Jay Autom@tticus’ “Going Bump in the Night” Halloween Mixtape

Well, we haven’t posted all that much recently, but it’s Halloween and the occasion is beckoning so here’s a special mixtape from us to you. It’s a “classic” kind of Halloween party mix, most of the songs being circa 1980s. There are admittedly a few questionable selections (it’s probably the only time ever you’ll find us posting a Hall & Oates tune), but shameless or no we feel this captures the spirit of the season. So please download, share, enjoy and happy Halloween!

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Alice Cooper – “Welcome to My Nightmare”

The Cramps – “Teenage Werewolf”

The Cramps – “Zombie Dance”

Dead Kennedys – “Halloween”

Misfits – “Horror Business”

Misfits – “Halloween”

The Kinks – “Wicked Annabella”

Eels – “Fresh Blood”

Bauhaus – “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (Tomb Raider Mix)

The Damned – “Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde”

David Bowie – “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”

Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party”

Hall & Oates – “Maneater”

Rockwell – “Somebody’s Watching Me”

Ministry – “Everyday is Halloween”

Ugress- “Ghost Von Frost”

Micah P. Hinson – “Diggin’ a Grave”

Timber Timbre – “Bad Ritual”

Henry Mancini – “Experiment in Terror”

Dead Man’s Bones – “Werewolf Heart”

Steve Gray – “New Orleans Funeral”

Ween – “Cold Blows the Wind”

Tom Waits – “Dead & Lovely”

The Orwells – “Halloween All Year”

King Dude – “Eternal Night”

KAYTRANADA’s “0.001% ???” Mixtape

Canadian producer KAYTRANADA released one of our favorite records this year in the form of 99.99% (XL Recordings), a sleek hybrid of incandescent club music with razor-sharp production, featuring a formidable roster of rappers and vocalists.

And now he’s flexing his DJ skills with this gem of a mixtape he dropped on us earlier this week. It’s a sublime ride through a slew of exclusive material, remixes, edits, features, etc., that really demonstrates just how good modern dance music can be.

Stream and/or download below, and don’t forget to check out 99.99%.

Knxledge

There are a lot of guys that try to make this kind of music. Legions of MPC (er-Fruity Loops)-wielding crate diggers trying to find that perfect obscure soul sample to flip into a beat. And everyone inevitably evokes J Dilla or Madlib when describing this sort of endeavor. Press releases want you to know this is like a Jay Dee track, or that is Madlib-inspired. Music writers are probably even worse with the lazy comparisons. And the producers themselves? Well most would probably welcome being called the next Dilla or the next Beat Konductor.

So, at a certain point, one just get kind of desensitized to it all. I used to be really into “beats,” but it all got so eff-ing predictable—just a copy of a copy of a copy of someone raiding J Dilla‘s vinyl collection.

Enter the Knxledge.

Pronounced Knowledge (the ex is actually an oh), this guy has been on the scene for a while now, but this year he’s really blowing up with a slew of high profile production credits (including Kendrick Lamar’s opus To Pimp a Butterfly) and an absurdly dope long-player called Hud Dreams released via Stones Throw Records.

He’s got a ton of stuff out—srsly, a metric shit-ton of stuff—but let’s just talk about that album. It’s laid out like a mixtape with the beats (usually under 2 minutes) running into each other. There aren’t a lot of crazy production tricks or studio gimmicks here, just a really good ear for sampling and a (obviously) deep crate digger with an intuitive flare for rhythm. These tracks sound effortless, sloppy even, but in the right way if you get me? They’re busting at the seems with the DNA of obscure soul, doo wop and jazz, all chopped into swaggering boom-bap that recalls the golden days of yore.

One final point to consider, because I am going to place this in it’s rightful lineage: How many of knock off Dillas can say they signed to Stones Throw, the label that actually put out all that seminal Dilla and Madlib? Exactly.

But, why take my word for it, give it a listen yourself:

Here’s a sick video of him jamming some beats live in the basement:

And here’s the first single from the man’s R&B project titled Nx Worries.

Also, dude is putting up new beats on his Soundcloud like daily, check it out:

Kero Kero Bonito

Kero Kero Bonito, which translates roughly to “ribbit ribbit fish” in Japanese, is something like the logical conclusion of a problem involving Hello Kitty, Beenie Man, Chrono Trigger and, uh, England.

The London-based trio, consisting of producers Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled and vocalist Sarah Midori Perry, first appeared on the DECIBELity radar last year; their tune “Flamingo” was one of the highlights of Ryan Hemsworth’s excellent Secret Songs compilation, which we posted.

Anchored by Perry’s infectious singsongy hooks, their hybridized, post-globalization style of pop music, incorporates cartoonish imagery, Internet neologisms, Nintendo-esque sound effects, dancehall riddims and elements of UK rave culture and J-Pop

KKB’s debut mixtape Intro Bonito, self-released late last year, was like nothing we had really heard before. 

And given the quality of the two singles they’ve released in 2015 (see below), we’re pretty excited to see what’s next from these guys.

And definitely check out this fire “mixtape” they dropped last week, should  be perfect for the warm weather.

Salva – “Peacemaker”

Paul Salva isn’t new to the game so to speak. He’s clocked time living in Chicago, Miami and the Bay Area among other places, and paid his dues early in the world of turntableism, soaking up the influences of his various locals— be it Miami bass, techno or IDM. In  2011, he hooked up with the Friends of Friends crew to release his debut Complex Housing as well as a pair of subsequent  EPs.

With his most recent project Peacemaker, the (currently) LA-based producer has assembled an impressive array MCs, some of the games hottest up-and-comers. And while managing to get Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs and ASAP Ferg on the same track is impressive, it’s Salva‘s beats that will stay with you afterward—simply put: these tracks hit harder than fuck!

Download the whole thing for free here.

 

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”

 

DecibelCast Vol. 11 “Heart Shaped Rejection”

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Last year our February mix, [dB-03] “Love Sick Mixtape” was dedicated to love in all its manifestations. Well, the newest installment of our DecibelCast series focuses on the lovers in the world hurt and downcast. Whether your love has withered away, simply up and left or if distances, physical or metaphorical, keep you separated this mixtape is for you. So if you’re spending Valentines day alone this year sit back, let go and open up to the sounds of Heart Shaped Rejection.

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Tracklist:

Coma Cinema – “Hell”

Liz Hodson & Josiah Wolf – “Ain’t No Sunshine”

Emily Wells – “Mamas Gonna Give You Love”

Still Corners – “Hearts of Fools”

Allah-Las – “Vis-A-Vis”

George Maple – “Uphill”

Michael Kiwanuka – “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen cover)”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble”

Foxygen – “San Francisco”

Gap Dream – “58th St. Fingers”

Natural Child – “That’s How I Got To Memphis”

Duncan Mcknight – “Highway Diamond”

Cate Le Bon – “Shoeing The Bones”

Nosaj Thing – “Eclipse/Blue ft. Kazu Makino”

Darkstar – “Timeaway”

Millionyoung – “Lovin”

Toro y Moi – “So Many Details”

Bear/Face – “Taste My Sad”

Diamond Messages – “You Were The One”

Chelsea Wolfe – “The Way We Used To”

Yo La Tengo – “Ill Be Around”

Alex Bleeker – “These Days”

Ganglians – “Cryin’ Smoke”

Mina Tindle – “Plein Nord (demo)”

Dignan Porch – “Like It Was Again”

King Tuff – “Swamp Of Love”

 

DecibelCast Vol. 7 “Discobelity”

As you may have already discerned from the title, Vol. 7 of our DecibelCast series delves deeply into retro dance territory – think hideous polyester shirts with huge collars, ridiculously flared pantaloons and pointy ugly shoes… and cocaine of course, ridiculous amounts of cocaine on trays strapped to the heads of midget waiters (or something).

Now, had you told the me from 10 years ago that I would be promoting something like this, I would have surely looked at you cockeyed and said something to the effect of “Are you fucking High?” so allow me to give a bit of background on this one.

I began 2012 primarily listening to old funk and soul music, and in my searchings, I  came across a fair amount of disco.  (I had slowly, grudgingly come to at least respect the genre at this point, for without it there would be no house music and without house there never would have been jungle, and without jungle there would have been no drum and bass, and without drum and bass my musical taste would never have become as broad as it is now.)

I remember jokingly telling both TY-rannosaurus-RIE and Evander Hologram that I probably had enough in my possession to put together a mix. When both of them unexpectedly responded with encouragement, I thought “fuck it, if nothing else it’ll put some more variety into the DecibelCast collection.”

The general aim was to display the full spectrum of the genre, which is actually much broader than probably most folks realize (I know I didn’t). So here you have it: 74  minutes of mac’d-out disco music, from under the sea to the dance floors of swanky night clubs; from the outer reaches of space to the jungles of Africa and back again, I give you Discobelity.

[dB-07] “Discobelity”

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Tracklist:
John Forde – “Atlantis”

Odyssey – “Me & You”

The Blackbyrds – “Rock Creek Park”

Dynamic Five – “Skyboat”

Emma Dorgu – “Rover Man”

The Modulations – “Love At Last”

Charles Mann – “Do it Again”

William Devaughn – “Be Thankful for What You Got” (12″ Mix)

Unlimited Touch – “Searching to Find the One”

Golden Flamingo Orchestra feat. Margo Williams – “Guardian Angel”

Joe Bataan – “Rap O Clap O”

Pino d’Angio – “Ma Quale Idea” (Nassau Rework)

Kindness – “Gee Up”

Meco – “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” (12″ Disco Mix)

Tappa Zukie – “Freak”

Benis Cletin – “Jungle Magic”

McFadden & Whitehead – “Aint No Stopping Us Now” (Risco Connection Dub)

DecibelCast Vol. 4 – “Sprung Again”

This ended up taking so much longer than originally planned. I began this year listening almost exclusively to music from the ’70s – mostly funk, soul, reggae and salsa… and yeah a bit disco as well – and so I thought it might be nice to put together a little mix of the vintage funk and soul music I had been so enjoying: That was all.

Unfortunately it ended up being a much more arduous process, which entailed yours truly completely losing the plot several times. Getting side-tracked, and moving away from the purely soul theme, I briefly entertained the idea of a multi-era, multi-genre West Coast mix. That ultimately didn’t end up happening either. Around this time, I got busy with other things and came close to deciding to just scrap the project entirely. It seems somewhere along the way I forgot the whole point, which was to make a compilation of smoothed-out jams to commemorate the spring. And so, with this mix comprising mostly vintage funk and soul tunes from mostly California artists, hopefully I’ve achieved just that.

[db-04] Sprung Again

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Tracklist:

Roy Ayers – “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”

Blue & Exile – “Good Morning Neighbor”

The Freestyle Fellowship – “Sunshine Men”

Brother Jack McDuff – “Your Smile”

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – “I Got Love”

Cortex – “Prelude a Go Round”

Nicola Conte – “Seasons”

Booker T. Jones – “Progress” feat. Jim James

Maze – “While I’m Alone”

Mayer Hawthorne – “Dreaming”

Bullion – “Time for Us All to Love”

Arthur Verocai – “Dedicada a ela”

Quasimoto – “Seasons Change”

The Natural Four – “You Can Always Count on Me”

Funk Factory – “Rien Ne Va Plus”

John Holt – “Got My Head on Straight”

Leon Ware – “Why I Came to California”

Lee Fields & the Expressions – “Expressions Theme”

Jonti – “Batmilk”

Curtis Mayfield – “Trippin”

The Natural Four – “Why Should We Stop Now?”

Sleep Party People – “Chin”

Sleep Party People is the bedroom post/rock by way of dream/pop project by Danish music mastermind Brian Batz. “Chin” is our second glimpse into his sophomore record We Were Drifting On A Sad Song to be released April 9th via Blood and Biscuits. Pre-order your copy here, I did.

Brian’s signature haunting, lullaby vocals float amongst ethereal, melancholic synths creating lush sonic atmospheres. It’s the kind of music that pulls softly on emotion and stirs you in those deep, possibly dark places. With Chin we find a more beat driven endeavor.

Here’s Brian discussing the new record…”The lyrics are more uplifting and positive. It’s about enjoying life and turning every position you’re put into, into something positive. I know it’s a cliché, but that’s an important message to get out instead of always being so god damn melancholic and sad, which I sometimes struggle with”.

“Chin”


The first single, A Dark God Heart, is set to this eerie video directed by Marie Limkilde

And here’s a little mixtape Brian put together for The Beat.

SUNNY DAYS IN COPENHAGEN MIX TAPE

‘It all seems a bit more brighter when the warmth of the sun hits our faces. And it all becomes more cheerful and feel-good when the birds are singing and the flowers blossoms. This is my summer celebration mixtape, which includes songs that are uplifting and powerful. The winter is over and we need to celebrate,’ – Brian Batz.