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THIRD SIGHT: AN ORAL HISTORY OF RAP’S MOST RELUCTANT LONGSHOTS

By The Crew At NERDTORIOUS.COM Iconoclastic rap group Third Sight has stealthily built a resume over the last two decades as one of the more prolific and consistent backpack-style acts left. They have effectively outlived the two genres with which they were initially associated— Underground Hip-Hop and Turntablism. By staying true to their core aesthetic, [...]

By | 2017-02-23T04:55:11+00:00 02/23/2017|News|0 Comments

El Michels Affair “Tearz” b/w “Verbal Intercourse” Big Crown 2017

For a live instrumental take, "Tearz" sounds remarkably like a pastiche of other songs-- that's  because in many ways, it is. Brooklyn's El Michel's Affair, the house band behind Truth & Soul Records, has been quietly releasing effusive, Wu-Tang inspired instrumentals for a few years (past ones include "4th Chamber" and "C.R.E.A.M.", all of which [...]

By | 2017-02-14T08:19:16+00:00 02/14/2017|News|0 Comments

Crystal Castles – Amnesty LP

Crystal Castles' fourth studio album, "Amnesty", sees the departure of Alice Glass and the arrival of mysterious new frontwoman Edith Frances. Many, including myself, wondered if they could even exist without their beloved original singer. I was hesitant, but right when I heard “Amnesty” that doubt was erased. Ediths vocals over Kaths’ heavy drum programming [...]

By | 2017-02-14T08:58:43+00:00 02/10/2017|News|0 Comments

Will Sprott – Vortex Numbers

Former frontman/songwriter of Bay Area based ramshackle indie soul folk outfit The Mumlers, Will Sprott goes out on his own to create another eclectically styled release with “Vortex Numbers.” Part surf, garage-y caveman stompers infused with reflective yet surreal fingerpicked somber ballads combined with Sprott’s soulful throwbacks, this record sprawls yet remains a cohesive voice. [...]

By | 2017-02-04T06:43:24+00:00 01/26/2017|News|0 Comments