DecibelCast Vol. 23 – “L.A.-ted”

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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 

Tracklist:
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”

DecibelCast Vol. 17 “We All Fall Down” Mixtape

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This latest dBCast, which completes our triage of melancholic mixes (we promise the next one will be happy), is an ode to the final days of Autumn—that time of year when the air is crisp, the nights are long and we’re all recovering from /gearing up for being around our families.

The back story on this one is that I came across these great compilations of weird, psychedelic and vaguely sad folk music from the early 1970s called Acid Folk, which, totally inform the mix—even if only a few of the songs made it to the final tracklist. As far as what else made the cut, there’s a bunch of stuff from 2013, much of which you will probably recognize if you read this blog. I’ve been really digging the oddball library music-inspired sounds of British imprint Ghost Box of late, so I included some tracks from The Advisory Circle, Pye Corner Audio and The Learning Center.  And then there are the songs with Autumn-sounding names and also, some random odds and ends from the past: the lo-fi jangle pop of Cleaners from Venus, and this amazing Chilean rock supergroup from the late ’70s, Boddega, that I stumbled upon—shit, there’s even a Donavon song in there.

Hope you enjoy.

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Download We All Fall Down.zip

Tracklist

Yo La Tengo – “Autumn Sweater”

My Bloody Valentine – “New You”

Salvia Plath – “House of Leaves”

Kelley Stoltz – “Your Face”

Maston – “Looks”

The Advancement – “Stone Folk”

Ghostface & Adrian Younge – “An Unexpected Call (Instrumental)”

King Krule – “Ocean Floor”

Cleaners From Venus – “Only a Shadow”

Boddega – “Dame Tu Amor (Give Me Your Love)”

Vashti Bunyan – “Rose Hip November”

The Advisory Circle – “Innocence Elsewhere”

Forest Swords – “An Hour”

The Low Frequency in Stereo – “Secondhand Nation”

Forest Fire – “Alone With the Wires”

Sparklehorse – “Don’t Take My Sunshine Away”

Donovan – “Get Thy Bearings”

Listening Center with Pye Corner Audio – “Titoli”

Young Fathers – “I Heard”

The Pastels – “Kicking Leaves”

Bry Webb – “Rivers of Gold”

Robert Gebelein – “In Search of Something”

Mark Fry – “Song for the Wild”

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

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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”