Archive for February, 2012

Valentine’s Day is great, right? Show some love, eat some chocolate, roses everywhere, etc. So if Valentine’s Day is so great, how come it gets so corny so fast? I don’t get it either – people showing love is on some basic human primal emotional goodness for me.

But I digress.

In order to combat the cornball, below are two Valentine’s Day mixes that won’t make you feel all Hollywood-ending if you turn them up loud. Plus, you can drop them all year. Two for two; that’s called a win.

First up is Raka Love, a special drop from everybody’s favorite Panama/Bay duo Los Rakas. Raka Rich and Raka Dun are on the verge of blowing up into something big and great, and with every release they’ve taken another step in the right direction. Raka Love is the latest, and one of the best so far.

Secondly is the third and final installment of Generation Bass’s free Moombahluv mixtape series. In case you haven’t had enough screwed Dutch house/dembow/etc (and judging by the fact that everyone’s doing moombaheverything now, our guess is you haven’t), then this mix will scratch your itch for smooth, supple, sexy sounds (see what I did there?). All snark aside, it’s a goddamn good mix.

i have to admit, most of the mixes that FACT post go over my head. i’m not super current on some of the micro genres (shit, even some of the established genres) that they feature, which means that on top of not liking some of them, i won’t even begin to appreciate them. this was fixing to be the case when i saw them writing about john talabot, who put together a mix for them last week. when i saw it linked on gorilla vs. bear, i was intrigued. when a friend of mine emailed asking if i had checked out talabot’s new record, ƒin, i wondered what i was missing.

a lot, as it turns out. it’s been awhile since i’ve been so taken with a record, but this one’s been on a repeat for a few days now. FACT says that “it’s hard to put a tag on john talabot’s music.” beyond the very appropriate deep, i’d go with cinematic. these are just big whooshing tracks. check out two of my favorite jams off ƒin below and then head over here to stream/download his FACT mix.

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john talabot – “last land”

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john talabot – “HORSE”

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we were all super bummed when the great seattle ice storm of the third week of january 20 aught 12 hit and forced the cancellation of last month’s SOUNDSYSTEM. we wanted to start the year off right with a jumpin’ night of all the good music you’re used to from LxNxM. fortunately, the wait is almost over for the first SOUNDSYSTEM of 2012. so please come join us, THIS THURSDAY (2/16) at MOE BAR right about 10pm. we’ll have our usual guy Toast, special guest and kexp’s own dj chilly, and our very own wordlush getting in the mix as well. should be fun, so come on down.

SOUNDSYSTEM
thursday, 2/16
MOE BAR
10pm
FREEEEEE

 

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some of y’all might be interested in the homie gordon voidwell’s new mixtape malcolmXXXmclaren. it is on that same soul/funk/space synth tip that dude is known for. grab it over here, and stream absolute banger “haus of luv” below.

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gordon voidwell – “haus of luv”

check out some captivating visuals from tokimonsta. “darkest (dim)” is one of the standout tracks from last year’s ep creature dreams.

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man, i saw this track come through twitter and spent the last 20 minutes trying to make it mine. guess i’m gonna have to keep waiting, but in the meanwhile, i’ll share it with you. it’s the b-side off krystal klear’s forthcoming we’re here single. the a-side was featured on his outstanding FACT mix from last year (or stream this terrible quality youtube why don’t you?). if you want to hear all 5 minutes and 32 seconds of this slow burning gem, head to pitchfork where it’s streaming on their goddamned unembeddable player.

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A little while back, we put up a track by Eric Lau that was released as a preview to his The Mission EP. Well, time flies, and The Mission has arrived. Lau is London’s maestro of soulful boom bap hip hop, and this seven track EP confirms that.

It’s a cohesive product, with a few well-selected co-conspirators: Olivier Daysoul, Fatima, and Guilty Simpson. In some ways, it feels more like a formal group than one-off collaborations, which seems fitting for a producer whose sound is so steeped in cohesion.

Still undecided on the song, but this video is crazy. I never knew you could ghostride a whip with such style.  Good one, Maya.