Monokle’s ‘Rings’ LP joins house & ambient textures

Russian producer — and graduated psychologist —Vlad Kudryavtsev aka Monokle realizes that his home country might not be the epicenter of electronic music but lucky for him, German label Ki Records likes to spread out it’s ears worldwide searching for unique music and producers. That’s how it happened back in 2012, when he released his critically acclaimed Ki Records debut Saints. Marked by distinct influence from his upbringing on early IDM and glitch releases on Warp Records, he was established his voice by weaving in element of ambient and drone for a truly singular debut. Continue reading

Fedd Up – Dark Days EP Review

Lancaster, Ohio’s Fedd Up have released their Dark Days EP, providing listeners with a great introduction to this hard, sludgy rock act. Wild Flower is a track that builds off of Soundgarden, Animosity-era Corrosion of Conformity, and Kyuss. The charismatic vocals link up nicely with the guttural intensity of the guitars and punchy, on-point vocals. This introductory single hits on all cylinders, ensuring that listeners are on the edges of their seats; an immaculate production allows the constituent elements the ability to shine alone or as a unitary effort. Continue reading

Exit 4 American Trippel (Flying Fish Brewing)

Exit 4 American Trippel is a complex effort that pours with a clear golden color and a good amount of white head that laces itself down the glass. The beer has a small amount of sweet and malt that can be discerned from its nose, while the first sip links together grain, malt, bananas, and figs before a stronger alcohol burn sneaks its way in. The Exit 4 is well-balanced and holds up to reaching room temperature well with a small shift in the overall flavors present. The grain elements fade into the periphery as the citrus and Belgian candi sugar flavors increase; Exit 4’s drinkability increases considerably through the intricate web of tastes that reach one’s tongue; while one may only need one or two bottles to complete a night, the beer stays interesting through the whole night. Continue reading

Prime Perseverance Single Review

Long Beach California’s own Prime has just released his latest effort, Perseverance. The track immediately will capture listeners’ attentions, as one can hear hints of Jay Electronica and The Game with bits of early “The College Dropout”-era Kanye West, during Perseverance, Prime is able to create a rapid flow that works perfectly with the J. Dilla-inspired backing beat. The rising synths that play in the background allow Prime’s raps to shine. The best thing about this track is the dense and detailed flow that Prime lays out; the narrative that is established during this single will have listeners play the track back to back a number of time. Continue reading