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Rae Sremmurd - SremmLifeRae Sremmurd – SremmLife

SremmLife is the debut album from Rae Sremmurd (‘drummers ear’ spelled backwards for…reasons?) a Mississippi rap duo currently based in Atlanta.  Comprised of brothers Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee, Rae Sremmurd made waves in 2014 with hit singles “No Flex Zone” and “No Type” and a sound bridging the gap between chart rap and the ‘weird’ rap currently coming out of Atlanta.  Produced by Mike WiLL Made It (and the first release on his Eardruma label), SremmLife is bouncy southern trap highlighted by those previous singles and the Nicki Minaj/Young Thug collaboration “Throw Sum Mo”.  The rest of the album doesn’t quite rise to those heights, but remains an enjoyable listen and makes for a very promising debut.

Makunouchi Bento - Lighthouse StoriesMakunouchi Bento – Lighthouse Stories EP

Friends of MiG, the Romanian electronic duo Makunouchi Bento have released a new EP (available on Bandcamp) that takes their “mixture of all sorts of exotic ear food” in a seriously jazzy direction.  Listening to the tracks on Lighthouse Stories, I was convinced Waka X and Qewza had expanded their instrumentation to include live stand up bass, guitar, and drums, but Waka assures me this is not the case and it is “all carefully programmed.”  He further described their goal on this album as creating the sound of jazz guitarist John Scofield getting high on Haribo bears (gummy bears for us Americans) in a summer camp.  I’m not sure what that’s actually supposed to sound like, but I can confidently say they succeeded capturing the sound.  They’ve also succeeded in creating an electronic EP that no way sounds like an electronic EP, and it’s fantastic.

Ghost Culture - Ghost CultureGhost Culture – Ghost Culture

Ghost Culture the artist is an electronic producer from London.  Ghost Culture the album is electronic music beamed from the 90s.  Glossy beats, swelling tones, and the occasional electronic chirp provide a base for brooding, half spoken/whispered vocals.  If you enjoy any 90s electronic music, the British pop or trip hop that lead to it, or the countless pop musicians that have co opted it in this century, you’ll find something to enjoy on Ghost Culture, with “Glass” being the standout track.

An author and editor at MiG, Craig lives in Minnesota with his wife and son and is an attorney in his real life. Once upon a time Craig played the trumpet and spent four years in the Hawkeye Marching Band and pep band. These days Craig finds himself most often listening to experimental rock, hip hop, and post punk, but you can see everything he's listening to at: Craig is not ashamed to admit the first concert he ever attended was New Kids on the Block.
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