DecibelCast Vol. 16 – “GRL PRBLMS”

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We’ve all been there at some point in our lives; a relationship gets hard and problems start to occur:  fights, disagreements, arguments—maybe even time apart or breaking up.  Most of the time these issues can be fixed or overcame with time, but this requires some thinking, some love and the right music to make it through.

For me, hip-hop has always served well.  I don’t know why it works, maybe it’s the heavy beats, the nonchalant dismissal of feelings, or just the overall understanding that these types of things are universal, that everyone goes through them.  To that end, this mix is dedicated to the struggles we all go through in relationships and to the problems each and every man has with his woman, as explained by some of the best tracks out there right now.

“Hip-hop isn’t nearly as complex as a woman is.”
– Talib Kweli

Download GRL PRBLMS.zip

 

TRACKLIST

“GRLS” – salute

“Untitled feat. Chance The Rapper” – Mr. MFN eXquire

“Sunday feat. Frank Ocean” – Earl Sweatshirt

“Count On Me” – Lucki Eck$

“When It Rains” – Dag Savage feat. Aloe Blacc

“Serve This Royalty” – Big K.R.I.T.

“Can We Chill” – Riff Raff

“Keyz feat. Gucci Mane, Deniro Farrar, Nacho Picasso” – Blue Sky Black Death

“Constant Conversations” (Remix feat Juicy J) – Passion Pit

“You Song” – Lil Wayne feat. Chance The Rapper

“Float On feat. Charli XCX” – Danny Brown

“Vortex feat. Kid Cudi & Pusha T” – King Chip

“Dreamin’ (Prod. by Ryan Hemsworth)” – Shady Blaze

“Your Drums, Your Love” – AlunaGeorge

“Stay Close feat. Boldy James, Alexander Spit & Aaron Cohen” – Flume

“We Were In Love” – Ta-ku

“If Your Girl Only Knew (WoodysProduce Remix)” – Aaliyah

“All The Time feat. Lil Wayne & Natasha Mosley” – Jeremih

“Take A Fall For Me feat. Rza” – James Blake

“Cocaine Woman” – Lucki Eck$

“She (Shlohmo Remix)” – Laura Mvula

 

DecibelCast Vol. 10 “A Seasonal Affectation”

Installment number 10 of our DecibelCast series is finally here (and not a moment too soon). The mix is basically a cross section of the various different musics I’ve been listening to this season, and thus stylistically it kind of careens wildly all over the map— lots of ’60s psyche rock, some hip-hop, some sad ’90s-style post rock, some foreign pop music and a bunch of odds and ends from 2012. In an attempt to keep the proceedings at least semi-coherent, the over-arching theme—as the name would imply—is one of melancholic introspection: an aural accompaniment to the short days and long nights of winter.

I had a lot of tracks in mind for this one and the runtime quickly ballooned to over 100 minutes. I was going to make it much shorter, but it split in half quite naturally, and so I decided to keep everything, and present it to you in two installments. That being said, it’s still intended to run seamlessly all the way through, so if you have the time check it out from start to finish.

I had a good time making this and I in my opinion it’s one my best, so hope y’all enjoy.

yours,
Jay Autom@tticus

A Seasonal Affectation Part I [Download the ZIP]

Ducktails – “GEM”

Tame Impala – “Mind Mischief”

The Haiduks – “A Tide Through the Flames”

Sunforest – “Where Are You?”

Love – “A House is Not a Motel”

Vinyl Williams – “Teal Palm”

Captain Murphy – “Immaculation” feat. Azizi Gibson & Jeremiah Jae

Earl Sweatshirt – “Chum”

Thomas East – Slipping Around (45′ Version)

Child Actor – “If You Loved Me”

Gang Colours – “On Compton Bay”

Dignan Porch – “She is Landed”

King Krule – “Rock Bottom”

Belbury Poly – “A Pilgrim’s Path”

The Beta Band – “It’s Over”

Bee Gees – Sweet Song of Summer”

 

A Seasonal Affectation Part II [Download the ZIP]

Alejandro Jorodowsky “Isla”

Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute”

Ghost – “Soma”

The Marshmellow Kisses – “Alapati”

Abu el Leef – “Khaleek e Elnoor”

Beadhead – “More Than Ever”

Daniele Luppi & Danger Mouse – “Morning Fog”

David Axelrod – “The Fly”

Thanh Thuy – “Tam the Bai”

Shlohmo – “15th Street”

Two Inch Punch – “Winterlude”

The Robert Glasper Experiment – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Tomato Saucers – “Cosmique Love”

Night Moves – “Classical Hearts”

Rodriguez – “Forget It”

Captain Murphy – “Duality” Mixtape

For the past six-or-so months, the name Captain Murphy had been appearing on some pretty stellar hip-hop alongside the likes of Earl Sweatshirt and Flying Lotus.

Up until a few weeks ago Murphy remained essentially anonymous prompting much Internetz speculation as to the truth of his identity–was it an alias of Odd Future‘s Tyler the Creator or the aforementioned Earl; some other established MC perhaps, or maybe a total unknown?

The mystery was solved at L.A.’s weekly Low End Theory club night a few weeks back, where Murphy was booked as headliner, and as it turned out, was none other than Steven Ellison, who is much better known as Flying Lotus.

Murphy’s unmasking coincided with the release of his debut mixtape Duality, in what was presumably a kind of oddball publicity maneuver.

Duality is being offered as a free download complete with a grip of original artwork, just in time for the holidays.

It’s classic “mixtape” in the tradition of Quasimoto’s The Unseen or MF Doom’s Operation Doomsday—meaning quirky nonsensical rhyming over sample-heavy, lo-fi beats, spliced with various and sundry snippets of cartoons and video games circa the ’90s.

The production, which is predictably dope, is mostly handled by Mr. Lotus and other Brainfeeder-affiliated artists like Samiyam, Teebs and Jeremiah Jae, but Madlib and Hudson Mohawke/Lunice project TNGHT also contribute.  The surprising thing here is just how accomplished a lyricist old FlyLo is. It’s understandable that he was mistaken for Earl or Tyler.

Get it HERE (and be sure to scope the bizarro visual accompaniment while you’re over there)

Here are a few videos from the album:

And here’s some footage of Murphy and Earl Sweatshirt performing “Between Friends” at the Low End Theory.