The muffled shuffle of Adian Coker’s “Been There” begins with a minimal line of percussion, soon eased into a more wholesome groove of metronomic hip-hop. This sampling of the South London rapper’s impressive talents features on his latest EP, Time Out of Mind, which has already gained some traction in his native UK. Having explored a gamut of pop-music styles, Coker’s hip-hop rests comfortably in a secured space of influences pooling from both sides of the Atlantic. There is indeed a good chunk of East Coast hip-hop in his work that is essentially the tether of which the grime, dubstep and electro-funk elements are attached.
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“Nouveau Wave” collective Dead Leaf Echo released single “Lemonheart” back in September. A highly limited, clear 7” of the song quickly sold out, but “Lemonheart” can still be streamed in its lush and chiming glory via Soundcloud.
“Lemonheart”’s b-side, “Sunlessoul”, is more somber, the setting sun to “Lemonheart’s” daybreak. It’s a lucid meditation that gives way to a beautiful coda, with guitarist / keyboardist Ana B’s backing vocals working in gorgeous contrast to frontman LG’s dreamy delivery.
Autodrone last released a full length in 2008, when debut Strike a Match turned heads thanks to a heavy shoegaze palette and powerful live shows. The band’s latest offering, This Sea Is Killing Me, paints in darker hues while also playing up the band’s way with contrasting keyboard lines and atmospheric guitars that cascade over Katherine Kennedy’s vocals. Songs like “Exit Ghost” bring to mind misty graveyards on moonlit nights and pack plenty of eerie fall thrills.
My first time seeing Brooklyn heavy psych trio the Yin Yangs remains present in my mind over a year after the fact, which is something that cannot always be said for any rising act throughout the borough. I happened to be aimlessly drinking in the back of popular Bushwick venue Palisades when it happened. The Yin Yangs took the stage with a Stan Brakhage film as their backdrop and proceeded to play with enough intensity, volume and visual stimulus to encompass the entire room. They have been a live favorite ever since.