[Hip-Hop] Cities Aviv – Black Pleasure Mixtape

Rising Memphis rapper Cities Aviv has the suave swag, smart flow, and creative mind to make it big. Need proof? Today, he released a brand new mixtape via Mishka called Black Pleasure. But instead of trying to encapsulate what it sounds like and what it means, I’ll let Cities do it himself. Check out “Forever,” one of the standout tracks, his explanation, and then ALL 15 tracks.

Cities Aviv
Forever

Cities Aviv new album doesn’t imply fetishistic experimentation, but it does explore some dark sounds and unsettling ideas. There’s sonic shoutouts to the high age of musical black pleasures—the 80s—with nods to depressive new wave atmosphere, black romantic melodies, and heavy Rick Jamesian bass. There’s also some references to the rap tradition of Cities Aviv hometown (Memphis) with distorted, echoed vocals and stuttering drums. It’s an entirely different kind of trippy over here though, man. If you really want to get to the highest levels of subversive joys on this release there’s the lyrics that openly question the nature of reality, and our pursuit of pleasure. Heady, adventurous stuff for an album that (must) share a title with countless pornos.

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[Stream] Björk – bastards (Biophilia Remix Album)

The profound and nearly indescribable Björk released her seventh album, Biophilia, last October. On November 19th, she puts out its remix album entitled bastards via One Little Indian. The 13-track collection includes work by folks like Hudson Mohawke, Death Grips, These New Puritans and more. You can check out two of its songs below and then stream all of bastards via the lovely folks at The Guardian.

Björk
Virus (Hudson Mohawke Peaches and Guacamol Rework)

Bjork
Sacrifice (Death Grips Remix)
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[Album Stream] Crystal Castles – (III)

On Tuesday, November 13th, the new Crystal Castles record, (III), officially drops. We’ve shared a few of its tracks here on The Music Ninja, such as “Plague”, “Wrath of God”, and “Affection” (below).

Crystal Castles
AFFECTION

But if these weren’t enough to get you pumped, no worries. The Canadian experimental group has revealed a full stream of (III) via Spotify. Check out the player here and don’t forget to purchase it next week.

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[Experimental] American Royalty – Honey & Queen

Los Angeles’ own experimental outfit American Royalty give off psychedelic rock/electro-pop vibes on their latest song “Honey & Queen,” off the forthcoming Prismatic EP. Led by droning, mechanized vocals and accompanied by bewitching tribal percussion patterns and buzzing beats, it’s a grizzly track that’s one part wild dance ritual, one part hypnotic magic. According to the band, instead of relying on stock digital samples, they found their own sources of percussion, one of which was a water cooler! Light up a bonfire, summon your inner animal and throw this track on:

American Royalty
Honey & Queen

American Royalty’s Prismatic EP is due out February 2013.

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[NEW] CSS – I’ve Seen You Drunk Gurl

For the past few months, Brazilian new wave/electro rock band CSS have been hard at work putting together a new record, the follow up to 2011′s La Liberacion. Today, we get a peek into the future with their latest single “I’ve Seen You Drunk Gurl”. CSS — which stands for Cansei de Ser Sexy and means “I got tired of being sexy” in Portuguese — don’t disappoint, providing the kind of crazy party romp we’d expect. Get ready to hear this chorus yelped out every time there’s alcohol flowing.

CSS Ive Seen You Drunk Gurl

“I’ve Seen You Drunk Gurl” will be included on an EP, due out soon on Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism.

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[Experimental] Emily Wells – Becomes The Color

Genre-defying musician Emily Wells marries hip-hop, indie folk, synth pop and classical music in a truly inspiring and interesting way. A one-woman show, she plays multiple instruments but is an especially accomplished violinist. Though her latest album, Mama, only dropped earlier this year via Partisan, she’s been asked to help compose the soundtrack for Stoker, a film directed by Park Chan-wook, starring Nicole Kidman. Her offering, “Becomes the Color,” is a pleasantly hypnotic and groovy track.

Emily Wells
Becomes The Color (from STOKER)

Stoker hits the theaters March 1st, 2013.

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[Moombah-Swing] The McMash Clan – Swing Break feat Kate Mullins

Moombah-swing? Yep, you read right, it’s a thing. Well if it wasn’t before, after this track from The McMash Clan, it certainly is now. The producer trio from London bring us a clash of sounds from the past and the present to create something incredibly fresh. It’s a bold move to take drum samples, brass elements and catchy vocals reminiscent of the 30′s era and combine them with lazer synths and heavy moombahcore drops of modern day electronic music, but boy does this crazy concoction work! One moment you find yourself clicking your fingers and kicking out your legs as if swing was the dance you were born to do, and the next your body is jumping up and down under the control of that crazy bass. It’s ironic that when we’re looking for new innovations in modern dance music, there is so much potential in the styles of the past. This one is an absolute gem. Hit play and let your body move in whatever way it so chooses.

The McMash Clan
Swing Break feat Kate Mullins
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