The ten best things we heard in June.
From Crookers and Snails, to Open Hearts and Horrors: we’ve got the playlist for your summer nights (or nightmares) covered. Herewith, 30 days in 10 downloads, spanning electronic, punk, hip hop and classic rock.
Ho99o9 (pronounced “horror”) are punk rock’s unholy heirs: unsettling, uncompromising, the stuff that sticks in your head but also haunts your nightmares. In late 2014, the duo rose to acclaim with a brief, discordant collection of tracks (Mutant Freax) and bone-crushing live performances.Horrors of 1999, released June 9th via FAMILY, marks Ho99o9’s first official EP. Listen with the lights on.
Described by Pitchfork as “one of the more promising examples of an ongoing cross-pollination between the club and “the club,” Italian DJ Crookerscements his status as a production powerhouse with the release of his latest album Sixteen Chapel (Dim Mak). Download the Bundle to unlock “I Just Can’t” and “Dangerous” remixes, music videos, art and more.
Your summertime playlist, you’re welcome. Cool off poolside with new stuff and eight tracks from New Beat Fund.
Snails first emerged in the Montreal electronic scene in the early 2010’s, taking over dancefloors with head-knocking trap rhythm, grimey bass, and extreme drops. Since then, Snails has collaborated with some of electronic’s leading producers (Antiserum, heRobust, Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack Ü to namedrop just a few), crystallizing a sonic movement along the way (vomitstep). Grab #FREETHEVOMIT for the new EP plus a curated collection of Snails tracks from Kannibalen and OWSLA.
Alex Beckmann spent the last four years on the road; the driving pulse behind Brooklyn’s Snowmine, a band who came up on collective, cinematic synth nostalgia. On his own, as MMBLR, he began exploring something more spare: murmured lyrics and the orchestration of environmental sound. MMBLR’s debut EP We Are One (Safari Riot) is a moody, layered examination of ambient sound and isolation. Listen up.
Lunar C found underground acclaim trading verses and fighting words in the UK battle scene, with more than a million people tuning in to his sets on YouTube. In 2012, the rapper hung up his gloves, and exited the stage; we thought, maybe, for good. This year, Lunar came back to battle rap, destroying O Shea at a sold-out Ministry of Sound. To mark his return, we’re sharing Breakdown Rebuild: sixteen new tracks of grime and grim wit.
The Bay Area wordsmith drops an exclusive live album as a pay-what-you-want project. Caution: ultra-fast bars, pop culture punch lines and provocative hooks ahead.