milo

My first exposure to Rory Fereira, who raps as milo, came back in 2012,  when i stumbled across a bootleg mixtape of his verses over instrumentals from LA-based Anticon affiliate and DECIBELity fave Baths– aptly titled, Milo Takes Baths.

Fereira, who got his start rapping in a Wisconsin hip-hop outfit called Nom de Rap, is a college drop out, a reformed philosophy major, whose interest in the cannon of western thought permeates his post-modernist lyrics, to mingle with navel gazing observations, references to Internet culture, bad puns and other absurdities.

This distinct concoction of lyrical subject matter, combined with a somewhat monotone droll and a penchant for esoteric beats that click and pop rather than boom and bap, place him squarely in the tradition of the leftfield art hip-hop pushed by Anticon.

Feirra’s music offers us a fresh angle on the wordy nerd rap trope; he’s probably the only MC you will ever here quote the famous last line of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philisophicus “Where of one cannot speak, there of one must be silent” and then rhyme it with “but I yawned and I burped and I passed gas loudly.”

It certainly doesn’t hurt his case that his choice of production is superb. All of these tracks are abstract and heady but without over doing it i.e. crossing into avant masturbatory electronic noodling, rather they form a perfect vehicle for Fereira’s stream of conscious monologues.

His latest record A Toothpaste Suburb, released this fall on Hellfyer Club is one my picks for 2014.  A few guests pop up along the way such as fellow label mate Busdriver and Das Racist alum Kool AD, but it’s Fereira ideosyncratic affect that really carries this record.

 

 

Check out the rest here.

Here’s some of his older work which is definitely worth a listen.

And here is the the aforementioned Baths “tape”.

Young Fathers – “Tape One”

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If you are like me the prospect of Scottish rap might sound about as palatable as white-boy fusion reggae. Sweeping generalizations aside, these Scots have in fact come up with something worthwhile, and something that is uniquely theirs.

Their fusion of innovative rhythm and texture—with roots that can be traced to at least three continents—has led some to proclaim them something of a De La Soul for post-globalization. I think that comparison is a little forced, but I will grant that there are indeed three of them (like De La) and that the left-field hip-hop they make is quite satisfying.

Tape One was actually self-released back in 2012, before being given a proper release in January via Anticon. It doesn’t really sound like anything else on the Anticon roster, but that kind of makes it a perfect match for the weirdo hip-hop stalwart known for pushing the boundaries of what can rightly be associated with the genre.

The Young Fathers

The Young Fathers

Thematically, Tape One could be described as something like pan-Africanism, infused with a healthy dose of dystopic British paranoia.

Weird droney noises and snippets of synthetic ambiance snake in and out of spiraling poly-rhythms. The verses, which are half rapped and half sung, are broken up by call-and-response refrains and tribal-ish sounding chants. There’s even a straight reggae track in there  (possibly just to throw the listener off).

The experience as a whole is a little like what I’d imagine the ‘80s might have sounded like if dub, hip-hop and British post-punk had been smashed together instead of separated by oceans.

Good stuff.

Young Fathers – “Sister”

Young Fathers – “Rumbling”

 

WHY? – “Sod In The Seed”

The quasi-rap / indie pop trio WHY? have prepped a new EP, Sod In The Seed via Anticon/City Slang to precede a new full length due in the Fall. This, for me, is glorious news and what makes it even more exciting is that according to Yoni and based on the single it’s a return to the more beat heavy Alopecia days. The EP will reach us Aug. 14th. Make sure to check this space for updates concerning the LP that’s in the works. Sample the lead track along with some old favorites and check the tour schedule below.

 

WHY? – “Sod In The Seed”

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WHY? – “The Vowels Pt. 2” (Alopecia 2008)

WHY? – “By Torpedo or Chron’s” (Alopecia 2008)

first two tracks from Eskimo Snow, “These Hands” and “JanuaryTwenty Something.”
Directed by Ben Barnes.


One-take music video for “A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under” off of the album Alopecia. Directed by Ben Barnes.

FALL TOUR 2012

08-24 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note *&
08-25 – Norman, OK – Opolis *&
08-26 – Santa Fe, NM – SOL @ Santa Fe Brewing *&
08-27 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *&
08-28 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex *#
08-30 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall ^*#
08-31 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Playhouse *#
09-01 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *#
09-02 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
09-03 – Boise, ID – Reef *%
09-04 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue *%
09-05 – Englewood, CO – The Gothic *%
09-06 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room *%
09-07 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada *%
09-08 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center ^*%
09-09 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall ^*%
09-10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom ^*%
09-11 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt^*+
09-12 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East^*+
09-13 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg ^*+
09-14 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ^*+
09-15 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall ^*+
09-16 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle ^*+
09-17 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl ^*+
09-18 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge ^*+

* = w/ Serengeti
^ = w/ Doseone
& = w/ DJ Tony Trimm
# = w/ dj sodapop
% = w/ Jel (DJ Set)
+ = w/ DJ Thanksgiving Brown

13&God – New Album “Own Your Ghost”

Somewhere amidst the hallucinations of Hip Hops Electronic love child comes                    13&God’s sophomore release Own Your Ghost. A collaboration between the Bay Area’s Hip Hop duo Themselves and the German experimental Rock/Pop group The Notwist.  The Album was released digitally on Anticon records May 17th 6 years after their debut. It was worth the wait. You can stream the entire album over on Self Titled Mag and follow a track by track commentary by Doseone.

13&God – “Old Age” 

Here’s a couple videos the first is a promotional one compiled from the studio for the song Unyoung. The second is a haunting little thing for the album opener  Its Own Sun. 

             

here are a few non-downloadable mp3s for you to sample as well

“Sure as Debt”

“Armored Scarves”

“Death Major”