Bandcamp Picks of the Week 2/8/17
Congrats to you, Bandcamp patron! Last week the website raised over a million dollars for the ACLU. If you’re feeling chipper and still feel like supporting independent musicians, here are some new recommendations from Bandcamp Picks of the Week.
DJ Tinman – FRAC/TURED
Genre: Instrumental Hip Hop, Electronic
Favorite Tracks: “Easy Street,” “Be Careful How You Use It,” “-Interlude-,” “(Fi_nal_ty)”
In an era where anyone can pirate Ableton and find free samples and loops to build off of, how a DJ mixes and builds becomes more important than ever. Having a good ear for interesting sounds still matters, but how you bring those sounds together is essential. Luckily, the up-and-coming DJ Tinman has demonstrated that he’s got a great knack for building, layering, and creating atmosphere on his tracks. He’s also got quite the taste for vocal samples, never using them as a crutch, and always finding the right place to drop them in. One small complaint might be that he hasn’t built up much stamina for sustaining his tracks for very long, but that should really simply be enticement to follow him and watch him grow. Overall, this is a dynamic and promising collection, one that you can check out right here.
Weltesser – CRESTFALLEN
Genre: Stoner Doom Metal
Favorite Tracks: “Regret,” “Rats”
If you don’t talk to your kids about stoner doom metal, who will? I will, motherfucker, and I’m serving up only the freshest, dankest doom. Seriously, these vocals sound like they were ripped out of the same pits that birthed the Uruk Hai in Lord of the Rings, and the riffs are so heavy you may want to check the foundations of your house before you listen to this album too loud. The way the band really focuses on doom and misery is especially cathartic after the apocalyptic year that’s been unfolding all around us. I personally recommend listening to this while driving too fast on the freeway through the torrential rain Los Angeles has been receiving, but this record gets the job done any time you need the crushing weight of reality to really sink in. You can listen to it here.