Little Boots

THERE’S SUCH A THING AS NOSAJ THING
November 25, 2015 8:28 am

The West Coast’s hip-hop cannon has had an undeniably pervasive imprint on modern underground music. Variety, as they say, is the spice of life.  The G-Funk of Dr. Dre’s Death Row counterpoints with the esoteric heady vibes of Madlib’s Stones Throw. ‘Glitch-Hop’ is the latest  flavor of LA’s eclectic beat-driven stew: a cathartic fusion of bop jazz, funk, disco, and sci-fi theatrics converge seamlessly via laptop sampling tools.

LA-native Nosaj Thing is the intergalactic space capsule by which Jason Chung vacuum-sucks you through your earphones and warp drives you into deep space. Nosaj Thing crafts sharp-edged jolts from the conclaves of empty pockets that fill the corners of your room. He has produced tracks for Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, and Chance The Rapper. He’s remixed an even wider bandwidth of artists including: Portishead, Little Boots, and The XX.

However, This dark matter auteur’s best work is found locked within his full-length records. his palate of sounds is highly varied: Drift was released via Alpha Pup Records in 2009—a label that is also closely related to fellow glitch-hop-innovator Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder henchmen. Drift has been described as a domestic standout of the early dubstep wave; a breathing document of disjointed hiss, cracks, snaps, fluctuations, and bass warbles highly reminiscent of Burial’s Untrue. Home via Innovative Leisure/Timetable continued down the same vein but featured a handful of guests: Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino contributed vocals on “Eclipse/Blue” and fellow J Dilla acolyte Toro Y Moi jumped in on “Try“.  Nosaj Thing’s most recent outing, Fated, came out this past May, again on Innovative Leisure / Timetable, and featured slightly softened edges and layers of dark ambient noise and deep throbbing bass that encapsulate you in a black hole of blissful noise–notable tracks include “Cold Stared” (below) which features Chicago up-and-comer Chance the Rapper.

Fair warning: don a pair of decent pair of earphones and there is high risk of being sucked into Chung’s infectious headspace: it’s a deep rabbit hole to jump into on a whim, but this is music that exists for the audiophile junkies and crate-diggers searching for something completely new and out-worldly. Bon Voyage.

PRINZE GEORGE: HOTTEST BAND OF THE SUMMER
July 26, 2015 1:45 pm

Prinze George is definitely a band you are going to want to check out while you can still afford the tickets to see them. This electro-pop group had their debut show in New York merely a year ago and have already embarked on an ambitious tour playing with bands like Walk The Moon and at last month’s Firefly Festival. The band is currently on tour supporting Little Boots, and I got the chance to check them out at Bowery Ballroom.

Vocalist Naomi Almquist has a vocal presentation similar to one Lana Del Rey may have had two mental breakdowns and 200 cigarettes ago. Her voice has great depth and very apparent soul, but she doesn’t knock you down with it. Naomi has very powerful elements in her performance but what makes Prinze George so great is the balanced give and take between its very talented members. Keyboardist and bassist Kenny Grimm’s influence keeps the songs light with infectious melodies.

The band has a winning formula; unbeatable melodies, charisma, and clever, poetic lyricism. Their breakout single “Victor,” which has over a gazillion plays on SoundCloud, has received so many accolades in the indie music blogosphere it seems impossible to write about them without mentioning it. “Victor” really is a perfect song, unforgettable chorus and disco inspired drums.

Dressed all in white, each of the band members connect with each other and have incredible energy. Drummer Isabelle De Leon absolutely stole the show when she came out from behind the drums to play synth on the closing song of the set. Her energy and performance lifted the entire quality of the show. Her dance moves were so adorable they left the entire audience smiling from ear to ear. In addition to their musicality and songwriting prowess, Prinze George puts on an amazing show. The band taps in to something amazing, even greater than their inevitable indie-pop stardom.

Written by Alessandra Licul