Kanye Ain’t Playin’

Kanye West

If you’re Kanye West, coming off an album in which you traded rich hip-hip production and emotive raps for slick, low fidelity synth-pop and vocoded singing, what do you do? You go hard on that first single from your new record, the awesomely-titled Good Ass Job, and don’t even bother saying “no homo”.

With this banger, Ye takes implicit and explicit shots at the naysayers that have united in response to his admittedly absurd ego and accompanying foot-in-mouth moments he’s had recently, but manages to stay as charismatic and introspective as ever. And he samples King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man”!? Yes! I was excited when I heard he was working with RZA, Q-Tip, and Pete Rock for this record (rumor has it that Drake and Pusha T of Clipse have dropped by his studio as well), but now you can officially consider me PUMPED. (mp3 via)

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Download: Kanye West – Power (Feat. Dwele)
Buy: Good Ass Job drops sometime in 2010. Look for more info soon.

Of Talk Box and Technicolor ‘Lacs

I may have linked to the great video for Big Boi‘s “Shutterbugg” on my Facebook and Twitter feeds earlier, but it got taken down from YouTube. Anything involving this much talk box on top of The Tron Suit Dancers, towering walls of Dixie cups, a Dungeon Fam cameo, The Most Valuable Puppet Band, and a Technicolor Cadillac is puuuure party and certainly bears repeating, so peep the World Star Hip Hop exclusive right there.

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Download: Big Boi – Shutterbugg
Buy: No pre-order yet, but Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty drops on July 6th — that’s the official cover art after the jump.

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New Flying Lotus: “Heave(n)”

New Flying Lotus… like post-Cosmogramma new. The internet may be ruining the human race, but I can’t complain too much about musical instant gratification.

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Download: Flying Lotus – Dance of the Pseudo Nymph
Buy: Get Cosmogramma from Bleep or Insound.

Lil B: “The Age of Information”

Lil B got you stuck off the realness. At least he should. This guy’s in The Pack?? Via Youtube he explains how the internet is ruining the human race and assures you that nuclear bombs and nuclear war probably ? winning. FADER calls it “the most relevant rap song of our present plugged-in epoch”. Probably right.

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Download: Lil B – Real Life (Pictureplane’s True Reality Re-Edit)
Buy: Lil B’s music is available on iTunes, check the links on his website.

Toro y Moi: “Leave Everywhere”

Toro y Moi -

As excellent as Chaz Bundick’s hazy, lo-fi electronic (ie: chillwave) meanderings have been, after he dropped that stunning version of Causers of This standout “You Hid” for Yourstru.ly I probably wasn’t alone in hoping more traditional “band” arrangements were on the way. Turns out Chaz will indulge on Toro y Moi‘s upcoming 7-inch single for Carpark Records, “Leave Everywhere” b/w “First Date”. You can download the A-side below, as well as an mp3 of his Pet Soundsified remake of “You Hid”. (via)

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Download: Toro y Moi – Leave Everywhere
Buy: The single comes out on July 20th. No pre-order yet, but keep checking the Carpark webstore.

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Download: Toro y Moi – You Hid (Yourstru.ly Session)

Flying Lotus // Echoplex // 5.15.2010

Flying Lotus

Steven Ellison, better known as Los Angeles beat wizard Flying Lotus, has created one of the best records in 2010 with the unbelievably dense, jazz-inspired, prog-electronics of Cosmogramma. This weekend at L.A.’s Echoplex he brought this latest opus to life with his appropriately Coltrane-referencing live band Infinity — which actually features Ravi Coltrane, his cousin and son of John and Alice Coltrane. Ellison even played some brand new (!!) material. Some high quality footage (courtesy of Glenjamn) has cropped up on YouTube and it’s impressive to say the least. Check out the clips below.

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Download: Flying Lotus – Dance of the Pseudo Nymph
Buy: You can get Cosmogramma from Bleep as vinyl, WAV, or MP3. CD available at Insound.

A-Trak: Dirty South Dance 2

A-Trak

A-Trak — aka Alain Macklovitch, aka Kanye West’s DJ, aka Lil’ Mack, aka Young Mashup — ain’t even tryin’ to hear about Monday, so dude just released his sequel to 2007’s fun, mashed-up party mix Dirty South Dance for free on his Bandcamp page this morning. Head over there to download it in a variety of formats or just start streaming it to immediately start a dance party at your place of work.

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Download: A-Trak – Loonies to Blow

Ariel Pink: “L’estat (Acc. to the Widow’s Maid)”

Pitchfork.tv just put up this live studio cut from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, recorded at the studios of 4AD. Check out another standout from the excellent Before Today (due out June 8th) down below — lead single “Round and Round” — as well as the album art and full tracklist after the jump.

UPDATE: You can now view his entire five song live session at the 4AD site.

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Download: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
Buy: Pre-order Before Today from Beggars Group USA in a variety of formats.

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Rusko: O.M.G.!

Rusko

Rusko, the Leeds-born, currently Los Angeles-based upstart of the London dubstep scene, is one of the latest additions to the increasingly international and exciting roster of Mad Decent.  Though he’s got quite a bit of work under his belt already, 2010 is looking like it might be the biggest in his career thus far. Word is he produced a good chunk of M.I.A.’s upcoming record alongside Diplo, Switch, Blaqstarr, as well as up-and-coming noise-pop ace’s Sleigh Bells, and just this week he dropped his debut full-length O.M.G.! (haaa).

I’ll just assume that title refers to Rusko’s intended reaction for the average listener, as he aims to blow minds through sheer force of dense, cut-up layers of electronics, epic builds, screwball samples, overwhelming low-end assaults, and copious amounts of talk box. Or maybe his new direction has him reeling as well; this incredibly fun album builds outward exponentially from his dubstep origins, touching on an impressive breadth of genres within electronic music and beyond, from UK garage, on through 90s rave, electro-funk, R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, and dub.

While he was at it, Rusko also secured guest spots that juxtapose mainstays of the UK scene with some more surprising appearances, including artists I didn’t ever expect to see on the same record — rising Dirty South star Gucci Mane and Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. Stream both of their tracks, along with a couple other O.M.G.! standouts, in the embedded player below. You can also download the Sub Focus remix of “Hold On”, which pairs Amber Coffman’s sweet and towering vocal work with a new, hectic sense of urgency. And if you need to hear how Rusko manages to balance all these ends for yourself, head over to Spinner to stream his solid debut album in full.

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Download: Rusko – Hold On (Feat. Amber Coffman) (Sub Focus Remix)
Buy: Get O.M.G.! as 320kbps mp3s, Apple Lossless, FLAC, or Source Audio from Rusko’s website.

Ricky Reed FTW

Wallpaper lends that Midas touch to Brooklyn MC Donwill and transforms his jam “Love Junkie” into a full-on funk-pop anthem with infectious guitar cuts, synth stabs, hand claps, as well as Ricky Reed’s stellar hook and stone cold swagger. (via)

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Download: Donwill – Love Junkie (Feat. The Park) (Wallpaper Remix)
Buy: You can get Wallpaper’s Doodoo Face as CD or LP from Eenie Meanie Records or Donwill’s Don Cusack In High Fidelity over at Amazon.