In the wake of the presidential election, I’ve been feverishly at work on an album-length interdisciplinary mixtape of new music to benefit the ACLU. My Idols Are Dead and My Enemies Are in Power is available now on a contribute-what-you-wish basis, with all proceeds going to support the ACLU.
The mixtape features artists such as Killer Mike, Moor Mother, Sad13, Billy Woods, Khruangbin, and more. In addition to the musical guests, the project includes contributions from several significant activists, academics, and artists to provide a wide spectrum of perspectives on the current political climate in America, from voices such as Jedediah Purdy, Open Mike Eagle, Sut Jhally, and many more.
Click here to download Idols + Enemies now
Now you can listen to the latest single from Ritualize, ‘Hong Kong (Lady of Love)’ which features Ariel Pink, over at Noisey. The new joint is one of my favorites from the upcoming LP. With pulsating Juno synths, four-on-the-floor kick, and a blazing sax solo that’s more Michael Mann than Mike Jones, this is new dystopia rap.
Click here to stream ‘Hong Kong (Lady of Love)’ ft. Ariel Pink via Noisey
Yeah, Tame Impala’s Currents was one of the LPs I’ve been hyped for all year. Once it came out, I found myself mumbling rhymes to the largely instrumental album-cut, ‘Nangs.’ That compulsion turned into a start-to-finish overnight session a few weeks ago, recontextualizing the joint as though it had always been a golden-era neck-snapper. Last night, Mary Anne Hobbs world premiered the introspective, psych-rap Lushlife flip of Tame Impala’s ‘Nangs’ on her BBC6 Weekend Music Show, so flatteringly calling it, “a masterpiece…”
Late last year, I released a 10+ minute, 4-movement rap epic about the strange Toynbee Tile meta-art conspiracy. The sweeping Toynbee Suite piece features contributions from RJD2, Nightlands, Yikes the Zero, and a full chamber group, while a beautiful making-of documentary was also filmed by the talented team at Shaking Through. Now, an interview about the whole affair airs this week via nationally-syndicated NPR program, Studio 360.
Listen to the Toynbee Suite interview on Studio 360 here.
Remix of ‘Teenage Dream’ from the 2011 Lushlife mixtape, No More Golden Days. Instead of a Katy Perry flip, the new instrumental uses individual notes meticulously sampled from a vintage autoharp. Still singing the true notes on the chorus, too.
Stream and download here.