Spin Highlights the L.A. Beat Scene

Nosaj Thing wows the crowd at Coachella.

This is later than late, but better than never. The Spin Magazine fellers definitely know a good thing when it bludgeons them over the head with experimental beatwork, then nurses them back to health with a warm, enveloping beauty. That, combined with my incessant badgering, resulted in a gallery highlighting some of the Los Angeles electronic talent that made it out to Coachella 2011.

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Besto 2010: The L.A. Beat Scene for Dummies (Starring Teebs, Asura, Lorn, Shlohmo, Take)

That's a double helix by Teebs. Get yr DNA right.

Los Angeles. So much reason for so much pride right now. This city had an unbelievable year in music, and nothing’s slowing for 2011. Mark my words. Just as the noise scene grew up this year with more “mature” releases from No Age, Wavves, Abe Vigoda and others, the next two will be marked by increasingly sophisticated and beautiful releases from the local beat fam. But you don’t want to wait for Rolling fucking Stone or Paste to tell you that, do you? Nah. Get on the train now, and check out five future classics that came out this year, but which didn’t make it onto the A.V. Club’s year-end list (which is why Baths and Lotus are excluded).

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THE L.A. BEAT SCENE, FOR DUMMIES (ya dummy!)

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Beat (Scene) Beat: Aquacrunkgate 2010, Mars Volta Meets Low End Theory, Tokimonsta vs. TAKE, Asura vs. Ana Caravelle, Glitch Mob’s in ‘America’s Got Talent’ Semi-Finals

Teebs does not make aquacrunk music, but you should still buy his 'Ardour' LP.

I make no attempts to hide my reverence for the L.A. beat scene. Just when I think I’ve got it pinned down, someone like Teebs will come along and flip the script by making something as rich and subtle as Ardour, or Flying Lotus will go ahead and release a new EP, like Pattern+Grid World, that sounds nothing like the incredible album he released a couple months previously. That’s why most of the links below are to MP3 debuts — shit happens so fast, the best you can do is channel it. Oh, and then there’s …

  1. FEATURED: Aquacrunkgate: L.A. Artists (Flying Lotus and Others) Take to Twitter to Protest Latest Blog-Made Microgenre*
  2. Omar Rodriguez Lopez Records a Electronic Album w. Nobody
  3. Beat Scene Babe Tokimonsta Remixes TAKE
  4. Asura Remixes Ana Caravelle (Think Lotus Meets Newsom)
  5. Glitch Mob Makes Semi-Finals on ‘America’s Got Talent’
  6. Sumsun Channels Four Tet and Neon Indian on ‘Call It Home’

* “Early in Drowned in Sound’s screed, the author identifies the late J Dilla, an extremely hallowed name in L.A. and in hip-hop production overall, as the father of aquacrunk.

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

News: DJ Kutmah Returns, Meet ASKA, a Beat Scene Megamix, ScarJo Covers Steel Train

Kutmah's much needed passport?

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

  1. FEATURED: New Kutmah Podcast Ft. Fugees, Flying Lotus*
  2. Check Out ASKA’s Stunning ‘Love Trance,’ on Manimal Vinyl
  3. Proximal Drops L.A. Megamix Ft. Dâm-Funk, Daedelus, Baths
  4. Scarlett Johansson Covers ‘Bullet’ By Folk-Rockers Steel Train

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

* After being expelled from the U.S., DJ Kutmah delivers a fifty-minute mix featuring a ton of unreleased gems — including a Flying Lotus track and a Fugees remix by Jonwayne.

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

A Lot of Beat Music: MP3s, Podcasts and Videos from Madlib, Glitch Mob, Jneiro Jarel, more

Madlib at work.

L.A. news roundup: For no particular reason other than the Los Angeles beat scene’s own prolific nature and commitment to excellence (Glitch Mob excepting), every single one of my news items for LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound last week concerned our hometown digital heroes.

  1. FEATURED: Glitch Mob Debuts Fancy New Bartender Technology*
  2. Take and Nobody Cure the Mondays with Warm Beats, Exotic Tones
  3. MP3 Exclusive: Madlib Remixes Dabrye and DOOM’s “Air,” on Ghostly
  4. Download: Jneiro Jarel Remixes Brazilian Legend Arthur Verocai
  5. MP3 Exclusive: “Discipline09-3” by Ras G, on Leaving Records

* “Is this why the Glitch Mob weaseled out of its handshake contract with Alpha Pup, effectively leaving Low End Theory behind for good? To divine advanced methods of stylish douchebaggery?”

    (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

News Roundup: Matthewdavid Loses Tapes, Dead Meadow Loses Mind, Ahab and TAKE

And boy can he Cook. Nyuk nyuk.

It’s been a great week on the blogging front, which is why I’ve included that picture of a great Dane above, and the love below.

  1. Cash Offered for Stolen Dublab Cassettes, Money Mark Not a Suspect
  2. MP3 Exclusive: Take, ‘Don’t Look Now,’ Forthcoming on Alpha Pup
  3. Dead Meadow To Premier ‘Three Kings’ at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  4. MP3 Exclusive(s): Two Flavors of Aural Insanity from Captain Ahab
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

L.A. Beat Scene’s TAKE Announces Alpha Pup LP, Gives Out Free ‘Incredibright’ MP3

TAKE on the titular mount?

Today, Alpha Pup Records — the Downtown L.A. label behind the Low End Theory club and numerous worthwhile beat scene releases — announced the long-awaited next full-length record from TAKE. Only Mountain will be released on April 20, and judging from the free MP3 the label’s sharing, it’ll be a roiling pot of old school IDM, ’90s R&B percussive elements, Dubstep bass-derived doom, and ethereal melodies. Download “Incredibright” below.

Free music: TAKE – “Incredibright” [MP3]

INCHES003: New wax from Flying Lotus, Dublab, Triorganico and Adam Payne (+ MP3s, chart)

Ladies and gentlemen: INCHES003. By journalistic law, this column now qualifies as a trend. Installment number three is actually the first “regular” edition, an unthemed collection of just-released L.A.-relevant vinyl reviewed (with original photos and free MP3s, of course), accompanied by a top ten vinyl sales chart from one of our local record shops. This week, you’ll find a new Flying Lotus EP, some incredible throwback bossa nova by Triorganico, seven inches of Adam Payne jamitude, and a killer Dublab release compiling work from the best of this city’s beat music scene. Plus, see what Vacation Vinyl’s been selling (hint: rhymes with “meth kettle”).

Flying Lotus, L.A. 3 X 3 EP

Flying Lotus, "L.A. 3 X 3 EP"

Stay tuned for much, much more, and if you’ve got ideas, reach out.