About A Million is the brainchild of mostly Anthony Leitch. He has released two records on Already Dead Tapes & Records, the last of which came out back in February of 2012. His Tumblr has been inactive for the past year. One would think this kid was dead, hiding deep in a cave, sheltered from the daylight… until this past September, when Already Dead Tapes & Records put out their Third Annual Compilation that features a new tune from the Honey Brook, PA songwriter. He makes sincere and heartfelt folk with a delicious pop twist. In “Swept Up,” he blends obscure toy instruments and what sounds like a xylophone (or some sort of mallet instrument) into a delightful upbeat tune, suggesting more listening is on the way.
The hip-hop affinity of UK producer Blue Daisy has shone through on much of his work in the past. His monster of a FACT mix, for example, was riddled with veritable heavy-hitters from both sides of the rap pond, hipping us to stuff like this humongous Giggs jam. Most recently, Blue Daisy took his affection for devilish tomb-bap to the next level, debuting as lyricist with his Dahlia Black alias.
The newest track to emerge as the precursor to Blue Daisy’s Used To Give A Fk EP follows right in that same vein of god-forsaken underworld trap, cultivated on his previous endeavor. Alongside long-standing collaborators Unknown Shapes, the Camden native whips up a pummeling instrumental that takes weeping air-horns, lashing snares and tortured horns into a grim whirlwind of abrasion and nasty sub-frequencies. Testosterone levels run high on “5s Up,” but it is Blue Daisy unerring eye for detail as a producer that turns this knocker into a standout. Watch out for the EP dropping May 6th on the acclaimed Black Acre boutique label.
It wasn’t until yesterday that we all noticed he had finally been signed, and by Ghostly of all labels. It would have never occurred to use that Valenti and company would even think of Lord RAJA as a contender, but the more we listen to his free Rubies EP, the more we’re glad he entered into another marriage. The Rubies EP is experimental in its purest sense. Raja crafts this record with childlike curiosity, playing with samples and sounds—manipulating them, crunching them, effecting them—until he likes what comes out.
Head over to Ghostly to download this EP for free, and keep a look out for more from this star on the rise.
It’s a rough world out there for a dude like Kenny Dennis.
The man could’ve been sipping whiskey sours with the RZA right about now, if only his early boom bap-pioneer group The Grimm Teachaz hadn’t been dropped by their label before they got a chance to release their first album in the early 90′s.
The story goes that Kenny remained put in Chicago, laid his rapping ambitions mostly to rest, and spent the majority of his days having cookouts and practicing his curve ball (Exhibit A).
But let’s cut to the chase and save you your tears—for Kenny Dennis is the fictional alter ego of Anticon-signed rapper and Sufjan Stevens-collaborator Serengeti (and yes, the Grimm Teachaz story is just as fictional as their core member). A bratwurst-loving sports geek pushing 50, equipped with an enviable mustache and a not-so-enviable rapping career-gone-sour; born underdog and bred underachiever, who now has to deal with punks coming at him sideways and challenging to mile runs.
The bread crumb trial he leaves at the end of “Directions” gives us a sense of Kenny’s general disorientation and struggle to find peace between North Shore and Rainbow Beach.
Last week was Winter Music Conference in Miami. Last Thursday, I made it to Bardot to witness Jerome LOL, Shlohmo, and Flume. I was there with the founder of LFTF and Skrause. Aside from our little bloggy love fest, I have never seen a Bardot dance floor as active and energetic as I did last night. Each of the boys put on an admirable and distinctive set, feeding off the crowd’s energy and never failing to deliver on climaxing moments. My usual perusing of SoundCloud might be a little clouded from last night, partly because I feel deaf from all the pronounced percussion sounds and deep bass. As a result, I needed something soothing this morning. RxGibbs‘ new tune “Temptations” came to the rescue. It’s the perfect amount of serene for my pounding head, featuring ethereal sounds and a flowing disposition.