Blue Sky Black Death

Sleeping children are still flying while your waking up from your blurred out weekend. Snapshots and smiles. Very well crafted, the more I listen the more I like it. They also did a screwed and chopped version of the CD, its fucking heat.

DOWNNLOAD Screwed and Chopped
Blue Sky Black Death

Stunt Rock – Regret Instruction Manuals

Walking home from my group psychotherapy class lead by our breakbeat/drum and bass producing therapist, I hear the multitude of voices, ideas, and goals of my fellow victims. I tread along the bridge looking at times toward the water and others at the countless struggles for life passing me by on the street. I told myself we’d get past this; I told myself we’ve moved on but I can’t escape it. The water looks so peaceful, every time I go in there its regret and empathy. The drums of the street can get so loud the only escape, the car hit a biker and this cracks me up, the nothing. All their goals and struggles make our lives I guess, but will that matter, did it, all I can see is the fish.

So if standing on a bridge about to end it, I think this music will either make you jump or smile at the small things in life that after all are small things in life. Gotta cop #2.

Instruction Manual 1
Instruction Manual 2
Instruction Manual 2

Stunt Rock

Renegades of Jazz

First album from the newly formed Renegades of Jazz and its on some hot shit. If Parov Stelar is electro swing this has to be called electro cool bop meaning electronically produced music that samples real bop and cool era jazz with new instrumentation and uptempo drums. Think less swing breaks and more piano solos and guitar riffs, more improv less melody. The Renegades take you through all types of popular jazz such as big band, bop, cool, salsa and fusion. Even soulful shit like this track You Better Run. Look out for a live 9 piece band to be touring in 2012.


Lanu – Her 12 Faces

12 faces like 12 sides of a shape, thats right a dodecagon, look it up. Each one of the tracks on this CD are like a uniquely colored side to this shape that im now calling Lanu. Songs like Fall a poppy vocal track are layered in between 1988 and Portrait in 50hz two instrumental progressive hip hop tracks with a nasty baseline. Then you got straight downtempo chilled out tracks like The Coral Route, feels like a beach. The folksy Roosevelt Blues sounds like it belongs on a completely different album, but as a whole it works. Singer Megan Washington is featured on a few tracks and her voice is extremely catchy. This CD really just shows the multifaceted stylings of good producer.


B-Ju Minor Works

From German producer B-Ju comes Minor Works; glitchy, funky goodness. The overall tone is on some hip-hop drums with tons of glitched out ambient soundscapes. Elements of jazz, funk, rap and electronica all blend together into one nice sound.


DU Morning – A Mix

I was consistently listening to some of the same songs in the morning and this happened, 18 tracks to Wake Yo Ass Up in Du Morning. Enjoy

1 Jay Electronica – I Feel Good
2 Hot Chip – Hold on
3 Hudson Mohawke – Polkadot Blues
4 Intuition & VerBS – Hip Ties (Prod. by Alpha MC)
5 Late Night Radio – Morning Music
6 Mos Def – Sunshine
7 Parov Stelar – The Paris Swing Box
8 Jay Electronica – Shiny Suit Theory Ft. Jay-Z
9 Gramatik – So Much for Love
10 The Notorious BIG & The XX – Basic Hypnosis
11 Tyler, the Creator – VCR
12 Cities Aviv – Meet Me on Montrose
13 Malcolm Mclaren – About Her
14 Parov Stelar – On My Way Now (Love, Pt. 2)
15 Gramatik – While I was Playin’ Fair
16 Pearl Jam – No Way
17 Knxwledge – Tension
18 Vanilla – Good Times


Parov Stelar

Download – Daylight
Remember that song “Swing Set” by Jurassic 5, the last song on the album Quality Control, when I first heard that song it sparked in me a curiosity and appeal for swing music over a hip-hop drum beat that was never fully satisfied until I heard Parov Stelar. Parov Stelar is the production name of Marcus F├╝reder (born November 27, 1974). He lives and records in Linz, Austria. He stared out as a DJ but around 2000 began producing his own music under his newly found label Etage Noir Recordings. With the single KissKiss and the following LP Rough Cuts Parov exploded onto the international electronic scene. This first release was an acid-jazz downtempo lounge album, except for the track KissKiss that started to demonstrate the new style Parov had created.

He has taken swing music and added drums, bass and vocals to create something completely original. All I know is that when I heard it, it was like nothing I had ever heard before. People call it Nu-Jazz or house but I’ve never heard any house music use a clarinet, bassoon or oboe. He has been attributed with creating a new genre aptly named electro-swing. Around the albums Shine and Daylight Parov had mastered his genre; deep bass sythns, hit-hat drums, horns and soulful vocals by everyone from sexy French women, Beate Baumgartner (Yola B), to British rappers (Blacktronics). Download – Coco

By the release of The Paris Swing Box the tempo is higher, the music is dancier and there are less breaks, but the swing is still there, like walking around a crazy european city on a headful of acid, while listening to a 40s music montage. When they perform live it is with a full band; drums, bass, horns, vocals and Parov behind the tables. He also does DJ sets with Max the Sax on horns. There is no other band I would rather see live right now. Download – Paris Swing Box

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