DecibelCast Vol. 23 – “L.A.-ted”


It’s been a minute we realize since we last posted a DecibelCast mix (or anything else for that matter). We’ve all been pretty busy doing adult stuff in our respective lives and, unfortunately, this blog has suffered for it. We have of course continued to discover and enjoy lots of different music, we just haven’t made the time to write about it. But, I digress…

This here is a mix I made specifically for a recent trip to Los Angeles (hence the title)—it starts with a bunch of West Coast G funk-inspired stuff and then works its way into some slick summery electronic pop. All tracks are new (with one obvious exception) and all are ideal for the warm weather. It’s a damn fine collection of songs, and I’ve been rinsing it steadily for the past few weeks. And so I figured “Why not share it with all of you?”

Hope you’re enjoying the summer
Jay Autom@tticus

Download: “L.A.-ted”.zip 

STS & RJD2  – “Doing it Right”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking my Phone”
Thundercat – “Them Changes” (feat. Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington)
NxWorries – “Suede”
Kendrick Lamar – “Momma”
Knxwledge – “Komestostai.Aintreallynootherwaytoputitro”
213 – “So Fly”
The Hood Internet – “Try Out” (Spoon x Dej Loaf Mashup)
The Internet – “Just Sayin/I tried”
A$AP Rocky – “Everyday” feat. Rod Stewart & Miguel
Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breathe” (feat. Irfane)
Shamir – “Demon”
Jamie xx – “Good Times” feat. Popcaan & Young Thug
Hudson Mohawke – “Ryderz”
Dam-Funk – “Free”
Tuxedo – “Do It”
Hot Chip – “Love is the Future”
LA Priest – “Party Zute / Learning to Love”
Chromatics – “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around
Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
Young Fathers – “Sirens”

Introducing “DecibelCast”

So yeah, as the name suggests, this is about 6 weeks late, but it was necessary to test out the soundcloud account (and it should work equally well for a sunny winter’s day). This is the first installment of what will hopefully be regular mixes from your homies here at DECIBELity. Brought to you by Jay Autom@tticus, it veers towards the sun-burnt, lo fi, psychedelic side of things — some older stuff, some newer stuff, and some favorites that we’ve posted this year.

[dB-01] An Indian Summer Mixtape

Download the zip file

Tracklist is as follows:

Caribou – “Subtronik”

Alessi Brothers – “Seabird”

The Stepkids – “La La”

Gal Costa – “Passarinho”

Thundercat – “Is it Love?”

Tropics – “Wear Out”

Neon Indian/Perrion – “If I Knew I’d Tell You”

MF Doom – “My Favorite Ladies (Etherea Bootleg)”

Tame Impala – “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind”

Pink Floyd – “Paintbox”

Air – “Highschool Lover”

Jo Jo Bennet & The Rhythm Rulers – “Leaving Rome”

Gonjasufi- “9th Inning”

Blackbird Blackbird – “Tear”

Tobacco – “Untitled Roadside Demo”

Peaking Lights – “All the Good Songs Have Been Written”

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*Any/all feedback welcome

Thundercat – “The Golden Age of the Apocalypse”

Oh man, this is the record of the summer as far as I’m concerned (and although most folks are probably gearing up for the fall, here in San Francisco it is officially [Indian] summer!).

Having anticipated its late August release for several months, I “thought” I knew what to expect…

Some background info for you:

Thundercat is the nom de guerre of Steve Bruner, a L.A.-based virtuoso bass player (with perfect pitch to boot).  A veteran session musician, Bruner’s talents have been sought after by everyone from Erykah Badu to the Suicidal Tendencies. He’s played with Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins, and most recently he’s fallen in with Flying Lotus and his ever-expanding left-field hip-hop crew Brainfeeder (He played bass on Flying Lotus’ 2010 instellar-opus Cosmogramma).  In short this dude is a monster on the bass guitar.

Still it took me several listens to “get” this record.

Normally, I don’t go in for jazz fusion, but this isn’t your typical jazz-fusion record.  It’s a stunning display of retro-futurism — melding jazz, electro and the leftfield hip-hop sound so en vogue in LA at the moment – an amazingly rich collection of smoothed out summer jams, sprawling as far and wide as the city of Los Angeles.  This is at once club music, cruising-in-the-car music, backyard cook-out music, and headphone music.

Fans of Dam-Funk’s brand of astral boogie would do well to grab this, although “Golden Age” is way further out there than anything released by Mr. Funk as of yet.

The instrumentation is the stuff of next-level: Backed by Flying Lotus who produced the album and 20-year-old composer, pianist and fellow Brainfeeder Austin Peralta, Bruner effortlessly churns out consciousness expanding melodies on an instrument typically relegated to “keeping time.”

I think the fact that this has been lighting up the blogosphere for the past few weeks says it all.  When was the last time a “jazz-fusion” record scored an 8.1 on Pitchfork?

Thundercat – “Daylight”

Thundercat – “Walkin”

Thundercat – “For Love I Come”

Flying Lotus put together a killer mix of non-album Thundercat stuff a few months ago, which you can grab here