REVIEW: MellowHype’s “Insa”

 photo MellowHype_cover_zpscc860fac.jpg Left Brain and Hodgy Beats are back again as MellowHype with what’s being called a free album because it is. Insa sounds as prime as a professionally released album, so if you’re someone who loves the MellowHype way of life, this new album will thrill you out in a mega-way. Left Brain’s productions are very much on the outside of the mainstream, which makes it sound incredible. I really love “Bars” and the droning echo that runs throughout, how it sounds as if one is in a metal room and are unable to decide if it’s a nuisance or if it is exciting. The guitar work is basic but could easily appeal to rock fans, and the song could have turned a different way too. “Dunita” sounds like something you’d expect to hear on a Christopher Cross or album on CTI Records circa 1979. The 7th song is called “7” and could be a reference to the spiritual, mathematics, or the sum of what is being equated. What makes Insa work, and what makes much of Odd Future’s output work is that they know how to create something with little to know samples and it still doesn’t sound as if something is missing. MellowHype is so full of content and value that it will become an album you’ll want to listen many times, especially to catch what Hodgy Beats is saying, just in case he may be pulling doubles on you.

(Insa is available as a free download by heading to OddFuture.com.)

SOME STUFFFS: MellowHype released a free album last week

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If you’re a devotee of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All empire, you already know this but if not, listen up. Hodgy Beats and Left Brain are back together again as MellowHype and they released a new album on the 4th of July called I Need Some Answers (Odd Future). My review of it is coming very soon, but this basically means you have to snatch and get this album right now, it is a must. Head to OddFuture.com and download it pronto.

SOME STUFFS: Trash Talk/MellowHype head on tour as one

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With an illustrated image straight outta Compton, hardcore punksters Trash Talk are on tour right now with the superfresh MellowHype, and together they are part of the Odd Future (OFWGKTA) collective, and together they march as Trash Wang. Next month they will be arriving on the planet called West Coast U.S. Here are the dates on where they’ll be.

November 16… Ithaca, NY (The Haunt)
November 17… New York, NY (Gramercy Theater)
November 18… Cambridge, MA (The Sinclair)
November 19… Philadelphia, PA (Theatre of the Living Arts)
November 20… Washington, DC (Rock and Roll Hotel)
December 13… Seattle, WA (Chop Suey)
December 14… Vancouver, BC (Rickshaw Theatre)
December 15… Portland, OR (Branx)
December 17… San Francisco, CA (DNA Lounge)
December 18… Los Angeles, CA (Echoplex)
December 20… Anaheim, CA (Chain Reaction)
December 21… San Diego, CA – Epicentre)


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SOME STUFFS: New music from Mellowhype & Tr∀sh Talk on the way

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People this year have been too quick to say that Odd Future mania is over with. I don’t think these guys care, because they know once word of a new project is forthcoming, everyone goes crazy. Here’s an example.

Mellowhype has Numbers on the way, due out October 2nd.
Tr∀sh Talk has 119 ready to go, which will be released a week later.

Music videos from each album will premiere next week. After that, a Camp Flog Gnaw tour which ends with an Odd Future carnival. Yes, you read that right:

August 31… Norfolk, VA
September 1… Baltimore, MD
September 2… Philadelphia, PA
September 4… Huntington, NY
September 5… Portland, ME
September 7… Providence, RI
September 8… Wallingford, CT
September 9… Buffalo, NY
September 11… Cleveland, OH
September 12… Columbus, OH
September 14… Saint Louis, MO
September 15… Milwaukee, WI
September 16… Chicago, IL
September 18… Columbia, MO
September 19… Lawrence, KS
September 21… Boulder, CO
September 22… Boulder, CO
September 25… Vancouver, BC
September 26… Portland, OR
September 28… Santa Cruz, CA
September 29… Ventura, CA
September 30… Los Angeles, CA (Odd Future Carnival)

Venues were not given to me but if you’re a fan, you already know how to get that information.

REVIEW: OFWGKTA’s “The OF Tape, Vol. 2”

Photobucket The new mix tape by Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) has been heavily pushed, but what about its content and the music? If you are a Wolf Gang follower, you are going to love the diversity of tracks here, primarily focused on hip-hop of course but you also has some nice soulful elements that show the calmer side of their Sears. It touches the wide range of artists that are within the OFWGKTA collective, and it should be treated not so much as a proper album, but a compilation, a “highlight reel”, or of course a mix tape.

One of the more revealing tracks is the posse song that closes the album, “Oldie”. In thesong’s last verse, Tyler The Creator steps away from the under-control-psycho persona that he has created for himself and explains the importance of the doughnut illustration on the cover, what he has helped to create, and how the world of music has expanded but hopes to be able to continue with the empire he has helped to create.

As I listen to these songs, I can’t help but hear these songs not only as fun and damn good, but as a mission towards creating “something else”. One might argue that what they do musically is not exactly the “hip-hop norm”, but considering what is considered normal in 2012, I’d rather have that Golf Wang abnormal shit. At 18 tracks clocking in at about 63 minutes, they are a well deserved punch in what hip-hop has become, and for a lot of people, what Odd Future do and have done is a long time coming. If this is a signpost for Mach II or Mach III for the group, I will definitely enjoy what they offer for the next three years. As they say in “We Got Bitches”, I want that ignorant shit.

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SOME STUFFS: The future of odd is good in 2012 with OFWFKTA

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Let’s see. You either love Odd Future or you think they suck dick with waffle batter and boogers. If your hate is that strong, why are you reading this? Since this is the last year the planet Earth will exist, you’re going to hear a lot from these guys in the coming months. Here’s the deal:

  • OF Tape Vol. 2 is a sampler in the form of a mixtape which most likely will not be released on a cassette but these guys could afford to do so. Tyler, if you’re reading this: press it up on tape. This comp/primer/sampler/oish will feature Frank Ocean, Syd The Kid, The Internet and perhaps new people, new personas, and new producers, no one is saying. This will be relased on March 20th, and then
  • There will be a tour in March to support this mixconfunction, and there will be pop-up stores at each date, which means if they stop at a city, you’ll be able to buy Odd Future goods throughout the day and afterwards, the store is gone.
  • On March 25th, you’ll be able to see the video for “Loiter Squad” on Adult Swim, mark it on your peepee box.
  • Tyler, The Creator’s next album, Wolf, is expected to be released sometime in the spring.
  • Mellowhype‘s next album, Numbers, will infiltrate the ear this summer. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, that of course means in the winter.

    Will there be more? Most likely, but this is what they want to share with their fans and naysayers. Signing off.

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  • SOME STUFFS: Odd Future offer a slice of MellowHype

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    The Odd Future/OFWGKTA machine continues to spin at a wicked pace, and this time it’s because of members Hodgy Beats and Left Brain. The two released an album last year called Blackenedwhite,and now that Odd Future has caught the eyes and ears of many, a newly reworked and remastered version of the album will be released on July 12th by Fat Possum.

    One major difference between this new version and the original is that it will not feature the track “Chordaroy”. It featured Earl Sweatshirt and the reason being given as to why they’re not using it is because, even though he is a member of the OFWGKTA collective, they did not receive permission from him to use his vocals. Whether that’s true or another means to shine light on this album, the real story is as of now unknown, but hey.

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