AUDIOMUTANT: King Rhythm, Cars & Trains, Dem Atlas, more
- by Señor Editor, 7 March 2014
We haven’t done this in a long while, so welcome back to AUDIOMUTANT, Trash Mutant’s ‘music digest’ feature, as digested by yours truly. Today is a shorter, but action-packed edition: we got an album review, new singles and new artists, a video and a bunch of news, so let’s get right to it, baby doll.
REVIEW: KING RHYTHM – “ROCK STAR DEMENTIA”
For a website that’s only partially dedicated to music, we get a whole lot of random music submissions. Albums, singles, videos – you name it. As it tends to be in life, most of it is either awful, bad or various degrees of “not quite there yet”. But it’s not always like that. Sometimes you get surprised by a video of a thin dude rapping in a David Bowie mask (below).
The troubled lives of rock stars are not the only theme present in the lyrics of this very short album. Another one relates to Yaker’s own experiences taking care of his mother, who developed Alzheimer’s disease. The feeling of isolation is what connects the two themes.
It’s the production on this album that first made me give it a chance. It sounds real good, the samples are used very cleverly (it’s not a copy/paste job by any means) and the songs really carry that classic rock style, while at the same time sounding completely fresh and new. The instrumental “Food Chain” and the song “Fucked Up Game” are both good examples, and among the best tracks on the "Rock Star Dementia".
As a vocalist, Yaker has an okay voice and it fits well with most songs here. He sounds a little blasé on some tracks, and a little slow... like he just got out from a crazy party in the 70s, actually, though that seems most appropriate. All the mannerisms present in his vocals make it kind of impossible to say if he’s a good rapper in the traditional sense or not. When I hear somebody rhyming in a very specific style, I tend to wonder if it’s completely by choice or whether its there to mask some flaws in their rapping, vocals or voice. But hey, I’m weird and you may not care at all.
Final verdict: this is not bad stuff, with some good moments and nice production. It certainly has character, a lot of people may be into it and King Rhythm seems to have some potential, so give the album a listen, it’s free.
SINGLE: CARS & TRAINS – “HISTORY OF THE NIGHT”
Tom Filepp, better known as the Portland folk/electronic artist cars & trains, just released a brand new 3-track single, titled “History of the Night” (free download). You can and should listen to the instrumental title track below. The single also features "Grass Grows Through Sidewalk Cracks", which you may know as the beat to Sole's "My Veganism" from last year's "No Wising Up, No Settling Down." It was one of my favorite pieces of production on that record, and I'm glad that it's included here.
In addition to dropping the new single, cars & trains’ first album, 2007’s “Rusty String” is being released on wax this June. If you never heard it, it’s a really good record, featuring some of Filepp’s best work. Here, give the deluxe version a spin on Bandcamp.
IN OTHER NEWS... MORE PEOPLE ARE MAKING RECORDS!
People that Trash Mutant readers should already know, in fact:
AUDIO: DEM ATLAS – “CHOWDR”
Closing out this edition of Audiomutant is Minneapolis rapper and brand new Rhymesayers Records signee, Dem Atlas (or “deM atlaS”). I heard of him pretty recently and the first thing I thought is that he reminds me of Pharcyde. That’s good, since I like Pharcyde a lot. Upon closer inspection he’s really good. He’s got great energy and this type of flows have been missing for a long while. This track is called “Chowdr” and it’s from his debut EP “Charle Brwn” (listen to the full thing here). Check it out, this guy seems like one to keep an eye on.
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