One of the most versatile of gemstones, tourmaline, exists in nearly every color, from colorless to black. Some spend lifetimes collecting, searching for a cesation to their appetite. For the happiest no such end is in sight. We revel in the hunt. Music is our gemstone, off-the-beaten-path, our tourmaline.
Free Music Collection: November 2011
Think or Smile
- Ra Cailum – Finding My Way: early 2000′s hip-hop samples drifting into the present beat scene.
- fthrsn – Hysteria: (retro)Futuristic tropical r&b. $
- sloslylove – Can’t Get Enough: nostalgic dreamtape jams. $
- Monster Rally – Coral II: The Remixes: this year’s classic Coral re-worked by Teen Daze, Yalls, Teeel… $
- Memory Tapes – Modcast #95: 23-minute mix of all new, all original Memory Tapes music. synth-laden, laid back party pop.
- The Stuyvesants present “The Finer Things”: hip-hop soundscapes paying homage to the 70′s.
- Silky Johnson – HATER OF THE YEAR: slo-mo beat tape.
- CFCF – NIGHT BUS II mix: half asleep, watching the passing headlights brighten and fade.
- My Dearest Killer… – Unholy Rhythms Halloween Mix 2011: a giallo soundtrack of covers/reworks of artists favorite horror films.
- Max Alper – American History Sex [via FMLY Group Hug]: Stunning work. “Split into three chapters, the album provides three radical perspectives on the theme of inherent progress in maturation and becoming a part of the natural order among the self. Each chapter serves as coinciding explorations into time, and the methods in which varying applications of sounds can invalidate temporality altogether.” – Noah Klein
- Heathered Pearls – Occupied Sleep: “a meditation on hypnosis, through a highly textural experience of beat and capsule periods of shifting ambiance.” – Dwight of GOTC
- Each Other – Taking Trips: Underrated Nova Scotian factory-pop act Long Long Long has ended, but luckily now we have Each Other. **Let’s Get, High** $
- Chocolate Girl: A two-page-deep soundcloud of retro-rhythm and blues lounge-outs, via our beloved beat-finder Flashlight Tag.
- Hartzine on Beko DSL Compilation: “Challenger, go with throttle-up”—those tragic last instructions from 1986 now introduce one well-curated present time compilation by French website Hartzine, which includes an Ela Orleans’-ed “Beat Goes On” and a ‘Live at Shea’ capture of Philip Seymour Hoffman (which sends me back to a special place).
- Born Gold – Bodysongs: Freak glitch beauty from the newly transformed Canadian pop warlocks.
- Dreams – Feelings 4 U EP: Everything else changes, but funk is eternal. $
- Dusk Warrior – Overdrive Sunrise: Library music, you’ve heard it before, you just didn’t know it.
- Flashing Red Lights – Faster Horses EP: Part rock and roll, part innovative electronic production, all in all: really good. $
- Kodak to Graph – Visio’l EP: From start to finish, the EP soundtracks life in the sleepy town of Pensecola, FL where Michael Maleki lives. And having lived in Florida for some time myself, I can tell you, he’s doing the place a favor. The production is impressive, and the sounds are thoughtful and smooth.
- Thrupence – Unfinished Business Beat Tape: A twenty minute dream, guided by soft beats and forgotten smooth jams.
- Aquarium Drunkard – Ghostcapital II: Ghost Capital out of Portland, makes a kickass mix for AD. Really dig this one.
- Stereogum Monthly Mix – October: Obligatory Halloween Mix!
- Get Off the Coast – Dope Halloween Fuck: Obligatory Halloween Mix pt. 2.
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