“Hope my haters keep a special place in their heart for me”
A remix I did four months ago but recently released. Nothing much to bark about.
I imagine that most readers of this blog are aspiring producers of electronic music. Its subject are not limited to only electronics, but I haven’t mention the word “flute” or “acoustic guitar” even once since the start of it all.
Anyway, electronic music is such a wide genre and has more to do with gear and techniques rather than a certain style of music.
So I’m into music production and old analog hardware. Here’s the thing, I’m into hip hop, and mostly trapish contemporary shit for the time being. And as a vintage gear head, I feel kind of alone.
Of course I’m influenced by Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk, older Depeche Mode, Warp Records, Hyperdub, Skinny Puppy, Front 242 and so on, but equally so by hip hop producers, such as J Dilla, DJ Premier, Timbaland, RZA, The Neptunes, Dr. Dre, DJ Shadow, RJD2.
And right now, I think my favorite producers/songwriters are Noah 40 Shebib and PartyNextDoor. And Noisia, and Zomby, and Burial, and perhaps Datsik around 2011.
Many electronic producers don’t seem to appreciate or understand hip hop production. I’m not talking about these people mentioned above, but about hte generic bedroom electronic music producer. They might think of hip hop as turntables and loops. But modern hip hop production uses the same gear and share many point of contacts with electronic music. (Of course, it’s kind of banal, because so do all popular styles of music.)
I don’t know, I don’t have an agenda here, I’ve just been thinking about this when browsing through different forums and groups. Most connoisseurs and nerds of synthesizers make techno, electronica, house, synthpop, industrial, edm or synthwave, not many make hip hop.
It’s the end of the year. What has happened? Well, talking about music, I think this year brought us quite a few good records, hip hop records that is.
In my humble opinion, album of the year is Drake – Nothing Was the Same. The production and sound design are extraordinary. And Drake is in his zone. More rapping, less singing than on Take Care from 2011.
Another great album is J. Cole – Born Sinner, it’s more traditional styled, but most definitely a finely crafted piece of work, except for the album cover.
The Weeknd – Kiss Land is one of this years favorites. It’s the best record since the House of Balloons back in 2011. Now sounding like an explicit Michael Jackson on a glitchy soundtrack. Real good.
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels, oh man, both Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music and El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure from last year were good, but this shit is even better than the two combined. And El-P’s production hasn’t sounded this tight since 2002. Free download here.
A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP is a great album, Big Sean – Hall of Fame is a great album.
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All released two really heavy albums. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris and Tyler, The Creator – Wolf.
Even if you can’t really compare Jay-Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail to Odd Future’s releases, it should be noted that this is ol’ Jigga’s best album since The Black Album from 2003.
And there’s so many more not mentioned here, e.g. A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord, Tyga – Hotel California, Big K.R.I.T. – King Remembered in Time and Pusha T – My Name Is My Name… There’s no women on this list, which is strange, I’m sure it’s my mistake and next year will be women’s reign. I did like Iggy Azalea’s singles during 2013, but there was no album released.
For me personally, 2013 has mostly been about hip hop. Electronic music, dubstep, what have you, well I haven’t heard that many good releases in 2013. Maybe those artist are occupied on tour.
But I did like James Blake – Overgrown, it’s a beautiful record.
And then we got I Am Legion – I Am Legion; I think Noisia are some of the finest producers out there, and I really like Foreign Beggar’s two last albums, but this full length album isn’t as good as expected.
Also Destroid – The Invasion isn’t what you might have thought. Excision’s X Rated from 2011 was the bomb, but this, well, we’ve heard it before and in much better shape. Maybe I’m just being grumpy.
Another big disappointment is Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience. FutureSex/LoveSounds was a perfected pop album, but this isn’t quite as inspiring. (Perhaps I shouldn’t judge this album, because I haven’t even heard the second part of the two-piece project.) Other disappointments were Daft Punk – Random Access Memories and Kanye West – Yeezus.
P.S. Also check out Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap. Download the free mixtape.
I used to live in Hamburg, Germany, some years ago. I shared a big ass flat near Reeperbahn with some bohemians. One of them was Moritz, who later began to rap in German. Recently he sent me some vocal stems and asked me to remix Kunstrasen’s upcoming release. This is it. Or at least a first draft.
I find lots of good music on SoundCloud. It’s really a fine resource.
I like all sorts of music, really. There’s a time and place for everything, right? And there are good and bad shit in all genres. But on SoundCloud, I tend to listen mostly to hip hop and dubstep, don’t know why.
Usually I look for unsigned acts and bedroom producers, not indie per se but still very underground, struggling artists, so to speak. The major ones you can find elsewhere.
A thing that differs a good song from a not so good, is the sound design quality. I’m not talking about volume here. Of course loud tracks stick out, but quality doesn’t count in decibels.
Here’s a random list of songs (which doesn’t reflect the whole spectrum of my taste in music nor is it complete in any sense). I think this shit is fucking awesome. Sometimes it’s the songwriting skills and sometimes the production value. Sometimes the performance and sometimes everything. Shout out to y’all!
- xKore – Scumbag (xKore Remix)
- Davr – Mischevious Funk
- Brainondrugs – I’m Just A Man With The Soul Of A Clown
- Dollas, Texas – Bad Girls (Wick-It Remix)
- SICKFLIP – The Moan Of A Machine
- KOVEN. – Whoopi’s Back In The Habit
- tHORAXXX – 30 Minutes (tHORAXXX Remix)
- Nuskulfunk – Time (Nuskulfunk Bootleg)
- Audio-FX – I Like Your Face Better When It’s Broken (Fist Fight Remix)
- Hooky – Tower Of Digi
- Sawtooth – Dead Negative
- Paranoid Breaks – Sickle
- Divine Sage – No Name
- Chomp Chomp – Count Chompula
- Preyfour & Mizuki’s Last Chance – Backflip Dinosaur
- xxxxx – Settle Down (xxxxx Remix)
- Selfrepeater – Follow You
- s.DoPE.79 – U Crazy ?!?
- Deka The Beat Maker – Hip Hop Way Of End
- Tyler Tony – Make You Say
- JaySyd – Sounds
- M Mac – No Competition (Remix)
- sbauer – Smaragd Barrakuda
- Rudebrat – Always Wonder
- Crushendo – Sacred Swag Featuring Billy Blacklight
- Bro Safari & UFO! – Drama
- Dark Elixir – Knight Rider
- Teknian – Wipe Out
- MakO & Protostar – No Fire Featuring Rachel Hirons (Clip)
- Maribel Tafur – Mutual Core (Maribass Remix)
P.S. If you’ve ever wondered how a mediocre producer could have thousands of plays and comments, read Terry Matthew’s article about the exploits using bots and fake followers to juice up stats.