A roundup of the best streams and downloads percolating through the blogosphere this week
Nine Inch Nails – Find My Way (Oneohtrix Point Never remix)
Props where props are due: not only are Nine Inch Nails making some of their best music since The Downward Spiral, Trent Reznor tapped Oneohtrix Point Never for an opening slot on the tour â€“ sure to drive some audience members nuts â€“ he also tapped him for this remix. Who needs a beat when you’ve got spiralling, noisy arpeggiated synths and an almost obsessive attention to details like the processing on the disembodied voice that creeps in half way through? There are enough neck-snapping-around moments in here to make drums seem like they’d be an unnecessary distraction.
The Field – Cupid’s Head
Axel Willner a.k.a. The Field is gunning for the title of Best Home-Listening-Techno producer in the world with his latest album, Cupid’s Head (due out on Kompakt on Sept. 30) and the title track earns the hyperbole. A stuttering beat, a vocal sample Willner wrings the maximum character out of and a characteristically ecstatic string line combine like Voltron into a rough beast that minimal’s forefathers couldn’t have conceived of.
Danny Brown – Dip
“Like Lieutenant Dan, I’m rolling.” “I keep feeling like I’m gon faint, but fuck that nigga gimme that drink.” “It’s obvious we got some problems so bitch let’s kill that pain.” “I’m grinding on yo bitch while I’m grindin on my teeth.” What is it about Detroit rappers (Eminem I’m looking in your direction) that they make wallowing in shameless drug fiendery sound like fun? (Peep my preview of DB’s new disc.)
Young Chop f Juicy J – I Ain’t Gotta Say Shit
It might be weird to call a throbbing monster of a beat ‘subtle’, but this Juicy J showcase from 19-year-old upstart producer Young Chop (via his debut album, Precious) has a spooky top layer of smoke and texture above the beat. A mournful organ lick and a chant add atmosphere to Juicy J’s stone-faced thuggin’ and damn if it doesn’t send chills up your spine.
Joe – Slope
All hail Hesssle Audio for bringing us new releases by Pearson Sound and the mysterious Joe. The latter â€“ an anonymous North Londonder of some repute â€“ comes with a gem of a 12-inch; “Maximum Busy Muscle” starts with a belligerently wobbly groove and turns into a real banger, complete with big farty horn blasts, while “Slope” has tuned toms rumbling around in the basement while droning strings carry the mood as it morphs into a hard-hitting tech workout. And is it me or does the opening sample in this tune sound like Chewbacca?