If there’s one thing Montreal-based producer Snails has become synonymous with, its his slime-coated, grime-ridden brand of “Vomitstep” bass. When the up-and-comer released “Slugz” back in 2014, the menacing trap production would then incite the young producer’s ascension into dubstep notoriety. Hard to believe that nearly three years would pass before Snails would take the next step in his career with the release of his debut album.
Finally, Snails has released his long-awaited 12-track LP, The Shell, featuring support from a few industry heavy-hitters like Dion Timmer, Waka Flaka, Big Gigantic, Sullivan King, and Sarah Hudson.
The Shell is a well-conceived, expertly-executed project that spans the history of dubstep from its earliest days to its most cutting edge future. Look no further than the Liam Cormier and Travis Ritcher-assisted track, “The Anthem” or “The King Is Back” to be catapulted back to dubstep’s emergence from hard rock/metal-core. More forward-thinking tracks on the LP — from Waka Flaka and NGHTMRE collaborations to the melodic leaning HYTYD & MAX-assisted track, “To The Grave” — grant listeners a look into dubstep’s current iteration.
Brooklyn-based duo Brasstracks have become known for crafting a electrifying live music outfit that fuses electronica, funk, hip-hop, indie-R&B, and whatever else strikes their fancy. Now the improvisational producing partnership, made up of Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne, have enlisted the help of rising UK-native vocalist BXRBER on their newest original, titled “Brownstone.”
Building upon a steady stream of recent releases, including their original track “Fever” as well as a stirring cover of Lil Uzi Vert‘s “XO TOUR Llif3,” this latest venture into their emblematic soulful sound stamp relies on smooth, steady tempos, an irresistible horn section, and a throw-back jazz vibe. Combine Jackson on the trumpet, Rayne on the drums, and BXBER’s uplifting lyrical talents, and the result is a blithe and blissful track that catapults listeners to cloud nine.
LA funk band SoDoap maybe new comers to the scene… but their first few releases have been pure funkalicious goodness. They fuse electronic vibes with live instruments to create what they say in their own words – funky mahfuqin bass music. I couldn’t agree more. With 2 self releases out, one free and one to
Foot Village has been one of TMT’s favorites for a good long while now — going back at least to the 2008 interview that we did with the entire band — which means that we’re super excited (and not obligated or anything) to cover everything that’s either closely or distantly related.
The band’s own Brian Miller also founded the Deathbomb Arc label before he helped propel Foot Village to the fore of SoCal-based, drum-centered aggression, and during its nearly 20 years of functional existence, Deathbomb has helped to release and promote a ton of often noisy releases that challenge the remains of humanity’s delicate sensibilities. Basically, Deathbomb and Foot Village have both done their part in attempting turn us all into acid rain, which burns through our clothing and blinds all the presidential dullards who bypass warnings during solar eclipses. (Oh yeah, I went there.)
And despite an early ambivalence about any political themes in his Foot Village work, Brian Miller is definitely “going there” with his new project: America Fuck. Miller and Sam Angiulo (a.k.a. Lana Del Rabies) comprise the duo, and their first release (out now courtesy of Deathbomb, naturally) makes NO BONES about the duo’s modus operandi. American Fuck is the “product of living with toxic politics as the foreground,” and each extremely long track title on Fertility Clown is a segment of a discussion that revolves around, basically, egalitarianism as a goal.
A familiar-sounding sentiment? Perhaps. Musically, however, Fertilty Clown will offer stiff competition to your pulse; so be warned. Listen to it in full below, and head here to name your own price on a digital download — and to see the full track titles (seriously; I’m not printing them here, they’re novellas).
It’s not a music video, but the thing I saw this week that left the deepest impression was the introduction to the 2011 CMT Music Awards, a galactically dumb comedy bit that happens to star Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Kid Rock, and, in a bone-chilling cameo, Donald Trump. I’m a bit worried that Kenny … More »
With the calendar flipping to October, many feel the need to get spooky in honor of Halloween’s imminence. Few, however, can match the power with which up-and-coming producer DEMUR veers into the spirit of the season with the tectonically bass-laden original, “Tell Me Your Secrets.”
Emotionless vocal samples count the track in, before unleashing a serrated bass of epic proportions. DEMUR’s original is not for the faint of heart.
Neither is the video accompaniment, a mashup of some of the most famous horror movies. It’s a perfect addition to the vibe of the producer’s bone-rattling original.
Nashville-based Liza Anne Odachowski, better known as Liza Anne strips the covers away from mental illness in her newest single “Paranoia.”Addressing anxiety and themes of unworthiness and unwantedness, Liza Anne explores the underbelly of our fears and pulls them to the surface. Set to a melodic tune that’s punctuated by frenetic outbursts, Liza effortlessly articulates our internal monologue as we experience feelings of love coupled with paranoia. This is exactly her intention, evidenced in her artist bio, where she states, “I feel things deeply and then I sing them sweetly.” And we could not agree more.
Hey kid, you like beats? Got a whole bunch of beats here for ya. Come November 10, Los Angeles-based producer Devonwho is going to drop a fat stack of them — 42 to be exact — for his new tape Betaloops.
Where does one amass a collection of beats this gargantuan? Seems like when you’re Devonwho, ideas for cool sounding laid-back, funky hip-hop beats just pop into your head all the time!
According to Devonhim whoself Devonwho himself, the beats that make up Betaloops were created between 2014 and 2017, a period during which the producer moved away from San Francisco and transitioned to life in Los Angeles. And while they are more experimental sketches than full-on songs, Devonwho has said that these beats are still “a part of me and my growth that I wanted to share.” That was nice of him!
Betaloops is out digitally on November 10 via Leaving Records. If you’re more of a physical media kind of person however, the cassette version of Betaloops is shipping right now and can be ordered here. Listen to a playlist of a few of the tracks off the release, check out the artwork, and read the names of all 42 of Betaloops’ tracks, down below.
NGHTMRE releases yet another vibrant single and adds to his ever-growing collection of forwarding thinking, dynamic productions. The production also features two newer artists, Bret James and RNSOM.
“The Killer” introduces mellow lyrics early that build to a heavy drop, infused a gravitational, raucous energy. With its thumping percussion, rumbing subbass, and staccato feel, “The Killer” is certain to be a headbanging favorite in sets going forward.
After an astonishingly strong series of releases so far in 2017, Super8 & Tab aren’t ready to leave the year without creating a bit more of a bang, and it comes in the form of their newest single ‘Pressure’. Today, the trance duo’s brilliant release saw its release on Armind and shows the duo going