Bandcamp Crate Dig | Month of May 2017
Bandcamp gets thousands of album uploads per day. It is daunting to try and find something new amongst a very saturated market. With this new series I attempt to find three releases per month that really catch my attention. Check out these three albums from the month of March.
Nowhere - Noface
I don't usually listen to a lot of straight up electronic albums but Noface came through with an amazing project that is Nowhere. Not much info is out there about Noface but I can see from the albums bandcamp page (now private but since I bought it I still see the album in my collection) that they are part of a label/group of musicians name The Archives Department. Based out of Buffalo, New York we see that these groups specialize in ambient electronic music. Nowhere is a dreamy album that takes you through its wildest moments just to drop you back into a more relaxed state. Perfect as a backdrop when trying to get something done. Some highlights on this album include the track "Abandoned District" about halfway through the song right before the vocal effects hit as well as the quiet piano that appears throughout. The closing track "About Leaving (Again)" is an amazing send off to the listener with sincere piano being the main attraction in the track. Overall I love Nowhere but I am super bummed that they removed the album. Hopefully we will see a release sometime soon. In the meantime check out the other artists of The Archives Department.
MINNESS - Luke Minness
A jazz album?! I was surprised myself but holy shit. That opening track is a doozy. An album completely composed by Luke Minness from Perth, Australia, MINNESS is an exciting invitation to get into some more jazz music. That is just what it did for me. When performing Luke takes the saxaphone which takes the lead in most of the songs. On the track "The Wright Influence" the sax pleasantly dances around, painting a picture of movement. It only gets more exciting from there as we move onto "Star Child", a grandiose song where solos are traded with the piano and the saxaphone as the rest of the band keeps the excitement at a high. "Composure" is another highlight and we get a huge sample of passionate musicianship with the solo near the end. All I can say about MINNESS is thank you. Thank you for showing me that a modern jazz album can be just the inspiration I need to really take a dive. Grab a copy of MINNESS on the Luke Minness Bandcamp store.
Reaper Tape Vol 1 - GRXM MAFIA/GRAVEYARDBOYZ
Alright, things take a turn here. From ambient electronic to smooth jazz to some loud and in your face horrorcore rap tracks from the group GRAVEYARDBOYZ. Reaper Tape Vol 1 is a collection of tracks from many different artists that align themselves with GRXM MAFIA. Each artist has their own style and some of them produce their own tracks as well. Reminiscent of BONES and $uicideboy$ we see some of the same stuff that we could get from the bigger guys but there are some unique tracks here. The track "Xenophobia" with SONKIE and HORRORLUST displays a unique use of the voice that I haven't heard yet by any artist in this scene. SONKIE comes back later with "Hollow Angel" and impresses me again. Although most of these tracks are pretty short there is a large amount of versatility among these rappers. If you are looking for that extra edge in your playlist consider these guys and what they've got going on. I am very certain we will see more from these guys in the following couple years as the genre continues to bloom but check the album out for yourself here.