Check out wacky new single and music video “Bite” recently released by Sacramento trio Tera Melos. Known for their more experimental leaning music, the band caught my attention with their wild rhythmic changes and patterns, improvisation,and unconventional method of putting together songs. They don’t exactly fit very nicely into any specific genre but when their unique fluster of interesting sounds is decipherable, the listener can find influences ranging from jazz to various styles of electronic and rock music. They’re also considered contemporary innovators of the “math rock” genre, of which their asymmetrical time signatures and complex rhythms are characteristic. “Bite” is off X’ed Out, their recently released fourth album. Read more »
The LA-based Aditya Prakash Ensemble (APE) just released a new video this week for their track, “Move On”. While it’s difficult to characterize the group’s sound, you eventually realize, there’s no need to. They find a tasteful way to blend jazz, classical Indian music, hip hop, and really anything you can imagine to create a music that, as the APE Official Website suggests, is “free of genre”. The band features some high-caliber cats who have performed alongside Portugal. The Man, as well as rising stars Rhye and Jhene Aiko, among others. Led by Prakash, a classically trained vocalist from India, conceptually speaking, APE seems to channel an adventurous artistic vision similar to the acclaimed Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble. With a loaded band behind him, Prakash’s final product is a refreshing, entertaining, and very intriguing mash-up that completely disregards traditional musical boundaries. #GoingAPE
20-year-old rapper Dillon Cooper is a force to be reckoned with. Hailing from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Dillon has recently garnered a lot of attention, even prompting Jadakiss to tout his skills on Twitter.
With his newest track, “State of Elevation,” Dillon is showing off his versatility and dexterity as a rapper. The rap game has been begging for some artists to bring it back to the fundamentals, and Dillon is very capable of doing just that. This track is definitely riding an old school vibe, but sounds absolutely fresh and current. It’s propelled by Dillon’s boundless confidence, lyrical deftness, and a killer hook. Muvafux does work on the production too. See for yourself right here:
Don’t let the under-30-minute run time of this tidily packaged EP fool you; Queen leaf’s debut for Los Angeles record label The Melt has the patience and steady development of an epic musical journey, bundled up into an easy listen, perfect for that noon top-down car drive, mid-day tree burn, or evening bedtime with a special someone. His wide half time feels carry a sensuality that allows you to sway and move gently, while the mind and limbs are carried sporadically through his lightly dripped sense of small detailed syncopation. His harmonic textures are distant and ambient, yet seem to project towards you, the listener. Smooth is really the best word to use here, across the board. Whether it’s his mature and alluring aesthetic for gradual and natural minimalism, or just how fresh any of his damn soundscapes sound at any given point, Queen Leaf is as smoky and buttery as his name sounds. If you are that ambient/mellow/house/hiphop guy, then give this one a listen, and then a download. It will be the best half hour of your day.