We’ve been waiting for this one for a long time here at Rhythm Inc towers. Take aka Sweatson Klank aka one of the pivotal pioneers of the L.A beat scene is releasing his second full length album next month. Dropping April 20th on the Alpha Pup label, ‘Only Mountain’ comes nearly 3 years after ‘Earthtones and Concrete’, an album I was introduced to by Om Unit and Waxfactor and which totally changed the way I viewed beats and eletronic minded hip hop. Which explains the aforementioned anticipation for this new album.
Coming on the heels of a series of EPs and remixes for labels like Eat Concrete, Friends of Friends and All City Records, ‘Only Mountain’ is a departure from the last album much more inline with his recent ‘sound’ which started appearing on his Eat Concrete EP back in 08 and was then further refined in his remix of Architeq’s ‘Sleeping Bear Laments’ or the three tracks he recently dropped on All City’s L.A 10×10 series. While different from his earlier work the music retains the same quality and composition that made it stand out from the rest in the past. This isn’t more beats by numbers, this is some incredible music by one of the unsung pioneers of the genre (if you will).
The lovely people at Alpha Pup are letting us post a taster from the album for you to stream/download in the shape of ‘Incredibright’. Also below some official words from the label:
Alpha Pup is proud to present Only Mountain, the newest release from L.A.-based beat producer Take. His most powerful and fully realized work to date, Only Mountain serves as a complete affirmation of Take’s ten prolific years in music production.
A dense and groundbreaking work, Take’s Only Mountain stands as a staggering collection of gorgeously brilliant melodies and deep subharmonic bass. Truly future music towards a brighter end.
Full tracklist for the album is below as is the download and stream links for ‘Incredibright’. Album drops April 20 on Alpha Pup label, digital and I think they have vinyl coming soon too. Here more from Take in our previous shows, browse all shows featuring him here.
Take – Only Mountain
1. Before You Think
2. Neon Beams
3. Horizontal Figuration
5. Don’t Look Now
6. Quartz for Amber
7. If We Don’t All Go Insane
8. Begin End Begin
10. Creosote (feat. As Is)
11. Paper Garden
The lovely people at Alpha Pup and Leaving Records (Matthewdavid’s new label) hit us up with promos of their new releases recently and also a link to a beat tape by a guy called Durlin Lurt. This beat tape, called ‘Him Jenson’ (no points for figuring out the joke there), is being given away for free by Leaving Records. Very little information is available beyond some blurb from the label…
The 2008 cult classic from Durlin Lurt now has a home. Sounding more fun and filthier than ever, the conceptual work spans the alphabet (twenty six tracks, with many familiar guest features) sampling you-know-who through an experimental hip-hop lens that is unique and absurdly organic.
Doing a bit of digging around I couldn’t find much more, but to be honest I’m quite happy to leave the ‘mystery’ as is and instead focus on the music, which is rather nice. A total trip of a beat tape, it’ll leave you fuzzy headed and smiling, as well as potentially singing random bits from Sesame Street.
The tape features a few guests including Rhythm Inc favourites like Dak and Dibiase.
So without further ado I recommend you get stuck into this excellent freebie and take a little trip for an hour or so.
02. Breathe (feat. LSA)
03. Crayonz (feat. O’Fiber)
04. Danger (feat LeRoi Da MOOR)
07. Gimme 5
09. In-Out | Here 2 Do (feat. Aahtue)
10. Junk (feat. mgr)
11. KO | Glass Cutter (feat. Mr. Dibiase)
12. Llamas (feat. Tone Liv, Decay & Selfish)
17. Quack | the gonzo (feat. dak)
19. Subway (feat. Delofi)
20. Trash (feat. mgr)
24. Xxercise (feat. Fat Transfer)
“as grimy as a Burger King bathroom”
“i was about to traash this then i smolked a hi biscus plant.”
“Beside the fact that it’s abstract,messy and noisy i don’t get what’s the point.”
Kev should be no stranger to regular listeners of the show, the man is somewhat of a legend on the L.A and West Coast underground and since setting up Low End Theory a few years ago the club has garnered more and more attention, becoming somewhat of a cult night on the American circuit with the cream of the worldwide hip hop, electronic and dance music scenes coming through on the regular.
For this first podcast Kev is joined by L.A beatsmith Samiyam. What else do you need to know?
To help tie the musical hunger over while we get the next round of podcasts ready, head over to the Glitch Mob website where you can download their latest free mix, ‘Crush Mode.’ It’s absolutely tearing, or as the intro says ‘it’s that future shit.’
For those too lazy to click through, download the mix here (right click and save). And then go show some love at one of their many live shows. Glitch Mob album should be incoming sometime this year on Alpha Pup.
Ok, something a little different for you this week. Since returning from our break away from the airwaves, we’ve decided to mix it up a little – as evidenced by the guest mix from DJ ally last time out, although that is only the tip of the iceberg… This week I decided to opt for an all-mixed affair – basically, a mixtape. No talking from me, just seamless tunage for 60mins. Here’s what you can expect:
The Waxolutionists with DJ Vadim – Wild Elephants (wAx bruised and beaten edit) [Universal/unreleased]
Dabrye with AG – My Life [Ghostly International]
Danny Breaks – Window Wiper [Alphabet Zoo]
Hifana – Hitaro (feat Kentaro) [Warner Japan]
J-Treds – Praise Due (Indopepsychics remix) [Mary Joy]
Wu-Tang Clan – Reunited (Funkstorung remix) [Loud]
MHE – 003 [Sound In Color]
Daddy Kev and The Grouch – Opening Spit [Alpha Pup]
Rob Swift with Toadstyle & Ricci Rucker – Military Scratch [Coup de Grace]
Organized Konfusion – Bring It On (Buckwild remix) [Hollywood Basic]
Larvae with Nongenetic of Shadowhuntaz – Nation of Bling [Ad Noiseam]
edIT – Crashes 
El-P – extract from Bomb the System score
Ill Suono – Doll (Riow Arai remix [Soup-Disk]
7l & Esoteric – Def Rhymes [Brick]
Madvillain – Figaro (Madlib remix) [Stones Throw]
Airborn Audio – Freestyle
Six Vicious – Salle TorturÃ©e [Bully Records]
Conrad Newholmes – Arctic Robots Demise [Couchblip]
Eddie Def vs. Ingrid de Lambre – Poesies, Scene 1 [Om-Records]
Waxfactor – Beat Meld [Needlework]
Ludacris – Stand Up (wAx’n’n’relaxin mix) [unreleased]
Waxfactor & Sacred Hoop – Float Yer Kegs [unreleased]
Waxfactor – The Huston Rockets [unreleased]