Vanic & Touch Sensitive

Two AFTMTH favorites released new tracks this week:


Benny Cassette - Entertain Us - Francois

C’mon Now, Entertain Us

That there exists a subset of rap specializing in angst speaks to how far the premier musical movement of the last 30 years has come. Think about this for a second, angst rap. Well, alright, more like pop-rap than the genuine item.

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Speaking broadly, angst rap (shouts to Lupe Fiasco and Kid Cudi for popularizing the genre), is a close cousin to what Yung Lean, the King of the Sad Boys and his ilk begot. Now, listening to Benny Cassette’s “Entertain Us,” we see how much the hip-hop playing field has openend.

Delivered at a pace familiar to Top Forty rap listeners, with Millennial self-preservation at the receiving end of his criticism, Cassette riles his social discomfort along his smooth sing-talk delivery, taking aim at the male and female archetypes of the iPhone commentariat alike:

“Fuck yo twitta/Fuck yo Snapchat/ Fuck yo Instagram/ There’s so much bullshit happening I’m losing who I am,” goes the refrain.

Though an enjoyable song, we see angst for what it’s worth. Lamenting without the suggestion of change is just complaining from a cozy distance. He chants: “We’re so bored/Come and entertain us.” Is he really? Yet, “Entertain Us” is still an effective song for what it references and immediately brings to mind.

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Cassette’s banner ad of a song borrows its title from what, at least in my K-Rock uprbringing as the pinnacle of angst rock. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Tenn Spirit,” where Cassette paraphrases Kurt Cobain’s laconic grunge anthem for today’s audience: the social media addicted Millenials; brandishing today’s youthful gripes: superficiality, lack of real conversation, disconnectedness from the corporeal; all packaged to refract the best qualities of today’s dominant sound: rap music.

Come and entertain us
You can’t really blame us
It all feels shallow…


Gramatik – Satoshi Nakamoto Feat. Adrian Lau & ProbCause

Gramatik, a Slovenian DJ from Portorož, is best known for his 2010 hip-hop indie cult classic, Muy Tranquilo – an instrumental track with funky guitars and a masterful piano riff.

A week ago he released his 9th album – Epigram – a collection of hip hop beats. The best track? A raw, grimy, Griz-like, Dre-influenced, Slim-Shady’ esque rap song about Bitcoin called, Satoshi Nakamoto. It’s a banger.

Who is the song’s namesake, Satoshi Nakamoto?

Satoshi Nakamoto (中本哲史[citation needed] Nakamoto Satoshi?) is the name used by the person or group who invented bitcoin and created its original reference implementation, Bitcoin Core. Nakamoto’s true identity remains unknown, and has been the subject of much speculation. It is not known whether the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” is real or a pseudonym, or whether the name represents one person or a group of people. – Wikipedia