One of the tracks on Moa Pillarâ€™s new EP, The Moon and Thunder Dance, first appeared on the excellent free compilation from Error Broadcast called Fly Russia, which I previously reviewed. About that particular track I said: â€śI canâ€™t really think of anything in immediate memory that bangs quite so hard as Moa Pillarâ€™s â€śWater Lilyâ€ť (with the exception of Slugabed, maybe), a track that goes along way to making chirping bleeps the most menacing sound in existence. Perhaps itâ€™s the tumbling drums behind it? Or the blunt instrument bass rolling along underneath it all? This is definitely how you start a compilation.â€ť More
Like a Scientist designed the logo for film company Kojak Creative.
100% of the proceeds from this new digital compilation will go to the Japan Red Cross to help with the relief effort there. 49 tracks, many of them exclusive, available for about $15.00. As of this morning, they have raised about $9,000.00 and are hoping to get to $10,000.00 in the next 24 hours. Amazing artists that have been covered here such as Rudi Zygadlo, Slugabed, Kode9, Illum Sphere, kidkanevil, Doshy, Pete Sasqwax, Kper, Virtual Boy, etc. Please go here to read more: Nihon Kizuna and go here to purchase via Bandcamp: V/A â€“ Nihon Kizuna. Itâ€™s quite amazing to think that this huge collection of music came together in only 5 days and has already raised a large amount of money.
Decided to do a quick badly-mixed mix today. A bunch of stuff Iâ€™m really enjoying at the moment. Most of this music is from the first 3 or 4 months of 2011, including a couple yet-to-be-released tracks. Like I said above: itâ€™s badly mixed, so donâ€™t expect too much. Track list and download link below. More
Trawling my Facebook feed today, I noticed that Doshy linked to a compilation he has a track on. When I got home, I downloaded Mad-Hop Vol. 1 and started listening to itâ€¦always pays to listen to a free compilation, of course. Holy shit, there is some ridiculous beats on this thing. Anyway, it reminded me I hadnâ€™t posted anything in awhile and I thought I would look through my 2011 downloads and mixes folders to see whatâ€™s up. Check these gratis music releasesâ€¦.now! More
When I was putting together my lists for the end of the year, I noticed one particular name that kept coming up again and again: Starkey. It led me to thinking about all of his output for 2010 and eventually the idea of a most valuable player in bass music formed. I canâ€™t think of anyone more deserving. Read why. More
I grapple with the age of free downloadable music because I really do believe in the idea that artists should be paid for entertaining me. However, there is a certain logic to promotional giveaways. Many times when I download music like the stuff below, I end up supporting the artists or labels in different ways. Buying their latest single or EP on iTunes, getting the word out on Twitter, etc. Still, though, sometimes I worry that that this much free stuff out there devalues music in general, makes people expect for all music to be free. That entitled expectation leads to the road of piracy, â€śWhy should I pay for it when I can keep my money and just get it here?â€ť And to be honest, some of these compilations are better than commercially released ones, anyway. In that light, I feel like giving them their own post is appropriate. More
Mixes are the primary way I find new music these days. There is so much out there to be listened to, its wonderful to have great DJs out there distilling the best of it down to hour-long chunks. The 15 mixes here are the best ones I can remember from the hundreds that were put out this year. I definitely played some of these more than anything this year. However, as always, its a small selection and by no means the final word on mixes. More
With the sheer amount of music that is released and consumed by voracious fans and writers like me, thereâ€™s no question that â€śbest ofâ€ť lists are a harsh and difficult distillation of the yearâ€™s output. The lists can never represent the totality of great music that was released. This goes especially for 2010, for this year was perhaps one of the best in recent memory for quality releases that broke preconceptions. The below list is my version of â€śhonorable mentions,â€ť those worthy releases that were a hairâ€™s breadth from the â€śbest ofâ€ť lists and deserve consideration. More
This year brought a musical ton of singles, albums, EPs, downloads, compilations, mixes, and new artists. In this spirit, Iâ€™ve chosen to make my year-end examination a multi-part extravaganza charmingly called LAS, 2010. Instead of saving the â€śbest albumsâ€ť list for the end, Iâ€™m kicking it off with that venerable music criticâ€™s mainstay. This is my statement on the 15 best music releases this year, mostly albums, with an EP and a compilation thrown in for good measure. Without further ado: More
Big. Everything about My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is big. Big anticipation. Big artists. Big tracklist. While normal size, thirteen tracks, each one is filled with enough acts and movements to be mini-operas by themselves, all comprising a meta-opera that takes place inside Kanye Westâ€™s psyche. The shortest track on the album is one minute. However, itâ€™s â€śAll of the Lights (Interlude)â€ť and it precedes the five minute â€śAll of the Lights,â€ť making that song really another six minute plus track here. The instrumental â€śinterludeâ€ť is probably more rightly an â€śovertureâ€ť to its namesake track, a bombastic, shiny marvel of chaos. Big opportunities for failure. Big sounds, big themes, big moments. Big visuals, not the least of which is the fantastic 34-minute film â€śRunaway.â€ť And yes: big ego, that most-often-cited characteristic of Kanye West is in full effect here. However, itâ€™s an extremely quirky and humbled ego. The grandiose persona is shown to be a mask for an artist struggling for acceptance in the public arena. More