Quiet week, but at least two big hitters.
Four Tet - “Angel Echoes”
Lists are just lists - always incomplete and never able to give a complete picture of what they’re trying to convey. But it is fun to come up with lists like this, going back through an entire years worth of songs and albums and realizing that, “wow - there’s so much good music out there.” Hopefully, we here at Tuneage have done a decent enough job at pointing you towards some of it.
In addition to the awesomeness we’ve given you here, I invite you to check out my Best of 2010 mix over at Mixcloud. It’s 32 tracks and nearly two hours of the year’s best, including tracks from my top 5 albums listed below.
Greg’s Favorites of 2010
Blu ft. U-God - “KeepItGoin”
Blu (one of my top 3 MC’s today) and U-God (Wu-Tang) with Flying Lotus on the beat? I’ll have some of that.
We’re finally starting to get some information and sounds from a new Blu album. Since signing a major-label deal (and since I posted an early Blu freestyle on Tuneage), he’s been relatively quiet, with some laying the blame on major label politricks. But he’s starting to divulge info on the new project, No York and it’s making me giddy just thinking about it. Producers include a veritable feast of LA beatmakers like Samiyam and Exile, as well as Tuneage favorites Flying Lotus, Daedeuls, and Shafiq from Sa-Ra.
Here’s to hoping it drops sooner rather than later.
(via tristn and planettampon)
Sleigh Bells - “Run the Heart”
I am currently in a heated debate with my friend about the best song on Sleigh Bells new album Treats. I am adamant that is is “Run the Heart” but he says “Crown on the Ground” dominates. Either way, it’s a fairly strong album (although they’re no Flying Lotus) with at least four great songs.
Treats has a consistent sound, very experimental electronica with hints of indie. It’s definitely more “out there” than music I normally listen to, so this is probably why I hedge my bets with the safer choice, “Run the Heart,” that has infectious vocals, beats and a sci-fi sort of feel towards it.
Pretty excellent list of releases this week; get ‘em while they’re hot.
….and a bonus album, something I overlooked last week:
Flying Lotus - “Dance of the Pseudo Nymph”
New Flying Lotus? New Flying Lotus.
Music outlets worldwide have been abuzz with any and every new piece of music that his name has graced since details of another Flying Lotus “space opera,” Cosmogramma, have trickled out. There’s the new track “Quakes” from the recent Warp Records compilation 2010. You’ve got new “non-album” tracks that Warp have graciously set free. Or the super wonky (but so awesome) Lil’ Wayne remixes that FlyLo decided to drop at his site. If that’s not exciting enough for you, none other than Thom Yorke will be making an appearance on the upcoming album.
OK, enough with the hype, on to the goods. We’re now getting the first batch of promo tracks from the new album, and it appears as though the man has upped the ante from 2008’s most excellent Los Angeles. In particular, I’m really digging the falling guitar lines and bounce-clap of “Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph.” Gilles Peterson broadcasted the world premier on his radio show only last week. And we got your back now with the full version.
Cosmogramma is due out on May 4th in the U.S. — gregb