Scntst – OTD (Break Mix) 

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Deep research

Scntst is a 23-year-old electronic producer from Munich, Germany. According to his label website, he grew up playing the drums in his dad’s band at 10 years old before watching a German techno movie which inspired him to learn Ableton.

‘OTD (Break Mix)’ is his most recent release on Ruffhouse Munich, Ruffhouse Presents: RUFFTRAX VOL. 3 which has some other good listens as well, like this one from Lazarus.

He’s got another album due out later this year on BoysNoize Records. Here’s a 2014 gem in the meantime.

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Kirk Knight – Young Ones

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Image via Pro Era Records

Kirk Knight is a 19-year-old Brooklyn producer and rapper from the hip-hop collective Pro Era, spearheaded by frontman Joey Bada$$.

‘Young Ones’ is the first single from his mixtape Black Noise coming out soon. He dropped his debut solo album Late Night Special  to much acclaim last year. Don’t sleep on the track ‘Brokeland,’ which reminds me of another New York based hip-hop crew.

Check out his site for upcoming tour dates and more info.

Motion Graphics – Brass Mechanics

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Photo via Andrew Strasser

Motion Graphics is Joe Williams, an artist whose minimalist sounds may very well one day find their way into MOMA. His track ‘Brass Mechanics’ is the track of the week on Boomkat, who also gives this description of the track:

With ‘Brass Mechanics’ he summons a spiralling, vertical vortex of pizzicato wind instrumentation and pointillist clicks sounding like one of the lush, swooning phrases from his album or the Lifted project has been expanded and flipped upwards to the sun.

His self-titled debut album is an interpreation of the ubiquity of mobile technology and our compulsive social networking behavior.

You can find his album on Domino Records and the single ‘Brass Mechanics’ on the label Future Times.

Ash Walker Music – Dark Hour

Image courtesy the artist

Ash Walker is right: ‘They do not now yet.’

The world is just getting a taste of this emerging talent out of London who is trying to revive the sounds of trip-hop that Massive Attack and Portishead pioneered in their heyday. His latest drop ‘Dark Hour’ continues his overall downtempo vibe.

Signed to underground dub label Deep Heads, known for a library of other tasty releases from label head Zed Bias, Walker released his debut album Augmented 7 last year. The album incorporated elements of dub, reggae, and downtempo all tied to a jazz tone.  Take a listen to the collaboration with soul singer Segilola below.

Hear more Ash Walker on Soundcloud


PS. Walker’s music also sounds a bit like Smith & Mighty who released this dub-infused bombtune back in 1995.

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Sam Gellaitry – Life

A surfeit of beat gems
A surfeit of beat gems

Sam Gellaitry is a Scottish producer who makes dope beats. More specifically, you could say his music is a hodgepodge of house, garage, and hip-hop. I first heard his genre-smashing track ‘Paper‘ around 2014. However, I missed his track ‘Life,’ which he tweeted about today.

Gellaitry has issued a total of 3 EPs to date, most recently Escapism II on XL Recordings. But most of his music remains unreleased, like this one he made on his iPhone: “second song idea from garage band.” Show your work.

Listen to more Sam Gellaitry on SoundCloud.

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PS. If you’re looking for a similar eclectic assortment of sounds, check out fellow Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke.

 

‘That time when I…’

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Besties…

One of the ways mobile behavior has changed is that instead of sharing stuff at the moment, we edit and share it later with a caption like “That time I…”. According to Washington Post journalist Britt Peterson, the phrase, and its various iterations (“that time when,” “that moment when,” etc.) create immediate intimacy with your followers which is why it works so well for celebrities, who may not want to reveal their present location for obvious privacy concerns.

“That time I” works in real time to make readers feel like they’re part of an in-group, creating collective nostalgia for events that just took place. In some way, it’s a neat linguistic trick.”

One of the reasons I love using Instagram Stories versus Snapchat is because it allows you to suspend publishing now in real-time for posting within 24 hours later. The countdown clock leaves plenty of time to review your photos and videos later on. If you wanted to share highlights from the party the night prior, for example, you can do it from bed the next morning to reframe the past as the present.

However, using the “that time” expression is ideally suited for the moment too, especially to cement a memory that’s worth preserving in the future.

“It’s kind of like a sepia filter for language,” said Ben Zimmer, a linguist and the executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus. “Something just happened to me that will be super-memorable, and I will be remembering this when I’m older and saying, ‘Wow, remember this time?’”

Using “that time” promptly or later is effective either way. The catchword is intrinsically tied to nowness, creating both FOMO (fear of missing out) while permitting your audience to vicariously live in a scene with you. Peterson sums up the use of “that time” via the term’s master user, Taylor Swift.

“The intimacy created by “that time when” is a warm, engulfing fog, with no use at all for grammatical and logical scaffolding. Without having been at Swift’s party — and without the construction of the sentence reminding us that we weren’t there — we can all feel like we’re part of the #squad.”

That time when ‘that time when’ took over the Internet

COMBAT! – Jacaranda

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COMBAT! AKA Mark Nieto

COMBAT! is LA-native Mark Nieto, a guitarist turned underground electronic musician. He opens up his newest album with ‘Jacaranda,’ a dope of a tune that pairs various drum chops against organic percussion reminiscent of Flying Lotus and Shigeto. Recommended.

Buy the COMBAT! LP on Bandcamp

Tycho – Epoch

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Tycho AKA Scott Hansen

Just in time for the weekend, Tycho AKA Scott Hansen drops his newest track ‘Epoch.’ And it’s just that, epic.

Listening to Tycho is like listening to what Verge called ‘designer music,’ a mishmash of art and sound. Hansen doesn’t force the visual cues — he sees them after feeling out the music.

As the song starts to develop, I start to see visuals, and not the other way around.

Anytime I hear Tycho I ruminate on things past, present, and future. His tracks create an ambient zone for introspection but also make excellent tracks to work to. They are peaceful, positive, and productive vibes.

 

Clack-clack: California Typewriter, the movie

The Hemingwrite, a distraction-free writing for a modern era
The Hemingwrite, a distraction-free writing for a modern era

“Keep ’em typing!” says Kenneth Alexander, a typewriter repairer with over forty years of experience. He works for California Typewriter in San Francisco, one of the last surviving typewriter repair shop in the United States.

California Typewriter is also the name of a new documentary out from American Buffalo Pictures, which highlights “the portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.”

The life of a computer is 3-5 years. The life of a typewriter is a century. The typewriter once made writing faster and louder. Today, the typewriter’s nostalgic noise may be the only reason people want to use them again. Says typewriter surgeon Paul Schweitzer who still fixes 20 of them a week from his Flatiron office:

“If you want to concentrate, if you want to write in your own mind, write with a typewriter. You see the words hit the paper. There’s no distractions.”

Tom Hanks grew so nostalgic of the typewriting in the digital age he recreated it as an app, eponymously named the Hanx writer. “I wanted to have the sensation of an old manual typewriter – I wanted the sound of typing if nothing else…cause I find it’s like music that spurs along the creative urge. Bang bang clack-clack-clack puckapuckapuckapucka… I wanted the ‘report’ of each letter, each line.”

Part of the typewriter’s appeal is its rejection of the multi-tasking and impulsiveness behaviour of ‘Generation Thumbs‘ on iPhone and iPads. The beauty of slowing down and Internet-less device is avoiding distractions enhancing your mind’s focus, developing a concentration that many readers experience with the Kindle. Note, however, you can replicate the pace of a typewriter on your phone if you type with one hand.

Don’t expect the typewriter to enjoy the same comeback success story as vinyl– typewriter enthusiasts are a small niche. But do expect the typewriter to be live on in new formats, whether it’s an app or a distraction-free writing tool like the Hemingwrite “with a continuous wi-fi connection to your Evernote account.”

Mood Tattooed – Outsider

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‘Outsider’ is the lead single from singer/producer Mood Tattooed AKA Hagan Knauth which drops this October on the Brooklyn-based Blankstairs label.

Knauth’s rustic influences are apparent on the track — he grew up on a farm in upstate New York. ‘Outsider’ sounds like the singer’s internal dialogue while taking a solitary walk in the woods. It’s the perfect downtempo song to kick off the beginning of Fall. Upon first listen, it sounds a lot like Elliot Smith’s ‘Need in the Hay‘ but much trippier.

‘Hush Tarantula’ is a dialogue of textures that guides you through a cycle of growth and reflection. Marked by powerful subtleties, Hagan Knauth generates an incredible range of sound that speaks more to the nature of psychedelia than the typical sonic palette commonly found within “psychedelic” music.

Pre-order the album Hush Tarantula on Bandcamp.