[Album Review] Childish Gambino – Because the internet

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’Childish Gambino – 3005’
’Childish Gambino – Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) (feat. Azealia Banks)’

The actor-turned-rapper route is not unfamiliar territory for rising star Donald Glover. The stand-up comedian dropped an introduction to the inner workings of his creative mind and skills on the mic with the moderately successful Camp in 2011. Mixing together sounds of dubstep, dance, electronica, and pop, fans witnessed another side of the rising star under his alias of Childish Gambino. Although not album of the year material, the first effort from Gambino was filled with plenty of innovative sounds and autobiographical tracks that painted an extensive narrative of what makes Glover the artist he is. With his sophomore release Because the internet, Gambino continues his introspective saga and delves deeper into his fears of loneliness over colorful production with comedic delivery.

After the lackluster reception of his ROYALTY tape last year, Gambino parted ways from the hit NBC show Community to focus on his sophomore release. The unveiling of his short film, Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, and an accompanying screenplay only further provided fans with insight into the developing theme of the project, while steadily building anticipation as well. The end result became a conjunct LP separated into five distinct musical suites (recognized by the different roman numerals between the interludes) that reflect the multiple moods and, ironically, the multiple career paths of the artist.

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[NEW] Flying Lotus – ideas+drafts+loops (Mixtape)

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’Flying Lotus – Between Villains (ft. Captain Murphy, Viktor Vaughn & Earl Sweatshirt)’
’Flying Lotus – Hide Me (ft. Shabazz Palaces)’
’Kanye West – Black Skinhead (Flying Lotus Remix) (ft. Thundercat)’

Earlier today, legendary experimental producer Flying Lotus took to Twitter to bless his fans with an unexpected project of 24 previously unreleased tracks. The eclectic collection, titled ideas+drafts+loops, definitely carries the feel of FlyLo’s earlier work with its deep, gritty sounds. Aside from the always innovative production, the tape includes appearances from Earl Sweatshirt, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Doom, Baths, Mapei and Flying Lotus’s rapping alter-ego Captain Murphy among others. Grab the whole compilation for free HERE and check a few of our favorite songs above.

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[Chill] Star Slinger – I/IV

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I/IV

UK-based producer Star Slinger has a knack for stellar and unique remixes that completely transform the feeling of a song. Tonight, the talented artist takes on Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love” for a  rework that turns the melodramatic original into a funky, smooth and danceable jam. “I/IV” is the first of a four-part series of edits to classic, soul artists that Star Slinger will be releasing leading up to the New Year. Vibe above and grab a free download over at Star Slingers FB page.

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[NEW] SBTRKT – Audio/Visual Experiments

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While we still don’t have many clues about SBTRKT‘s upcoming studio album, we do know Aaron Jerome has definitely been playing around with some new sounds. “Playing around” may not even be the right term here, because this is audio gold.

Earlier today, the UK producer tweeted out a link saying nothing more than “audio/ visual experiments.” This led to the self-titled video below, which similar to his last endeavor, is a visual collaboration with Lorenzo Durantini. Just as the tweet suggests, this experience isn’t quite complete if you’re not paying attention to the images on your screen. The best way I can describe the clip is that it consists of drops of inky black liquid trickling in reverse, although I know I’m definitely not doing it justice.

The track itself is one of those songs that completely consumes you. With its dark and ominous overtones, leering synths, and lurching bass, it’s nearly impossible to tear your ears (and eyes) away. At only two and a half minutes in length, it’s a shame this doesn’t endure much longer (although I admit my brain probably would’ve melted if it did). If this doesn’t send chills up your spine, you definitely aren’t listening properly.

Check out the visuals below, and stay tuned for more from SBTRKT as he prepares for the release of his sophomore effort.

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Rose Ryot – S6X [TMN PREMIERE]

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S6X (KaterMukke Records)

Veiled in mystery, there’s very little we can share with London based artist Rose Ryot. While we would normally find a tidbit here or there on facebook, or maybe some information on twitter, for Rose Ryot, there’s nothing. When we say they don’t have anything on Soundcloud just yet, we literally mean they have nothing. Until today.

What we do know is this: today’s feature is the groups first track off of their first EP ‘Enter The Ryot’ due out on November 13 via legendary Berlin club Kater Holzig’s label “KatterMukke.” The tune, “S6X” is draped in sexuality, as indicated by the title of the track. It’s experimental in nature, exploding in frenetic drum beats, interspersed between haunting vocals and clanging bell chimes.

While this track has a very dark and ominous instrumentation, the vocals are enchanting enough to bring it back full circle. It’s quite remarkable, and we can’t wait to hear more.

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[Event Preview] Toro Y Moi + Classixx (Live) at The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO – 11/6/13

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Fresh off the heels of one of our favorite albums of 2013 thus far and his third full-length under the Toro Y Moi moniker, Anything In Return, Chaz Bundick’s Berkeley-via-South Carolina music project once again touches down in Denver, CO at The Ogden Theatre this Wednesday, November 6 for what looks to be an amazing night also featuring L.A.’s rising house music heartthrobs  Classixx and their new live show. Not one to be pigeonholed into any single genre, each of Toro Y Moi’s respective releases have been far and away a different animal than the previous, using structural production elements from pop, indie, garage, chillwave, house and more to result into one of our favorite live acts around and a can’t miss for our TMN family.

Rounding out the amazing bill is aforementioned production duo, Classixx, who are also riding the waves of momentum from a sonically captivating debut long-player of their own which was actually many years in the making, Hanging Gardens. Classixx brings their new live performance with them after years as touring DJ’s and they are already welcome faces to the Denver dance scene after delivering solid performances in 2013 at both the Norad Dance Bar and The Ogden; so we expect a raucous crowd to begin piling in as soon as doors are opened. For our Denver Ninjas, you can buy your tix here, and we’ll see you on the floor this Wednesday! In anticipation of Wednesday night’s show, you can stream Toro Y Moi’s “So Many Details” off of Anything In Return and Classixx’ viral hit from Hanging Gardens “Holding On” below. Enjoy.

’So Many Details’
’Holding On’
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[Remix] Drake – Come Thru (James Blake Version)

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Come Thru (James Blake Version)

Just when you thought those Drake remixes were finally slowing down, we get this brand new revision of “Come Thru” courtesy of James Blake. While the original was a little too playful for my tastes, Blake’s rework adds a sense of urgency to the track, especially when the ominous synths kick in around the one minute mark where Drizzy begins his verse. Of course the transformation wouldn’t be complete without Blake adding in his own backing vocals, which compliment the dark overtones added through his production. Check out the tune above, and let us know your thoughts. Hopefully this means we’re one step closer to hearing that collaboration between the two artists we’ve all been anxiously waiting for.

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