“Camel (Nosaj Thing Remix)” / Flying Lotus L.A. EP 2 X 3 (Warp - 2008)
“Camel” is likely one of the best Flying Lotus songs ever put to wax. It’s one of two or three of the songs that defined the sound of Fly Lo for me during this period. The percussion gave impressions of nameless villages (Nepalese? Brazilian?) and the static gave the feel of rain. The Nosaj Thing flip, however, might be even better. In the midst of all the great music that came out during this period, I think this remix got lost - which is a shame. It totally re-contextualizes the sounds found within. Where in the Fly Lo version we found ourselves hiding from the rain under an awning in a post-apocalyptic shantytown, Nosaj puts us in the submerged aftermath. The echoes of the village remain, but only as muffled ghosts.
“Facemelter (Caleb Stone Remix)” / Alexander Spit Facemelter Remixes (Internet - 2012)
Get the this remix, + Stacy and DJ Spider/Piggyback at Spit’s blog.
“The Full Retard” / El-P Cancer for Cure (Fat Possum - 2012)
More things I’ve been missing for my academic schedule: El-P’s C4C drops tomorrow. El is keeping on his roll. As with Killer Mike’s R.A.P Music, the beats look backward and push forward at the same time. Where R.A.P. has a Bomb Squad feel, “The Full Retard” rocks a post-Beastie bazaar atmosphere to match El’s flagrant lyricism.
“Hit Me on Me Beeper (Fam-Lay [?] Remix)” / Cool Kids The Instant Classics Mixtape (2006)
“Lincoln Continental” / Danny Brown (2011) p/ Brandun DeShay
Featuring a sample from FFVII, or so I’ve been informed.
“John McCain.” / Blu & Exile Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them (Bandcamp -2011)
Much of the Flowers falls somewhere to the left field Blu & Exile’s previous Below The Heavens. This said, it would most likely appeal more to fans of lo-fi projects like Herfavoritecolo(u)r and Jesus. “John McCain” however is more in line with the contentious No York! from earlier this year. The beat (which I’d assume is provided by Exile) is a spasmodic burst of 8-bit glory. Featured as the formal closer, it features no rapping from Blu, but wants not for it. I’d see even an MC as skilled as Blu having troubles working his way through this maze.
Notes from the Underground #41: “Costumes” / RAJA Witch (Bandcamp - 2011)
Raja, a young NYC producer, has been prolific in the last few months. Witch, one of three beattapes that dropped in october, features thirty-some beats colored with occult samples and cold 808’s.