ETHEREA

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.

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Rapping With Paul White

Yes, I am writing another post about Paul White/One-Handed Music/et. al. Criminally misunderestimated by the blogosphere these guys are; thus I’m on a mission of sorts to promote them when/wherever I can.

This promo for White’s latest album (of the same name, which is due Aug. 21.), is a proper mixtape full of odds and ends: cuts from the new album, unreleased tracks and remixes by Mr. White, along with the odd a cappella.

Tracklist:
Life Is Flashing Intro
Trust featuring Guilty Simpson
A New Way
Get Down RMX* -Nas
One Of Life’s Pleasures RMX* featuring Danny Brown
Hype Strings*
In The Good RMX* not featuring The Visionaries
The Doldrums
Run Shit featuring Marv Won
Holla RMX* featuring Prince Po
Guitar Riff Pt. IIII*
What’s That Funny Smell?
Dirty Slang featuring Guilty Simpson
Classic RMX* featuring MED and Talib Kweli
Rotten Apples featuring Tranqill
Love To Japan*
Never Too Late*
Stressed Out RMX* featuring ATCQ
Guitar Racing*
Getting Lucky*
Wiltering Heat*
OOOooo*
Up Close*

(*non-album exclusives)

White sleeps with his sampler.

If you like your left-field hip-hop way out in left-field, then you need this guy in your life. What Dilla was to soul or Madlib is to jazz, White is to prog rock.

Also, don’t forget to grab White’s excellent debut, The Strange Dreams of…, he’s giving it away now.

Ghost Feet – “Wires and Chords EP”

So, I found this pleasant little surprise in my inbox today.

The debut EP from Olympia Washington-based outfit Ghost Feet, is a tight mixture of moody indie rock vibes and glitched out electronics, which recalls the sound of edIT’s Crying Over Prose for No Reason.

Anchored by melancholic guitars and somber ambiance, these four tracks are full of jittery synthesized noise and broken rhythms that stutter and pop back into place. The whispered vocals and other found sounds are chopped and processed til they become indecipherable, and then interwoven into the atmospheric fabric of the music.

Recommended for fans of the Flying Lotus/Brainfeeder sound.

Paul White offering “Strange Dreams of…” for Free!

OMG OMG OMG!  You don’t won’t to miss this.  White is offering up his blindingly good debut long-player in high quality absolutely free!

Here’s part of a review I wrote for it back in June of ’09 when it was originally released:

“Armed with a formidable reservoir of raw material (his day job was working as a library producer for the BBC) and a deft touch with the MPC , he flexes more creativity in the less than 45 minutes of this debut than many “producers” could muster over a career of writing tracks. We’re talking Madlib amounts of ideas. Though if we’re going to continue the analogy, I’d have to say that what the Beat Konducta is to jazz, White is to progressive rock.

Strange Dreams… incorporates snippets of reggae, funk and hazy electronica along with vintage soul vocals and snatches of world music that coagulate with stiff, snapping rhythms; symphonic orchestrations and copious amounts of cheesed, arena-style synth organs and wanky guitar noodling. The resulting product is a fantastically quirky kind of prog-hop. The tracks are short, averaging less than 2 minutes long, and punctuated by various bizarre samples from arcane British film, television, and advertisements. They would almost leave one wanton for more but, like little haikus, are actually complete unto themselves; brief as they may be.”

The limited edition physical release sold out real quick, so it’s pretty rad that he’s doing this.

Blackbird Blackbird – “Little Respect Mixtape”

I found out about this guy the organic way (IRL not from the Internetz) sometime last year. He played an excellent show at a small venue for like a couple of $$.

Only later was it discovered that he was being lumped in with the burgeoning, yet unfortunately named “chill wave” scene.

This mixtape – anchored by an Aretha Franklin-sampling title track – came out awhile back, but it’s ideal summertime listening, so I thought I’d post it up.

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If you likey the sound, look out for his latest album, which he’s sellin’ on a “name your own price”  basis over at Bandcamp.

Animal Collective and Panda Bear Mixtapes

Even though they havent come out with a new album recently Animal Collective are staying busy. Avey Tare released an album last year and Panda Bear‘s Tomboy will be coming out April 19 (or maybe on record store day). But until then they have given us a couple of mixtapes to enjoy! One is an incredibly long All Tomorrows Parties MegaMix to celebrate them curating the upcoming event and the other is more of a track selection from Panda Bear guest DJ’ing on NPR.
You should be able to get the ATP one below…

And the Panda Bear you can get here