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June Picks.


  • Bon Iver, Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Lush, unpredictable and flirting with uncool, this gut-level inscrutably sad record’s the best Microphones album since The Glow Pt. 2. If that makes any sense. The thing is this is being underrated.
  • AraabMuzik, Electronic Dream: Trance gets the Donuts treatment as this dude avoids hissing howling rap beats to make something that doesn’t even have a name yet. What post-dubstep would sound like if it weren’t so afraid of “bro-step.”
  • Clams Casino, Rainforest: Clammy Clams puts together a concept EP about how nature is dark and evil but still uncomfortably beautiful. How spot-on was that Aguirre: The Wrath Of God video, then? Ecstatic truth on wax.
  • Beyonce, 4: Straight adoring 80s shit here. An approximation of how those great Whitney Houston LPs feel. It’s all about the gradual slow-burn here, building up to the slightly disappointing “Run The World.” Still great though. Beyonce does chillwave.
  • Various Artists, Blow Your Head Vol. 2: Dave Nada Presents Moombahton: House with a hint of reggaeton slowed down and made for dancing with someone else. The hype makes me nervous, the music makes me happy. Munchi’s a genius. The rest still kills.

Written by Brandon

June 27th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Posted in 2011

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  1. I was gonna e-mail about this, but Skrillex is taking over my mind.

    AraabMuzik hasn’t been blessed (or burdened) with a new blog ready genre name yet, and part of me wonders if he would be getting even more hype if there was a genre name ready to bring him to the internet masses. I guess Fact’s review of his album hits on this ideas in a backhanded way. That this is music people should care about, but are now only being told “hey this is something new/exciting, why don’t you take a listen” and are having to go to the music instead of having the music given to them so easily.


    27 Jun 11 at 7:17 pm

  2. Hmmm…besides him lumping in Kreayshawn with Araab and Clams which makes no sense and generally just swiping ideas from all over the blogosphere (including me, I think, more than once), his point’s there. But yeah, in a backhanded way.

    I sorta have a rant about this stuff half-written, but the idea that Araab’s music “Clips” or does this or that is besides the point. That’s intentional. Plenty of music does this and it’s acceptable. FACT for being such a horribly edited website, sure does get snobby sometimes.

    I think what we’re going to see now and maybe Araab and Clams hint at this, is this sense that we’ll no longer have genres or cool hip subgenres. Just these guys that show up and do a weird thing.

    I think the thing with Araab in particular is that I don’t think his stuff is inaccessible. I think it could be really huge, you know?


    27 Jun 11 at 7:49 pm

  3. Yeah, it could catch on with an even wider audience, if the Pop music gods stepped away from the thrown of Guetta and Dr. Luke just for a second. To play pretend rapper manager for a second, this is the type of stuff that rappers should be seeking instead of Lex Luger clones and sub-Mannie Fresh beats.


    27 Jun 11 at 11:10 pm

  4. It’s funny you say this because I was working on something about the new Beyonce and writing something about how “Run The World” is trend-grabbing gone wrong and how she should’ve gotten an Araab beat.

    But yeah, this would make them stand-out. I think if Araab could balance his beats from the stuff on ‘ED’ he could do some weird angry dance pop.


    28 Jun 11 at 4:38 am

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