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Updates from the RPM Department

Greetings, KZSCers!

There’s a lot going on in the RPM department right now. We’ve been flooded with so many great releases in the past few weeks that some may have flown under your radar. Here’s a roundup of best releases has received as of late:

Tensnake – Glow: Ranging from house to disco and taking sonic queues from the likes of Disclosure and Daft Punk (even going so far as to feature Nile Rogers on a track!), Tensnake delivers 16 tracks of hip-shaking goodness for your worthy ears. I am sure it will be throughly rinsed out on KZSC’s electronic shows.

Patten – Estoile Naiant: On the more experimental, ambient side of the electronic palette, Patten has created a lush maze of sound to sink into. Using elements of drone, techno, drum and bass, and found sounds, Patten creates a deep sonic universe in which you can easily immerse yourself in.

Thomas White – Ariose EP: Built for the club, Thomas White’s Ariose EP turns up by combining trapped-out percussion and hard-hitting bass with smooth chords and range of unique samples. This is absolutely one to play loud!

I also thought I’d include one last one from up-and-coming 17-year-old producer Dolphin Tears; some classic Jersey Club:

Considered your itch for new music scratched, KZSCer’s! Until next time!

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RPM Charts – March 17th

Top 10:

1 TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
2 ILLUM SPHERE – Ghosts Of Then And Now / Ninja Tune
3 WAVE RACER – Streamers / Future Classic
4 JEROME LOL – Deleted/Fool [EP] / Friends of Friends
5 HASTA – Floral [EP] / Apothecary
6 PATTEN – Estoile Naiant / Warp
7 CASHMERE CAT – Wedding Bells [EP] / LuckyMe
8 MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune
9 ACTRESS – Ghettoville / Werkdiscs-Ninja Tune
10 PAUL BASIC – Transient Horizons / Pretty Lights

Top 5 Adds:

1 ODESZA – Sun Models / Odesza
2 DOJA CAT – “So High” [Single] / RCA
3 SAINT TIIMBRE – Power / Little Friend
4 WAVE RACER – Streamers / Future Classic
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS – Suicide Squeeze Records Presents: Forever Singles / Suicide Squeeze

Have a listen to Wave Racer’s obnoxiously catchy single, “Streamers” here:

And here’s a taste of Jerome LOL’s excellent EP:

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Upcoming Hip-Hop To Cop

 

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata (Madlib Invazion)

Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs is set to release his fourth collaborative project on March 18 with critically acclaimed producer Madlib, known primarily for his work with MF DOOM (Madvillainy) and J Dilla (Jaylib). Freddie Gibbs was originally signed to Young Jeezy’s label CTE World in 2011, but due to contract disputes Gibbs left CTE and started his own label called ESGN last year. Their previous 3 EPs Thuggin‘, Shame, and Deeper, have shown Freddie Gibbs talent to rap over Madlib’s unorthodox style of production. With Piñata, we can expect more of Gangsta Gibbs’ street-inspired rhymes.

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Kevin Gates – By Any Means (Bread Winners’ Association)

Kevin Gates will be following up a very successful 2013 with his new mixtape By Any Means, set to release March 18. The Louisiana rapper’s 2013 releases Luca Brasi Story and Stranger Than Fiction showcased his ability to incorporate the Southern rap style popularized by Master P and T.I., with very well-thought out lyricism. Kevin Gates has found much popularity in his home state, but has yet to fully break into the national spotlight. Perhaps By Any Means will be the release to change that.

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Future – Honest (Epic/Freebandz)

Future has gone from being a one hit wonder to one of the biggest names in the rap industry today. He kills the hook game. Following up his 2012 debut, Pluto, the self-described “Astronaut Kid” looks to bring more extra-terrestrial sounding, infectious rhymes on Honest, set to drop April 22. Future has already taken advantage of the rising fame by starting his own label called Freebandz, on which has signed several up and coming rappers. Future is the cousin of Rico Wade, member of Organized Noize, the producers behind countless hits by Goodie Mob, TLC, and Outkast. So it is no surprise to see a rare Andre 3000 verse featured on this. Honest also includes guest appearances by Pharrell Williams, Pusha T, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and Freebandz affiliates Young Scooter and Casino. You can play the video game accompanying his new single “Move That Dope” at  MoveThatDoh.com.

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Mid-March New Indie Rock

End of the quarter finals are facing UCSC students, including yours truly. Here are 10 new indie rock releases that will help anyone concentrate:

1. CHERRY GLAZERR – Haxel Princess
2. TACOCAT – NVM
3. HABIBI – Habibi
4. DAMAGED BUG – Hubba Bubba
5. NATURAL CHILD – Dancin’ With Wolves
6. ST. VINCENT – St. Vincent
7. PHANTOGRAM – Voices
8. REAL ESTATE – Atlas
9. BROKEN BELLS – After The Disco
10. HOLY WAVE – Relax

The new Warm Soda album is super fun garage pop awesomeness. Here’s a track from it!

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Ambrose Akinmusire Does it Again

 Ambrose Akinmusire (ah-kin-moo-sir-ee)  and his new album The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint really cooks! His second release on Blue Note records since his debut in 2011, Ambrose truly takes you on a auditory exhibition for over an hour with his emotionally-packed new compositions. Featuring collaborations with artists such as Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann and Charles Altura on several tracks, Ambrose Akinmusire continues to paint a dramatic narrative for the listener as his musical career continues to unfold and flourish.

Oakland’s own, Ambrose has received countless awards for his musicianship and compositions since beginning his career as a  jazz trumpeter. Winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in 2007, as well as the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition,  one could say Ambrose Akinmusire is one of the most decorated young musicians in the world today.

His newest album is no disappointment – Check it out as it hits the streets March 11th!

AmbroseAkinmusire_ImaginedSavior_cover Personnel on The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint:

Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet
Walter Smith: tenor sax
Sam Harris: piano, Mellowtron
Harish Raghavan: bass
Justin Brown: drums

 

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Jazz Charts – 2nd Week of March

I hope your week is going well! Is spring in the air, or is it just me? Oh well, Here’s what’s happening with Jazz @ KZSC:

Top Ten Charts:

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2 ANTON SCHWARTZ Flash Mob Antonjazz
3 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
4 TAKUYA KURODA Rising Son Blue Note
5 BEN FLOCKS Battle Mountain West Cliff
6 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
7 DANILO PEREZ Panama 500 Mack Ave.
8 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
9 HELEN SUNG Anthem For A New Day Concord
10 IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW Duocracy Kabocha

Top Adds:

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2 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope
3 PATRICK BUTLER Primemover M.M.O.S.
4 REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE Live Snakes Accurate
5 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions