After a long stretch of silence, you’ll be hearing maybe way too much from me in the coming months. For starters, here’s a jam that I produced (and rapped on) for the homie, Antwon. The track, ‘Jacuzzi’ is built on top of Squarepusher’s so-extra-dope ‘Red Hot Car’ sample and features an outro guitar figure that I “appropriated” from Memory Tapes (sorry).
Click here to watch the weird, Smiths-inspired VHS video for ‘Jacuzzi’
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.
Sometimes a tweet strikes a chord. In this case, I asked for some ’60s psych superlatives, and the dude, Botany came back with a flurry of replies that represent his personal favorites. Committed here for posterity are Botany’s Top Ten Psych Records of the 1960s.
10. Begin – The Millenium
09. Just Another Diamond Day – Vashti Bunyan (1970)
08. Surrealistic Pillow – Jefferson Airplane
07. Power Plant – The Golden Dawn
06. Silver Apples – Silver Apples
05. Tangerine Dream – Kaleidescope
04. Forever Changes – Love
03. The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter – The Incredible String Band
02. United States of America – United States of America
01. Suddenly One Summer – J.K. & Co.
I’d like to see Rap Genius interpret Elizabeth Fraser’s lyrics, tho. Meliteae phoebus hyala phoebus hyala cloeyessa / Meliteae phoebus hyala phoebus hyala nossinussa.
Listen to Heaven or Las Vegas here.
Marquee for the recent Ava Luna x Lushlife show at the Brooklyn Museum, which was posted up at the American Apparel on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Shouts to Viva Radio for the look.