Reptaliens, O-Slice, and New Drops from VanJess, slowthai, KAYTRANADA (HMF)

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With this Feeder, we feature an expansive indie-rock album steeped in science fiction, new releases from VanJess and slowthai, and thoughts from O-Slice about her growth and versatility as an artist.

Reptaliens — VALIS

Released in spring of 2019, VALIS brings together elements of folk and psych rock to create a lighthearted, dreamy soundscape rife with bubbly effects and expressions of their Portland enthusiasm. 

It’s a gaseous album — that is, it can take up as much space in your environment as you’ll allow it. Played at a low volume, you (and friends?) will hear pleasant whisperings and harmonious synths, but appreciated fully, the band’s willingness to play off-kilter sounds brings never-ending enjoyment.

From their BandCamp: “Inspired by sci-fi art, cult mentality and deep connections, creating low fidelity chameleon dreamscapes somewhere between abstract expressionism and surrealism both sonically and visually. Reptaliens is a project of exploration in pop culture.”

Tune In: Best Drops of the Past Few Weeks 

VanJess — Homegrown

The duo represent their Nigerian roots with a nine-song 30-minute outing of smooth, sultry tracks. 

Highlights: “DYSFUNCTIONAL,” “Slow Down,” “Roses”

Anakena — No Hay Peligro

“No Hay Peligro” is a high-spirits beach-rock single from Anakena, bringing some warmth to the

slowthai — TYRON

A two-sided album that sees slowthai express himself through noisy, industrial beats on the first half, and more danceable, somber beats on the second. TYRON is a welcome follow-up to the expansive and groundbreaking Nothing Great About Britain. 

Highlights: “CANCELLED” “focus” “nhs” “feel away

KAYTRANADA — Caution

Out of nowhere, Kaytra blesses fans with an upbeat track paced by an expressive funk sample.

HYDE — Undercover

Building hype for her upcoming album, HYDE flexes her aromatic vocals, poppy soundscapes and lusty delivery on “Undercover.”

Hear from Hummingbird’s Nest: O-Slice

We had the chance to speak with DMV rapper O-Slice, and she dropped some knowledge about the music of the D.C. area and alluded to a new album on the way.

“A lot of the music I’ve been holding on to touches so many genres,” she said. “I like to experiment. I like to be a chameleon and try different sounds, so I think with the project that I’m coming out with now it could be the first major introduction to that.”

“There’s no way that you can grow up in this area and not have at least an appreciation for go-go — if not a deep, deep, deep love for go-go,” she says. “I highkey think that’s why the music from this area is as eclectic and wide-ranging as it is, because from the beginning our ears were trained to like stuff that was a little off-kilter.”

“I think we’re criminally underrated. We as a community are starting to understand the things that we need to do to bring that to an end, so I’m very excited for people to hear me and say ‘woah where is she from?’ I wanna be a bridge to people’s introduction to the area, so they can understand the level of insane talent we have.”

Check out the rest of the interview here.

FAUNA

You better grab a blanket and a picnic for this one, folks. One of our premier playlists, FAUNA is a dedication to sunny days and close friends. This features a broad array artists (over 100 are represented) with only a few repeats. 

Industry News 

On Jan. 12, Spotify’s patent, titled “Identification of taste attributes from an audio signal,” was approved. As reported by Music Business Worldwide; “the filing explained that behavioural variables, such as a user’s mood, their favourite genre of music, or their demographic could all prospectively “correspond to different personality traits of a user.” Read more here.

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