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Zavala – “Breaking Patterns”

Chicago producer Zavala (@zavalabeats) dropped a new beat yesterday, called “Breaking Patterns”. It begins with heart-beating drums, eerie synth lines, and sci-fi sampling that finds two individuals discussing fear. About mid-way through, it erupts into an uptempo house beat that’s suited for a risky mission into space. The drums begin galloping, electronic lasers fire off in the background, soundboards malfunction with brief sirens, and minimal hi-hats shutter. It’s a cool, somewhat haunting ride into the (un)known. Stream and download for free now.

N.O.M.A.D – “(((( Yawning ))))” album

Yesterday, Fort Worth, Texas-based beat maker N.O.M.A.D (which is an acronym for Navigation of Music and Dreams) dropped his first release on Extra Lovely Records. Titled (((( Yawning )))), the album consist of 13 beats that pull from genres such as experimental electronic, hip hop, psychedelic rock, and jazz. You’ll even find some vocal segments from him on some of the songs. It’s an extra lovely album, indeed. It’s something you can listen to while unwind from the day, acting as the relaxing soundtrack that plays while you vibe out and think about life.

The project is available for digital download ($5), or you can cop it on limited-edition cassette tape for a few dollars extra ($8, with only 40 available). Stream (((( Yawning )))) below, then follow the link for your buying needs.

IMAGINE short film

A college friend shared this short film (@imagineshort) on Facebook, and I decided to watch it today. Directed and produced by 17-year-old Carl Mason, IMAGINE raises awareness for Niemann-Pick Type C, an extremely rare, genetic disease that causes neurological decline, childhood dementia, and is always fatal. I won’t pretend to be well-versed in this incurable disease, because I really don’t know much about it. In fact, I am only familiar with it because that college friend of mine had a beautiful niece with this disease and, unfortunately, passed away when she was 6.

LOG_arhythm – “LOG_arhythm” EP

I got familiar with LOG_arhythm‘s (@log_arhythm) name after hearing his collaboration(s) with electronic producer Droid Daughter (real name Connor). Last week, Connor sent me an email with a link to LOG’s debut EP. Come to find out, this Pennsylvania-based producer’s self-titled EP has 5 songs that were entirely composed with sounds from a Game Boy!

This is chiptune galore right here. Through familiar sounds that take me back to my childhood, he put together heavy layers and loops of chaotic electronic beeps, boops, zips, and distorted noise, giving it all a sense of urgency and playfulness. This EP captures my imagination, bringing it into an 8-bit world of fun and adventure… and I like it! My favorites would be “It’s No Use” and “CRT Glow”. Stream the EP in its entirety below, then head on over to Bandcamp where you can name your price on it. Thanks for putting me on, Connor!

Sam Solo – “It’s Ours”

Another track from within the I V League camp dropped yesterday. This time, it’s from Michigan-based rapper Sam Solo with production from CrayonBeats familiar, Virginia-based Atari Blitzkrieg. Over a head-nodding beat made up of dusty drums, soothing string plucks, and a somber violin heard during the hook, Sam Solo channels an aggressive flow while he recalls his life story. Through pain, setbacks, and rough hustles, he shows his perseverance, dedication, and fearlessness to do what’s necessary to stay alive and get what’s his. Stream the song below, and name your price for the track on Bandcamp.

L’Orange & Kool Keith – “Twenty Fifty Three” (ft Mr. Lif)

Producer L’Orange is collaborating with veteran emcee Kool Keith for a full-length album, titled Time? Astonishing!, that’s due July 24th via Mello Music Group. To prepare you for what’s to come, they’ve dropped a couple of singles from the project.

First, there was “The Traveler“, which featured J-Live. Most recently, though, they dropped a free song called “Twenty Fifty Three“, and it features a thought-provoking verse from Mr. Lif. While backed by heavy, dusty drums, an ominous guitar, and sci-fi sampling, the two travel nearly 40 years into the future, rapping and proceeding as normal. While Kool Keith delivers some smooth lines, Mr. Lif steals the show on this one, for me. Overall, this is a dope song. Stream and download “Twenty Fifty Three” for free, via Bandcamp.

CrayonBeats Random Giveaway Winners/Prizes

We recently had the whim to give away a bunch of stickers and some artwork to a few of  our readers and followers on our different social media profiles. The giveaway was totally unplanned and in order to win, you just had to comment or tell us you wanted some stickers! Now that we’ve finished the artwork and mailed off the stickers, I thought it would be cool to show you guys the artwork of our winners from each network. Each winner got a pack of CRAYONBEATS stickers and two pieces of digital art from both Tiffology and myself. Check out the artwork below!

Von Poe VII – “Dante’s Inferno / Loyalty (Mobb Deep Tribute)” video

From Von Poe VII‘s The Purity of Love and War album, released back in February, there’s a song on there called “Dante’s Inferno / Loyalty (Mobb Deep Tribute)”. The first half is a homage to Mobb Deep‘s classic “Hell On Earth” song, where Poe raps over the same Havoc-produced beat, about enemies, being real and ready for war at any given moment. The second half was produced by EMP, and the subject matter ties into all that, with him venting about disloyal snakes that he had to sever ties with. Watch below, and grab that album!

Kap Kallous – “Ten Gold Plates” video

Los Angeles-based rapper Kap Kallous (@kapkallous) dropped a fully animated music video for the song “Ten Gold Plates”, from his brand new album December. Inspired by the Black Scale clothing line, Kap Kallous’ dark and sexual lyrics are paired with matching imagery. Animated by Teflon Sean, with a color palette of black, gold, and white, we follow a devious Kap Kallous dodging a car chase, in an all-black Cadillac. It’s a dope song that was produced by Zane Shoemake, and the video is awesome, too. Check it out!

elsphinx – “Up & Atom” video

From elsphinx‘s (@elsphinx) full-length album, titled Brain Cave Deluxe, “Up & Atom” is the second song to get the visual treatment. Through one verse, and a repetitive hook, elsphinx takes you into his world with slick wordplay, filthy imagery (loved the visual behind: “The Imperial button pusher – tongue // Tweak the stereo clitoris, make the woofers cum“), and clever metaphors. It’s kind of a short song, clocking in under 2 minutes, but it’s a cool one. You’ll definitely find yourself hitting play multiple times to catch and process what’s being said.

Watch the video below, then fall forward and bask in the aura of Brain Cave Deluxe by getting the album on clear, orange-splatter vinyl over at Pig Food Records.