Review: Young Magic ‘Melt’ Rap Beats + Chillwave

Photo by Viktor Vauthier. That headline is close to accurate. You’d learn a lot more by reading the full review of Melt by Young Magic over at The A.V. Club.

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Review: Violens Debut ‘Amoral’ Not as Hipster-Friendly as Predicted, Oh Well

An erstwhile Lansing-Dreiden member wants to get down with the new wave.

I wanted to like this. I did. I’m not a hater by nature. (And if I was, I’d hate the game, not the player.) But despite it’s superfreaky cover art and reliance upon chillwavey textures (I do love those), Violens’ Amoral also contains odd bits of nü-metal flair, which will never do. Did I dismiss it out of hand for a couple of ill-conceived buttrock chords? You betcha!

“Violens mastermind Jorge Elbrecht wants listeners to imagine his band’s art-pop debut as a Lynchian dream …”

Just kidding. I wouldn’t do that. Or would I? Find out at Spin.

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Feature: Valley Boredom Inspires Baths to Great Heights on His Anticon Debut, ‘Cerulean’

Baths contemplates a cerulean sky.

So we’ve really made no attempts to hide our enthusiasm for Chatsworth producer/musician/singer Baths, a.k.a. fresh Anticon signing Will Wiesenfeld. We’ve previewed his gigs, big-upped his ambient works as Geotic, talked about the young star on the radio, and basically become dude’s personal documentarian via news updates (a couple of those below).

Finally, things may cool down a bit.

This isn’t so much because anything’s cooling down for Wiesenfeld, a rising star in indie music, but because we were able to do a lengthy feature on Baths for L.A. Weekly, dubbed, “The Great Escape.” Wiesenfeld was kind enough to donate a few hours to the cause, which meant lunch at the estimable Islands, and hang-time with him and his mom at the family home in Chatsworth.

So if you haven’t already, go to L.A. Weekly to read that.

Further listening/reading:

(both stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)

MP3, Groove Edition: Nite Jewel, Asura, Ana Caravelle, Fol Chen, Madlib, Freddie Gibbs

Nite Jewel, amidst balls

We’re getting caught up on two weeks of intense blogging for West Coast Sound, and we now present to you some tasty MP3 and/or streaming works. This is Groove Edition (think “fun-kay”).

  1. FEATURED: Nite Jewel with Teen Inc. for EP, ‘Am I Real?’*
  2. ‘Timber,’ Lush Electronics from Asura and Ana Caravelle
  3. Chamber-Funk Ensemble Fol Chen Drops ‘The Holograms’
  4. James Poyser, Karriem Riggins, Madlib  on ‘Funky Butt’
  5. Arabian Prince and CX Kidtronik in ‘Let’s Hit the Beach’
  6. Freddie Gibbs with ‘Str8 Killa’ EP, Says ‘F*ck the World’
  7. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Nite Jewel, keyboard queen Ramona Gonzales, is a quintessential artist of the L.A. underground and has now produced a collaboration with a young group that’s starting to catch buzz, Teen Inc.”

News: R Kelly Meets Baths, Hawthorne Covers Johnston, VOICEsVOICEs Video, and more

Baths and R Kelly get their wrassle on.

Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.

  1. FEATURED: R Kelly Croons Over Baths’ ‘Maximalist’*
  2. MP3: Mayer Hawthorne Covers Daniel Johnston
  3. VOICEsVOICEs Share Creepy New Video for ‘Flulyk Visions’
  4. MP3: Beat Music Meets Chillwave on Veux’s ‘Late Key’
  5. MP3 Exclusive: Night Horse Resurrects Thin Lizzy with ‘Rollin’ On’
  6. L.A.’s Answer to Cannibal Ox? Meet K-The-I and Michael Nhat
  7. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Hot doesn’t begin to describe what happens here.”

Feature: A Freaky Afternoon with Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink steels himself for the invasion.

Although it’s almost cliché at this point to write about how batshit insane L.A. freak-folk/chillwave/lo-fi icon Ariel Pink seems to be, meet the man in person and you’ll discover that it’s nigh on impossible to ignore the signs.  Perhaps he’s just nervous; perhaps he likes fucking with journalists (who could blame him?); perhaps he really is bonkers. After spending an afternoon with Pink and his band, Haunted Graffiti, I wound up with more questions than answers.

See for yourself at LA Weekly.

News Roundup: Beck + Tobacco, Jeans Wilder, One AM Radio, Le Switch + Les Blanks, more…

The origin of Jeans Wilder.

Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.

  1. FEATURED: MP3 Exclusive: “Sea You” by Jeans Wilder*
  2. MP3: Beck and Tobacco’s “Fresh Hex,” TK on Anticon
  3. The One AM Radio Releases 3-D Video, Limited 7-Inch [MP3]
  4. Download: ‘Storefront Split’ by Le Switch and Les Blanks
  5. Watch: Beat Music Brings Out the Beasts w/ Take and Glitch Mob
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “I recorded this song in my room, by myself, over the course of a two or three day cocaine and OxyContin binge at the beginning of the year.” – Jeans Wilder