DJ Shadow twists up Machinedrum’s “Eyesdontlie”

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Machinedrum’s music has been around for a minute now. Experimenting in glitch and beat music for the past ten years, the dude enjoys coming in from a different angle with each record. Vapor City is his latest project. Based around an imaginary city, each track represents a different district. This first single, “Eyesdontlie,” continues his tradition of hypnotic and heavy beats.

Yet nothing like a remix to make it fly.

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Alec Rojas

July 15, 2013 / By

Enjoying the Dreamlike Career of Richard Matheson

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“In a world of monotonous horror there could be no salvation in wild dreaming.”

Richard Matheson passed away Sunday. We lost a good one. The 1958 Hugo Award winner might be one of the few people in the world to find such success in books, television, and film. At thirty-seven years old he released his first story in the long running Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, he moved to California in 1951 and took to writing short stories and books.

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Alec Rojas

June 28, 2013 / By

Feel like Deepak Chopra – Kanye West’s “Hold My Liquor”

kanye west yeezus

It’s not that Kanye is back. The man hasn’t left since 2004, the year of College Dropout. Wait, that’s not right. Maybe that point was Talib’s classic track “Get By” from 2002. Wait. I think I’m wrong again. We all first met Kanye with “Izzo (H.O.V.A.) in 2001. This is the guy who bragged about doing “five beats a day for three summers.” Since we lost James Brown (RIP) he might be the hardest working man in the business. Because of him, stocks in croissants are up 500%. For real.

It’s not that Kanye’s back. It’s that different attitude, brass bull balls swinging in a brand new style. Audacious, unfiltered, and focused, Yeezus dropped on Tuesday, June 20th.

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Alec Rojas

June 20, 2013 / By

Wasting Time With Quasimoto’s ‘Yessir Whatever’

Quasimoto's 'Yessir Whatever'

Lord Quas. The Unseen. The Bad Character. More than just Madlib’s alter-ego, Quasimoto is a rap legend. His 2000 debut The Unseen had ridiculous production and some of the funniest one liners this side of Cam’ron. His 2005 release, The Further Adventures of Lord Quas, provided fans with 26+ tracks (and some absolute bangers) to keep fans chomping at the bit. I mean, who doesn’t want to hear a sleazy alien coming down from space to hang with Madlib?

He’s a treasure of Los Angeles. In fact, even the mayor and city counsel gave him official recognition of his talents. The much anticipated, 8-years-in-waiting, Yessir Whatever definitely contains cornerstones of Madlib’s classic L.A. sound.

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Alec Rojas

June 18, 2013 / By

A$AP Rocky’s “Fashion Killa”

A$AP Rocky, photo by Julot Bandit

Say what you will, but nobody in the rap game is gaining more stock per minute than A$AP Rocky. I can’t say he’s the most skilled or even the most dynamic. He may never have the inimitable street poetry of Kendrick Lamar, the flashy boss mentality of Rick Ross, but let’s face it, this cat will work with anybody. From Clams Casino to Big Boi to Skrillex and even working with Adidas, everyone is fair game for Rocky. LongLiveA$AP has been out for six months and it can’t leave the radio. It’s that smooth flow with a screwed voice. Toss in every heavy hitter in the game and the record is an undeniable classic.

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Alec Rojas

June 13, 2013 / By

“Get Ahead” By Different Sleep

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Different Sleep. A delightfully ambiguous name for a complex project out of Chicago. Known mostly for his work in trance, house, and downtempo, there is something relaxing about Rafa Alvarez’s mellow and hypnotic techniques. Last years Infinite EP displayed how fast he could take speedy house to dreamlike abandon. Since then, fans have had to wait for a new single top drop. Like this one.

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Alec Rojas

June 12, 2013 / By

“Without You” by Lapalux

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Stuart Howard’s music feels accessible and removed all at once. Known more popularly as Lapalux, the Essex based producer has melded perfectly into Brainfeeder’s world of ambient, bass-filled downtempo stylings. We featured his music last year on Anon’s excellent mixtape. Unlike some of his contemporaries, the music of Lapalux never completely rests or relaxes. His songs swell with feeling only to enervate, emotional residue accumulating long after the song has ended.

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Alec Rojas

May 15, 2013 / By

“Lost In Your Plastic” – 10 Years of Prefuse 73′s ‘One Word Extinguisher’

Prefuse 73 - 'One Word Extinguisher'

This week (technically Monday) marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most challenging, beautiful, and intriguing records of this millennium. A spasmodic, convulsive compilation of glitch melodies, head nodding beats, quick rap verses, and expansive soundscapes. Prefuse 73′s One Word Extinguisher isn’t just IDM or hip hop or downtempo. It focuses on evolving sounds into music, cobbling them together only to rip them apart over and over again.

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Alec Rojas

May 9, 2013 / By

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