It’s finally 2017, and the Earbits Music Team is back at it. Earbits has always been about discovering new and exciting music. There are lots of ways for you to find your next favorite artist, that next club banger, or the perfect playlist to suit your mood. Each week our music team works to expand these horizons even more, and we wanted to with you some of our faves with you every week. Take a listen, as our editors bring you yet another way to discover great music.
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite: Get Up!
I grew up with Ben Harper, a couple of CD’s in my parents collection always seemed to be in rotation. His eclectic approach to songwriting, always deeply rooted in the blues, still reminds me of being back home. It wasn’t until recently, when I was digging through the Earbits Blues Catalog that I stumbled across this Grammy-Winning collaboration with blues harp legend Charlie Musselwhite. Harpers seamlessly slips into this stripped down setting as the electrified harp of Musselwhite cuts through the track like a chainsaw.
BADBADNOTGOOD – BBNG2
BBNG has always seemed to me to be a chaotic but oh-so-satisfying coagulation of everything I loved in high school: jazz, hip-hop and electronic music fused in a completely post-modern way. I’ve always loved this second because it really starts to showcase their original compositions, while still doing what they made their name doing. Plus, I’m a sucker for a jazzy Kanye cover.
Datassette – People Without Mouths
I don’t know where this record came from, but I was picking through my colleague’s (Robb) picks and came across this gem. Reminiscent of Aphex Twin at his quirkiest, this EP balances swirling ferris wheels of arpeggios and surgical beats and bass-lines. Quite possibly my favorite album on Earbits.
Brambles – Charcoal
Released on Serein Records, Charcoal is a peaceful yet beautiful and nocturnal debut release from producer Brambles.
To anyone who doubts the beauty of cassette recording or suggests that it’s just some self-indulgent hipster fad, I’d point you towards this beat tape collab from Infinite Potentials & Prof.Logik. All of tape’s limitations, its “errors,” become assets: the kicks are extra thuddy, the tines extra warbly. Musically, the tracks vary nicely: some pay homage off-time funk of Dam Funk, others the heady chop ups of Prefuse 73, maybe some Dilla in there too (would it be a beat tape without it?). As a whole, the tape has a great, singular quality all it’s own, at once intimate, mystical, and contemplative. A great collection of thoughtful head-nodders and restrained body-movers.