Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sound Verite's Favorite Records of 2012.
1. Grizzly Bear –Shields
Grizzly Bear return with balls. The first singles “Sleeping Ute and “Yet Again” has more bang than one would expect from quite champions and still just as majestic.
2. The Weeknd -Trilogy
With the success of their drugged-out mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday & Echoes of Silence, Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye and the production craft of Minnesota native Doc Mckinney (Santigold/Muja Messiah/Drake) and Illlangelo take R&B on a stylistic detour.
3. Beach House -Bloom
Beautiful melodies and classic dark & pretty guitars.
4. Kendrick Lamar –Good Kid, Madd City
Compton kid channels early Nas, brings Los Angeles back with a vengence along with his Black Hippy crew of Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul & Jay Rock and assist from Dr. Dre.
"Swimming Pools (Drank)"-video
5. Cat Power –Sun Chan Marshal big comeback was incredibly enjoyable, complete with big positive songs that make you think shes actually happy.
6. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland –Black Is Beautiful
If Massive Attack were bout it currenetly they'd be somewhere near Blunt and Copeland. Giving slowed down seduction a new meaning ”torched-in”?
7. Santigold –Master Of My Make Believe
“Disparate Youth”, “God From The Machine” and “The Riot's Gone” are worth the price of admission alone. Although not as fresh or surprising as her debut.
8. Flying Lotus -Until The Quiet Comes
The great-nephew of Alice Coltrane gets assist from artist like Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu and Thundercat to round out another opus of jazz inspired electronics soaked in modern beats and soul excursions buried in the mix.
9. Nas –Life Is Good
While Life Is Good clearly doesn't have the hunger or direct vision of Nas' debut Illmatic, it may be Nas most complete record since 2002's God's Son. With standout tracks like “No Introduction”, “Daughters”, “The Don”, ”Loco-Motive”, “Back When” and ”Nasty” he prevails in capturing the spirit of that kid from Illmatic. Sound Verite and others review Life Is Good at Reviler.
10. Raveonetts -Observator
Gorgeous arrangements and lush guitars awash in careful measures.
10. Frank Ocean -Channel Orange
Frank Ocean has made a quite a powerful statement, colored in so many shades of pop music's kaleidoscope. Whether as keeper of the flame of a Wonder or Prince or as playful with the experimental cadences of Kayne West and Fiona Apple. It seems he was inspired to deliver a great record full of bold confessions, joy, personal tragedy, dark views of city life and beautiful conceptual narratives. Ocean's falsetto is rich, nuanced and full of drama. Channel Orange reviewed by Sound Verite and others at Reviler.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Breakout artist Frank Ocean ran 2012 like a dope dealer in the early 90's. Finishing the year with his contribution "Wise Man", originally recorded for the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained. Although the track didn't make the soundtrack it's an elegant harrowing ballad that ironically seems perfect, no worries he says "Django was ill without it." Sound Verite reviewed Frank Ocean's debut Channel Orange at Reviler.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Sound Verite Favorite Local Records 2012
I Self Devine – The Sounds Of Low Class Amerikkka
Chaka Mkali, otherwise known as I Self Devine, is a steady, consistent MC with a strong desire to educate and inform his audience through his lyrics. He is often described as “conscious” MC; while that's true, I Self Devine is more of a realist, painting narratives that even in showcases the failures and how to work within and outside the system in today's society.
Polica – Give You The Ghost
Minneapolis goes down tempo, bringing the beats to indie rock.
Meta - Meta May
With a sprawling song a day during the month of May, MC Meta marked his space as an ace lyricist.
Brother Ali -Mourning in America And Dreaming In Color
Hip-Hop's everyman who's insights into family, religion, life, world views and treatment of indigenious people show his respected command and attention to detail.
Crimes -Good Hope
Beautiful melodies soaked mysterious in a Midwestern sincerity.
Mally – The Last Great
Rookie goes in becomes official.
Night Moves -Colored Emotions
Bringing the good old twangy psychedelic tunes like “Country Queen” and the sweeping beauty of their hit “Headlights” to the indie kids.
Mike The Matryr – Lake Street Store: Over The Counter
Stacked with heavy guest Slug, I Self Devine, A.G. (DITC), Triple Seis & Muja Messiah.
P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
Musical innovator, good dude with creativity pouring through his veins and massive supporter of local artist, thank god he calls Minneapolis home.
Solid Gold – Eat Your Own
Hometown heroes make like Pet Shop Boys.
Mankwe -Science and Spirits
Atmosphere vocalist/artist make like India Irie.
Villa Rosa - Exotic Paraphenalia EP
Maria Isa and Muja Messiah'e summertime ep included the weed blazer “Rocketship” and their brilliant take on Eminem's “Renegade”
BdotCroc – Hear Forever
With an impressive mixtape, sharpening her skills as she gets assist from Brother Ali and Rocky Diamonds and is full of new school swagger check her track “Pressure”.
Polished Anglo-file goes new school techies.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Minneapolis gifted lyricist Mally released his "proper" debut The Last Great and murked everything in it's sight. He ends a fantastic year with a new track "I Am" produced by Medium Zach. IPR The Institute of Production & Recording in Downtown Minneapolis work together every quarter with the students to work with Rhymesayers artists and other indie artists to learn techniques, recording/studio processes and also witness songs getting created live in the class! “I AM” is a track that was done in our Spring 2012 Quarter.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Greg Grease celebrates his debut release Cornbread, Pearl & G tonight. With love from City Pages who calls his record "a dense masterpiece", the Star Tribunes' Grease is the word , Radio K and an interview with The Current 89.3 Local blog Greg Grease steps into the spotlight with new Cornbread, Pearl and G.
Mike The Martyr
DJ Just Nine
7th Street Entry
Greg Grease ft. Lizzo -"I Still Love H.E.R."-mp3
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Sun Ra & John Coltrane enthusiast /A&R dude DProsper recruits a posse of affiliates among them Jay Electronica who comes out of nowhere. Atom 12 12 12 also features collaborations with producers and artists like DJ Khalil, Rashad "Tumblin Dice" Smith, Floyd the Locsmif, Flying Lotus, Shafiq Husayn, Malik Abdul Rahman, Knx, Chris Keys, Shroom, The Push LLC, Daniel Drums, Point Guard, Sebb Bash Media, Renee Neufville, Jay Electronica, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Bobby DeBarge Jr. In 2012 A.D., DProsper is determined to spread light, creating enlightened hip-hop music with a message to raise the consciousness.
As West Coast MC's Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q owned the rookie class of 2012 , their fellow homeboy in Black Hippy Ab-Soul is on deck. "Only 1" is produced by TDE in-house beat maker Willie B. With a string of dark and psychedelic-leaning singles and remixes Ab-Soul's light will shine brighter in 2013.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
The xx remix themselves here as Jamie xx handles the boards. From his mix for the Boiler Room x Young Turks w/ SBTRKT, Jamie XX, Short Stories LIVE, Nautic LIVE & Bullion show. Broadcast on 5th December 2012]. Complete track listing at Boileroom. The album version of "Reconsider" is a bonus track from their new record Co-Exist. You can grab the radio-rip of "Reconsider "(Jamie xx Remix)" from Mu-Sique.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Outkast Big Boi drops his colorful new record Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors next Tues. Dec.11th. Here he leaks the original studio version of "Mama Told Me" produced by The Flush Music with Little Dragon, the album version features former Destiny's Child vocalist Kelly Rowland.
Compton's Kendrick Lamar, the years hottest rookie gets a good look from Chicago's Mano on his hit “Swimming Pools” (Mano 93 Nostalgia Remix), nice touch with thew Isley Brothers sample.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Manchester-based producer Andy Stott takes a detour away from his ,slow & dark sound which gets tweaked out by The Recycle Culture. Original version taken from Stott's new opus Luxury Problems. via GvB.
Andy Stott -Leaving (The Recycle Culture Uplift)-mp3
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
M.I.A. out the shadows with another new leak ""Attention", which sounds characteristically M.I.A., word is new record Mathangi, is scheduled for March 2013. Speaking last month at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the singer and rapper explained that the title of her next album refers to her own birth name, Mathangi, and also a Hindu wisdom goddess.
Soulful indie crooner How to Dress Well gets the remix treatment from Doss who gives it a nice new lightweight garage lift from it's original. How to Dress Well's sophomore release Total Loss is out now and highly recommended for fans of James Blake.
How To Dress Well
7th Street Entry
How To Dress Well -“& It Was U (Doss Remix)”
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Atoms for Peace the latest from Radiohead's Thom Yorke, who's new project features producer Nigel Godrich, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Joey Waronker, and percussionist Mauro Refosco. They started as Yorke live band and became one themselves. Describing the recording process, Yorke said, "We were at Flea's house. We got wasted, played pool and listened to Fela Kuti all night." Their debut record is titled Amok. The release date is Feb. 25th in the UK and Feb. 26th in the U.S. via XL Recordings.
Atoms For Peace Amok
01 Before Your Very Eyes
06 Stuck Together Pieces
07 Judge Jury and Executioner
08 Reverse Running
Atoms for Peace -"Default"-mp3