Alabaster Jones

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Lil Ugly Mane Criminal Hypnosis: Unreleased Shit
This compilation from Ugly acts more like a sampler EP than it does a compilation of unreleased material thanks to the many songs from Mista Thug Isolation throughout it, but there are some gems like "Polo Right" and "End Ya Whole Shit" that are well worth hearing, the former being particularly excellent. Other than that, there's some instrumentals that are pretty decent, like the title-track, and the instrumental to "Radiation (Lung Pollution)" is pretty sweet. Still, the notion remains that this is pretty much only a precursor to Mista Thug Isolation, so if you liked that record (as you should), you'll definitely like this as well.
Lil Bibby Free Crack
If you're a fan of the drill scene, you've undoubtedly heard of Lil Bibby, or at least his partner in crime, G Herbo. These two have had similar mission statements throughout their short, yet successful and quality careers. For Lil Bibby, it began here, on Free Crack, with his unmistakable very deep voice and penchant for crafting songs sounding as if they were plucked from the streets of Chicago themselves. It's an interesting note, though, that while this mixtape is undoubtedly brimming with street music, Bibby himself says that it's not only meant to be that way: "This is for all my fans waiting for me to drop this. Everybody 'gon relate t
Little Simz Age 101: Drop Everything
The series of EP's called the Drop series by its creator Little Simz is quite the string of records, showcasing the grime-influenced production from her team and consistently excellent flows and cadences from the woman herself. Drops 1-4 are now all together on this compilation, and the clear progression from one Drop to the next is more apparent here than ever before. Of course, the standouts here come from Drop 2 ("Starry Eyed", "Peace Of Mind") and Drop 4 ("Top Down", "Guess Who"), but each song is pretty swank in and of itself. These also act as natural precursors to her breakthrough record, A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons, showing not
Warm Brew The Diagnosis
Currently, I don't know if there's a group out there that does west coast hip-hop as good as Warm Brew. Their major label debut was an amazing record, one that was unfortunately slept on, and this new EP sees the group refusing to slow down. Opening with "The Mission", which may end up being the hip-hop song of the year for yours truly, Diagnosis makes clear that the group is still some of the best in the business at making laid-back, reminiscent, and celebratory hip-hop. Sometimes things take a slightly darker or more somber tone, but for the most part it's incredibly chill stuff. If you haven't checked them out by now, you definitely should
Defeated Sanity Disposal Of The Dead // Dharmata
If it weren't for the similar production, it would be hard to tell that these two records were made by the same band in Defeated Sanity. The first side, called Disposal Of The Dead, is in a brutal death metal style, making use of swampy vocals, crushing riffs, and blisteringly fast drumming. The atmosphere is constantly oppressive, and it's some of the most well made brutal death that has come out this year. The second side, called Dharmata, is some of the best Floridian death metal worship in circulation currently, and though the influences are worn clearly and proudly on their sleeves, it's still some pretty decent material. That said, the
Self Defense Family Disappear Here
Before they were known as Self Defense Family, Kindlon & Co. were known as End Of A Year, and this, their first full-length record, showcases the raw beginnings of the band and their immense songwriting capabilities even then. It's take on post-hardcore and emo is sloppy despite being pretty intricately written, and manages to be engaging emotionally as well. The vocals are higher-pitched than later records, and aren't as gruff, sounding more pained and distressed than powerful. The lyrics are pretty great as well, with several very relatable and quotable lines popping up throughout the record. The production is pretty good as well, being raw
Animal Collective Campfire Songs
Back when Animal Collective was known simply as Campfire Songs, they released this strange, yet pretty unique and undeniably calming self-titled record. Much like Danse Manatee, there's very little emphasis on writing actual songs and more of an effort put into atmosphere. Whereas Danse Manatee felt very haphazard and jumbled, Campfire Songs feels cohesive, and with a clear goal in mind. True, all of the songs are two or three chords strummed over and over again over field recordings and chanting vocals, but it succeeds in being an immersive, atmospheric piece, about as calming and tranquil as it possibly can be. This is entirely different fr

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  • BallsToTheWall You sold me to check out Ghost of a Dead Hummingbird's Under The Ultraviolet Light asap.
    July 25 04:58 PM
  • iloveyouall it's pretty much the perfect fusion of slam and dxc. should be a classic, not the failure it is widely considered. it absolutely nails the schlocky serial killer atmosphere it goes for and delivers in spades when it comes to groove... that pencil lead syringe is a similar example, but it goes more for the pure wall of sound approach, totally waylaying the grooves. have you checked the devouring humanity album that came out this year? you'd definitely dig.
    July 19 06:03 PM
  • iloveyouall at least 90% tbh. I feel like most are too concerned with trying to hate it to give it a proper chance... it's a shame really.
    July 19 05:25 PM
  • BallsToTheWall Thanks dude.
    June 28 11:04 PM
  • BallsToTheWall Can you link me to Draped Urn's EP?
    June 28 08:59 PM

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