Listen: Jaisu—”A Short Album”

He might be from Edinburgh and this might be his first album but Jaisu has some of the rawest beats out right now. His debut work A Short Album is exactly what its title insinuates: an album filled with sample-based production that evokes all the feelings one can expect to experience from a heart-wrenching short film. It plays exactly as a score would—paying little attention to the length of what a normal beat should be and placing more emphasis on moving the listener when the timing is appropriate. For this reason, you may find three different sounding beats all under one title in A Short Album. One of my favorite tracks from the album is “Whiplash Trash” which begins as a deconstructed beat but then quickly becomes a cerebral instrumental of sorts only to evolve into something else entirely towards the end. However, “Suite In D Minor League” and “Apollo’s Theme” are equally stunning in their own rights. The latter two are available to listen to via the Bandcamp player below. “Whiplash Trash,” which may or may not be a cultural reference to a local clothing shop in Edinburgh, can be found by clicking on the link below the player. Jaisu will release A Short Album via the newly founded Astral Black label on September 7 and can be purchased through his Bandcamp page. Limited Edition Red Jelly Cassette Tapes are also available for newly converted die-hard fans. Check out Jaisu’s music below and pre-order his album for an immediate download of “Suite In D Minor League” and “Apollo’s Theme.”  Continue reading

Download: Oisima ft. Annabel Weston—”Everything About Her” (Ta-ku Remix)

Ta-ku takes apart, re-arranges, then puts back together Oisima’s track “Everything About Her” in a way that only he knows how to do so well. “Everything About Her” is the lead-single for Oisima’s album “Nicaragua Nights LP” which features Annabel Weston and is set to drop at an unknown time later this year. Although the original version of the song is more than enjoyable, Ta-ku gives it the drums and melody it needs to stand alone as a beat. A highlight in the track comes about 90 seconds in when the beat shifts dramatically and a funky violin sample begins to play. Listen to Ta-ku’s remix of “Everything About Her” below and download it for free (or for however much you’re willing to give) via the Bancamp page.  Continue reading

Helado Negro—Detroit

Download Roberto Carlos Lange’s funky single “Detroit” from his new album Island Universe Story Two under the alias Helado Negro. Having previously worked with Warp Record’s Guillermo Scott Herren, who is better known to the beat-making world as Prefuse 73, gives Roberto Carlos Lange about all the credibility that he needs to be considered an accomplished producer. However, Roberto, who currently calls Brooklyn his home, has quite a discography just by himself including the antecedent to this album (Island Universe Story One). “Detroit” is probably one the better tracks off his new album, but feel free to check out some of his other work on his SoundCloud page or purchase the entire album (available August 27) on his Bandcamp page, but whatever you do don’t forget to listen to then download “Detroit” below.  Continue reading