Jowin - “Cosplay Girl Rebloom” (Starring Kana Katana)
The remixed sequel to Jowin’s acclaimed single “Cosplay Girl” gets a proper visual starring the newest cast member of his Weekend Cartunes YouTube channel, cosplayer Kana Katana. Plue Starfox’s buttery-smooth beat and the video’s depiction of a photoshoot/date provides a great backdrop for Jowin’s tale of self-identity and escapism. The Cowboy Bebop-influenced animations during the choruses also add a nice touch. Jowin’s Project: Rebloom EP is out now.
Plue Starfox - “A D A Wong”
Acclaimed New Orleans producer Plue Starfox makes his debut as a rapper with a new self-produced track, “A D A Wong”. While it might sound like an easy feat to some, it is very rare to hear producers harness their own individual voices since they work with so many others, but Plue accomplishes this almost effortlessly with a clear understanding of his ethereal style of production. His raps sound like his beats, as weird as that sounds. Anime references are all over this joint, but where most Anime-influenced rappers use this approach to very corny results, Plue and his menacing vocal presence take this to another level, much in the same vein of Miami Anime-influenced rapper Robb Bank$ but more overwhelming. Looking forward to hearing Plue’s progression as an emcee.
Best Of 2012:
Witch-House.com presents: A Tribute To Katsuhiro Otomo’s アキラ
Happy New Year! We’re still at it with our Best Of 2012 series as there was way too much good music released last year, so expect us to finish up the several posts we got lined up this week.
In 2012, we were introduced to the mysterious UK-based collective known as Witch-House. From what we can understand, this crew is filled with forward-thinking beatmakers (with weird names that have all sorts of different characters in them) who essentially form a production team that can do things like score a specific concept. Their compilation album アキラ is an homage to the legendary Anime film Akira filled with samples from the film along with aural re-interpretations of certain scenes. Definitely one of the most memorable instrumental albums of the year, and I would love to hear this collective score actual films in the future.
Bugseed - Critical Moment EP
Los Angeles independent beat label Huh What & Where Recordings has been reaching out to many artists lately from all corners of the globe. Their latest release is by an old friend of ours, Tokyo, JPN-based producer Bugseed, who infamously got beat-jacked and un-credited by Wiz Khalifa this year for “Nameless” off his Taylor Allerdice mixtape (I really hope that got settled privately). Critical Moment is more of Bugseed’s mastery of futuristic boom bap and a test of the waters for his upcoming full length album set to release next year via HW&W.
Tia Nomore - “Kapootan (Hate)” (prod. MustardSeed)
Bay Area emcee Tia Nomore continues her string of distinct singles with the minimalistic “Kapootan (Hate)” over a drastically different side of production by MustardSeed. Despite the track being just a single verse, there are quotable catch phrases all over this joint. Add “Robitussin Roxanne” to Tia’s growing list of aliases.
Curbside Jones - “Get Away!”
New free (*hint for you rappers) instrumental heat for the instrumental skreets courtesy of Austin, TX emcee/producer Curbside Jones. Stay tuned as Snorlax Jack is currently working on the fully remastered deluxe edition of his critically acclaimed album The Cherry Blossom Effect: Endless Dream Theory.
Luve Proper - LuveDisc
When New Orleans producer Plue Starfox feels like getting experimental and fully embraces his otaku side, he transforms into his alter ego, Luve Proper (hence his twitter handle @StarfoxProper which was coined by yours truly). The acclaimed Midnight Kids Academy beatsmith takes his alternate style to new levels on his new project LuveDisc. Constructed as “a soundtrack to a RPG from the 90’s in space”, these beats are incredibly visual. Despite having Plue’s knack for dope loops, there are sparks of progressively moving tracks scattered throughout, making LuveDisc a pleasure to listen to with or without vocal assistance. Speaking of vocals, expect a deluxe version of LuveDisc to drop soon with featured artists on some of these beats.
Ethereal - “I Didn’t Mean 2 Creep (Reso)”
Presentation game immaculate. Atlanta producer Ethereal is currently prepping his next project titled Car Therapy set to drop this Fall. Here’s the first single “I Didn’t Mean 2 Creep (Reso)” featuring a really clutch screen capture of Sailor Moon as the artwork. Remember, visuals are powerful. From the looks of it, Car Therapy will definitely be some beats to ride around and get it to, in a chill way.
tofubeats - “水星 (suisei)”
Switching things up a bit: new single “水星 (suisei)” (Mercury) by Kobe City, Japan-based producer tofubeats. Not really a big fan of auto-tune but this song makes it work very well. The 90’s synths combined with the very funky r&b vocals of Onomatope Daijin and Siera Kariya make this one of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard. Single features boy and girl perspectives/variations of the same track along with extended mixes, instrumental and accapella. Enjoy! S/O to Summerbreeze who dropped an article featuring more selections by tofubeats. Click here to check it out
A Tribute To Katsuhiro Otomo’s アキラ
Experimental music collective Witch-House pays tribute to the iconic anime film AKIRA with this compilation of tracks and remixes inspired from the original soundtrack. Fans of anime and off-kilter beats, pick this up. Some wild sounds in this joint courtesy of the talented Witch-House roster. S/O Summerbreeze1!