Friday, November 30, 2012

The Week in Fresh Tracks [Jota Ese, Lylas, Hobbledeions, Patrick Baker, Skoolgirl]

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

We of the Cream are currently slaving away to bring you next week's Scene cover package — it's our annual "Year in Music" issue, so prepare yourselves, chumps. But between compiling our favorite local albums and recapping all the kooky shit that went down in 2012, I managed to hunt down a handful of fresh tracks. It's an eclectic mix, from the laid-back hip-hop of Jota Ese and the electronic experimenting of Hobbledeions and Skoolgirl to some seasonal tunes from folksters Lylas and unctuous electro-pop from Patrick Baker and his European cohorts Hot Hot Hawk. Follow me below to check it out. Peruse past weeks in fresh tracks here, and as always, drop a line to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com if you have some noise you'd like to share.

Jota Ese, Jota esAIDS or: The Devil You Know

The one and only Jota is back with another of his chilled-out, lo-fi hip-hop tapes. This one — once again coming to us via Day Old Records — is charmingly titled Jota esAIDS or: The Devil You Know and features 15 tracks of stony old soul samples and head-bobbing grooves. The standout for me is the Fiona Apple-sampling "xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxx" (yes, all of the track titles look like that). As with JE's Who's Pimpin' Who?, there's even an extended video to accompany the tape. Watch that after the jump, or stream the tape above. Better yet, download the whole thing for free at Day Old's Bandcamp page or via Mediafire.

Lylas, Xmas Xiss

As noted by We Own This Town, Lylas' four-song Christmas collection Xmas Xiss was actually released back in 2006 in a very limited run, but the local folk outfit has now made the EP digitally available for the first time ever. Recorded by Loney Hutchins at his Teacher's Lounge, Xmas Xiss is indeed sweetly festive and as warm a holiday mood-setter as any mid-tempo, acoustic collection you're likely to find this time of year. Stream it above or buy it for $5 over at Lylas' Bandcamp page.

Hobbledeions, "Hovering"

Prolific local drummer (Lambchop, Cortney Tidwell, KORT) and experimentalist Scott Martin is back with another tune via his electronic project Hobbledeions. This one is called "Hovering" — a suitable title, I'd say. Stream it above or download it at Hobbledeions' Soundcloud page.

Hot Hot Hawk feat. Patrick Baker, "Electric Touch"

Not to be confused with Hot Hot Heat, Hot Hot Hawk is a Russian duo that makes "post-Italo, rapid-fire electronic soundtracks." They teamed with local electronic artist Patrick Baker — known for his smooth, '80s-evoking synth-pop tracks — to make this ... well, smooth, '80s-evoking synth-pop track. Glistening, gilded, Euro-style electro-pop. Sink your teeth in above or via Soundcloud.

Skoolgirl, "Q+A"

A hat-tip is once again owed to WOTT, who brought to my attention this Star Trek TNG-sampling dose of far-out, experimental noisegaze. Truly more a sound collage than what you might call a "tune" or certainly a "song," Skoolgirl's "Q+A" pulls heavily from the Trek episode "Deja Q." Nerds, nerd out. Non-nerds, please don't pummel the rest of us. Stream it above or download it for free via Skoolgirl's Bandcamp page.

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