Chromatics’ bandleader Johnny Jewel is also the man behind record label Italians Do It Better. The guy is incredibly busy, so it’s amazing to announce that he has release yet another mix. It’s an antumn mix called Black and White, and it features songs he digs, remixes of them, as well as a cover of New Orders’ “Ceremony” with some help from Glass Candy.

Stream the mix below/download it as well.

[Free Download]: Kuhlamity – Protege Cerveau [Mixtape]

By Will Oliver, November 28th 2012 — with 2 comments

At this point of your readership, you should be familiar with Kuhlamity. If not, let me quickly correct that. He’s a young rapper by the name of Kamron Bahani who is from my hometown. He has slowly been grinding out a promising career, and is slowly, but very surely, making his ascent to be a prominent figure in underground hip-hop.

Today he released his latest mixtape Protege Cerveau for free download. Kuhlamity continues his growth as an artist, providing a blazing fast flow full of wit, along with some old-school inspired beats. The production is top tier on this mixtape, leaving Kuhlamity with plenty of wiggle room to work his game.

At one minute he can leave you laughing, but soon after he will leave you reflective and inspired. It’s amazing just how fast he can rap while still keeping his flow even and his verses wise.

I know I’m not known for being up to date on underground hip-hop, but I really believe that Kuhlamity has got something special going on, and I want you to be a part of it.

The mixtape is available to download for free right here. If you need some motivation, check out two tracks from it below.

[mp3]: Kuhlamity – Jeune Choriste
[mp3]: Kuhlamity – Word Of The Wise

Chromatics Release Running From the Sun Mixtape

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2012

Chromatics’ Kill For Love is one of my favorite albums of the year. So I was very pleased to see that the band’s Johnny Jewel uploaded a mixtape called Running From The Sun. It features unreleased music from the Kill For Love sessions.

He posted the note on the Italians Do It Better blogspot, and released the mixtape for free on soundcloud.

Find the full note from him right after the mix, which you can stream below.

Jet lagged & buzzing from Friday’s show in Paris, I couldn’t sleep…so I stayed up all night with Oko talking about color based dreams while blending these tracks together. Since the album came out, a lot of people on the road have been telling us they are curious to hear some of the unreleased music from the Kill For Love sessions…Recorded November 2009 through December 2011, these songs were all mixed between 4 & 6 a.m. After hours of tracking at the studio in Montreal, we’d clear the channels on the mixer, open a bottle of wine, & feel around in the dark…working our way through the atmospheric elements & peeling back layers of rhythm…throwing the songs into the abstract pile & playing them while driving home in the snow. In Amsterdam right now trying to upload it from the hotel. Fingers crossed…

This is a lullaby for you…
Sweet Dreams!

Johnny Jewel

Track Listing

Dreaming In Color (00:23-03:08)
Red Car (03.09-07:27)
Kill For Love (07:27-11:30)
Last Wish (11:31-15:01)
Running From The Sun (15:02-19:13)
Disintegration (19:14-22:31)
These Streets Will Never Look The Same (22:32-30:53)
Blue Moon (30:54-34:38)

[free mixtape]: Sweet Valley – Eternal Champ

By Will Oliver, September 17th 2012 — with 1 comment

Sweet Valley, the duo of Nathan Williams (Wavves) and his little brother Kynan. They got together to create dope electronic beats, venturing into a much different world than what we saw with Wavves.

Last month they released their first mixtape Stay Calm, and now they are releasing their second one, Eternal Champ, for free via Fool’s Gold.

Grab it at bandcamp, or take a listen right below. If you like chill minded electronic tracks that will put your mind at ease, this will be your best bud (plus possibly some green, come on, it’s Nathan Williams we’re talking about)
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Leann Grimes – I’m Not Too Skinny

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2012

Last year Leann Grimes released a great mixtape/album that was an ode to the great new music he discovered on music blogs. He takes the songs and creates his own songs out of them.

Asheville, North Carolina native Shane Conerty is the man behind Leann Grimes. He’s back with a new release titled I’m Not Too Skinny and it’s another release filled with interesting versions of some great songs.

Here’s how Leann Grimes describes his album:

This album is a continuation of gratitude for music bloggers. Each track on this mixtape is a remix of an indie band’s song that I’ve discovered on various music blogs across the internet in the past year or so. It is my hope that people that are unfamiliar with the band’s I’ve sampled will seek out and support these artists as much as I do.

The album is streaming at bandcamp now. It will be available to download on Friday. Find the album stream below, along with a list of the songs he used.
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Dent May – Best Friend

By Will Oliver, April 18th 2012 — with 1 comment

Somewhere during my spring break, I forgot to share Dent May’s new single, “Best Friend”. It’s off his upcoming album Do Things, which will be released on Paw Tracks on June 12.

“Best Friend” recaptures the sunny feel good harmonies of acts like The Beach Boys, tailor made for sunny summer days.

[mp3]: Dent May – Best Friend

May also just did a mix for Ad Hoc titled Escape From Groove Mountain. Download/stream that below.
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