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Seoul's Simo & Mood Schula Drop EP of Bass Heavy Beats

Photo credit: Sound On Muzik

Offbeat cowbells? Synth leads? Womp womps? Sounds like a couple of cats in Korea have been feeding their brains the same stuff served in LA.

Producers Simo and Mood Schula are producers from Seoul, Korea, a neighborhood of the world known more for painstakingly pretty boy and girl pop groups. But this music is no tween bait. This month, the duo dropped a release of instrumental heat called Simo & Mood Schula EP, combining the bass heavy beat stylings of Simo with Mood Schula’s slow minimal sound infused with traditional Korean instruments.

You can hear the Simo and Mood Schula’s individual tracks here and here, respectively.

Learn more about the record here.


Written by M

April 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Bands We Like: Vienna's The Clonious Does Soul Music for Robots

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The Clonious is an Austrian making soul music, but it’s been warped beyond recognition. The elements of ‘soul’ have been turned into their robotic equivalent; electronic clones gone haywire. No wonder it takes a helmet made of six headphone cups to make the stuff.

From bouncing two-step beats to slow grooving beats and vocals that experiment one step beyond Jamie Lidell, The Clonious’ tracks are varied. When he’s working with labelmate Cid Rim, the tracks are way upbeat and playful. His most recent tracks are featured on Affine Records What A Fine Mess We’ve Made compilation, but the label’s Souncloud page is littered with gems by The Clonious and other Austrians making this kind of noise, including one Dorian Concept.

Hear some samples from Full Nelson EP below, a collaborative record between The Clonious and Cid Rim that dropped at the end of last year on Affine.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F7060505 Cid Rim vs. The Clonious – Full Nelson EP Preview by affine records

Written by M

April 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Slideshow> Braids @ SXSW 2011: A Lesson On Why This Stuff Is Called 'Shoegaze'

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Montreal must be a dreamy place, seeing that it inspired the ethereal, warm-Sunday-pleasant-mushroom-trip sound of Braids. The Canadian band of four echoed their way onto everyone’s radar last year and built internet hype that exploded at SXSW this year. Subsequent explosions continue as the band remains on the road with electronic mastermind Baths.

Yeah, Baths and Braids. You would think that there’s some kind of quip you could make with those two names, but I’ll just save you the time, there isn’t.

Watch out for Braids, prohpecy states that this is only the beginning of their reign as leaders of the electro shoegaze movement.

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Written by M

March 30, 2011 at 10:34 am

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Japanese Producer Kan Sano Releases a Tribute to Northern Japan

One for Northern Japan

Photo credit: Kan Sano/MySpace

We recently introduced you to Japanese producer Kan Sano, who we found through his work with Project: Mooncircle.

A fan of jazz samples, Kan composes his tracks with diced up cuts of the good old stuff, but he’s dopping into a different crate for his tribute to the victims of the earthquake that ravaged Japan in recent days.

His remix of Stevie Wonder’s “You & I” is a sentimental two minute track that borrows liberally from the original song’s melody, laying it over a stuttery, bass-heavy beat.

Kan is the first guy on our radar to drop a track just for Japan, but we know there are lots more where this one came from.

Let us know of tribute tracks that you see popping up in the wake of this disaster.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F11932265 YOU AND I (3.11 Remix for Northern Japan) by Kan Sano

Written by M

March 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

New Track from Young Parisian Beatmaker Mr. Bibal

Mr. Bibal

Photo credit: Chillysoul

I seriously thought it was pronounced “Bee-BAL” but according to the little voice emulator clip on the new track by the Parisian producer, it’s “BIB-bull.”

Doesn’t matter, really.

The beat is still nasty.

Bibal is back with a one of track built on J Dilla loving drums and oscillating synths.

The instrumental remix of “Trop Flow” is a sweet beat that you can ease back to. While you bump this on your headphones, dig into some of the old Bibal tunes we told you about.

Remember Ra.

And his more recent collab with vocalist Chiky B.

Hear “Trop Flow” below.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F11775184 Trop Flow (Instrumental Remix) by misterbibal

Written by M

March 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

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Montreal Beatmaker Shash'u Makes Us Love Montreal Even More

Young producers we love from Montreal:

Photo credit: Shash'u/MySpace

1. Lunice

2. Kenlo Craqnuques

3. Shash’u (new!)

This kid spins his sound out of 8bit, dubstep, hip hop, and a general love for jittery-ness. He’s a drummer with a knack for instruments, not that there’s a hint of actual playing in any of his available tracks. Nope, this is pure production, and it’s impeccably done.

Just listen to the snare sound in the track below. It’s like it never ends. And the airy, reverbed sound of a chick singing in French? Dude! Sick.

He’s apparently also a skilled hip hop dancer in the popping and locking realm. If Lunice won us over with his unhinged stage dancing, Shash’u has the potential to make us melt.

You’ve made a great first impression, dude. Give us more!

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F10770242 SHASH’U – MYLÈNE FARMER CALI REMIX by shashu

Written by M

March 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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Odd Future Tear It Up on Jimmy Fallon

Say the name.

An Odd Future awaits us. Photo credit: Bananahill

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All is a name that we will all have memorized pretty soon. Last night, they beamed into the homes of people whose curiosities have been piqued by the buzz, and those who find Jimmy Fallon entertaining and stick around for the musical act. Shock and awe all around.

The duo from Odd Future had Fallon’s house band The Roots playing the grimiest beat they’ve ever played as group leader Tyler the Creator and Hodgy Beats bounded around the smoky stage amongst lawn gnomes and a zombied out girl they likely brought from home. Tyler ender the show with a forced piggy back ride from Fallon.

The crew of 11 underage Angelenos are the next big thing in hip hop of the informed lyrical kind. The flows are evil and cynical, the beats are undeniably LA (think of the regulars at Low End Theory), and the content channels Gravediggaz and the the darkest personas of Kool Keith. Their debut is due out on XL later this year.

As far as the Fallon performance, the question is not “Is Odd Future ready for TV?” Rather it’s “Is TV rea…” you know the rest.

Odd Future on Jimmy Fallon


Written by M

February 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm