Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Deadkill - "Oh God Help You"

Deadkill just released this awesome short horror music video to promote their 7" release. The sweat filled pile up of chaos and debauchery are helping me release some much needed tension today. Take your shirt off and watch the entire thing.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lemonade x Le1f x Darwin Play Barboza Tonight

Super hyped to be playing along side both of these acts tonight at Barboza. Doors are at 8pm, dont miss out on this one.


Lemonade is a band. It's not often that bands get invited to take part in the XLR8R podcast series, but the Brooklyn trio is not the average indie outfit, even if its new full-length, Diver, is loaded with the kind of wonderfully emotive, synth-driven pop that rarely appears on our website. In fairness, the record also includes nods to early-'90s R&B, grime, new age, 2-step, Balearic house, '80s freestyle, and other styles too numerous to list. Basically, many of Lemonade's tastes line up pretty closely with our own. Furthermore, XLR8R has been following—and, more importantly, liking—the exploits of this group since its early days as a DIY psychedelic/tropical rave outfit, even before the release of its self-titled debut in 2008. All these years later, the release of Diver marks a major milestone for Lemonade, not to mention an important stylistic turning point for the band. To commemorate the occasion, we invited its members to put together this exclusive mix. In truth, Lemonade has put together a collection of tunes that essentially represents the band's collective headspace. While plenty of people will undoubtedly attempt to ascertain what Diver is "about," plenty of the answers are right here, as Lemonade cruises through new-age bliss, '90s house nostalgia, sun-soaked tropical grooves, inventive bass explorations, and more. The tracklist may appear fractured, but it's a remarkably cohesive listen. Whether behind the decks or in the recording studio, it appears that Lemonade has learned to bring together disparate influences and form a focused musical statement.

01 The Art Of Noise "Camilla - The Old, Old Story" (China)
02 The System "Don't Disturb This Groove" (Atlantic)
03 Dream 2 Science "My Love Turns to Liquid" (Rush Hour)
04 Jacques Renault "Searching for Some Real Love" (On The Prowl Party Breaks)
05 Kresy "Holding Space (Relaxed Version)" (Hivern Discs)
06 Lauer "Trainmann (Tensnake Tranceman Mix)" (Running Back)
07 Solid Sessions "Janeiro" (Combined Forces)
08 Apollo Four Forty "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Dub (Armand Van Helden Moonraker Remix)" (550 Music)
09 Mike Monday "Grace (Justin Martin Remix)" (Dirtybird)
10 Girl Unit "Ensemble (Club Mix)" (Night Slugs)
11 Funkystepz "Jigga" (Forever Live Young)
12 Beaumont "Adrift" (Hotflush)
13 Hyetal "Beach Scene" (Black Acre)
14 Rabbit in the Moon "Out of Body Experience (Original)" (Hardkiss)
15 Lemonade "Neptune (Sinjin Hawke Remix)" (True Panther)



Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f, made this dark, immersive and painstakingly detailed mixtape using cash raised through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. He asked for $2000 to put it together, but got considerably more than that in the end. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a bargain – especially now that it’s available to us for the unbelievably low price of zero cents.

Following collaborations with Das Racist and Nguzunguzu, Le1f’s ‘Dark York’ is an immensely rich tape of gothic terror, stuttering beats and sludgy vocals dripping with the grime of New York City. Underlying it all is Le1f himself, part of a wave of openly gay rappers coming out of Gotham right now to slyly overturn hip hop’s outmoded homophobic streak.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fresh Espresso release "Bossalona"

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The highly anticipated new album from Fresh Espresso is available here.

"The second album from the Seattle duo of Rik Rude and P Smoov (who’s also in Mad Rad) is another smooth and smartly crafted set of hip hop incorporating elements of electro, jazz, R&B and other styles. Both Michigan natives, the duo split the recording of the album between Seattle and P Smoov’s old hometown of Niles, Michigan, and both their current and former homes play a prominent role in the album’s songs of hard times, temptation and triumphs. It’s a fun yet substantial set with synth-driven tracks featuring a variety of funky beats and occasional horns and other instrumentation accompanying the duo’s colorful and sometimes poignant rhymes." -Don Yates - KEXP

Hard copies available at Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom, Everyday Music, and other local Seattle music shops.

Fresh Espresso - Bossalona - Out Tomorrow!

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