Flying Lotus: Experimental, genre bending, electonic dance music. If that doesn't trip you out sufficiently, his music videos most certainly will!
Imagine being to blend jazz elements with Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Minimal House, Techno and Electro into a seamless flow of funky, fresh and quite danceable beats. Well, Flying Lotus has done exactly that, leaving a league of other producers who attempt the same feat completely bemused. The mood of the album changes quite drastically throughout. Opening track Pickled! is an ecclectic mix of drum & bass, dubstep and a chaotic flurry of jazz funk inspired bass guitar, accompanied by atmospheric synths and electronic blips and whirs. The bpm of this track is amped to create a sense of chaos and confusion, which is aligned with the confusion that these elements are working together so well, and gives no sense of where the record is going, apart from having the potential of an experimental wonderment. All of Flying Lotus' tracks contain a smorgasboard of dance elements hand picked from different genres to create a different mood. The track Mmmhmm (feat. Thundercat) is a enters an atmospheric and almost celestical domain, combing an RnB drum line with gorgeous harmonies and soft piano and guitar, which extend the track to a relaxing and flowy track. The jazz bass is still present and as fast as ever, but is overriden by the softer aspects to create a much easier listen. Other tracks would be definite booty shaking dance floor material with plenty of pumping bass lines, cool synths and experimental glitches to boast. To make us mere mortals even more jealous, Flying Lotus has created some of the most visually stunning, and entertaining music videos I've ever seen, as well as some of the trippiest. Ahh i love experimental music for your trippy music videous! However, I can't be content at posting one. The first is a collaboration with animator Beeple in video 'Kill Your Co-Workers' which is undoubtable the most randomly entertaining and dryly hiliarious music video I've ever come across. Followed by Zodiac Sh*t which has such smooth animated transitions you will wet yourself in delight, while your jaw hits the floor! High praise! You be the judge!
Everyones heard a bit of dubstep. Britney's dabbled(why oh why..), Kele's done it, numerous other pop artists have had their equally shameful attempts. Just about everyone has heard their fair share of Skrillex. Many of you like it, but wouldnt have a clue where to look. I can vouch that Ministry of Sound: Sound of Dubstep 2011 is the place to start. It combines many of the best dubstep anthems that you can expect to be melting faces at club nights, and some very impressive remixes. Mixed by local heavyweight Will Styles, who residencies Chinese Laundry, and international Dubstar Borgore who has stamps his own heavy style of dubstep labelled 'dubcore' on the record. The album features the absolute best of the scene right now, including some tasty drum n bass, including Doctor P and Flux Pavillion, who both play Parklife 2011; Nero, Rusko, ShockOne, Document One and solid remixes of The Subs, Temper Trap, Example and Katy B. The record is jam packed with HUGE drops and FACE MELTING bass! So if your wanting to look a little further than the small amount of dub hitting the mainstream grab this album! This reverberating video gives you a sneak peak of what to expect, and the absolute mayhem that dubstep is causing in Australia! Enjoy!
Tyler The Creator has a knack for creating heavy beats that dig in right under the skin, and make you squirm with the uncomfortable topics thrown down: suicide, homophobia, drug abuse in his family; to touch the tip of the iceberg. In his music, Tyler uses a paradoxical personality which has brewed inside him since his childhood, Wolf Haley, which is in the same realm as Slim Shady is to Eminem. Wolf comes across in many songs as an ultra-violent, out of control character who is at war with himself and the world, who takes over Tyler's head and is in Tyler's eyes is "ultra cool". The song Golden comes across as a rough biographical piece where Tyler literally argues against his (dubbed) alter-ego bringing up his problems "why didnt she get that abortion, cause that embryo was morphine" rapping about problems with family and friends, and loosing it mid song "fuck! i killed my fucking friend! fuck!" The ugliness of this piece of art ingrains itself in your brain, the rasp of this skinny skate rat rapper is strangely demonic and is often accompanied by a heavily dubbed voice which amplifies the mood of this album littered with sinful ecstasy. Yonkers opens with a heavy bass and whir which resembles those beats made famous in the 90s, broken by scattered piano notes. The beat is so dirty and the lyrics even dirtier "I'm Wolf, Ace put that fuckin' hole in my head and I'm Wolf, that was me who shoved the cock in your bitch" but also is also desperate "fuck the fame and all the hype G, i just wanna know if my father will ever like me". Goblin as an album is a desperate and hideous beast but will hit deeper than intitially thought. Tyler The Creator's vulnerability as a 19 year old skater comes across quite narcissistic, but raps with the tenacity of rappers 10 years his senior, not to mention the production quality. This is a violently unique piece of work from an artist who can translate his demons successfully into music. Impressive.
Zach Galifianakis collaborating with Kanye West. Unlikely combo right? Well it seems Kanye has a sense of humor! He asked Zach to perform an alternative music video to Can't Tell Me Nothing after seeing one of his stand up shows back in 2007. Arguably the hottest comedian on the scene right now. This guy is the KING of awkward humor, and this music clip is another masterpiece, and includes a folk singer Will Oldham being equally as weird. Funnily enough, the low budget clip was ranked 3rd best clip of 2007 by Rolling Stone and 30th best of the decade by Pitchfork. Highlights include DIY tractor hydraulics, grotesque booty dancing, and drooling goodness. There are so many great laughs to be had from this clip, see for yourself!
Ethereal and relaxed in its approach, Emeralds second record Does It Look Like I'm Here? grasps many elements that allow the listener to completely zone out and relax. An ecclectic mix of soft guitars, and synths that are equally frantic and flowing, but intertwine effortlessly to take you into a different musical realm. The track Candy Shoppe oscillates throughout and is quite fittingly adjoined to a vintage athletics video which features equally disjointed slow motion and playback sequences.
Coming off the back of a mixture of disappointment and anger at a rogue blogger claiming an Australian Blink-182 tour late 2011, Blink have made amends with the release of their first single off their forthcoming album. In an interview with US radio station WiLD 95.5, Tom Delonge hinted the release date, and name, of their new record: "We'll release a bunch of music before the tour and we'll be dropping the album smack bang in the middle of the tour, sometime in September. The name I want really bad I saw on a adult film list at a hotel. Not that I watch them, or have the audacity to read the titles. But I did. " The excitement for Blink's first album in 7 years is astronomical! After 4 years in hiatus, fans worldwide are thrilled at the prospect of new material and tours, as well as the release of the Blinkumentary film set to drop about the same time as the album in 2011. The new single, Up All Night, still has the blink signature guitar riffs, aggressive drumming from Travis Barker and stadium rock sound. However a creeping underlay of this track is this techno-like backing which is similar to those Rammstein/Linkin Park use in their music, which can be heard in between the chorus. The build ups and harmonies are still as strong as ever, it feels like Blink are back to their usual fine form, and my fingers and toes are crossed that it translates into the new album! In cancelling their Europe and UK tours for 2011 for undisclosed reasons, Blink have stated they will be back touring globally in 2012, so we can only hope for a 2012 tour. Big Day Out/Soundwave GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! Check out the new track below:
Following a killer Australian tour with Big Day Out 2010 and a solo run of dates mid 2010 to back it up, Kasabian follow up their Ozzie onslaught with a new single as a teaser for their new album, Switchblade Smiles. The title track of the record, Switchblade Smiles opens with pulsating synths and echoing vocals building up to a more familiar Kasabian drum beat and heavily distorted vocals. Is this a new direction for Kasabian? The synths are cool, and combined with the echoing vocals gives the feeling of being lost in some strange cult facilitated by a trenchcoat sporting, long haired rockers. Excellent. Listen below.