Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Noname - Telefone [Free Download]

Sorry for the hiatus, let’s not waste anymore time and get right to it - Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy) hails from the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. Before this debut mixtape she was notably featured on a track from Chance the Rapper’s album Acid Raps, which is fitting since she shares a certain spirit in style with her fellow Chicago native. Her sing-songy raps and diverse flows has the stream of consciousness of slam poetry and a ‘matter-of fact’ delivery - a stark contrast to the usual Hip Hop braggadocio. The sleepy, sparkly beats on Telefone are full of twinkling keys, cascading xylophones and harmonizing hums which helps Noname’s lyrics nimbly float around the snapping snares and bouncing bass. There’s a playfulness in her delivery which belies the skill in her wordweaving, leaving an album full of joy and subtle sadness steeped in nostalgia and struggle.  This is an amazing debut.

Download here: nonameraps.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

X-Men VS Invizibl Skratch Piklz 20th Anniversary [Video]

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the classic, legendary battle that took place between the X-Men and the Invizibl Skratch Piklz at the 1996 ITF World Finals.  This is arguably the greatest DJ battle ever recorded, and there are DJs today 20 years later that still cannot come close to the level of skill shown in this battle!  This is the ultimate culmination of the East VS West Coast styles of turntablism and deserves to be seen by every fan of the genre at least once.  This was not a judged competition, but a showcase put together by the world famous Rocksteady Crew, who both the X-Men (now the Xecutioners) and the Invizibl Skratch Piklz were members of.  This video features ISP's famous Klamz Uv Deth group routine and one of the best sets from the late, great Grandmaster Roc Raida.  Watch the video above and read an article written for the anniversary by DJ Rob Swift of the Xecutioners. #RIPROCRAIDA

Read here: djrobswift.com

Friday, July 01, 2016

Logic - Bobby Tarantino [FREE Stream]

TURN UP TURN UP TURN UP TURN UP! Logic is a young MC from Maryland who broke out with some quality mixtapes in 2009.  He ended up signing a deal with Def Jam Recordings in 2013, scoring legendary Chicago producer No I.D. as the executive producer of his major label debut.  After releasing a couple of songs featuring Childish Gambino and Big Sean, Logic announced that no featured artists would appear on his album, opting instead to focus on himself for his debut.  He released "Under Pressure" in October of 2014 to critical acclaim and strong album sales, quickly following it up just over a year later with "The Incredible True Story" a concept album about a sci-fi earth 100 years in the future.

His revivalist, backpacker lyricism mixed with new school stylings has him often mentioned along the same lines as other young like-minded MCs such as Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.  So his latest mixtape comes as somewhat a surprise and not just because it was released today with no promotion or warning.  Bobby Tarantino has the self-proclaimed Young Sinatra melding more trap influences with his acrobatic flow, with beats that could be equally comfortable backing Future, Drake and Wacka Flocka as it would Logic and his previously mentioned peers.  Being as it's Turn up season, Logic explained on Apple's Beats 1 Radio that; “I’ve never done music like this. And it’s been in me. I’ve always wanted to turn up and now it’s that time.” The combination works surprisingly well with the 11 tracks, featuring the previously-released singles “Flexicution” and “Wrist" which features Good Music's Pusha T.  It's an interesting marriage of styles and some fans are even calling it Logic's best release yet.  You can stream it below or on Spotify, Google Play and other streaming services:

Soundcloud Stream: soundcloud.com/bobbytarantino

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Perturbator - The Uncanny Valley [FREE Download]

Sorry for the semi-hiatus, but we're back in full force ready with a slew of posts!

Synthwave, darkwave, cyberdance, retroelectro; or whatever made up name-mash you choose to call it has been steadily gaining ground since its resurgence in the early part of this decade. The new/old genre that relies heavily on synthesizers and drips with 80s nostalgia was popularized mostly by artists College and Kavinsky and the soundtrack for the 2011 Ryan Gosling movie DRIVE. Now the genre has the potential to crack the lower end of the mainstream, and has also inexplicably rose in popularity in the metal world as well. Maybe it’s the connection to old horror movie soundtracks, the use of synths by early metal/prog artists such as Black Sabbath, Tangerine Dream and Queensryche (and 'newer' band Ulver who traded folk-influenced black metal for more symphonic, electronic experimental music) or maybe deep down inside sometimes metalheads just want to dance too! Either way the genre presents a new kind of heavy for metal fans to appreciate, and more and more artists are coming out as it rises in prominence.

One such artist that's making noise in both the synthwave and metal world is Perturbator, a project started by French musician James Kent former guitarist for defunct death metal band I The Omniscient. Concentrating on cyberpunk visuals and dark, anime-influenced themes, his style of synthwave has garnered him many positive reviews including some from metal site MetalSucks and horror movie website Bloody Disgusting. His music was featured in the 2012 game Hotline Miami and its 2015 sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, and he was even chosen to play at the underground kvlt black metal festival Nidrosian Black Mass!  

His latest release The Uncanny Valley is his most aggressive yet, and is being put out by experimental metal label Blood Music. I have not been able to stop listening to this album since it came out, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share it with the Idol Threat readers! So go to the link below to download the album that got Idol Threat out of hiatus (and donate a few bucks if you can) and check out his other releases and maybe buy the album on CD, LP or TRIPLE LP while you’re at it!

Download Here: perturbator.bandcamp.com

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Love Sex Machine - Asexual Anger [FREE Download]

With a name like Love Sex Machine you would be forgiven to think this band would be some sort of funk or rock group, but all you would need to do is take a peek at the song titles from their 2012 album ("Anal on deceased virgin" and "Killed with a monster cock" for example) to know that their music is not for the faint of heart.  Despite their Cannibal Corpse-sounding song titles, this French band actually deals in the doomier/sludgier end of the heavy metal spectrum and does so masterfully.  It's been 4 years since their self-titled debut and their latest "Asexual Anger" could not have come soon enough.  Once again they're offering their album for free download or donation, but this time around they've also added a physical CD, LP or shirt option for purchase as well.  The album artwork was done by Fortifem and it looks great, so you may want to pick up a shirt and/or the LP sleeve to fully showcase it.  You can get all that at the link below.

Download Here: lovesexmachine.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Free Comics with purchase of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Tickets from Fandango

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is nearly upon us with the movie premiering in theaters around the US tomorrow night!  The long-awaited followup to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel movie has created much anticipation for the meeting of Superman and Batman, as well as some ire due to the casting of Ben Afleck for the role of Bruce Wayne.  The movie takes place nearly two years since Superman's (played by Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) in the Man of Steel movie. The devastation of Metropolis left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne. Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.
As a "VIP Gift" you can now get a digital download of 5 comics including the first issue to the seminal 1986 four-issue mini-series Batman: Dark Knight Returns for FREE with a purchase of a 'Dawn of Justice' movie ticket courtesy of Fandango!  The package also includes Superman/Batman #1, Batman (2011) #1, Superman (2011) #32 and Lex Luthor: Man of Steel #1.  This is an insane value and a great introduction to the world of Superman and Batman as well as a great primer for the movie!  Hurry and buy your ticket now because there's no telling how long this promotion will last, it will likely be gone once the movie is officially released!

Buy Tickets with Free VIP Gift Here: fandango.com

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spider-Man finally revealed in new Captain America: Civil War Trailer

Looks like they finally revealed the first look for Spider-Man in Marvel's 2nd trailer for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War!  There's been much anticipation for the big reveal ever since it was announced that Sony and Disney has reached an agreement to include him in the film.  Watch the trailer above, and go to the end if you're impatient! (Seriously hope they have a good explanation for the eye thing, as cool as it looks.) ~GodzIL