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”.

DecibelCast Vol. 14 “Wandering”

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This latest DecibelCast is a mix of somewhat new material that has assisted me on my summer travelings across the country. From Vermont to Seattle and up to Stanwood, WA for a 6-week job at a glass school on a 15,000-acre tree farm; over to Montana for a wedding and a 3 day excursion into Glacier National Park; back to the east coast to North Carolina; and then on down to St. Pete, FL.

Another few weeks in NC and I’ll be on my way back to the North East Kingdom and a private glass studio in Greensboro, VT.

I’ve been fairly non-existent in the blogosphere for most of my trip and this mix may reflect that. It’s been in the works since I left Vermont almost 3 months ago. Whether you’re on the road or hunkered down allow this mix to help you wander through mental or physical space. Enjoy and safe travels.

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[dB-14] “Wandering”

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Tracklist

Evenings – “Babe”

Wise Blood – “Alarm”

Astro – “Ciervos”

Baths – “Miasma Sky”

Jai Paul – “track 3”

TV Girl – “She Smokes in Bed”

DEMON QUEEN – “Rude Boy (feat. N8NOFACE)

CocoRosie – “Gravedigress”

The Blank Tapes – “Pearl”

André – “Mend”

King Khan and The Shrines – “Born To Die”

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks – “Step Right Up (Pour Yourself Some Wine)”

Hospital Ships – “All Yr Gold”

Coma Cinema – “Satan Made A Mansion”

Paul Cary – “Ghost of a Man”

Jacuzzi Boys – “Double Vision”

La Luz – “Call Me in the Day”

GRMLN – “Coral”

The Aquadolls – “Our Love Will Always Remain”

Demon’s Claws – “Weird Ways”

Deerhunter – “Punk (La vie antérieure)”

Jonathan Rado – “Faces”

Speedy Ortiz – “No Below”

Pure Bathing Culture – “Pendulum”

Smith Westerns – “3AM Spiritual”

Wilsen – Oblivion (Grimes Cover)

Bibio – “Dye the Water Green”

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – “We No Who U R”

Hot Palms – “Benny and the Jets”

LAKE R▲DIO – “Bleeding Thumb”