Tracks of the Week: Retrospect

Posted by Sean Oconnor 3 weeks ago in Music

The end of last week bore some unfortunate news for the music community as a whole. Samisoni Koroitamudu, (aka BIG MAKK) has passed away, and among some brand new releases this week, we’re taking a moment to give one last shout out to BIG MAKK. Included is a link to his full EP, and as a part of today’s tracks you can expect to catch an added song at the end for a throwback to 2006.

BIG MAKK – THE MAKK TAPE

The sounds and talent of BIG MAKK never fell short of a versatile arsenal. The dude knew his way in-and-out multiple genres, and never was afraid to try something new. The posthumously released EP is a perfect example of BIG MAKK’s ability to take a genre or sound in a totally unique direction. His talent, spirit, and dedication will forever live on in the sounds of this release.

Mark Redito – You’ll Only Love Me When I’m Gone

“You’ll Only Love Me When I’m Gone” is Mark Redito’s first release since he shed his former moniker, Spazzkid. Through the use of arpeggiating modified harp sounds and obscure vocal chops, this Barbados inspired anthem contains a unique feel and vibe throughout. In the past few months, in addition to producing new music, Mark has been working hard to create a safe space in Los Angeles for marginalized or underrepresented artists. Follow the link to watch the full documentary for Mark Redito’s event series, LIKIDO.

Paradigm – (us_a_gi)

Following the dancehall theme from the previous track, we have a dark moombahton/glitch-hop track from Paradigm. To be honest, I don’t know much about this artist. After listening to almost the entirety of their SoundCloud page, I was pleased to find music spanning multiple genres; and it all sounded dope. I know Paradigm occasionally works alongside fellow producer Script, and the both of them are involved with a collective known as, Nobunaga. All of the artists involved make some fantastic music, and I highly recommend checking it out.

Les Gordon – Paradise (feat. ADI)

Last week, Les Gordon teased SoundCloud with the first single from his second EP, “Abyss.” The song, “Paradise” features vocals from Ami Ulmansky, a talented singer/songwriter under the moniker, ADI. The album is scheduled to release on September 30th and will be released on Kitsuné. I’m looking forward to listening to the album in its entirety.

TEPR – Minuit Jacuzzi (DatA Remix)

So I know this isn’t current, but it’s almost been a decade since this song came out; yeah, just let that sink in. I am a believer that the French electro scene will make an eventual comeback. Not that the music ever really disappeared, but it seems at some point after the Swedish House Mafia craze, the French were surpassed by the raucous of their Dutch neighbors. Call me a bloghouse cultist, but I truly miss listening to a lot of artists from this time; even if the song was only 128kbps. This song has been a reoccurring pick on my Spotify, and I’m in the works of making a complete Bloghouse/Electro playlist.

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