Entries tagged with: Supreme Cuts
by Andrew Sacher
The best-of 2014 albums lists continue with FACT, who always put out an interesting list and this year is no exception. You've got a few of the year-end list regulars like FKA twigs, Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink, Grouper, YG, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib and Shabazz Palaces, but also a handful of obscurer rap, electronic and experimental choices. FACT's list is always a good one to find something you missed during the year that you end up falling in love with, so check it out. Also, it's the first list we've seen where Sun Kil Moon beats The War On Drugs! (who actually aren't on here at all).
Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts have launched a new label called Posture which features a variety of hip hop and electronic music, including David Ashley, Kit, Youngcuhlord, Raymond Abercrombie and Khalfani. All of those are on the label's brand new mixtape which you can stream below. We've also got the premiere of the video for one of the tracks, Khalfani's "Same Reason" featuring David Ashley. Khalfani's dark production suits rapper David Ashley's style well. David's also got a new album, Perfect Dark, coming out October 7 with production from himself, Supreme Cuts and others, and there's two equally sulky singles out from that one that you can stream below too.
NYC rap duo The Underachievers already had a couple quality mixtapes out, and earlier this month they finally got around to releasing their debut album, Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium, on RPM / Caroline. The album includes a song sampling New Zealand psych pop band The Ruby Suns, another featuring Portugal. The Man, and production from Statik Selektah, Ryan Hemsworth, Lapalux, Supreme Cuts, Haleek Maul and more. You can stream it in full on NPR and check out a few tracks/videos from it below. Ahead of the album, both UA members also released solo mixtapes which you can download for free HERE and HERE.
The Underachievers will support the new album on a tour with fellow NYC rap group Flatbush Zombies, which hits their hometown on December 5 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed, with the videos/streams, below.
by Bill Pearis
Electronic musician Ryan McRyhew moved from Denver to Chicago a couple years ago where he records as Thug Entrancer. His new album, Death After Life came out this week (2/11) via Mexican Summer imprint Software. Like other records on Software, Death After Life is minimal, ambient stuff, though there are at least a couple tracks that fall into dance. You can check out the video for "Death After Life I" and another track below, and stream the whole album via Rdio.
Thug Entrancer is visiting NYC this weekend, playing Baby's All Right on Saturday (2/15) with Supreme Cuts and WC Kid. Tickets are on sale now, but if you'd like to go for free, we've got a pair to give away. Details below.
Video, stream and contest details below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
AlunaGeorge @ MHOW - 9/6/13
UK pop duo AlunaGeorge are currently in North America for their first-ever tour here, and they've had quite the run leading up to it. Their debut EP, You Know You Like It, came out on boutique electronic label Tri Angle Records and it was announced soon after that they signed to Island, who would release their eventual debut album. After almost a year-long run of releasing singles (and a huge collaboration with Disclosure), that album, Body Music, finally came out.
The band's North American tour began with Chicago's North Coast Music Festival, then Philly's Made In America Festival, and it hit NYC last week for two sold out shows with Chicago production duo/Polica collaborators Supreme Cuts at Bowery Ballroom (9/5) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/6). The sets included a good chunk of the new album, plus their Disclosure collaboration, "White Noise" and their cover of Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" (which is featured as a bonus track on their album). They played as a full band, with producer/instrumentalist George Reid on keyboards and singer AlunaFrancis dancing and controlling the stage for a set that kept the MHOW crowd moving. Pictures of the MHOW show are in this post.
More of those, including one of the setlist, and a couple videos below...
photos by James Richards IV
Kendrick Lamar / The Postal Service / fans
When last seen, at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park last year, Kendrick Lamar was still a relative unknown except to hip-hop connoisseurs. His set came off as hazy and introspective, with a curious Lady Gaga hanging on every word from the wings. But now he emerges with newfound swagger -- even without Gaga in the house -- smoke machines at his feet and a full band at his back. His 2012 album, "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," puts a new and brilliantly introspective take on West Coast gangsta rap, a look at its tropes and pressures from the inside out. So even as he leads the crowd in some explicit choruses, he throws out questions and lays out his conflicts in the verses. "This will be on the Internet," he announces. Ya think? The audience cheers him like a rock star, even when he stands on stage with arms folded. But he doesn't just bask in the glow. He tries to put it in context, much in the way his rhymes try to make sense of hip-hop and the culture that birthed it. "You can't classify what we got going on," he says to the fans. "This is life." [Chicago Tribune]Lollapalooza 2013 continued yesterday (8/3) in Chicago's Grant Park, with nicer weather than day 1, and sets from eight stages worth of artists, including The Postal Service, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Local Natives and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Saturday pics HERE
We at BrooklynVegan are also at the festival, hosting a portion of the Soundwave Tent.
The festival wraps up today (8/4) (check out our Sunday preview) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Alt-J, Baroness, Angel Haze, and more. If you're not at the festival, you can stream it live at Lollapalooza.com.
More from day 2, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Supreme Cuts in Chicago in 2012 (more by Tyler Trykowski)
Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts are set to release the followup to 2012's Whispers in the Dark with their new album, Divine Ecstasy, on October 1 via Dovecote. The first single, "Envision," features guest lead vocals from Channy of Polica (who they've toured with), and it's one of the poppiest (and best) songs Supreme Cuts have done to date. Check it out below.
Since we last posted, Supreme Cuts have been added as an opener to the previously discussed AlunaGeorge tour, including both NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on September 5 (sold out) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 6 (tickets). AlunaGeorge also just made their fantastic debut album, Body Music, available to stream in full.
All dates (including Lollapalooza) are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Tanlines at Webster Hall - 11/29/12 (via Olivia Overall)
NYC synth pop band Tanlines (who made Kurt Braunohler's year-end list headlined their largest hometown show yet on November 29 at Webster Hall with Supreme Cuts (who made FACT's year-end list) and Jim E-Stack. They also just appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (12/6) to perform "All of Me" off of their 2012 LP, Mixed Emotions. You can check out a video of that performance below.
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.
by Andrew Sacher
Main Attrakionz at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this month, we mentioned that iPhone/Android app Mobli was throwing a CMJ party with Heems, Sasha Go Hard, Kitty Pryde, Weekend Money, SAFE, The Underachievers, and Party Supplies. That party was supposed to happen today at Delinquency but that venue has since been shut down so the whole lineup (minus The Underachievers and Party Supplies) is merging with the Young One Records showcase, which happens tonight (10/17) at 285 Kent. That showcase, in addition to including the names mentioned above, will have Main Attrakionz, Kool AD, Deniro Farrar, Supreme Cuts, Cities Aviv, Bryant Dope, Ryan Hemsworth, and CBG. SAFE and Ryan Hemsworth are DJing between sets, the rest of the acts are playing live. The show flier and set times are below.
That 285 Kent show is a pretty stacked bill for hip hop, and if you're into stacked hip hop shows like that one, you'll also probably want to check out the Mass Appeal party at Gramercy on Friday (10/19) with Asher Roth, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), The Alchemist, Large Professor, Mr. Muthafuckin' exquire, Roc Marciano, Boldy James, Ninja Sonik, Bodega Bamz, Alexander Spit, Angel Haze and Timeless Youth. That one's free with RSVP to RSVP@massappeal.com but entry is based on capacity. The flier for this show is below.
As mentioned, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire also plays SOB's on Thursday (10/18) and an MTV Studio at Webster Hall the same day. That studio show is with Big K.R.I.T. and LE1F, and when we first mentioned it, a "special guest" was billed who has since been revealed as Killer Mike. Tickets for that one are still available.
That MTV show is an early show (5:30 doors) and after that there's a late show with Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids), Ninjasonik, ASAP TyY, Blvckalfred, Vault Boys, MopTop, Chase N Cashe, GDP, Vyle, and Curtains. Tickets for that one are still available.
Cities Aviv, in addition to the Young One show, has other CMJ shows, including the Flowerbooking CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on Friday (10/19) with Unicorn Kid, Ki:Theory, Devin, Ghost Wave, and Talk Normal (tickets) and the Bond Music Group/PopGun show at Cameo Gallery on Friday (10/19) (late show) with Steven A. Clark, Lushlife, Dark Sister, and Pegasus Warning (tickets).
He also plays the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) with The Orwells, Eternal Summers, and the rest of the lineup coming soon!
While we're talking about good hip hop shows during CMJ, don't forget the Converse Rubber Tracks/Fool's Gold 5th anniversary show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on Saturday (10/20) with Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Donnis, Nick Catchdubs, World's Fair, Troy Ave, and special guests. That one's totally free, first come, first served.
Showcase flier and set times for the Young One/Mobli show are below.
The-Drum in Chicago in April (more by Tyler Trykowski)
Three duos from the burgeoning Chicago beat scene, Supreme Cuts, The-Drum, and Sich Mang, will make their way to NYC for a show at Glasslands on July 20. The show is also with Brooklyn-born rapper Haleek Maul (who now lives in Barbados), whose Oxyconteen EP (which you can stream below or download above) features production from The-Drum and Supreme Cuts. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Supreme Cuts will release their new album, Whispers in the Dark, on July 10 via Dovecote Records, and you can download a track from that release above or stream it below. The Glasslands show is also acting as a release show for that album. In August, they head out on tour with Polica. All of their dates are listed below.
The-Drum and Sich Mang put out a split release earlier this year, which features two original tracks by each duo and remixes of each other's work. You can stream the whole thing or download it for $5 at bandcamp.
The-Drum, who played our BV Chicago stage at SXSW this year and another BV Chicago event before that, is also set to release a new EP, Sense Net, on July 17 via Mishka. You can stream the single from that, "/SYS," below.
A list of all dates and streams below...
Ava Luna is playing Mercury Lounge on August 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
When we first mentioned the Gotye show at Williamsburg Park with Zammuto, tickets were set to go on sale Friday, June 8 at noon. Tickets will now go on sale Friday, June 8 at 10 AM. Gotye's Radio City show goes on sale June 8 at 10 Am as well.
Wise Blood on the Glasslands balcony (more by Ryan Muir)
Those wanting to catch both Picturepane and Wise Blood can do so for free on Saturday courtesy of Jelly & The Morgan. Those wanting to catch them both even sooner have a decision to make tonight (9/1). You can head to Cameo to catch Pictureplane along with Autre Ne Veut, or instead choose Glasslands where Wise Blood plays with Cities Aviv, and D'eon.
Regardless of which you choose, you can spend the later portion of your night at Glasslands with Chicago's Supreme Cuts who will be handling the "late night show" and promise they have some "very special things lined up". In honor of their visit to Brooklyn they made us an exclusive mixtape which you can listen to below (it's the "Trouble: Club Paradise Mix). While you're down there you'll also find a mix they did for Fader who wrote "Chicago newcomers Supreme Cuts call their sound Future RnB, a surprisingly apt title for their seamless mash of sultry vocals and gritty post-dub beats."
Wise Blood return to the NYC stage on October 20th at Le Poisson Rouge for a Windish CMJ showcase with Art vs. Science, Penguin Prison, Mr. Little Jeans, Chad Valley, Data Romance and Geographer. All tour dates and mixes below...