How we rang in the new year, in five download-able objects.
Khary Durgans: Swim Team
Providence MC Khary Durgans has been making the rounds of 2015’s artists-to-watch-lists. Rightfully so. The Swim Team EP, Durgans’ second release of 2014, is smart, weird, and endlessly repeat-able. Listen to the man: “whenever someone undermines your worth just tell em, BITCH IM THE CAPTAIN OF THE SWIM TEAM.”
Jurassic 5: The Way We Do It
“It’s like front and center for those who don’t get it, we hit it and stay committed, the sky is the limit.” So starts Jurassic 5′s latest single “The Way We Do It”, their first official release since the 2008 LP Feedback. Back like they never left, the Southern California underground hip hop crew delivers just as the title implies.
Polsky Films: Red Army
Red Army follows the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Polsky Films’ new BitTorrent Bundle goes behind the scenes of the upcoming documentary, with unreleased footage and original propaganda art.
Lowtemp Records: Lowtemporary Vol. 1
No genre’s are off limits when Gramatik is at the helm, as is the case with Lowtemp Records, his indie label “created by artists for artists”. From cinematic soundscapes to breackneck beats, the label’s debut comp, Lowtemporary Vol. 1 features 11 tracks from Lowtemp artists Gramatik, Russ Liquid, BRANX, Exmag and more.
The Fucked Up Beat: Europa
New York producer Eddie Palmer and west coast “schizo” beatmaker Brett Zehner find the rhythm of our everyday interactions as The Fucked Up Beat. The experimental duo’s beatmaking process consists of parsing through field recordings of daily interactions, then weaving them with dusty jazz samples and trancing drums to assemble cinematic hip hop soundscapes. Their album Europa, an eleven-track collection of hip hop noir is available now via BitTorrent Bundle.