The Antwon track that cropped up on the dash reminded me of unfinished business with Shadowrunners. They’re an LA MC/producer duo allied with the “Raekwon look alike” Antwon (and in larger collaboration they’re an integral part of the Nature Boy crew). Here we find MC Himself the Majestic on the the video game tip (to stick with a currenttheme) over DJ Froskee’s throwback synthetic funk.
When Julian’s not playing with his Los Angeles-based spazzy-weird outfit Fol Chen, he spends his free time making compositions like this - a slurry of 8-bit synth, deep bass layer, chill space and cinematic grandiosity. As he puts it, the influences come from “Nintendo, new age mysticism, America Online, Eazy E, Playstation, Cash Money Millionaires, childhood, adulthood, parenthood, and the undying urge to live in a house-sized geode.”
Look for his full album Crystals out on November 8. You can listen to the thus-far-released ‘crystals’ singles on his Tumblr.
So this is what Julian Wass does for his day job. Very Wavy.
Notes from the Underground #37: “Finally”/AHYVE (Soundcloud - 2011)
AHYVE, frequent Main Attrakionz visual collaborater, returns to his drugged out world of bedroom space drama. ”Finally” starts out muddy and lo-fi, bouncing around fuzzy 808’s and empty planets. However, if you stick around, the outro flips over into into a piece of beauty.
“I don’t blame you, this shit is hard, to live inside a dream”
Anatomy of a Beat: “Chuch”/Main Attrakionz p/ Friendzone 808’s & Dark Grapes II (Bandcamp - 2011)
Along with “Perfect Skies,” Friendzone has put out two of the most lush, beautiful production jobs of the year. The sample comes from a Gigi Masin & Charles Hayward record called “Clouds.” It’s actually a pretty famous sample, appearing in records from Nujabes, Björk (who’s incidentally gotten sample traffic from MA’z collaborator Clams Casino recently) and To Rococo Rot.
“Clouds“/Gigi Masin & Charles Hayward Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre 2 (Subrosa -1989)
“Feel It All Around”/Antwon Fantasy Beds (Soundcloud - 2011) Production by Washed Out
Thus far the Washed Out prod. has been my favorite track on the mixtape. I think the bleed between the new sample based chillwave and independent R&B (and trill ass hip-hop) has been explored by a lot of others. It seems like an ecstatic moment for fans though. It’s rare that two diverse cultures find themselves brought together over music that one would at first glance think of as disparate. I’m not saying that everyone who digs hip-hop has gotten down with Washed Out and How To Dress Well/vice-versa, but there’s definitely a dialogue there. I guess I just wanted to say that I think that’s tight.