John Wizards - “Tet Lek Schrempf”
Katie Gately - “Last Day”
Haisuinonasa - “Mirror”
회사AUTO - “otaku [fat & happy]
December: 2013 Retrospective Month
Hello! Now that it’s December, EMAC will be taking a break from covering (very) new music and moving to cover the most notable music of 2013. For the first week, we will be taking a look at music we missed the chance to cover earlier this year. Stay tuned!
Month in Review: November
Welcome to EMAC’s eleventh monthly recap, where I will look at some of the most notable moments in electronic music and hip hop throughout the month of November 2013. Titles of releases which I recommend highly will appear in bold.
Death Grips - Government Plates
One of Death Grips’ most endearing qualities is their absence of marriage to any particular scene of music. What has been tagged as “experimental hip hop” is now working even harder to transcend genre classification, with a sound that mines the most tortured corners of electronic music and hip hop. Government Plates' heightened emphasis on production that pushes stimulation to a brink and otherworldly treatment of MC Ride's unhinged vocals are qualities that further define Death Grips' art as the truly singular island it is.
Friendzone - DX*
Production duo Friendzone have built a reputation producing for notable cloud rappers such as A$AP Rocky and Main Attrakionz. DX is the group’s proper debut album, and with its assured aesthetic and melodic vocal samples, it proves their worth as an entity independent of MCs.
Logos - Cold Mission
Logos’ Cold Mission is an album bearing many marks of the UK’s left-field dubstep, and its ethereal sound design and disciplined pacing lends it a deeper sophistication.
M.I.A. - Matangi
After the chaotic / \ / \ / \ Y / \, M.I.A. takes a step towards a more focused approach. As a result, althoughit is not quite her boldest or most distinct release, Matangi establishes a generally consistent momentum.
Mount Eerie - Pre-Human Ideas
In theory, the premise of Mount Eerie’s Pre-Human Ideas is ridiculous and unnecessary. The project’s Phil Elverum has re-recorded many of its pre-existing tunes with primitive electronic instrumentation and Auto-Tuned vocals. The result, though it does not exceed the originals in quality, is surprisingly potent, however. Much of this can be attributed to Phil’s enduring, emotionally resonant songwriting.
Patten - Eolian Instate
Patten is one artist comprising the current state of IDM. Appropriately, he has recently been signed to Warp Records, which has officiated the release of this new EP. Following the increase in density he has been undergoing from record to record, Eolian Instate is an especially layered affair.
Scallops Hotel - poplar grove (or how to rap with a hammer)
Adopting the term “art rap” to describe one’s own music comes equipped with pretensions, ones which Milo has not always fully justified. He is far from being an uninteresting rapper, however, and his latest EP as Scallops Hotel sees him continuing to tune his craft. His beats, though sometimes slightly short in refinement, are daring, and his lyrics are unabashedly personal.
Ariel Pink - “Tractor Man”
Audion - “Motormouth”
Autre Ne Veut x Fennesz - “Alive”
Blank Banshee - “Big Gulp”
Danny Brown & MNDSGN - “Sweeney Song”
Death Grips - “Two Heavens”
Evian Christ - “Salt Carousel”
Flume (ft. Autre Ne Veut & Ghostface Killah) - “Space Cadet”
Forest Swords - “Thor’s Stone (Lee “Scratch” Perry remix)”
Joker - “Deserted Island”
MED & Blu (ft. Dam-Funk) - “Peroxide" (prod. Madlib)
Mount Eerie - “House Shape" (Pre-Human Ideas version)
Neneh Cherry - “Blank Project”
Patten - “Aviary”
Raekwon - “It’s My Thing”
Raum - “Blood Moon”
Röyksopp (ft. Jamie Irrepressible) - “Something in My Heart”
Rustie - “Boatsss”
Vatican Shadow - “Contractor Corpses Hung Over the Euphrates River”
Zeroh & Ras G - “Yumshit”
* = This came out near the end of October, but I missed the chance to cover it last month.