Pretty old news by now seeing as it was first uploaded well over a year ago but this track/video/rap/monologue by Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist fame) deserves some serious appreciation. Unbelievably it currently has just 42,000 views on Youtube meaning that most Kool A.D. and Das Racist fans haven’t even heard it yet.
Why have I waited till now to post it? Well like lots of other Kool A.D. fans, I was quite dismayed that this nigh-on 10 minute freestyle wasn’t included in either the 51, 63 or 19 mixtapes nor released as a stand alone track. I’ve spent the best part of a year occasionally scanning the net for an mp3 of reasonable quality when suddenly it popped up on the popular music streaming service Grooveshark. You didn’t hear it from me but there is a piece of software you’ll find with a bit of Googling that works on both Windows and Mac that downloads mp3s from Grooveshark and will allow you to keep this track at the relatively glorious bitrate of 192kbps. Enjoy.
Found a way to get 320kbps or better? Please leave details in the comments.
A revisit from imagineIAM who we featured briefly back in 2009, Chad Faulk is back with a 5 track EP accompanied by his band as they reinterpret his unique, manic percussive solo style. There’s a fascinating blend of styles in this EP as Chad’s self taught approach to percussion and composing met with Carolyn Scalfano’s classical pianist background who helped carry his unclassifiable personal style to its full potential in a 5 piece band. The song Exacto Kiss is back from his earlier release Merry Go Round in a reformatted full band version with even more drive and intensity than before.
The 5 track imagineIAM EP can be purchased through bandcamp for a minimum of $5 in FLAC or MP3 320kbps (get the FLAC). You can also listen to some of the earlier imagineIAM solo tracks here.
SchnAAk are one of the most interesting acts I’ve come across for a while. The duo from Berlin, Josen Döpping and Mathias Jähnig, create an extraordinary infusion of math rock, jazz and analogue electro that is laid out in a kind of ordered chaos. Their music is largely instrumental and has evolved dramatically since their previous releases: ‘women on ships are bad luck’ a 5 track EP recorded live back in 2009 and their 2011 full length album ‘Wake up Colossus’.
There’s a stronger emphasis on electronic music in the Cool Drink Town EP through the way SchnAAk replicate electronic through analogue instruments in a similar style to Radiohead. Word on the street is that SchnAAk’s next EP, scheduled for release later in 2012, will explore this area further
Silent Rider, a downtempo producer from Brooklyn has recently released two Radiohead remixes. Both the tracks, Nude and Reckoner are taken from Radiohead’s 2007 album ‘In Rainbows’. Silent Rider has been featured on Indie Music Finds previously with the video to his track I Was a Bomb last year.
The Radiohead Remixes are being given away as free downloads through Silent Rider’s Soundcloud (see above) and through Silent Rider’s own website here.
Last Friday saw the release of O-Zi’s debut solo EP, ‘Rus Li’, an eight track collection that features some extraordinary album artwork by Vivian Ho. Rus Li opens with ‘Intro – Million Man’, a track that seems to go at a million miles an hour before slowing down to create a more lucid listing experience more reminiscent of his earlier work with Blue Belt, a Brooklyn based indie hip hop collective of which O-Zi was the founding member.
Rus Li is generously offered as a free download at 320kbps through the Blue Belt bandcamp page. You’ll also find a full 15 track self titled Blue Belt album there as a free download that was released last summer.
Indie Music Finds was started in April 2009 as a place for people to find something new. I try and keep it quite diverse so rummage around a bit and I’m sure you’ll find something you like to take away with you.
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