Following up last month’s surly single “Numbers on the Hoard” released via Stones Throw, L.A.-based producer\mc prodigy Jon Wayne, a.k.a. Jonwayne, sprays eloquently over top a J Dilla joint and offers some down-home words of wisdom.
[Jon Wayne, a.k.a. Jonwayne]
The Celestin brothers put forth video treatment for their latest release titled “Kill” yesterday morning, and it stands as the second product from the Haitian -by way of Montreal- brotherly duo. It is assumed that the track “Kill” will be featured on the upcoming release “Supreme Laziness” from The Clesetics; Kaytranada on the production, and his 18-year old brother Louis-P with the words.
The Video, directed by Christian Agyeman and John Aguilar, is delightful; comprised of electric blue geometric landscapes, 2-dimensional Japanese basketball players, and altered shots of the brothers dancing and rapping to the beat of their own creation.
Louis P lays down an impressive and filtered rap that flows quickly and harmonically overtop of Kaytranada’s skittering and jazzy production. The result is a fun 2 minutes; a teaser for what is to come from these two funky and talented brothers.
See previously: Kaytranada | Interview
Two of Vancouver’s most talented hip-hop producers and beat-makers, Nate Drobner and Nick Wisdom, a.k.a. Potatohead People, have put their spin on Outkast’s anthemic pop classic “Ms. Jackson” and it sounds delightful. The pair layers Big Boi and Andre 3000 over top a cheeky impetuous boom-bap groove that will leave you in need of a neck-brace. They also weave in some vocals from Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me, I’m Dyin’ of Thirst”–one of my favourite cuts off his acclaimed Good Kid, M.A.D.D. City LP.
The pair will be sorely missed by the denizens of Vancouver’s electronic and hip-hop enthusiast community. Nate recently re-located to Montreal and Nick has plans to join him before the summer is out.
Here is 8prn‘s take on Outkast’s anthemic pop classic “Roses”. This may be the dopest remix we have heard from Patrick Holland so far…
That said–he has a handful choice cuts in his remix discography already. (His adaptation of Evy Jane’s “nothing so great” is a personal favourite.)
If you are feeling 8prn‘s steez, put on his ‘escape’ mix; it’s fresh out of the oven:
[Patrick Holland a.k.a. 8prn]
Just over an hour ago, Jellyfish label head Eli Muro dropped a stunning, laid back joint from his forthcoming record Tides. He had a few words to say about the release-
“Tides is about coming and going, things we love that eventually escape us only to return in a new form. The cycles that keep us awake and lull us to sleep.
Originally written on hardware, these tunes made their way from dusty old samplers and drum machines to Ableton. Virtual Spirit is the first official track from my upcoming release of tracks I made all with no sampling in an attempt to be more original with my tunes.”
If you weren’t aware, the Jellyfish crew also hosts a weekly night at the Keefer Bar in Vancouver on Monday nights and it’s worth your time if you feel like sipping on well-made cocktails and bobbing your head to a fine selection of beats handpicked by some of Vancouver’s finest local artists. Tonight is Melt’s one-year anniversary.
“Squad.” is a group of 19 and 20 year old kids who it seems would prefer to maintain their anonymity, as judging from the member’s multiple monikers. The tape, titled “˚≈≈WAVE≈≈˚“, features creative hip-hop-grounded beats and raps in which the educated producers convey that they are still ignorant and gangster at heart, despite their perhaps priveleged upbringings. The oversized tee and bucket-hat clad squadron wielded with SP-404s and Maschines have evidently made this tape for themselves, but that is refreshing to see when the majority of amateur producers in this day and age are creating music to appease the crowd and shamelessly plugging soundcloud links into their Facebook news-feeds on the daily. Even the fact that the tape is unmastered adds some sort of charm to Squad.’s work; here is what they had to say about it-
“SHOUT OUT THE SP WIZARDS DFAN, TOBES AND HARPSY. SHOUT OUT THE KID CHINGERS AND THE MASCHINE GURU NOAH. SHOUT OUT OUR ALTERNATIVE WONDER CRAMER AND INTERNATION PLUG RD. SHOUT OUT THE UNTAME LYRICISTS CA$H ROMNEY, GF AND SMOOVE. SHOUT OUT THE MAKERS OF KOOL AID FLAVOUR BLUE ICE, WE FUCK WITH YOU. SHOUT OUT EVERYONE ON A 6 HOUR + ROAD TRIP RIGHT NOW. SHOUT OUT ALL THE LIQUOR STORE OWNERS AND PUSHERS. THANKS TO ALL THE MOMS AND DADS THAT BIRTHED THESE DUDES. thanks, I hope to do this again.”
My picks from the album (in chronological order):
1) “Fuck Oranges” – OPTIMUSINHISPRIME
2) “Stardust” – Solnes & Noahwilliamson
3) ” GOD DAM” – YOLOBEUNG
4) “Ode to the Ladies” – The Smoove Poet
5) “White Lotus” – Solnes & Noahwilliamson
6) “STOOPID REMIX” – LOK NAR
With that being said, all of the work on the album is good, download it.
[Terrel Wallace, a.k.a. Tall Black Guy]
Terrel Wallace is a musician that produces under the name “Tall Black Guy.” He was born and raised in the city of Detroit, and after absorbing all of the soulfulness and musicality that seems to saturate that airspace, Tall Black Guy spent time in Chicago to perfect his craft. As exemplified in “Signs & Wonders,” Terrel creates soulful beats with heavy hitting drums and jazzy bass-lines, often offering his production up for collaboration with a number of local Chicagoan lyricists. This recording of “Signs & Wonders” was ripped off a Gilles Peterson BBC radio 6 show a couple of months back, and it’s easy to see why it was selected by Gilles as the jam is surely funky and reminiscent of cuts off of The Gaslamp Killer‘s “Breakthrough” LP (Brainfeeder, 2012.)
Cop the 7″ here.
Be sure to check out Tall Black Guy’s label, Tall Black Guy Productions.
In a timely fashion, Nosaj Thing and Chance the Rapper have premiered their collaboration for Songs from Scratch, “Paranoia,” just hours after Yours Truly released a series of behind the scenes clips.
Admittedly, Nosaj Thing is relatively selective when it comes to asking vocalists to perform on his tracks- Kendrick Lamar is the only other emcee that he has collaborated with. “Paranoia” is the result of a single nights work in Los Angeles’ Ironworx Studio.
Jonwayne uploaded another track -”Cool Runnings”- off of his Cassette 2 yesterday, featuring the cool-tounged, Long Beach residing rapper, Zeroh. In case you needed it, (which you didn’t), “Cool Runnings” is proof of Jon’s mastery in beat production and spoken word. If you haven’t heard of Jonwayne before, imagine J Dilla and Notorious B.I.G. had a white baby who grew up playing Nintendo 64 for at least 6 hours a day; alternatively, stream the track below-
Buy Cassette 2 via Stones Throw Records
See previously: Jonwayne | Cassette 2
[TNGHT: Lunice, and Hudson Mohawke]
In anticipation for TNGHT’s upcoming U.S. tour, the glorified duo have released a one track single titled “Acrylics”, released via Bleep (Warp x Lucky Me). After consistently lighting dance floors on fire with their previously released TNGHT EP (Warp x Lucky Me), fans and followers were eagerly awaiting the next product released by the super-group. Make of it what you will, but surely expect DJs to play out this jumpy, horn-heavy club sound across the international electronic music scene.
Buy the single via Bleep, here.
Due to blocked embedding, click the link to stream here.
As a response to Phillip Morris’s cease and desist order (via SPIN) regarding Jonwayne‘s original Cassette -closely resembling a Marlboro pack of cigarettes- Jon has decided to release a new hip-hop laden cassette tape. The Cassette will run you 7 dollars from the Los Angeles-based hip-hop label, Stones Throw Records. Check out a cut from the analog release, titled “Passing Fancies”, below.
Purchase Cassette 2, here.
See previously : Jonwayne | Cassette
“Bench-pressing Purgatory, Heaven in the stretches.”
Following up his debut EP Time Waste (Jellyfish Recordings, 2012), young Vancouver-based electronic music producer and Chapel Sound crew-member, Patrick Holland, a.k.a. 8prn, has crafted this smoky soulful brooding beat-tape entitled Over It for our very own Blenheim & Celtic Recordings. The record is cheeky, dark, and intoxicating, but also souful and sincere.
On this project, Holland draws heavily on hip-hop and R&B for the rhythmic framework, which was constructed using a Roland SP-404 and Ableton Live. Holland’s chopped re-pitched vocal snippets, skittering swung hats, and weighty morphing analog bass synth tones (courtesy of his Dave Smith Instruments Mopho) on “Runnin’” and “Over It” are reminiscent in some ways of the work of Henry Laufer a.k.a Shlohmo.
“Late 2012, with the whole new age trap thing going on, I kinda wanted to dabble in it a bit, so I went for a heavier sound, 130-140 tempo and all that. Artists like Bames, Falcons, Lunice, and Sango were references for that feel. The distorted analog bass/synth sound comes from my love for garage punk stuff like Ty Segall and Dead Meadow. I also got into some old Triple 6–pre Three-Six Mafia, like Koopsta Knicca, DJ Paul, and Juicy J… So, that old southern triplet hi-hat and deep sub rubbed off on me.”
“Like any music, there are things I’ve heard, while out and about, that I like but that I find way too cheesy and over used… certain vocal processing and pitching, drum machine samples and song structures. I feel like I’ve taken the things that I don’t like, and morphed them into a sound that I enjoy… not quite a mockery or parody of shitty club music, but definitely a cheeky rip into it.”
“I made ‘runnin’ a week before opening for UZ , in December, so that I could have a track of my own that could be considered a ‘club track’, haha. So when I started making ‘over it’, I was going for the same feel… Then I realized that I didn’t want to make ‘certified club tracks’… so I added the guitar, vocals, odd percussion, and a chill bassline to wash out the trappyness of the piece…”
“Like many people, I was over it.”
[Patrick Holland a.k.a. 8prn]
The Over It EP was put together in a small bedroom studio in a basement suite on the east side of Vancouver.
Download the full release:
This is Globodigital Home Video‘s visual accompaniment to “Jealousy,” the first track off of London producer, The Purist‘s TR-ILL EP. It’s a (ratchet) take on the Karaoke tradition with scenes reminiscent of some lost level of Doom.
As If hearing Danny Brown chant his illicit lyrics wasn’t enough; now we have a sing-a-long to trace his descent into insanity.
The vinyl’s sold out, but the digital album is still available via bandcamp.
A few minutes before Montreal’s beloved Kevin Celestin took to Igloofest’s Sapporo stage, I got the opportunity to sit down and ask him a few questions. Kevin entered the small room with a humble demeanor and an anxious smile stretched across his face; Kaytranada was eager to get on stage, but more than happy to discuss topics not limited to: the city of Montreal, making music with family members, and trap music’s ever evolving fan-base beforehand.
Low-Life: Kevin, first of all, thank you for your time.
Kaytranada: No problem man.
LL: You were born in Port Au Prince (Haiti), and moved to Montreal shortly thereafter. On your Bandcamp, you list the city of Montreal to be one of your main influences… What aspects of this city influence your production most?
K: Well… It’s more about the nightlife in Montreal, It’s really dope, and everyone is open to everybody. There are all kinds of people here, its really nice.
LL: People dress the way they want to and such..
K: Yeah man, it’s dope.
“Supreme Laziness… It’s coming out soon. This year, probably March, maybe later.”
LL: From what I understand, your little brother has played an impactful role in your music career, introducing you to production and whatnot. What is the relationship like between you two?
K: Yo – he’s been my best friend since day one! Ever since he was born we’ve been really close… like really close.
LL: Absolutely man, I’m in the same place with my older brother. We would find new beats and wile out to them all the time.
K: That’s exactly the same shit man.
LL: And you’re working with him on a mix-tape I hear?
K: Yeah. Supreme Laziness… It’s coming out soon. This year, probably March, maybe later.
LL: What’s it like working with a family member?
K: Well, It is kind of like… kind of more direct, more emotional, you know. It’s always negative when we’re recording a track. Right now I’m not really down to record a track, because I don’t have that patience no more… He does a lot of takes when he’s recording his raps.. you know.. So I’m like fuck it. No more time, and now he’s kind of mad that I don’t want to record for him, or with him. I critique him and he’ll scream at me. But you know, at the end of the day, we’re just brothers arguing about a mix-tape and it doesn’t change anything.
LL: It’s all better the next day?
K: Yeah man.
“Its kinda weird for me cause I rarely listen to today’s music at all. I’m more into disco like Diana Ross, Soul music like Marvin Gaye or some rock music shit like Jeff Buckley.”
LL: So, for your forthcoming album, titled Kaytra Thomas, what kind of beats can we expect to groove to?
K: Yo. It’s gonna be everything… you’ve seen lately I’ve been into house… trap… hip-hop beats, its gonna be more complex with more suprises too.
LL: Can’t wait to hear it.
K: Haha thanks-
LL: The name you produce under, it started with Kaytradamus, and you changed it to Kaytranada… Kaytra, where did the ‘Kaytra’ come from?
K: Kaytradamus came from Nastradamus who took it from Nostradamus, and that was just kind of like random, it was a unique name at the time. So that’s where the Kaytra came from, it’s like a smaller name for my stage name.
LL: Correct me if I’m wrong, but you started DJ-ing prior to producing.
LL: Has any of the skills that you acquired from DJ-ing transferred over to your production process?
K: Well yeah, it kinda helped for mixing, and more creative stuff with effects. At that time I didn’t even know how production worked so i learned everything from there. The BPMs, mixing acapellas and all of that.
LL: So tell me your ideal setting for working on a track? 4 in the morning.. a sunny afternoon.. Snowfall perhaps? What’s the ideal?
K: Well, back in the day I usually worked early in the morning, like at 4am when I didn’t sleep at all. I had pretty bad insomnia; I was an insomniac for a really long time. I’m kind of recovering from it now, but back then it worked really well to make beats during the night. Now today, it only happens one time a week when im about to go to sleep or when i come back from school.
LL: Do you have any other passions besides music?
K: Yeah sure, i freaking love drawing and i also love filming and directing videos. I have a passion for food too.
LL: Your top 5 artists in the game right now?
K: TNGHT… Kendrick Lamar… Sean Price… umm… Action Bronson… Schoolboy Q… Its kinda weird for me cause I rarely listen to today’s music at all. I’m more into disco like Diana Ross, Soul music like Marvin Gaye or some rock music shit like Jeff Buckley. So right now, I’m catching on the albums that I’ve missed in the past years whether its from the 90′s, 80′s or the 70′s.
“I don’t hate the musicians who make trap but I think the fans are getting annoying and corny only waiting for a drop or saying “its a trap”. I don’t think its trap, it supposed to be a sub genre for hip hop.”
LL: Where do you look to find new music for your sets?
K: SoundCloud. Just discovering new music, scrolling up and down. I look for new artists; I look for new shit, original stuff. Then when I discover a new artist I dig, I check out his favorites and it links me to other artists that I’ve never heard of, which is amazing.
LL: Last question, what’s your outlook on the trap-music scene looking forward?
K: I don’t know, its getting kind of weird. I don’t hate the musicians who make trap but I think the fans are getting annoying and corny only waiting for a drop or saying “its a trap”. I don’t think its trap, it supposed to be a sub genre for hip hop.
LL: I’m looking forward to your set, thank you very much for your time Kevin.
K: Yo thanks man. That was cool.
words: Adam Rutledge
images: Kane Ocean
Local hero and funky beat-smith Kevin Celestin -a.k.a. Kaytranada- has polished his forthcoming EP (via Jakarta & HW&W Records) and made it available to stream on Soundcloud. “Kaytra Todo” consists of 8 well-fabricated beats that showcase not only Kevin’s signature style, but a development of it. My two personal favourites: “All We Do”, and “Hot Jazzybelle” are two tracks that exemplify Kevin’s growth; rest assured, the other 6 tracks are bangers in their own right.
“KAYTRA TODO? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? ITS THE CONTRARY OF KAYTRA NADA. KAYTRA NOTHING TO KAYTRA EVERYTHING. THAT WHAT KAYTRA TODO MEANS. AYE.”
Appearing on HW&W Recordings‘ soundcloud page this afternoon was a taste of what is to come from Montreal’s own Kevin Celestin. “All We Do” is a silky hip-hop groove featuring vocals from Detroit-based artist, JMSN; the track will be featured on Kaytranada’s forthcoming EP, titled “Kaytra Todo”. At this juncture, it seems as if the sky is the limit for Kaytranada. Keep your ears open on February 25th, as “Kaytra Todo” drops via HW&W Recordings.
Following up heheh. (2009, WEDIDIT) and Slack (2010, WEDIDIT), Juj, an L.A.-based beatsmith and member of Shlohmo’s WEDIDIT Collective, is poised to release his latest LP offering entitled Walnut via HUH WHAT & WHERE on February 9th. In anticipation, he has shared a cut from the release–”Waves”–as well as a music video for another cut–”Micro”.
With each successive release, Juj has continued to refine his cheeky endearing take on psychedelic jazz-influenced instrumental hip-hop–artfully blending warm crackling textures, sampled instruments, vocal snippets, and disjointed rhythms.
I’m very much looking forward to listening through Walnut upon it’s release next Friday.
Vancouver-based beat-maker Nick Wisdom has been inspiring me with the quality and prolificacy of his creative output in recent months. Through Jellyfish Recordings, Wisdom has put out a string of polished EPs under his own moniker, as well as under Potatohead People, (which is a collaborative effort with AstroLogical). He has continued to refine his youthful sonic blend of instrumental hip-hop, jazz, and R&B with each successive release.
“Using his Fender Rhodes, dusty samples and mellow synth tones, Nick creates a smooth jazzy vibe perfect for late nights or sunny afternoons.”
“Pulse” and “Snowflakes” ft. AstroLogical are my personal favourites. “Pulse” hums and skips along infectiously with warm plucks of an electric guitar, shimmering synth arpeggios, and a silky legato lead over top of a lush bed of tranquilizing Rhodes tremolo and a smooth sub-bass underbelly.
“Snow Flakes” comes on like a valium and a tasty cocktail on a warm secluded beach with good company.
Have a listen for yourself.
[Lunice Fermin Pierre II, a.k.a. Lunice]
Montreal’s own Lunice Fermin Pierre II fashioned an hour long mix for BBC Radio 1Xtra as of late. The result is what followers might expect, which is a good thing; a creative concoction of cranked 808′s, cheeky melodies, and rattling high-hats. A few tracks to look out for include: Jamie xx and Gil Scott Heron‘s NY Is Killing Me, Kaytranada‘s Holy Hole Inna Donut, and a freshly pressed TNGHT manicure of Good Music’s Clique (56:00!).
[Artwork by: Flo$$er]
Vancouver born, Nashville residing low-life Robin Carnage released his optx EP on the first day of this new year. The optx EP features dark catchy hip-hop beats laden with chopped and screwed vocal lines from artists like Bun B, Young Jeezy, and Led Zeppelin. Robin contrasts arid atmospheres with cheeky melodies, hard-hitting beat patterns, and then drenches the result in a vat of southern grits; some might call his method a contradiction in composition, but in reality this contrast leads to an enticing and original sound. My personal selections from the EP include the title track, Diamonds (see previously) and Front Back.
Name your price, here.
Montreal’s Kaytranada released a freebie for followers earlier this morning; a track off of his forthcoming LP for HW&W recordings. Holy Hole Inna Donut’s strongest point is following the breakdown, when all of the beat’s elements come together and sing for a final time. The beat is invigorating yet not overly obnoxious, surely deserved of a place in your electronic library.
See previously: Janet Jackson | If (Kaytranada Remix)
Robin Daily -under the moniker Robin Carnage- is a Vancouver, B.C. raised artist producing his sounds out of Nashville, TN. Robin’s latest bootleg is his first single off of the forthcoming EP titled, optx. Diamonds is a track that feels like it ends just a little to early, yearning for another play; it’s full fledged bass tones and Robin’s signature chopped-up hip-hop lyrics are a highlight.
“VERY RARE. VERY ART TUMBLR FEATURE.”
[Arian Asllani, a.k.a. Action Bronson]
The most recent addition to Vice Records, Action Bronson, was gracious enough to give away the first cut off of his upcoming Rare Chandeliers mix-tape. The Symbol features masterful production by The Alchemist; a late 60s guitar riff over natural instrumental accompaniment. Action Bronson’s morbid stature is only matched by his equally morbid flow.
Download || Action Bronson – The Symbol [recommended]
The 3 minute track is paired with visual auxiliary; Bronson himself living the life of an esteemed coke lord: hilarity.