If you were looking for something intensely dark to celebrate The New Year then look no further than this mix from San Francisco based oOoOO (a band I have covered here extensively). You can hop on over to their site for an article or just get the mix below.
Speaking of dark bands doing light mixes, on Wednesday this mix from San Fran’s oOoOO started making the rounds. Actual Pain is a clothing label from Seattle. I don’t know what connection the two have but Actual Pain does have a pretty interesting site. Check the mixtapes section.
Accompanying an excellent cover this mix is heavy on disco-y 80s rnb, the type of music that Nite Jewel has been putting out. Though oOoOO original “Hearts” has been around for a while it makes an official debut on this mix and really makes sense within the context of this mix. You can make distinct connections between the newer oOoOO sound and the sounds showcased here.
oOoOO - Actual Pain
Nocera – Let’s Go
Barbara Mason – Another Man
Sylvia Striplin – Gimme Your Love
S.O.S. Band – The Finest
oOoOO – hearts
Mapei – Video Vixens
Yo! Majesty – Club Action
Triple Six Mafia – Pimp Dem Sluts Gimme Sumthin
The Guardian recently published an article called “Scene and heard: Drag.” They get into the emergence of artists such as Balam Acab, Salem, oOoOO and the short history of chopped and screwed, syrupy slow hip hop and what it has morphed into in a short amount of time.
This is one of my favorite things happening in music right now. You’ve seen many of these songs and this type of music here for quite some time.
Here is a little roundup:
White Ring - IxC999
Salem - Tent
Balam Acab - Heavy Living Things
Balam Acab - See Birds
Lil Wayne - Lollipop (Chopped and Screwed by DJ Young Redd)
oOoOO - Mumbai
As previously reportedRobin from 20 Jazz Funk Greats has started up a new label, Tri Angle, supporting this scene. If you want to find one of the originals check out this label Disaro from Houston. Looking forward to what’s to come from all of this.