Balam Acab returns with new EP, gives away unreleased material

Alec Koone, who is better known as Balam Acab, lit up the Internetz back in 2011, with his debut LP Wander/Wonder released via what was the hottest record label at that time, Tri-Angle. And then he promptly vanished (without much explanation). Probably most of us forgot about him in those interim four years—such is the reality of music in the 21st Century.

But then a few weeks back he emerged out of nowhere with a self-released EP titled Child Death, which though distinct from his earlier material, can be seen as somewhat of a natural progression of his sound. Although Koone’s Balam Acab project was lumped in with the Witch Haus micro genre of the time, his music was always much brighter and florid than contemporaries like oOoOO, and Salem. Child Death continues this vein, a highly atmospheric offering with whispered vocals, gurgling aquatic synths and refracted textures.

Purchase it over at his Bandcamp page

He’s also released a bunch of goodies to the wild via his Facebook Page.

Check it out:


Sloped Wetted

Club Water

DecibelCast Vol. 18 “All Your Bass Are Belong to Us”


DecibelCast 18 was originally slated to be a compilation of bits from the nascent “alt./future” R&B scene (a particularly fertile area in 2013), but somewhere along the line, that idea was dropped. The revised version still has its share of divas and more than a few love ballads to boot, but there’s also lots of different odds and ends, mashups, remixes, bootlegs and the like. As the name (which is an obvious play on an old internet meme) might suggest the new unifying theme is the bass line. So be certain you listen to this one with a sub.

Download: All Your Bass Are Belong to

Notorious B.I.G. x Flume – “Ezra’s Limit” (Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith’s “BIG Flume” mashup)

Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg – “Faden Away”

Kelela – “Guns & Synths”

Jessy Lanza – “5785021”

Sango feat. Atu – “Hold You”

Kelela & MΔRRI$ – “Go All Night”

SZA – “Pray”

Clams Casino x Kendrick Lamar – “Unknown bootleg”

Kilo Kash – “Ghost” (feat. Childish Gambino)

Girl Unit – “Double Team” (Hood Internet Mashup feat. Chance the Rapper)

Riff Raff – “How to Be the Man”

Cassie – “All My Love” (Kingdom Edit)

Kingdom – “Bank Head” (Extended Mix)

Tycho x Three 6 Mafia – “Who Run It” (Hudson Mohawke Edit)

Machinedrum – “Heavy Weight”

MC Tree – “Probably Nu It”

Ghost Town DJs – “My Boo” (Balam Acab Remix)

Tinashe – “Secret Weapon”

James Blake – “Life Round Here” (Chance the Rapper Version)

Jai Paul – “Untitled” (Leak)

JODY – “Echoes”

FKA Twigs – “Ultraviolet”

Iman Omari – “Energy”

Janet Jackson – “Love Scene” (Headlock’s Love Obscene Mix)

Lana Del Rey remixed by Balam Acab / releases 7″


The vibed out king of euphoria, Balam Acab, wraps his spooky ghost synths and chopped beats around the sexy, plastic lipped pop diva, Lana Del Rey’s track Video Games. As the blogosphere continues to flip out over this chick it seems every day breeds another remix of this song. My personal favorite and probably the only reworking i’ll go back to is Balams, but hey who knows maybe you like the bleeps and blips of Joy Orbison or it’s possible you prefer the simplicity of the marimba on Bombay Bicycle Clubs cover. Or perhaps you’re sick of this song and all the buzz that surrounds it. Either way i’ve picked a handful of the ones I thought to be legit enough, some of these artists i’ve never heard of. I’m sure by the time I finish this post there will be 12 more remixes/covers so just deal with it, accept it, and enjoy.

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Balam Acab Remix) 

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Jamie Woon Remix)  download only

Leavves – Video Games (Lana Del Rey Cover) 

Bombay Bicycle Club – Video Games (Lana Del Rey Cover) feat. Lucy Rose

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Club Clique For The Bad Girls Remix) 

no mp3 as of yet for the Joy Orbison remix, stream below

Link to our previous Lana post to hear the original. She just dropped her first physical 7″ via Strange Records yesterday the 17th which has already sold out. You can grab a digital copy through her website while you wait for them to press more copies. Video Games appears on the A side with Blue Jeans on the flip.

Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans

and hey, why not

Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Penguin Prison Remix)  download only


If you’ve been reading our blog I’m sure you’ve already figured out that we love us some BALAM ACAB.

His stunning full-length debut Wander/Wonder, released a few weeks back on Triangle Records, is sure to be on a lot of end of year lists.

For those who may have missed it, this is a sick collection of productions he released as a free download last year under his ETHEREA alias. It’s a bunch of originals as well as remixes for artists as diverse as Snoop Dog, Animal Collective, MF Doom and St. Vincent.


Balam Acab – “Apart”

Our second glimpse of the debut full length, Wander/Wonder due August 29th on Tri Angle Records, from Pennsylvania based producer Balam Acab has recently surfaced. It’s called Apart and has only amplified the anticipation of his latest effort. We threw up the first single, Oh, Why, last month and this new one sits nicely beside it with Balam’s signature high-pitched vocals and deep resonating beats.


I just came across this downloadable file of Apart

Balam Acab – Apart


Balam Acab – Oh, Why

Balam Acab – Debut Full Length

We’ll have to wait until August but judging from the first single to surface Oh, Why, It shall be well worth the wait. Hailing from Pennsylvania, Alex Koone’s Balam Acab project plans to drop the debut full length WANDER / WONDER August 29th on Tri Angle Records. Balam Acab falls in the blossoming “Witch House” genre which we broke down in an earlier post  including a video of an extended version of Balam’s standout track See Birds (Moon) off the EP of the same name.

Off the See Birds EP (click to listen, right click to download)

Balam Acab – See Birds (Moon)

Balam Acab – Regret Making Mistakes

Marked with signature reverb-heavy vocals his music is an experiment in electronic ambiance layered with psychedelic drone. Enveloped in an eerie yet soothing atmosphere, the sounds seem to bubble or seep out of the darkness in a chilling, ghostly and somehow healing rhythm.

the new single off the forthcoming WANDER / WONDER  (click to listen right click to download)

Balam Acab – Oh, Why 

from his first 7″ entitled Downloads

Balam Acab – Heavy Living Things (download only)

oOoOO, Teams and GuMMyBeAR at the Elbo Room

For months I’ve been hearing all sorts of shit about this so-called “Witch Hausstuff, which appears to be chillwave’s evil twin pseudo-genre.  So, this past weekend I decided to get my ass down to the Elbo Room to see for myself what the fuss was all about.

First impression: vibe is quite similar to that of the Goth clubs I went to several times while living in Orlando – neon laser lights cutting through fog so dense it must have required multiple machines to produce.
DJ: accordingly, skinny white dude dressed all in black with half of his head shaved and the rest of his hair combed over to one side.
Music:  Swishahousestyle hip-hop screwed-down so much it would have made Michael Watts fall asleep on his turntables… wait what?

And it just got weirder from there.  The patrons, a WTF amalgam of hipsters, Goths and typical hip-hop club-goers, were, really eff-d up, on something that wasn’t just alcohol (ketamine maybe? Robotussin?).

GuMMyBeAR from Oakland laid down a mix of music that would have seemed impossible not that long ago: dark ‘80s glam synth pop into noise, into Dubstep and hardcore crunk .

oOoOO, a 6 ft+ drag queen, is San Francisco’s chief purveyor of this stuff, garnering far and away more Internet hype points than any other local act associated with the “genre.”  His music is all of those things GuMMyBeAR was playing mashed up together and doused with cough syrup.

Teams from Baltimore, another skinny tall dude (although not in drag) played a mix of gloomy glitch and crooked bass-heavy techno, singing over it at several points.  (I took some video of him bouncing around wailing, but unfortunately it’s unwatchable.)

The whole experience was perfectly encapsulated by this intoxicated couple attempting to do that bumpy/grindy dance that couples do in “the club” but failing – badly – to keep the rhythm.  At one point I made eye contact with both of them.  Inebriated though they clearly were, there was something more. Their faces bore perplexed looks that suggested they were unsure not just of what they were doing, but of where they were and why they were even there.

I came away from the night comparatively disoriented. Although I definitely have an appreciation for oOoOO’s music, as well as that of BALAM ACAB who’s EP See Birds is off the hook!

*Also while I’m at it, I guess Salem deserves mentioning as they are the granddaddy of all of this hype. Their album King Night – which is full of The Cure-esque synthesizers, gothic choral samples and sluggish beats characterized by crunk hip hop-style 808 snare-rolls and dubstep’s rhythmic accent on the 3rd and 7th counts – sounds like Cevin Key, Slim Thug and Skream made a record, and then DJ Screw remixed it.