Lost in the mountains to Stop Light Observations:
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 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
In the musical genres older than those The Aftermath deals in, say, jazz, folk, or classical, catalogues abound. Whether it’s recording sessions, live performances, or a collating of an artists’s collected works, there are generous archives for whom the eager Django Reinhardt or Jelly Roll Morton fan could explore. Yet, the library for electronic music, to use the broadest of relative terms, is not so well-packaged. The Internet, however, can illuminate what for most contemporary music fans is otherwise a smattering of .mp3, Limewire, YouTube, iTunes and Soundcloud files.
Used cogently, the tangle of keyword searches and a general ear-for-things may eventually prove fruitful. Greco-Roman signee Roosevelt, is a Cologne-based musician who excels at a certain pouncing synth and looping-vocal jam. While we’ve enjoyed the beauties of Roosevelt’s touch here before, like anything worth raving about, you return to it continually. Enjoyed with the proper sound system, these remixes should enliven and inculcate the listener into not only Roosevelt’s motifs, but the sensibility of the Greco-Roman label writ large.
At any rate, here is a footnote for the databases, catalogues, and music libraries of the future.
In a bit of reverse engineering, this “short” Roosevelt remix which takes a ten-minute atmospheric song condensed into three finer ones of gurgles and echo.
I think I’m becoming the guitar-synth combo guy over here because it’s all I post these days. Mexico City Blondes calls their style, “Folk, guitar and also a fascination with synthetic sounds and dreamy, trip-hop vocals.”
360 followers on Spotify. Get to know this Santa Barbara duo now before your friends do.
Phantogram is an electronic duo that needs no introduction. They’ve proved their musical worth time and time again. Songs like Mouthful of Diamonds and When I’m Small are perfectly crafted for ski & surf videos – pow shots to the face, sharp bottom turns and heaving French barrels.
And yes, it’s time to add this to your ski playlist and start getting excited for winter.
Black out days. We all have em.