This week, SMKA announced the names of half of the artists who will appear on The 808 Experiment: Vol. 3, while leaking the first look and listen at what this year's compilation has in store.
For those who are unfamiliar, The 808 Experiment is an annual compilation featuring songs by local and national emerging hip-hop acts produced by SMKA. The previous two volumes covered a pretty broad scope of artists, and Vol. 3 expands the roster with a track list that boasts nearly 40 artists coming together under the wings of producer 808 Blake.
The first song from Vol. 3 to hit the Web is an electrified post-trap number called "Live My Life" by Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., rapper Laws and Durham, N.C.'s Thee Tom Hardy. A new song from the compilation will be leaked each week until the album drops in April.
A roll call of half of the artists involved with The 808 Experiment: Vol. 3 includes: Aleon Craft, Bobby Creekwater, Casey Veggies, Sam Dew (of Cloudeater), DaVinci, Freddie Gibbs, Goines, Grip Plyaz, Jack Preston, Jarren Benton, Mike Schpitz, Phil Ade, PRGz, Rittz, Skewby, STS, XO (of Diamond District), Young Lyxx and Young Scolla.
Dubstep, hip-hop and otherwise electro label Abstract Logic Recordings has three new remixes of label owner Charlie P.'s "Do You Feel Real" posted to promote a remix compilation due this month. Dan Wall, Taste Tester and Ryan Noise all take turns deconstructing the song's bass-heavy grooves, each giving it a hardcore makeover.
Black Lips' sixth proper album will be titled Arabia Mountain, and should be landing on record store shelves by June 7. Nerd Parade's new album, Daylight Saving Time, is out now after a long gestation period during which time the group oversaw every step of the record, including recording the songs, mastering and creating the album's artwork. Head over to CLCribnotes.com to download the "Pity Party" b/w "Pictures & Numbers" single.
Athens/Atlanta twee-pop delegates Casper & the Cookies have raided their own archives to put together a collection of what they call "lesser-released" songs, which encompasses everything from compilation appearances, 7-inches, tour-only CDRs and previously unreleased material. The album, titled Ice Mattress, takes shape as a mixed bag of low-fi experimentation and generally weird pop flotsam that doesn't really fit anywhere else in the C&tC catalogue, but still shows off an interesting and somewhat intimate side of the group's songwriting. It's not so much a jam for the masses, but a treasure trove of songs for fans and adventurous listeners, and it's available as a free download (although donations are accepted). Google it and you'll find it.
Speakeasy Promotions and DJ Grizzly are working together to release the first installment of what will become a series of monthly mixtapes featuring music from shows that Speakeasy is pushing. Promoter Brannon Boyle picks out songs by bands that he has booked, and Grizzly weaves them together. The first edition will feature music by Paten Locke, Awol One, Moon Duo, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, A. Grimes, 4-Ize, the Ruination, Clan Destined and more.
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