Wap edit called “God Save the Trap Queen” and from there goes through obligatory stuff like Drake, D.R.A.M. and Nicki Minaj, but Annie Lenox is also there as is an extended portion about angry Frank Ocean fans (related through a broadcast news feature) reacting a hoax regarding new material from the singer.

Volume 1 & Volume 2 from earlier this year are also still available as pay-what-you-like downloads.

TY-Rannosaurus-RIE’s “No, no I didn’t fall off the edge of the earth; I’m still very much alive thank you and I’ve the mixtape to prove it” Mixtape

Well, it’s late November i.e. peak mope time for yours truly. But as it turns out I’m actually feeling pretty good at the moment, which is at least partially to do with this sweet little mixtape that was provided me by the homie TY-Rannosaurus-RIE. Yep, he’s is still around, and he still has the beat on some killer music. And while he  doesn’t really post mixes here anymore, he will apparently make one for you if you pester him long enough. (Perhaps he’ll return to dB someday if we keep badgering him about it.)

This particular mix, which was created just so I would shut up, evokes images of open road (well, at least to me it does). It opens with a Tourette’s-y little number sung by what sounds a little like a modern day cowboy crossed with Brak singing the blues, and it really just keeps getting better from there.

Go ahead and Check it out

Terry Jackness – “Track 01”

The Clean – “Anything Could Happen”

UV Race – “Life Park”

Eddy Current Suppression Ring – “Tuning Out”

Richard Swift – “The Bully”

Shintaro Sakamoto – “Birth of the Super Cult”

Jenny Hval – “The Battle is Over”

The Stoners – “Don’t Give a Fuck About You”

POW! – “Hi-Teck Boom”

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – “Killer Diller”

Whatever Brains – “NPTO”

Bichkraft – “Didn’t Know”

Naomi Punk – “Television Man”

Wolf Eyes – “Twister Nightfall”

Hamish Kilgour – “Crazy Radiance”

Matt Valentine – “The Beater”

DecibelCast Vol. 23 – “L.A.-ted”

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It’s been a minute we realize since we last posted a DecibelCast mix (or anything else for that matter). We’ve all been pretty busy doing adult stuff in our respective lives and, unfortunately, this blog has suffered for it. We have of course continued to discover and enjoy lots of different music, we just haven’t made the time to write about it. But, I digress…

This here is a mix I made specifically for a recent trip to Los Angeles (hence the title)—it starts with a bunch of West Coast G funk-inspired stuff and then works its way into some slick summery electronic pop. All tracks are new (with one obvious exception) and all are ideal for the warm weather. It’s a damn fine collection of songs, and I’ve been rinsing it steadily for the past few weeks. And so I figured “Why not share it with all of you?”

Hope you’re enjoying the summer
Jay Autom@tticus

Download: “L.A.-ted”.zip 

Tracklist:
STS & RJD2  – “Doing it Right”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking my Phone”
Thundercat – “Them Changes” (feat. Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington)
NxWorries – “Suede”
Kendrick Lamar – “Momma”
Knxwledge – “Komestostai.Aintreallynootherwaytoputitro”
213 – “So Fly”
The Hood Internet – “Try Out” (Spoon x Dej Loaf Mashup)
The Internet – “Just Sayin/I tried”
A$AP Rocky – “Everyday” feat. Rod Stewart & Miguel
Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breathe” (feat. Irfane)
Shamir – “Demon”
Jamie xx – “Good Times” feat. Popcaan & Young Thug
Hudson Mohawke – “Ryderz”
Dam-Funk – “Free”
Tuxedo – “Do It”
Hot Chip – “Love is the Future”
LA Priest – “Party Zute / Learning to Love”
Chromatics – “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around
Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
Young Fathers – “Sirens”

Kero Kero Bonito

Kero Kero Bonito, which translates roughly to “ribbit ribbit fish” in Japanese, is something like the logical conclusion of a problem involving Hello Kitty, Beenie Man, Chrono Trigger and, uh, England.

The London-based trio, consisting of producers Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled and vocalist Sarah Midori Perry, first appeared on the DECIBELity radar last year; their tune “Flamingo” was one of the highlights of Ryan Hemsworth’s excellent Secret Songs compilation, which we posted.

Anchored by Perry’s infectious singsongy hooks, their hybridized, post-globalization style of pop music, incorporates cartoonish imagery, Internet neologisms, Nintendo-esque sound effects, dancehall riddims and elements of UK rave culture and J-Pop

KKB’s debut mixtape Intro Bonito, self-released late last year, was like nothing we had really heard before. 

And given the quality of the two singles they’ve released in 2015 (see below), we’re pretty excited to see what’s next from these guys.

And definitely check out this fire “mixtape” they dropped last week, should  be perfect for the warm weather.

“My Body is Full of Stars” (Afrofuturism mixtape)

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“Afrofuturism carves out a space for black people to write ourselves into speculative pasts and futures, to reimagine our identities beyond and before human history and form.”

Black History Month is just about over, so I figured I better go ahead and show some love for the this mixtape that I came a across a little while back. Curated and programed by a music journalist and producer named Ian McQuade, it’s an accompaniment to a larger multi-media project created by the Irish-Nigerian writer/sociologist Emma Dabiri about the concept of Afrofuturism. (If you’re up for an intellectual treatise on race and culture and parallel histories you can Dibiri’s essay on Afrofuturism here— it’s pretty heady stuff though so be warned.)

Anyway, the concept is dope, and perfectly articulated—I mean cutting up a Sun Ra lecture at Berkeley and using it to thread the line between Jimi Hendrix, Egyptian LoverTV on the Radio, Shabazz Palaces, Deltron, ActressLTJ Bukem, Missy Elliot can’t get with that?

Dowload/stream the mix and check the tracklist after the jump.

Hendrix – EXP // Actress – Uriel’s Black Harp // Roots Soundtrack
Sun Ra – Berkley Lecture snippet
A Number of Names – Share Vari
Dirty Paraffin – Papap! Papap!
Missy Elliott – Smooth Chick
Binghams Speech
Strafe – Set It Off
Laura Mvula – That’s Alright
Richard Pryor – 2001 Monologue
Freddie Hubbard – This Is Combat I Know ­
Shabazz Palaces – An Echo From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum
Deltron 3030 – Virus (acapella)
TV On The Radio – The Wrong Way
Jimi Hendrix – 1963 (A Merman I Shall Be)
London Lucumi Choir – Cantos Espirituales
James Stinson phone interview
The Other People Place – Eye Contact
Egyptian Lover – Egypt Egypt
Sun Ra – Berkley Lecture snippet
Nigga Fox – Ze Piqueno
Bryte – I Like Your Girlfriend
Azealia Banks – Fierce
Tyree – I’m Free
DJ Cndo – Terminator
Leif ft Spank Rock – Star Alliance
SupaNova Slom – Energy
LTJ Bukem – Atlantis
Sun Ra – Outerspaceways Incorporated
Sun Ra Berkley lecture snippet

Deejay OM – “Blood From My Soul” Parts 1 & 2

 Here’s a special V Day gift for all of you.

I was cleaning out my hard drive over the week, and I found these dynamite rare soul mixes that San Francisco-based Deejay OM made a while back for the always excellent San Francisco Disco/Boogie/Funk blog The Beat Electric. Both of them were done the old-fashioned way: a box of 45s and two turntables. Neither have track lists, but trust, these are definitely the goods.

Enjoy!  (right click & “save as” to download)

Blood From My Soul: Music for Heartbreak

Blood From My Soul Part 2: Time Heals All Wound