Ever since I finished my first On Deck interview back in January, I’ve been constantly thinking of what label should be the focus for number two until it hit me earlier last week (long time to think, I know). Memory No. 36 Recordings is an up and coming cassette label based out of Windsor, Canada that was started back in October by Ricardo Stacey (aka Cassida Pax). The label has been steadily winning me over more and more over the months with every new release so here’s to hoping that the same will happen to you.
Still Sound-Cool Tears
Sometimes I’ve got to stop myself from going through my dashboard on soundcloud because I’ll come across way too many tracks that I like and then I’ve got to figure out what to fit into the day and then it just becomes a mess. With that being said, all it took was just one listen to “Cool Tears”, the latest track from Japan’s stillsound, and I knew as soon as it ended that it had to go up today. Taking his alias from Toro y Moi’s hit track off of Underneath The Pine, the 17 year old steadily delivers gem after gem, with every one being doused in either deep funk vibes, subtle r&b harmonies, lush chillwave, or all three. stillsound is another example of the growing number of young artists in the scene who are showing that they can clearly hold their own and with “Cool Tears” it’s evident that this up and comer is only getting better with time. stillsound recently collaborated with Juan Avila (imprintafter) on the opening track of Avila’s second EP which is titled Cliffside and you can pick it up for 50 cents or free (through a mediafire link) by heading over to KEATSCOLLECTIVE’s bandcamp page. Also, don’t forget to hear even more funk filled material from stillsound by visiting him on soundcloud.
Rich Engli$h - Natives
With all of posts that I’ve done thus far, there have only been a few that come from artists that are anywhere near my area or my hometown to be exact. Maybe I just haven’t found them yet or maybe I’m just picky when it comes to artists from South Carolina but regardless, there is some noteworthy talent coming out of my area and I feel like those names deserve to be heard. Among the slowly growing producer scene in Greenville is 23 year old hip hop & chillwave producer TJ Clark who goes by the moniker Rich Engli$h. Though Clark has been making music under the alias for some time now his first mixtape, In Visions, was just released earlier this year and it proved that the young producer had finally come into a style of his own. Since that release Rich Engli$h has been hard at work developing his follow up ep, Natives, and it’s evident after hearing what he’s had to offer from the the ep so far that he’s wasted no time improving on his already extremely smooth yet vibrant sound. “Paths” is the second single from Natives (the first being “RIV3RS”) and it could easily be one of the most laid back tracks that Rich Engli$h has ever delivered. The track surrounds listeners in a hypnotic daze right from the start and as it flows along you may even begin to think that you’re in a dream. A warped sample of Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” helps to set the mood and that, along with the array of slick beats in tow, can easily make you wish that the song would go on even longer than its four minute duration. There’s no release date for Natives just yet but we can hope that it comes soon. While you wait, you can head over to soundcloud to stream more material and visit bandcamp to grab a copy of In Visions for free.
BETAMAXX - DEERHEAD/LIONHEART
Around this time last year Newcastle duo BETAMAXX won me over with their two track EP Wild Foxes, a short but very sweet ride full of sensational dance worthy melodies and deeply routed funk vibes. I knew from then on that this band would continue to dazzle my ears and keep me wanting more and now it seems that they’ve got me in a trance once again. Staying true to their style of electrifying glo-fi and smooth vocal harmonies, the guys have just dropped their latest release titled DEERHEAD/LIONHEART, whichconsists of the title track and the equally groovy “I Miss Joan”. Though BETAMAXX just put out their EP DELOREAN MEGACLUB back in May, the two tracks on DEERHEAD/LIONHEART just go to show that they’re able to develop their sound in such a short amount of time and crank out more quality ear magic for all of us to enjoy. If you ask me, they’re only just getting started and this is only a slight indication of what’s to come from Thom and Euan. The release is available for €1 or $1.58 through bandcamp along with all of their other material, which is available for a “name your own” price. Also, don’t forget to stop by their soundcloud as well to hear some other great tracks.
Toro Y Moi-Rose Quartz
Now whenever I hear anything Chad Bundick or Toro y Moi related I immediately go check out it out and play it on repeat a few times over. It should be no secret that I’m a huge fan and with every release from Toro, Chaz and the group have never failed to improve and go beyond whatever they did before. I’m still bummed out that I missed their set at Lolla this year since they played debuted a few fresh new tracks but with the band still on tour some of you and myself as well can probably catch them on one of their future dates. One of the five songs to surface from the festival is “Rose Quartz” and in true Toro y Moi fashion, it’s nothing short of funky and seductive. Maybe there’s another EP or LP in the works (I damn sure hope so) but regardless, this track should be enough to hold all of us over until then.
Chaz also took to the airwaves a few days ago to for a BTS radio mix and within that mix he leaked two more new songs for all of his fans to get hyped over. “Fetch” is the latest from his dance/ house project Les Sins and also the first from an upcoming LP due out later this month, while “Hood Dreams” is more of a hip hop driven track from his Toro y Moi moniker that’s interestingly unlike any of his prior material. It probably won’t be featured on the next release to come but it’s still a treat to hear. You can watch the video featuring both tracks (“Fetch is first) here.