[MP3] Azealia Banks – “212”

now she wanna lick my plum in the evenin’

♫ Azealia Banks – 212

If Nicki Minaj is the reigning queen of chill-inducing pipes that can destroy a room with their range and charisma then Azealia Banks is the polar opposite, laying down rhymes with a flat delivery that still packs plenty of charm. Oh wait, nope. Scratch that. She has mega-pipes too.

The Harlem based 20 year old rapper brings her whole bag of tricks to “212,” laying down lazy valley-girl flow, choppy rhymes that are a beat on their own, and huge vocals that are woven and served over a pretty sick production plate. For all her dirty lyrics and straight-forward sex talk, something about Banks feels so much less forced than similar “shock” artists like Peaches or M.I.A. Plus, her cover of Interpol’s “Slow Hands” shows a nice range of influences. Other Azealia tracks seem rougher than “212” but I won’t let that temper my excitement for what will hopefully develop.

Artist links: Facebook / Soundcloud

[QUICKIE] Terius Nash – 1977

♫ Terius Nash – Wedding Crasher

Nothing as gold as “F**k My Brains Out” on The Dream’s real-name free album. It runs long, wanders a bit, but reliable sexy listening. 6/10

♫ Terius Nash – Rolex (ft. Casha)

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

Artist links: Download 1977 album / Facebook

[QUICKIE] Casiokids – AABENBARINGEN OVER AASKAMMEN

♫ Casiokids – Det Haster!

I like Casiokids. I like their vibe. But this LP just doesnt have any re-listening pull. Nice but quite forgettable. Great video though.4/10

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

Artist links: Facebook

[QUICKIE] Blink-182 – NEIGHBORHOODS

♫ Blink-182 – Up All Night

As an old school fan I want to love it but they just aren’t the same. Not awful but far from their best. Sth comforting about it though.5/10

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

Artist links: Facebook / Website

[MP3] Spirit Animal – “Makin It Work”

and today i was a hothead when i wrote you and i told you i could not be friends with someone who swam in the deep end with me 

♫ Spirit Animal – Makin’ It Work

Fun song. Funner video (below). I think we can all appreciate the upbeat take on the always painful process of recognizing that a relationship is not actually working. Do the fun thing and dive in.

“Makin’ It Work” comes from Spirit Animal’s debut 2010 album The Cost of Living and once again they have new material as well. Watch the video for “I’m Around” and you will see that Spirit Animal can handle the tender stuff too. Read more

A Dirty, Filthy, Halloween Mix 10.26.2011

Hello my pretties.

Whether you’re a music fan or a Dj looking to fill your Halloween mix, you’ve reached that dark place.  This bass-heavy mix oozes with that scary stuff.  The stuff that fills your nightmares in your sleep.  If you fancy getting your wits scarred out of you, then proceed.

Warning: If your face starts melting call a Doctor and no, that girl dressed as a sexy Doctor may serve a purpose, but that ain’t it.

Side note: Thanks to Figure for making this mix easy to fill.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

♫ Cazzette – The Shining (Original Halloween Mix)

♫ Figure – The Werewolf (Dubstep Mix)

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[LP] Humans – AVEC MES MECS (w/ “Bike Home”)

i can feel it in my feet

♫ Humans – Bike Home

Reading my post on Humans’s awesome track “Avec Mes Mecs” from last year I realized I pretty much said it all already. (Plus I realized I may have gotten less funny this year. Sad…) So what if their debut EP is a year old now, its time to put some more spotlights on one of Vancouver’s finest! Since I last wrote about them, the duo has produced a fun video for “Aec Mes Mecs” as well as a brilliant video for one of two new tracks, “THE END” (below). So I finally got off my lazy ass and bought that EP and have been grooving ever since. Nothing is as epic as “Avec Mes Mecs” but you can hear plenty of genetically strong seedlings filling with audio chlorophyll. Tracks vary in vibes from the bendy funk bass fest of “Witness” to the indie rock chant along of “Mon Ton Ton” to the swirling build of “Bike Home” (above). Taking these jams and adding it to the evolution shown in the two new tracks (below) I am getting great feelings about these guys. Go Humans! Read more

[MP3] Rebeka – “Fail”

here we come alive with a crystal clear song in our ears

♫ Rebeka – Fail

Production that is both tight and crunchy, vocals that smuggle a sweetness into the mix, and a rhythm that is deceptively infectious, those are the elements that make up the incorrectly named “Fail.” Rebeka are a duo from TBE’s current Home-base of Poland so I am pretty stoked to be able to endorse their “experimental pop” sounds. As their Soundcloud will tell you, they don’t have much out yet, but I’ll take quality over quantity any day. And they certainly have that.

Artist links: Facebook / Soundcloud

Mad scientists

The mad scientists of indie music, Part 1: Chad Valley, James Vincent McMorrow, Active Child and Royal Wood

Mad scientists

Photo by crowolf

They all have something really unique about their style, like they’ve pulled together obscure pieces of the past and invented something new. Why did I pick these four? Well, I saw all of them perform in the span of a week recently, and the whole time I felt like I was on a freakish ride through the minds of some of the most fascinating men in music today.

This is my debut article for The Burning Ear as their new concert reviewer for Vancouver, so I thought I’d do something a little different and pull all these artists together into one big article. Read more

[MP3] Zach Ashton – “Come Home”

the party’s always better when you’re with someone you know

♫ Zach Ashton – Come Home

If you’re anything like me (or near the same time zone as me) you’ve just got home from work and want to kick back and relax with some tea and good music. Well, if that run on sentence didn’t tip you off, I’m providing the music for you. Zach Ashton is the artist, and laid back and chill is the vibe. Kick back, put your tired feet up, and take a solid listen folks; this one is special.

If you’re liking what your ears are catching click the link below to head to his site, where you can grab the album and learn more about the fellow in the process!

Artist links: Website

Remix Roundup Vol. 55 – 10.21.2011 [Boys Noize, Gigamesh, Strange Talk and more…]

Its Friday and things are groovy in the hood, so I’m back with some major remix flavor.  Just in time for the weekend.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.


♫ Boys Noize – Arcade Robot (Sound Remedy Remix) / A mix that would have vibed perfectly with the Drive Soundtrack.  Its too late for that,.. and that’s a shame.

♫ Justice – Helix (Don Diablo Remix) / Noisemaker Don Diablo is back with a fiesty remix.  He is also about to blow Asia/Australia up on his upcoming tour.  For info check out his Facebook.

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[MP3] Kiriyama Family – “Time Out”

we are the understated, we are the time bomb, we’re gonna get out of this hell hole

♫ Kiriyama Family – Time Out

Synthezisers plus distilled adolescent joy equals “Time Out.” This perfect track for a Friday night comes to us from the unsigned and under-appreciated Kiriyama Family who call Iceland home. No word on whether they are a real family or more of a “blood-brother” type thing but its nice to hear theseguys having a great time. Now it’s time for me to have a great time. Let me just write time one more time.

Artist links: Facebook / Soundcloud

[Stream/Video] Martin Solveig & Dragonette feat. Idoling!!! – Big in Japan

Another massive hit in the making from the Martin Solveig and Dragonette combo.  This time featuring Idoling!!!.  Needless to say, another dope video.

I try for the most part to post music that is downloadable and free, but you in this case you will have to get the download on your own.  I think you find that its worth your time.
Martin Solveig – Big In Japan (feat. Dragonette & Idoling!!!) by JustDoHits
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[QUICKIE] Mayer Hawthorne – HOW DO YOU DO

♫ Mayer Hawthorne – Can’t Stop (ft. Snoop Dogg)

Ok album. Easy listening but the debut’s magic charm is missing somehow. But sweet video for “The Walk” and I like Snoop’s appearance. 5/10

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

Band links: Facebook

[LP] Das Racist – RELAX (w/ “Girl”)

my fingers crossed, the small of your back, my head in your chest but i’m taller than that

♫ Das Racist – Girl

People have a complicated relationship with hip-hop jokesters Das Racist and I’m no exception. I have always loved them, but not always loved their music. Their first 2 mixtapes have 37 tracks between them and exactly 3 ever got regular play in my iTunes. That’s not the best track record. But somehow previous projects, solo stuff, and a brilliant blog kept my respect meter high for the guys. So needless to say I was a little nervous about diving into their first proper LP, Relax. First single “Michael Jackson” (below) was loud, spastic, and abrasive and I couldn’t wrap my brain around how it fit into the canon of the Das Racist I knew.

However, once I Relaxed (sorry) and listened to the album I was more that happy. Das Racist really pulled their shiz together here, leaving behind the under-produced beats and fleshing out all the jams. Plus we already know the lyrics are always hilarious and on point. Relax packs a lot of treats into one LP, never relying on one tempo or style for too long. “Girl” (above) brings the beat with a big glossy banger style, “Happy Rappy” packs twisted verses over minimal production that adds just enough rhythm, and “Punjabi Song” goes straight Bollywood on our asses. There are plenty other standouts (“Booty In The Air,” old favorite “Rainbow In The Dark,” “even “Michael Jackson” is getting me pumped lately) but the whole album holds its own. Some fans are turned off by the increased production and poppier shift from their mixtapes but for me that’s only a plus. Guys this sharp would be relevant even if their music wasn’t accesible but having it heard by millions is even better.

Read a great Spin cover article here and then track doen the album if you haven’t. Read more