Thursday, June 26, 2014

"The Eighth Tower" - Algorhythms

Algorhythms return from the cosmic desert with something very different from their first EP (which is now available in a Turquoise Tape edition) -- "The Eighth Tower" is stark & forboding piece of work from this Boston-based psychedelic rap duo.

The somewhat baffling submission copy goes as follows:

The Eighth Tower is a skeleton key to EELRIJUE, a cross-section of the themes and characters involved in this forboding lucid dreamscape. The shifting perspectives are designed to get the listener acclimated to perceiving the superspectrum with minimal discomfort.

This could also be considered a diss track to Stephen Greer and his Disclosure cult.


"Keel" is definitely John Keel, a UFOlogist and paranormal researcher from an era where people really did research in that field, as opposed to arguing about internet hoaxes. His long-lost cult classic The Eighth Tower has recently been republished, and the "Superspectrum" is the core hypothesis of that sprawling, confusing book. Some cursory internet digging unearthed the following passage...

John Keel: "This is a hypothetical spectrum of energies that are known to exist but that cannot be accurately measured with present-day instruments. It is a shadowy world of energies that produce well-observed effects, particularly on biological organisms (namely people). This superspectrum is the source of all paranormal manifestations from extrasensory perception (ESP) to flying saucers, little green men and tall, hairy monsters. It is hard to pin down scientifically because it is extradimensional, meaning that it exists outside our own space-time continuum yet influences every thing within our reality.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Destroyer of All Things" - FDR

New music from Godforbid & Thirtyseven, who are currently collaborating as FDR -- "Fear of Death and the need for Reproduction," not Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- and occupying the roster of World Around Records. This first single is a messy meditation on the entropy eating at the edges of our lives. The beat is courtesy of World Around director Louis Mackey, and long-time readers of Psychedelic Hip Hop may recognize the beat from Lou's previous instrumental EP of the same name.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Branches & Bells" - Dr. Quandary

Potholes In My Blog released their second instrumental compilation last week, and we were excited to see it included a new beat from Boston-based producer Dr. Quandary. Check out his lush, dreamy contribution, Branches & Bells:

The compilation features some other excellent moments of psychedelic swag from producers like Skywlkr, F.olk, Falside and Keor Meteor. If you dig it, you can download it for free over at Potholes In My Blog.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Psychedelic Highlights of "We Are World Around Vol. 2"

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Fresh compilation from World Around Records featuring some gorgeous-ass instrumental work. We present a short guided tour for the discerning heads...artwork courtesy of The Memetic Supply Co.

1. Chants - Bone China

Chants is a drummer/producer from Madison, WI and we were blown away by this submission. Lush, complex and funky as fuck.

2. Dr. Quandary - Last Syllable (Suplington Remix)

Dr. Quandary made a strong showing on this compilation and this sideways remix from Suplington is a great headphone trip.

3. Man Mantis - plexippus

Most producers would have made at least 5 different tracks out of this, but Man Mantis is a beautiful mutant. Fractally packed with ideas and angles on an upbeat vocal sample, this is allegedly a taste of what to expect from his next album.

4. Naturetone - Take a Look

Naturetone is a another World Around producer working on a follow-up album. If you haven't checked out his previous journey, Nihon, get familiar this winter.

5. Louis Mackey - Lots of Lip

Wrap it up with some classic Louis Mackey shit. If you're digging that, we recommend Destroyer of All Things.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

American Style Cardboard = "Sodapop & Bubblegum"

Blistering. Godforbid and Thirtyseven swapping verses about growing up in the American wastelands. Doc Delay fusing Run DMC with dubsteppery and obliterating your sound system.

Get familiar: here's a great interview with Doc Delay from the Berlin magazine LoDown.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rittz - "White Jesus"

I mean...Holy Fuck. People might mock this video for cheese content, but the fractal detail and intensity of the vision makes this exceptional grade shit. It's been done before, but never executed in such lushly schizophrenic style. Also helps that the song itself is drug worthy. Rittz is definitely one of the dopest fast rappers of all time just off his existing catalog, as long as we all understand that nobody is touching E-40. Whalam.

Video was directed by Yelawolf. Dig that.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Everything, Everywhere, Always" - Louis Mackey

Louis Mackey has had a busy damn year. Starting off with the release of his epic concept album The Dioscuri, Lou's had a prolific 2011 behind the mic and as a producer. Both sides got a chance to shine on his summer release, No Humans Allowed. He's currently working on several albums and a sequel to his hit instrumental EP, Destroyer of All Things.

Today, Louis Mackey wraps up 2011 with a lush, chilled-out instrumental - "Everything, Everywhere, Always."

Louis Mackey - Everything, Everywhere, Always by World Around Records

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Humpasaur Jones - "Jeddore Premium Flow"

Humpasaur Jones - Jeddore Premium Flow

Hump Jones: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Bandcamp

party people in the place put your hands in the air
leave your drinks on the stage and your pants over there
all the ladies in the house, put your hands in my hair
and your feet on my chest as we stand on this chair
party people in the is the time
to get into the groove and straight out of your mind
party people blah BLAH blah, gather round the rapper now
mushrooms are kicking in, had about a half an ounce
cold killing it, tracking down a classic sound
your girls a problem, though, tragic how she’s acting out
used to love to party, I did a one eighty
the way I see these young ladies getting drunk lately
ridiculous, man...I’m all about drinking, but damn,
she’s having a seizure and pissing her pants
I’m not calling it wrong, I understand it, but dude,
I am calling her Mom and an ambulance too
the dopest at it...been flowing total madness
from broken prophylactic to floating open casket
the show is classic...all photographic flashes
closing act is asking “we’re going after THAT shit?”
...drunk and stoned and then conduct the whole symphony
I’m slick enough to switch it up without switching beats
I’m big enough to listen up when my critics speak
I see your point but I just see it kinda different, see?
skinny jeans, shitty beats, rap show misery
promoter said it’s not an open bar, it is for me
the venue says we’re starting late, I kinda disagree-
it’s bad enough you motherfuckers give MCs chicken feed

flow whiter than most, a ghostwriter for pros
but won’t bite for the dough, I’m nice and I know it
nine dimensional, certified live professional
hired spectacle, fist fighting with poets
live life in the moment, spit twice as devoted
as the average rapper whiz kid biting for bonus points
...wait a minute, hold this joint, light or roach it
but this is my world and I don’t like where it’s going...

...I don’t know much I don’t already know lately
I been to the future and the past looked crazy
walk onstage and get paid like a late fee
suckers say I’m simple but they never say they hate me

nerd rap if I need to, Christian rapper for money,
backpacking and cheap food, I did travel the country
work back in the green room, spit ragged and rusty
last act was complete proof that shitty actors are funny
...lost the locals, they don’t love me no more
but see I’m here to start a riot just cuz fuck it, I’m bored
dude, dudes dumber than you have done it before
and see you’re dumber than me, so trust in the force
but stop talking to me, I do not want to emcee
problem is, I’ve always got God watching me breathe
it’s costing me sleep .. went to talk to a priest
but see I recognized his face now he’s rotting in peace
and your mom is a freak for DJ Squid’s chocolate beats
he’s in her spot as we speak...shot a dot com on her sheets
watch it and weep, another hot, erotic EP
my name is hump jones, proud vermonter and freak
YO HUMP JONES...yeah, I’m listening man
cuz I don’t really have a habit, I just drink for my fans
YO HUMP JONES...shit yeah that’s me
getting paid to black out on big badass beats

shout outs to the rich kids who bow down to their privelege
the perks in the package, the townhouse in the village
big ups to the waitstaff, tip cups and name tags
doctor gonzo shots, fist up, straight back
shout out to reporters, you’re prostitutes and liars
except for maybe 4 of you and all of them got fired
big ups to the cops in the back of the club
dude, I know you’re not a’re just acting like one
because you’re dressing like one, that shit gets your head
and yeah I guess what I said could probably get me arrested
shouts to the bartenders...this drink is a joke
it’s like I paid eight bucks for you to piss in my throat
big ups to the sound guy...for sucking at life
I know, adjusting it right is really tough with one mic

put your hands in the air if your parents are scared
and just move ‘em around if you’re in tune with the crowd
go drink a pitcher or three until you’re hitting your knees
then buy a shot for the bar and try to walk to your car like
YO HUMP JONES...yeah, I’m listening baby
cuz I care, even if you don’t really give a shit lately
YO HUMP JONES...shit yeah that’s me
getting paid to black out on big badass beats

nobody ever quits rapping, they just quit drugs
and I can’t quit drugs unless I quit rapping, shit sucks
nobody ever gets a verse from a clever nerd that
tries to measure up to master rappers that you never heard of
nobody’s gonna see another weak drunk emcee
who cannot compete, compare or come and fuck with me
and nobody’s gonna need another MP3
for a steady week while this friendly message gets repeated

Friday, November 11, 2011

Daimyo - "Experimentations"

Since his World Around debut EP, Daimyo has been focusing on his growth as a musician. While he continues to slow cook and perfect his album, he's offering this collection of experimentations: ranging from blast beats to jazz breaks, composed on everything from MPC's to Nintendo DS to actual studio sessions. Daimyo is an Albany-based artist and he's exactly the kind of adventurous, deep-rooted music that Psychedelic Hip Hop exists to promote...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dr. Quandary & Louis Mackey - "White Nights & Black Days"

A short, powerful collaboration project from two Boston-based producers. This is perfect work music.

Monday, June 6, 2011

"Funeral Groupies" - Humpasaur Jones

Wow. This track is heavy.

From the Hump Jones blog: "this song is the beating heart of our approach to love songs. We wanted to take a holographic approach, not so much a concept album...more of an LSD trip than a movie."

For those of you just getting tuned into Humpasaur Jones, this is the third leak from Breakup Music. The first was the title track (exclusive to Potholes) and the second was the Louis Mackey collaboration, "Old Fashioned Love Song." All in all, it looks like Breakup Music will be a serious piece of work, and a total transformation from the loose party vibe of Keep it Moist.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wombaticus Rex - Minimum Wage (Video)

Stoned Sunday inbox treats from World Around Records:

Apparently there's a lot more videos on the way. This was directed and produced by the World Around Records sound engineer, Custom aka Nick Williams. This is the same "Custom" who produced the recent Algorhythms track, "Open Ended," and he's clearly just as talented with video work as he is with pro audio engineering. Anyone who has partied at Bennington College will probably recognize the stairway in this video...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Prolyphic with Wombaticus Rex and the Earegulars

"Yet another reason to contemplate driving to Vermont." - Chuang-Tzu

Strange Famous is home to a lot of under-rated rappers, but Prolyphic might be my favorite. I know I'm not the only head who thinks that The Ugly Truth was ignored for no good reason. Club Metronome will be hosting a long, quality night of thoughtful hip hop on May 25th, a Wednesday, hosted by the ambitious Oh-J Fresh.

Prolyphic| Wombaticus Rex | Club Metronome | May 25th

In addition to Prolyphic's headlining set, Metronome will be featuring Aleck Woog, Wombaticus Rex, and Vermont group The Earegulars will be releasing their debut album, The Seed EP. I have gotten a lot of replay out of their lead single, What to Believe:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Louis Mackey & Thirtyseven - "No Humans Allowed"

This album was brutal. As expected.

Louis Mackey & Thirtyseven | No Humans Allowed

Based on my first listen, my favorite cuts so far are Not of This Earth and Good Night, America. I'm also going to have the beat to Big Ups From Carbondale in my head for, oh, the rest of my life. This is one of the most professional sounding albums from World Around yet. So far in 2011, they've dropped an awesome EP from Zilla Rocca and two completely amazing releases from Man Mantis. It is always good to see a team you're rooting for succeed.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bennington Sunfest - May 7th, 2011

World Around Records is on the bill for this. Apparently it's not the entire roster, just Dr. Quandary, Louis Mackey and Humpasaur Jones. Which is good because if it was the entire roster, I'd have to drive to Vermont.

The real reason I'm posting this, though? Because the poster artwork was simply incredible:

Bennington Sunfest | World Around Records

Saturday, April 30, 2011

DJ Squid - The Ballad of Randy Tibbs

Inbox insanity from DJ Squid. This guy always toes the line between bizzare/sloppy and polished genius. Who knows if this will ever result in an album or EP or beat tape or what. Definitely the weirdest rap coming out of Gary, Indiana.

Via: Hump Jones

HJ: Do you make more money off smuggling import vinyl, selling mushrooms, or hustling beats?

DJ Squid: Frankly, the illicit trade of import vinyl is dying out at an alarming rate. I used to make $15,000 a year off of Isaan Ragi records and limited-run Japanese Patti LaBelle picture discs alone, but after the joint INTERPOL/CIA crackdown in Copenhagen back in 2003 a lot of the major players have decided to leave the stage and invest elsewhere. Now I’d be lucky to make $6,000 off of that same deal. When you take into consideration the fact that you’ll have to spend at least half that on bribes to even get the shipment into the country, it just doesn’t seem worth it. The only reason I continue is because it’s something I’m passionate about, and more importantly it’s something I’m good at.

Since the only person I really hustle beats to aside from Aaron Carter is your broke ass, I’d say it’s safe to assume most of my yearly income could be attributed to the sale of mushrooms. By the way, I got that quap you wanted, you can come through and scoop it tomorrow if you want.