I've finally landed in Boston all the way from China. It was a long trip, but well worth. it I'm going to take a Christmas break from this blog, but if you're in town, get at me on Facebook or go to this radical event at Zuzu on the the 28th. Details here: http://leahmcfly.tumblr.com/post/2417189108/event-work-zuzu

Happy Holidays to everybody!


Really excited to announce the next official "TRUST" on December 27. I'll be swinging through Boston between December 22 until December 30 and playing a few shows. This is one of them. As always, the location is secret - but I can tell you it's in Allston. I'll be playing with Voltran, along with some VERY special guests. Hope to see some familiar faces there.


For more information, check out the Facebook event page HERE:


I'm floored by Casa Del Mirto. This guy puts Italo-disco through a chillwave filter and the result is gem after gem of lo-fi pop. Definitely a unique sound in a chillwave sea (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) of monotony. There's also plenty of French touch all over some of these joints. The craziest thing about this dude, though, is that he's giving away this music for free. Swing by his MySpace for some free downloads. 


This interview has been a long time coming. During the past couple of months, Boston hip-hop staple Black Element and DJ Ryan Durkin released a free album called Color Commentary. These dudes have been around for a hot minute - Durkin is a fixture at every relevant club in Boston. Black Element has even done a Christmas jam with Big D and The Kids Table.


Inevitably, I had a chat with these dudes about their recent album release. They had a lot to say.


ZAK BROMAN: Firstly, I just want to say the album is sounding tune. How long did it take to produce?


Durkin: Thanks! Color Commentary took about a year to produce. It was slow to start because we weren't sure what our "sound" was going to be. We just wanted songs that weren't too repetitive and sounded big enough to perform live. We also worked hard to avoid hip-hop cliches on the production and vocal side which is hard because there's so many. Once we banged out "Once a Week" and "Go!", we had more direction and things came together quicker. Overall, I am really proud of the end product.

Black EL: Off and on for a year -but really if you added up all the days it would probably be closer to six months. Durkin was finishing school and I was working a lot so our time was limited, and as Durk said we spent a lot of the time trying to find our sound. That process by itself took up a majority of that time, but after that it came together pretty quickly. We also did a lot of running around to different studios with Durk's trusty laptop because on certain tracks we needed some keys played. It's funny how this project was made with just a laptop and some old software, and recorded in my parent's basement and totally mixed in our boy Jelani's room. Biyaaaaaaaaaa!

I felt like this past summer was one in which I delved into a lo-fi hip-hop phase. I'm talking about the bass-driven, sometimes-tropical-sometimes-funky jams that kept rotating in my playlist while I walked around the old dusty alleys and streets of southern China. This post is dedicated to Summer 2010, where shit was consistently chill and the nights permeated with drunken hazes.



I know that I've been hyping the shit out of Parisian beatmaker Onra so often that he should just start paying me, but I can't deny that this cat easily put out the album of the summer. The Long Distance LP blended future funk with a throwback sensibility. The title track, "Long Distance", is a testament to how this album made me feel - an appreciation for living abroad amongst all the city lights and people China and Hong Kong have been throwing at me. 




This track from eLan gives off the same vibe as the video for it does. Modelselektor ended up sticking this guy on one of his compilations after seeing said video. Peep it here:






Bahwee brings a tropical melody that elicits beach time in Vietnam - or at least it did for me. Chill-bro-chill.


Finally, we have French-Brazilian artist Hazel, who produces smooth music to fuck to. Just listening to this jam makes me feel dirty.


I'm glad to report that the new Toro Y Moi doesn't disappoint. Thankfully, Mr. Bundick is taking a turn away from the overdone chillwave sound and instead rooting himself the lo-fi garage-y bliss from an earlier sound. Listen for yourself and let me know what you think.


Straight up overhauled the shit out of this puppy. Also, you can now add comments and do what you kids normally do on these blogs. 

Thanks for the major increase in traffic lately! Each new MP3 is averaging 40 downloads. Not bad for a personal blog that I promote by word of mouth. 2011 is going to be a great year.


Weirdo British act Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs lays it down on this track. Sublime synth pokes evolving into some batshit rave breakdown. I'm usually not into stuff this poppy, but this sounds like electro pop done right. I could see this being played out in a club to the younger set; I might even throw it into one of my playlists.


Porcelain Raft sounds exactly like it's namesake - delicate, drifting melodies that take a lot from 90's shoegaze. The dude hails from London and fucking kills it. You don't find quality buzzbands like this too often, so check it out.





Strange Talk is the band apparently everybody is talking about in Melbourne. They took a cue from Cut Copy and seemingly evolved that sound. They're also on the newest Kitsune Maison compilation, so check out their digs.




Treefight For Sunlight is Danish twee-pop at it's finest. This MP3 is so just so goddamn catchy - at first, it's almost too happy to take seriously, but overall I feel it keeps it's integrity. This track makes me want to trip on some hard drugs and run around in the nude during a brisk autumn day, or some shit like that.



Peep this great mix from dear friend Justincredible. For those of you in Boston and Cambridge, we'll be spinning Work! at Zuzu (Middle East) on December 28th of this month. I'm really excited about it.

 



Out of nowhere comes Dutch producer Skitzofrenix with the most massive, ball-breaking drop I have heard in a song all year. I am serious on this one - it's one of those tracks that makes you go "wow" out loud and turn down your subwoofer in fear of waking up your entire block. This shit makes me want to punch walls and get ignorant. (MP3 removed per request of Skitzofrenix)

 






I think it's almost compulsory to throw in a track from NON Records in every blog post. I can assure you they're not paying me; the label is just that damn legitimate. This overlooked gem of a single from the immensely unique chillwaver Palmbomen really takes me there, if "there" signifies blowing an eight ball and watching an animal sacrifice in the confines of a spaceship passing the outer ring of the solar system.




Lastly, I stumbled across this laser-filled banger from UK-based producer Subliminal and was hooked.


The criminally overlooked Dutch duo TWR72 has been stuck in my iTunes queue for a little while.  Dubbed by Erol Alkan as "ones to look out for", they've been gained support from big names like Laidback Luke, Brodinski, Bart B More, and others.

This track blows my mind - undoubtedly one of the smoother dance remixes I've heard in a while. And just as you're enjoying the slick production on this one, a crazy synth-stab drop comes out of nowhere and the joint goes apeshit.


There's also an equally solid remix from BEAR (who I recently interviewed) that I would deem nothing other than "sexy".

10.4 ROG


I can't get enough of Seattle-based leftfield hip hop producer 10.4 rog. He's currently flying pretty low on the radar, but this cat deserves nothing but hype.
Take this remix for instance - compressed waves of synth hazily echoing amongst strategic snares and kicks, coated with a smooth female vocal. I've been vibing the fuck out to this track for the past few days:


Another remix where he takes a dope lounge aesthetic and slaps it on this remix: 


And of course there's this obligatory marijuana-fueled chill jam:


Here's an edit of a mash hall radio performance he did:

 

Autumn has came and went this year. I've had the pleasure of creepin' with all sorts of people this past fall - Larry Tee, B. Rich, Passion Pit, NON Records, and people from all ends of the globe. Thanks to everybody who has helped out and visited. I'm hoping to update this more frequently as we venture into 2011.



There's no better way to cap off CREEP-ASS AUTUMN with none other than the very man who inspired it. When this bomb ass Genevan isn't interviewing alternative tastemakers for "Sensitive Summer", pushing out music with friends Mattfoley, Teki Latex, Cuizinier and others, he's holding it down as arguably the chillest dude in Europe. You can come and play, it's all fun, you know - but at the end of the day, you're dealing with the heavyweight champion of this shit - Genevan Heathen!


Best horror movie: 
Phantasm, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Evil Dead trilogy, Creepshow, Re-Animator, Street Trash, Fright Night, House, Gremlins, Bad Taste and the list goes on.

Best thing about the Autumn: 
Horror movies.

Worst thing about the Autumn: 
Nothing, I love everything.

Best Autumn snack: 
Steak tartare, aka raw meat.

Best Autumn drink: 
Suchard, obviously.

Something that creeps you out: 
Pretty much everything creeps me out... in a good way.

Your best Autumn or Halloween party experience: 
The Phenomenal Slaughter Party Massacre Vol.I in Geneva last year! This, and spending Halloween home with 13 horror movies to watch.

Favorite Autumn outfit: 
I'm big on scarves.

Best Autumn or Halloween song/album: 
"A Nightmare on Elm Street score" by Charles Bernstein, The Monster Mash, "Cry Little Sister" off the Lost Boys soundtrack and this Mattfoley remix.

Autumn party romance tip: 
Never fall asleep. Don't eat after midnight. Create that special someone with your computer.




Don't forget to check out this awesome gem of a music video he just put out:



Again, my thanks and well wishes to everybody who participated in CREEP-ASS AUTUMN. I'll be sure to do it again next year.