Little Rock's Pepperboy has given AiMT an exclusive sneak peak of his The Classics: Remastered EP. Over the past year, Pepperboy has been releasing a ton of new material and older archived material. If you've checked out any of the older stuff, you'll recognize at least a few of the six songs making up The Classics. The particular songs on this release date back to 2010, so the EP is not as comprehensively retrospective as its title implies. The Classics is more of a platform for Pepperboy to do some sonic housekeeping on his recent back catalog.
The songs hold up well and are more on the raw lo-fi tip compared to his newer recordings. If anything it's a good reminder of how Pep's sound and resources have expanded so much in just a few years time.
Listen below or visit Pep's Bandcamp page for a download.
Does the word "ambient" mean anything to you in 2012?
It seems as though its usage becomes more and more scarce as the years go by. One might even call it out of fashion. Artists and journalists seem to be slightly squicked out by it. "Drone," a vaguer and less informative term, is more favored by the newer generation of artists and listeners. But despite these apparent trends against the A-word, the music itself is probably as big and as fascinating as it's ever been. In 2012 artists like Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker and Julianna Barwick stayed busy with press, festivals, touring, and recording—they essentially became indie household names. Blog darling Julia Holter has continued to put ambient pieces in her experimental indie pop records. Meanwhile Brian Eno, the man who coined the term "ambient" and arguably invented the genre, recorded his first solo ambient effort in two decades.
This list highly personal, but I believe it represents a large scope of an ever-splintering genre—from the noisy, to the lush and melodic, to the in-vogue lo-fi tape hum of recent years, to more folk and classical-leaning disciplines. Please enjoy, and watch the AiMT 2012 tag for more lists.
Full list after the jump.
To kick off AiMT 2012, I got some help from the homey DJ E-Yo, who hosts KXUA's The Concrete Schoolyard. That's a hip-hop show I created around 10 years ago. I held it down for four years (tops), but E-Yo has kept the name going for an additional six. By all accounts, the show is his now, and he owns it like I never owned it. Check it out on the KXUA stream every Thursday night from 8 until 10 pm (Central), and/or watch the KXUA blog for podcasts.
People have been grilling me about year-end features, and I appreciate the interest. I wanted to start rolling them out before the New Year, but travel, snow storms, power outages, and 60-hour work weeks have stalled me quite a bit. Luckily I have all the features done and will be posting one per day over the next week or so. Thanks for your patience!
Full list after the jump.
It wasn't even four months ago that Little Rock's Pepperboy was kind enough to hit us with a free mini album featuring all new material and a Mishka-hosted mixtape, and today he's graced us with a brand new 15-track LP. (Yep, also free.) It's remarkable how Pep's career is 10 years deep, but we can still hear him developing as an artist month by month. Nite Time seems years progressed from Pep's aforementioned efforts, especially when you consider standout tracks like "Funeral," "Joined a Gang," and "Love My Life."
View alternate charts at Resident Advisor and Beatport.
- Baxta – "Whateva" [Fool's Gold]
- Boston Bun – "Housecall" [Ed Banger]
- Legowelt – "Danger in the Air" [Clone]
- Hauschka – "Radar (Michael Mayer Remix)" [FatCat]
- French Fries – "Smoke Wine (Goldffinch Remix)" [Dirtybird]
- FaltyDL – "Straight & Arrow (Radio Edit)" [Ninja Tune]
- Julio Bashmore – "Husk" [Broadwalk]
- Retrospekt – "Rolling" [Slime]
- The Horrors – "Moving Further Away (Andrew Weatherall Remix)" [XL]
- The Prodigy – "Mindfields (Baauer Remix)" [XL]
While I've been
busy not blogging, Little Rock's own 607 has found time to drop his 38th album and continue his reign over the Arkansas hip-hop circuit. Back in May, he gave the scene quite a scare with a statement which seemed to announce his immediate retirement. He later clarified by saying that he was only taking some time off to organize, not retiring.
Lucky for us, the wait is over and YIK3LIF3! The Lord and the Duchess is now available. It's 19 tracks strong, and Lord Six was kind enough to set it as a "name your price" endeavor on his Bandcamp. Once you spend some time with it, you can understand why he chose to take a timeout to strategize on how to package this new material. It's probably his most accomplished work to date, both artistically and in terms of commercial appeal. And per usual, there's plenty of variety to appeal to a large listener base. (Expect to hear radio-ready country rap, money-making anthems, even a Boards of Canada flip as you can hear below.)
"Puppy Breath" — flip of Boards of Canada's "ROYGBIV":
Full album stream after the jump.
Just a quick tribute to German ambient music producer and owner of the FAX label, Peter Kuhlmann (aka Pete Namlook). In terms of how much ambient music this man recorded during his life, you simply cannot get more prolific than Namlook. He recorded around 130 albums, many of which were collaborations with folks like Richie Hawtin, Biosphere, Move D, and Atom Heart. He was most active in the '90s.
Namlook's FAX label championed countless releases since its conception in '92.
Spotify users, check out Namlook's excellent '93 album Dreamfish, which is collaboration with Mixmaster Morris:
This should go without saying, I'll be going on a FAX listening binge at the earliest opportunity.