Believe it or not, but there is more music out there than the latest, brilliant Beastie Boys offering. Here are some suggestions, all either stream able or free for download.
Matthew Dear – Black City
An odd future funk sound, fragile yet bold. His latest record ‘Black City’ is simply stunning, yet not too easily accessible on the first listen. Give it time and the right sound system and it will strike gold. His singing effort is mediocre at best, however if one guy can blend this in with a sublime sound setting and make it actually work then it’s Matthew Dear (Kanye West, are you taking notes?). The song below is for free, thank you Matthew!
Robag Wruhme – Bud Bukkerl
An odd chap this German fellow, but giving IDM a new freshness. You thought it would not go further after Aphex Twin, think again. Robag sounds difficult and beautiful at the same time without the noisiness and sonic overkill. The fact that he’s been around and Aphex has not makes the choice ever so easier. At the end of it all, we are all longing for this kind of music because it sounds new, challenging and lastly because this never makes it onto any radio play list, hipster tape or club set.
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome
Lastly this is a personal favorite ever since his DangerDoom effort, Danger Mouse is an exceptional and incredibly versatile producer. Not all is to everybody’s taste, not all is worth the time, but more often than not this is simply great music. If someone’s churning out records at this rate he must either be void of talent or greedy, however every once in a while this is only due to sheer musical creativity overdrive. Thankfully exactly that is the case with Danger Mouse, this time collaborating with Daniele Luppi, and creating a beautifully composed homage to Spaghetti-Western Soundtracks.