Thursday, 2 April 2020

🐣 BIG HEATH — PLAN

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Cambridge rapper Big Heath unveils his plan in the video for, well, 'Plan'. Set in a support group for something or the other, Heath jumps up and delivers bars in fast-paced triplet flow, packed with dynamic layering and laced with humour throughout. For example, from the moment he uses "porkie pie" (Cockney rhyming slang for "lie", FYI) and then busts out

"Yo, I rap the brothers that wake up early in the morning just to eat a Weetabix"

the level of humour is real.

Added to this is the intricate ticking and rolling of hi-hats of the trap-flavoured beat, and dusty music box instrumentation for a spooky backdrop, allowing for a juxtaposition in light of Big Heath's humour — something that pelts you throughout the track, and sometimes poignantly.

Speaking about rappers who "take a life then... rap about it," he sums up that it "doesn't make that stuff right." As always though, he jokes to get the point across:

"Yeah I could've been up in the street
Could've shot a coupe Gs
Could've served a couple fees
But that really weren't for me
I could not run from police"

Self-deprecating, funny, self-admittedly feeling "happy just to be alive" when he's rapping, and shot through with positive messages, 'Plan' shows Big Heath as a refreshing addition to the UK's rap scene.



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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

🐣 PATH — WIDESCREEN TREMOLO

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Hazy and sunwarped, the grinding tremolo at work in aptly named 'Widescreen Tremolo' by UK musicmaker Path provides the jagged cradle which rocks the track into unseen oblivion. A gloopy bass groove hides in the background; so too does a shuffling scuttle of a haphazard beat.

Speaking to yes/no via email, Path talks about the track. "I wanted to try to get that early 90s indie vibe but only using synth drums and synth guitar," he says. "I’m pretty happy with how it turned out."

At the halfway mark, the track diverges into a stream of distortion, guitar stabs glittering and the whole thing a ghostly sort of Stone Roses revist meets HEALTH primitivism and self-destruction, plasma-like vocals crooning out from the drone and dust storm of it all.




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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

🐣 AYANE YAMAZAKI — KITCHEN SONG DANCE VERSION [εˆζΌ” • PREMIERE]

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Funk dwells in 'Kitchen Song (Dance Version)' by Ayane Yamazaki; the electro bass, with its street-level fuzz and squelch, bounces the track along like a rubber ball, providing the groundwork for the cheery heart of this track. Guitar stabs kaleidescopic and warped add further veneers of funk to Yamazaki's cocktail of sound. Funk dwells here, yes, but so do other, poignant things.

High, single-note strings dance longingly amongst the hefty kicks and trash-can snares and rattling hi-hats in more than just a nod to city pop; soft synths progress with drama behind the treble, giving a soft cushion to the track. It's equal parts jaunty and ephemeral, present and dwelling on the past.

Pairing up what she refers to as "New York" dream pop with the smart, lovelorn feel of the Tokyo-centric genre of the 1980s, Yamazaki's breathy vocals tell the story of dancing in the kitchen, everyday life, casual moments with her lover; the otherwise beautiful mundane this track illustrates in its buoyant simplicity.


  • πŸ”” 'Kitchen Song (Dance Version)' is taken from Ayane Yamazaki's 6-track independent release LIFE, set for release on 30th October.

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Friday, 4 October 2019

🐣 WUH OH — PRETTY BOY

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The distorted arpeggios that wind their way through 'Pretty Boy' by Glasgow producer Wuh Oh give it this final act suspense. Instead of drops, the track opens up into gaping chasms, the suspense weaving its way through like the last level on a platformer; all the difficulty with the final boss yet to rear its head.

Different elements fade and fall from the scathing, sharpness of it all, with only the gleaming vocal harmonies (what Wuh Oh calls his "angelic choir impression") lancing in like the glow of some unholy machine, innocent in its unholiness—a sense of discovery, uncovery, delving deeper into an expansive, but increasingly claustrophobic world.

The synth scuttles and twangs, the bugs on the underside of a rock in a parallel dimension.

"The track Pretty Boy happened in a weird way," Wuh Oh tells yes/no over email. "I set myself the challenge of writing a track using only one synthesizer and no drums to see if I could achieve enough tension and release without resorting to typical build up and drop tropes.

"[But] the arpeggios were all major key. It sounded like an advert for a cruise holiday or some shit."

Moving the notes around, 'Pretty Boy' then transformed from his "corniest song yet" to his "spookiest." It's spooky alright. Sinister and demented in its last moments, everything comes to a stop as the synth takes on a new, garbled flavour; the motion of this final stage ends and the game's final boss appears. It's that scene-setting.


  • πŸ”” Watch this space for more about Wuh Oh.


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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

🐣 SUN CORP。 — DISPLACEMENT [εˆζΌ” • PREMIERE]

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With its hesitant, thudding heartbeat, rhythmic flow of baleful water and skittering insectoid Goldeneye PP7 silencer percussion, 'Displacement' by SUN CORP。 cuts a drainpipe gloom, a seldom used fire escape aesthetic.

"You wake up in a strange city, how did you get here? Things are not quite right. Are you alive or already dead? There's no way of really knowing," the Australia-born, Singapore-based musicmaker sets the scene.

"Memories form in a foggy cloud. Which ones are real? You fill up the sink with water and see your reflection. Something hits the water."

Something filmic lurks in the heart of 'Displacement', not just in the description he gives, but in the atmospheric weariness and paranoia of the track; voices, stoked up from some unmentionable void, recall some lyrical past in the nocturnal glooping doom of the present. The result, perhaps, of making this track "in a somewhat delirious state" while stuck inside his apart for 2 weeks with the flu.

Either way, SUN CORP。 gathers textures for 'Displacement' and sets them in a compact 2-minutes-37-seconds frame of looming, lonely dread—a vignette for vaporwave after the shopping mall eternities and gleaming ads of tomorrow, where real life faces nights in boxes set in stalwart skyscrapers.


  • πŸ”” This SUN CORP。 track is taken from the upcoming 4-track Displacement EP, due out 5th October. It's actually a double EP releasing with a run of 50 cassette tapes; the A side is γ‚·γƒ³γ‚―γΎγŸγ―ζΊΊγ‚Œγ‚‹ ("Sink or Drown") and the B side is "Displacement". You can pre-order it here on Bandcamp.

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