Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Weekly Threats: Recommended New Releases For 12/15/17

Nightcrawler - Jägermeister Galaxy Hunter
Last week was slim pickings for new releases, as per usual during December, which is why we're playing catch-up with this week's installment. One-man dark synth band Nightcrawler is very influenced by movie soundtracks when looking at the themes of their albums.  Jägermeister Galaxy Hunter obviously touches more on sci-fi movie soundtracks for his latest synthwave album.

KXNG Crooked - Good VS Evil II:  The Red Empire
Crooked I's latest is the second part to his concept album from last year, and continues in the storyline.  Taking an overt nod to today's political climate, the rebels from the last album that have defeated the evil Puppetmaster now has the new Red Empire to deal with.  Being 1/4 of one of the most lyrical supergroups to ever form in Hip Hop, you can expect another album packed with catchy yet complicated rhyme schemes from this west coast G.

Daniel Deluxe - Instruments of Retribution
It may seem like we're obsessed with synthwave around these parts (which we are) but the main reason for their coverage lately is that synthwave artists are just so damn prolific.  Plus there's a ton of them sprouting up every day, so during the end of the year when new releases are scarce you can count on at least a half dozen retro synth albums popping up.  Take for example Daniel Deluxe's second album; Instruments of Retribution.  The Copenhagen artists releases another album of retro experimental retro wave for you to enjoy in this 37 minute banger of a record.

Brockhampton - Saturation III
The self-described American alternative hip hop boy band Brockhampton was formed in San Marcos, Texas in 2015 but are currently based in California.  Since they came together via the KanyeToThe forums they are also often referred to as the "the Internet's first boy band" but they're basically a collective of rappers and producers with an alternative edge.  Coming off as a more lyrical version of today's wave of new Hip Hop artists, they have put out the third part of their Saturation series. All of which have came out this year, which is quite a feat.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Weekly Threats: Recommended New Releases For 12/01/17

Prurient - Rainbow Mirror
Dominick Fernow has recorded experimental music under various names for around 20 years, but his most famous and prolific alias is his noise/power electronics project Prurient.  His latest album "Rainbow Mirror" is over THREE HOURS of excellent doom electronics and is out now on 4XCD and digital through Profound Lore Records, and out on vinyl through Dominick's label Hospital Productions in a humongous 7LP set!

Glassjaw - Material Control
Seminal Post-hardcore band Glassjaw has released "Material Control," their first new album in 15 years! Originally planned as a 'surprise' for their hardcore fans, the album was meant to be sent out as playable flexi disc “postcards” to them as a thank you until their label Century Media accidentally leaked the album titled and tracklist.  They have only previously released two other full lengths, but their EPs and legendary live shows has given the band cult status, so needless to say their latest is highly anticipated and a long time coming.

Pete Rock - Lost Sessions
Pete Rock should require no introduction, legendary producer/rapper, solo artist, one half of Pete Rock & CL Smooth, the man behind such legendary tracks as Biggie's "Juicy" (the remix or the original, depending on who you're asking) A Tribe Called Quest's “Jazz (We’ve Got It) Buggin’ Out” and Nas' “The World Is Yours."  "Lost Sessions" is Chocolate Boy Wonder’s mid-nineties work from his InI era.  10 tracks of history available now.

DJ Krush - History Hip Hop
This week seems to be the week of legendary artist releases.  Japanese experimental Hip Hop producer DJ Krush has put out a new album with little to no press.  Eight of the eleven tracks features M.Caroselli and is a little removed from the Trip Hop he is known for, but it's still some of the finest instrumental music you'll find.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Weekly Threats: Recommended New Releases For 11/24/17

Lunice & Alchemist - Moving Parts
Lunice is a Canadian producer that has done work with XL Recordings, Warner Bros. Records, Palms Out Sounds, Young Turks, Big Dada, and Top Billin.  He has also part of a duo with Hudson Mohawke called TNGHT and have released an EP through Warp Records.  The Alchemist is a legendary Hip Hop producer/MC most famous for his work with Dilated Peoples and Mobb Deep, and is currently Action Bronson's touring DJ.  The two has been commissioned by Red Bull BC One World Finals (the world's premier breaking competition) to make a new generation of break beats and the "Moving Parts" EP is that result.

Mega Drive - The Grid
Talk about prolific!  Texas Synthwave artist Mega Drive returns with his third full-length for the year, with "Seas Of Infinity" released back in May and the horror soundtrack "Sleeper Street" coming out just last month.  "The Grid" is obviously less sinister than Sleeper Street and has a more video-game vibe than Seas of Infinity,  sounding a little more like his older releases.  Another solid release from Mega Drive!

GQ - E 14th
It's starting to seem like it's impossible for Jamla to release a dud!  After 3 years Oakland rapper GQ has once again blessed us with another dope album!  With a cosign from 9th Wonder and these releases under his belt GQ is set to be the next big thing.  GQ was recruited to play for coach Roy William’s University of North Carolina Tar Heels in 2004 where he met 9th Wonder after an injury.  E 14th features the aforementioned 9th Wonder, Nottz, Khrysis, S1 (Symbolyc One), Kash, and E.Jones.

Sorxe - Matter & Void
The post metal genre has been full of Neurosis worshippers and it has not seemed to slow down even after their top acolytes Isis broke up.  Arizona foursome Sorxe is one of said bands that has emerged in the wake of Isis, and since they consist of ex members of cult sludge band Graves At Sea they have the pedigree to help fill that void.  Their psychedelic blend of post/sludge metal on "Matter & Void" sounds fantastic, and the production by Matt Bayles doesn't hurt either.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekly Threats: Recommended New Releases For 11/17/17

MED, Blu & Madlib - The Turn Up
Three years after the release of the "Bad Neighbor" album, the trio of Blu, MED and the ever-prolific producer Madlib get together again for their new EP "The Turn Up."  Rapper Blu has just recently released outtakes from the era of his classic collaborative album with Exile "Below the Heavens," but he's apparently not wasting any time waiting on putting out more dope music.  Must cop.

Electric Wizard - Wizard Bloody Wizard
UK cult band Electric Wizard are back with an album title that's an obvious nod to doom Godfathers Black Sabbath.  The weed warriors have chosen a new direction this time around, with guitarist/vocalist Jus Oborn stating "Right away we knew this was it… the new direction we should go in,..Real heavy music… really basic heavy rock, blues-based but brutal."

Godflesh - Post Self
"Post Self" is the second full-length that Godflesh duo Justin Broadrick and G.C. “Benny” Green have put out since reuniting.  The Industrial legends press material states that this new album explores “themes of anxiety, depression, fear, mortality, and paternal/maternal relationships.”  While not as heavy hitting as their return album, Post Self still strikes notes of the full-spectrum of Godflesh's career from the more dance-oriented tracks to the shoegaze sound of Broadrick's solo project Jesu.

Full of Hell/The Body - Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light
Young grindcore band Full of Hell have been killing it with their albums and tours since their inception in 2009.  Sludge duo The Body have had a similar, yet longer streak of amazingly destructive albums and relentless touring.  Both bands have also had their fair share of collaborations, including Full of Hell's album with Japanese harsh noise king Merzbow and The Body's two solid releases with metalcore pioneers Converge.  "Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light" is the two band's second collaborative album together and is out now on New York independant label Thrill Jockey.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Weekly Threats: Recommended New Releases For 11/10/17

Dan Terminus - Automated Refrains
Dan Terminus has been a major player in the 'dark synthwave' genre.  Along with Perturbator, GosT and Carpenter Brut, Terminus has been in the forefront of the movement.  His new album "Automated Refrains" follows  “The Wrath of Code" which was released two and a half years ago. According to Dan, in this album “Machines [are] left to their own device[s], gathering under the sun and singing words whose meaning they think they forgot. It is an album about machines and their life in a world they have no recollection of [them].”  You can order the CD on Blood Music's website or download it for FREE.

Eluvium - Shuffle Drones
William Cooper's experimental ambient project Eluvium has been in existence for nearly 15 years. Cooper has just released his ninth studio album as Eluvium, the 23-track "Shuffle Drones" which is released by his longtime record label home 'Temporary Residence Limited.'  Shuffle Drones has no true beginning or end, and “Each song flows seamlessly into the next, regardless of the order in which they are played.”  It is anywhere between 13 minutes and 13,000 hours long, depending on how (and how long) it is played.  The tracks are essentially vignettes of orchestral ambience that is designed to be played on shuffle.

Oddisee & Good Compny - Beneath the Surface
MC/Producer Oddisee hails from Washington DC and spent his childhood summers in Khartoum, Sudan where his parents are from, learning Arabic and swimming in the Nile. He's been a consistent force in independent Hip Hop for quite some time and over the years has started performing and recording with a live band called 'Good Compny.' This release is a live version of his album "The Iceberg" and was recorded during the massive international tour in support of the album. Having played close to 100 shows, Oddisee and his band have become a tight knit unit with 'Beneath the Surface' showcasing how solid their live shows can be.

Azizi Gibson - I'm Good On People [EP]
Rapper Azizi Gibson was born in Germany, raised in Singapore and Thailand, spend some time in Cambodia and Zaire, moved to Maryland in his early teens and is currently based in Los Angeles.  That is a pretty eclectic upbringing for anyone, let alone a rapper.  His new EP "I'm Good on People" is a follow-up to May’s 'Memoirs of the Reaper' mixtape.  What's found within is exactly what you would expect from an MC who has been on both Flying Lotus' label Brainfeeder AND Waka Flocka Flame’s 36BrickHouse agency.  'I'm Good on People' features production from frequent collaborator Kamandi as well as YG! Beatz and Millz Douglas.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Weekly Threats: Recommended New Releases For 10/27/17 & 11/3/17

Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
With B.o.B. being busy spreading the news of a flat earth and claiming that the American slave ships never existed, its nice to know that we can still depend on another acronymed southern rapper!  Mississippi producer/MC Big K.R.I.T. brings us his new 22 track double album "4eva Is a Mighty Long Time."  The project features a star-studded guest list including UGK, T.I., CeeLo, Bilal, Jill Scott, Sleepy Brown and Robert Glasper Jr.

Converge - The Dusk In Us

Legendary metalcore band Converge returns with their ninth studio album "The Dusk In Us."  It may seem difficult for a band that's been in existence for nearly 3 decades to keep putting out quality music, but Converge once again delivers with an album that may be their cleanest production-wise but still remains as heavy and noisy as ever.

Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black
Death Metal masters 14th album "Red Before Black" maintains the balance of heavy and technical that they're known for and prove that the band are still as savage as ever! Corpsegrinder's throat shredding vocals shows no signs of relenting and his delivery is still one of the best in Death Metal! For their latest album you can expect horror-filled lyrics with brutal bass, blast beats and guitar riffage. Always dependable but never predictable, if you're looking for solid death metal Cannibal Corpse will never disappoint.

Mr. Lif & Brass Menažeri - Resilient
Mr. Lif has been relatively silent before releasing 'The Life & Death of Scenery' and 'Don't Look Down' last year. The Boston underground rapper had not released a solo album for 7 years prior to those two, and the album he released this past July with his partner DJ Fakts One was the first album released in a dozen years by The Perceptionists. When Lif was invited to perform at the 2011 Seattle Folk Festival he came lacking a band, and so the festival organizer brought up San Francisco Bay Area Balkan brass band Brass Menažeri to back him up. The unique pairing was not only a success at the festival but seemed to spark some chemistry between the two, and that lifelong friendship has finally resulted in a collaborative album.

Austin, Texas Experimental synth quartet Survive gained prominence by providing the theme for the insanely popular Netflix show Stranger Things, so you know they needed a release to coincide with the premier of the show's second season! RR7387 is a remix album of tracks from their Relapse debut RR7349 and features Lena Willkens, Not Waving, Sam Haar and Justin K Broadrick as JK FLESH doing the remixes.

All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal
For those disappointed by the dissolution of metallic hardcore band Trap Them, you can find some solace in the Supergroup All Pigs Must Die as they have expanded their lineup by adding Trap Them’s Brian Izzi. The group already consisted of Kevin Baker from The Hope Conspiracy, Ben Koller of Converge, and Matt Woods & Adam Wentworth of Bloodhorse, so the addition of Izzi is almost overkill at this point! It's been 4 years since their last release with Hostage Animal being their 3rd, but their fusion of crust punk, hard core and metal is still as searing as ever.

Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs - Gems From The Equinox
Meyhem has already proven himself to be a solid Queens rapper before gaining more popularity with Action Bronson as both a rapper and guest star for Action's various TV and internet shows. The pairing of him with legendary Cypress Hill producer DJ Muggs will only further cement his place in the current Hip Hop scene, with a strong producer like the Soul Assassin Muggs providing a singular voice behind Lauren's street tales. The project features verses from (of course) Action Bronson, Hologram, B-Real, Roc Marciano, Conway, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire and a surprise insane guest spot from the late, great Sean Price.

Gnaw - Cutting Pieces
When American metal supergroup Khanate dissolved in 2006 we lost an amazing doom band, but we were able to get an amazing noise band out of their disbandment. Alan Dubin formed an experimental noise group that gave us two albums, 'This Face' in 2009 and 'Horrible Chamber' in 2013. "Cutting Pieces" is just as terrifying as those previous two albums and was released by Translation Loss on October 27th. In addition to the usual scraping vocals, guitar and bass the band has apparently added a lot more instrumentation this time around including a Chinese cello, Weevil, conga, sawed off Kramer, Drone Thing oscillator, Alto sax, homemade light oscillator, micro cassette recorder and a chain link fence. Fuck yes.

Monday, October 30, 2017

YES We're Still Open!: Sorry for the Hiatus

Sorry for the lack of activity on here, but I've been going through some life changes and it's caused this blog to be put on the backburner for awhile now (I guess that's what having a kid and transitioning from a full-time desk job to freelance work will do to you!)  But we assure you that yes we're still open and we will still be posting content in the future!  In addition to our usual free music posts, news and year-end lists we'll be starting a weekly New Releases post.  

Since we only post 'legally free' music its a little difficult to continually come up with content, so this should help with our posts.  The posts may not come every week just due to release schedules, which also means that some of the albums posted won't necessarily have been out that specific week or day.  But they will be new releases.  Basically the posts will consists of album recommendations taken from the new releases of the week in addition to a short blurb for each album.  These will include all new releases paid, free or otherwise and will have a 'New Releases' tag on the side as well.  So stay tuned for some new posts and rest assured that we're still around!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Watch Videos & Download Audio for Free via Boiler Room's iOS & Android Apps

We've featured Boiler Room sessions on here before, but this update from them is so massive it requires another post!  Touted as "Music TV for the internet age" Boiler Room has been broadcasting underground music sets for more than 7 years often partnering with companies as diverse as Google, Budweiser, GoPro and Adidas.   Their content consists of four Channels: 1) grime, UK garage & worldly club sounds; 2) house & techno beamed via Berlin and beyond; 3) rap, trap and soulful rhythms; and 4) "live bands through to the distinctly weird and wonderful."

The audio from the videos they showcased were often available for download, but in the past the download links were difficult to find and sometimes expired or non-functioning.  All that has changed however now that their iOS and Android apps have been made available and updated!  Now you can browse and watch all their videos and download the audio to listen to at your convenience!  Browse through their 4,000+ show archive or surf through their curated playlists, four Channels, formats, series and genres!  With the iOS version you can even cast it all to your TV via AirPlay!  Be sure to check out the sets from DJ Teeko, Merzbow, Boris, Blush Response, Keiji Haino, Disclosure, Kaytranada, Four Tet, Anderson .Paak, Death Grips and Thom Yorke.

Download the Apps Here: boilerroom.tv

Boiler Room Youtube Page: youtube.com/user/brtvofficial

Friday, May 26, 2017

G Yamazawa - 23 [FREE Download]

G Yamazawa is a Japanese American MC/Spoken word poet that was born in Durham, North Carolina.  He is a National Poetry Slam Champion and has been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, PBS, and has toured over 200 universities all over the world. 

I first saw him featured in some Team Backpack videos and his slight southern drawl combined with his lyrical flow caught my attention right away.  Usually people are put off by spoken word poets but G makes the transition from poet to rapper so smoothly you start to wonder why it hasn't been done successfully more often.  His debut album "Shouts to Durham" is a concise banger that melds memorable hooks together with precise wordplay and should be immediately copped via iTunes or streamed via your preferred service.

The album might seem a bit short and it will definitely leave you wanting more, so you can head down to Yamazawa's Bandcamp to download his mixtape "23."  Released in 2014, 23 might not have songs as infectious as the ones found in his official debut, but the lyrics are definitely deadlier and more technical as G rhymes over previously released beats on this mixtape.  Download it for free (after signing up to his email list) at the link below and be on the lookout for this rising MC.

Download here: www.gyamazawa.bandcamp.com

Website: www.gyamazawa.com

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Death Grips - Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) [STREAM]

It's easy to forget that nihilistic Hip Hop collective Death Grips announced their retirement way in 2014, considering they've been almost as prolific as they were before that announcement.  So it was only a matter of time before they put out some new music and they've done just that and more one year after their last album "Bottomless Pit."  Death Grips have just released a song/megamix/EP for stream called 'Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)' and it is a flurry of the fast-paced electrogutter we've come to expect from the trio.  They have also announced via Facebook that they are currently working on another full-length album, so its tough to say whether this new stream is snippets of those future songs or a standalone creation (since Death Grips are calling it a track/mix.)  Regardless this means we'll have more new Death Grips music in the near future, and they've also confirmed gigs for the summer in the UK, Italy, and France so you can expect to see more of them as well.  You can listen to the 22 minute track above with some visuals, or stream it at the link below.

Stream here: Death Grips - Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Idol Threat's Top 20 Albums of 2016

The goal was to have this list out before March, and it looks like we just made it under the wire!  There was a lot of great albums this past year including an actual solid release from Thrash Metal pioneers Metallica, another scorcher from Deftones, MIA's final album AIM and A Tribe Called Quest's double-album masterpiece "We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service!"  However, Idol Threat is here to highlight the lesser known, but you all know that already.  So here is Idol Threat's Top 20 Albums of 2016 in no particular order (see the full list by clicking on "the jump"):

Gonjasufi – Callus 
Sumach Ecks aka Gonjasufi is a wholly unique being.  Hailing from Chula Vista, California, the half Mexican half Ethiopian yoga teacher got his start with San Diego Hip Hop crew Masters of the Universe.  He rose to prominence after an appearance on famed experimental producer Flying Lotus' album Los Angeles, which gained him the notice of independent UK label Warp Records.  Warp released his debut album “A Sufi and a Killer” in 2010 and has released his subsequent two albums; including his latest “Callus.”

Gonjasufi is a vocalist unlike any other, his ragged singing haunting the tracks like a mystical haze, his delivery often times alternating between insightful and pleading.  Sumach does away with the samples that normally inhabit his production, yet it still remains decidedly lo-fi and psychedelic.  The music here fuzzes, drones and echoes around his raspy voice as cavernous, dub-like drums combines with distorted guitars that snarl out broken melodies, with buzzing synths and the occasional sitar joining them.   While Gonajsufi handles all the production, former Cure member Pearl Thompson lends his guitar stylings to a couple of tracks as well.   

This record is very much about the ills of society and self and can easily be seen as a reflection of the world we’re in today.  Callus can be seen as a result of becoming numb to the world’s pain, but I prefer to feel like it’s more of a hardening to it.  This record scrapes at the core of our woes and simultaneously steels us from them. Gonjasufi has always had a sound of his own, but his latest has seemed to distill all his influences into something new altogether.  His darkest album is also his greatest.

65daysofstatic - No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe 
65daysofstatic has been releasing quality music for nearly 13 years with every release nearing perfection. In fact, if I heard their last album “Wild Light” months earlier than I did it would've easily made our 2013 Top 20 list. The Sheffield, England instrumental band's infusion of electronic elements into their music has made them a unique standout from peers such as Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You and Mono. This 2016 album only further solidifies their place amongst their post rock contemporaries.

Music for an Infinite Universe is their latest album which also happens to be the soundtrack to survival video game No Man's Sky. This is the second soundtrack they have done, with 2011's Silent Running technically not a soundtrack but more of a re-score of the 1972 film of the same name. 65Daysofstatic's music is cinematic, majestic and energetic making it a perfect fit for the action-adventure sci-fi of No Man's Sky. Normally when soundtracks are made for film or video games the music released is rather sparse and lacking without its visuals, but that isn't the case here. The impressive feat that the album can stand alone on its own merit is only overshadowed by the fact that this level is held up across a double-album.

Whether its skittering, distorted electricity or Rob Jone's drumstick acrobatics the drumming on No Man's Sky provides a great backdrop to the reverb-drenched guitars, pianos, crescendos, synths and samples provided by 65dos. Sci-Fi references are also scattered across the album with titles such as Asimov, Monolith and Hypersleep. When listening to No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe adjectives such as relentless, transcendental, ethereal and epic comes into mind as 65dos plays the full gamut of their career across 2 discs of what may be their best work yet.

Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows 
I'm sure that almost every artist or band feels that their next album is their best, it should be a given for musicians who constantly strive to better themselves and push the envelope. Even still Richmond, VA post-sludge band Inter Arma must have felt that their latest release was something special, an even greater progression than simple evolution. Paradise Gallows proves not only to be Inter Arma's magnum opus, but one of the best post metal albums to come out in quite some time. Inter Arma brings black and death metal into the tried and true combination of atmospheric sludge to devastating effect, a testament to the versatility of vocalist Mike Paparo and the dexterity of the band. 

Harvey Milk howls, black metal shrieks, bellowing growls and even droning chants envelop the sonic landscape, which at times resembles a desert wasteland and at others the victim of a destructive hurricane. Tempos twist from trodding hooves to rolling thunder to excruciatingly slow crashes. Thrash riffs, acoustic passages and even southern rock solos can also be found buried deep in the doom that permeates the album. Despite the diversity there is a certain constant sheen of sludge that is both stratospheric and cavernous that ties everything together. Progressive doom, heavy psych, post death metal – whatever you call this album it is clear that its one of the best fusion of different metal genres out. 71 minutes of metal has rarely been so varied and succinct.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Over 400 Labels & Artists Join Bandcamp in Donating Friday’s Profits to the ACLU #NoBanNoWall

We've been busy trying to finish up our 2016 year end list, and we weren't going to post anything else until that was done.  However, Bandcamp has made a pretty important announcement and we felt that this needed to be shared.

Today any purchase made on Bandcamp will have 100% of their share of the proceeds donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working to oppose Trump’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States. Over 400 artists and labels have joined them in offering to donate their Bandcamp profits today to the ACLU and other organizations in support of immigrants and refugees. 

This is an incredible gesture in a time when the ACLU needs our support the most.  We try not to get too political in here, but we feel that this isn't just about politics but basic human decency.  So if there's anything you thought about buying on Bandcamp please do so today, and check out a partial list and links of labels participating after the jump: