KC’s Music Monday: Astro Nautico

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For your work soundtrack this week, I suggest downloading this year’s compilation from the Astro Nautico crew. Released on 4/20, the label put together their third volume of their Atlantics series, which is available for free download.

The third compilation features a generous handful of producers and the tunes span genres that end up all flowing together like that of a mix tape. The compilation aims to help introduce you to new talent, a goal which I think they accomplish with nonchalant and taste-making ease in representing underground sounds and their creators. Cop it and ease into Monday!

KC’s Music Monday: Maggot Brain

Maggot Brain is a welcome change to my current local hip-hop and indie infused iTunes library. As most would agree, music is a subjective and vital thing in our day-to-day lives and I, like many others, go through phases in the genres and bands that I gravitate towards.

That being said, regardless of my habitual and preferred genres, I am always on the hunt for musicians who clearly put a lot of time and dedication into their work and Maggot Brain is a perfect local example. I’ve seen their name on show bills over the course of the past year but haven’t had the opportunity to catch them live or listen to their music prior to their most recent recording.

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KC’s Music Monday: Is it spring yet?

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Pretty sure the #1 question on everyone’s minds lately is… is it spring yet? I’d like to take this opportunity to speak for everyone and say we’re all more than ready for winter to be over. I want to trade my snow day indoor soundtrack for one more suited for hanging out in the park. Summer time jams. Let’s go.

Regardless of what’s going on with Mother Nature, check out some music beneath the cut!

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KC’s Music Monday: Full Moon Edition

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As someone who is fascinated by all things relative to the universe, astrology (let me live, bro) and the natural world, I feel a strange obligation to tell all my friends when it’s a full moon.

So all that being said, here’s some music. Get weird tonight.

First up is a new one from a fellow Albany-based appreciator of the moon, elsphinx. As I’ve said, title any track “The Moon” and I automatically deem it a love song. Regardless of what you’re actually rapping about. The line “blowing smoke rings around the moon” is incredible. Delicious imagery.

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Andrew’s Music Monday: Winter Mixtapes

There’s been a crazy amount of awesome mixtapes coming out this year for it to barely be halfway through February. Here’s a few choice ones that have popped up in the past couple of weeks.

Up first we’ve got Mike Posner and DJ Benzi with a guest mix they did for BBC Radio 1. It’s got a lot of energy and definitely has a sexy Valentine’s Day flavor to it — just look at the tracklist.

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Up next we’ve got a mix from Kingdom for DIS Magazine. It’s loaded with a ton of different sounds and has a big span (Jersey club to rap to what you’d expect from Fade to Mind) for being only 45 minutes. The intro is amazing. It’s got a lot of forthcoming stuff from Kingdom, including the tracks he did with Kelela Mizanekristos which are be coming out soon on the Vertical XL EP on Fade to Mind.

Here we’ve got Ryan Hemsworth’s Radio 1 Mix for Benji B. Hemsworth has exploded in popularity very recently and after listening to this mix you’ll understand why. Check out more from Hemsworth’s label WeDidIt if you’re into this sound. Very good etherial and emotive sounds in this mix. Would be a good soundtrack for a scenic drive.

That’s it for now. Go have a productive week!