Wet Dirt: CRIMEAPPLE x DJ Skizz

CRIMEAPPLE rocks over the type of production rap nerds have been creaming themselves over the past few years. The sounds are haunting, unwelcoming (think Alchemist, Daringer, Marco Polo)- in other words nothing close to the radio/charts- and for that we’re thankful. But where contemporaries like Roc Marciano and Westside Gunn have a stash box full…

Mission Of Burma: Signals, Calls, and Marches (Matador, 2008)

This EP is the reason we suffer with the term ‘post-punk’.  Boston label Ace of Hearts put this recording out in 1981, and it flipped a switch. It’s a brainy mess- packed with raw punk energy- but glued in place with angular, intelligent playing that would go on to influence everyone from Fugazi to Paint…

Lorde Fredd33- NORF: The Legend of Hotboy Ronald

Lorde Fredd33’s debut, The Legend of Hotboy Ronald, dropped last May. Pitchfork called it “a deeply personal portrait of Black life from America’s rust belt”. That’s a great sentence. I need to write more. Fredd33’s art is wedged perfectly between jazzy 90’s nods and today’s top-40 electronic pulse. You could pigeonhole his sound as “trap”,…