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I hope you like doom-laden crust wildly popular experimental indie outsider electronica and mainstream rap because that’s what I’ve served up for you in this edition of Weekly Leaks.
Tragedy “Close at Hand”
Without much warning legendary d-beat monsters Tragedy have returned with a brand new album called Darker Days Ahead . Cookie Monster vocals gigantic buzzing guitars and bleak-as-fuck imagery are all present as evidenced on the track “Close at Hand.” Have a listen and make sure you stick around for the crushing slow parts at the end.
Animal Collective “Honeycomb” / “Gotham”
The biggest experimental indie band in the world has returned: last week Animal Collective dropped a surprise batch of songs that will hit on a seven-inch via Domino next month. As could be expected they’re a couple of playful busy and joyful pop songs. If you love Animal Collective you’ll love these songs.
Oneohtrix Point Never “I Only Have Eyes for You”
Continuing that experimental pop tip Daniel Lopatin has contributed to the SONG 1 project under his Oneohtrix Point Never moniker. Combining covers of the Flamingos’ 1959 doo-wop hit “I Only Have Eyes for You” with visuals at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC the exhibit has attracted the likes of Beck James Murphy No Age and many more. Oneohtrix’s take on the track stands on it’s own though with breathy vocal samples and a truly epic brooding choir. This is doo-wop reimagined as a bleak Werner Herzog score.
Four Tet “Jupiters”
At one time the spearhead of the horrendously named “folktronica” movement Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden has outgrown mid-2000s buzz words to enjoy a career as one of the most exciting and forward-thinking electronic artists. He recently dropped an online stream of “Jupiters” a track that will appear on an upcoming 12-inch. From its sparkly synths to its bass-heavy mid-section it’s a well-crafted six minutes that will appeal to fans both new and old.
TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke and Lunice) “Bugg’n”
If there’s one thing to perfectly transition from Four Tet to all the rap I’m about to show you it’s Hudsown Mohawke and Lunice’s new collaboration under the name TNGHT. The two outsider hip-hop producers have joined forces and the first fruit of that relationship is “Bugg’n.” Crushing bass weird samples and a huge beat mean this track would work just as well on a weird electro mixtape or as the backing track to a thugged out rap anthem.
SpaceGhostPurpp “The Black God” (video) You probably first heard Miami rapper SpaceGhostPurpp on LiveLoveA$AP but he’s coming to his own thanks to a deal with major indie 4AD. His debut album Mysterious Phonk: Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp drops next month so he’s put out some black and white visuals to accompany his brooding track “The Black God.”
Meek Mill Dreamchasers 2
Without question this is the year of Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. Crew member Meek Mill just dropped his Dreamchasers 2 and while it’s a free mixtape it’s already one of the best rap albums of the year. From the Fugees-sampling “Ready or Not” to the epic Drake-assisted “Amen” the release comes out the gates strong and more or less follows through all the way to the end.