Category: POP CULTURE

07 Jun 2018

Pulp Lab Presents “Sorry Steve” by GREAT DANE- First Listen

Sorry Steve Gamma Ray Great Dane ADBC Records by William Sheehan Dane Morris hasn’t been without his sonics; along with a Euro-tour last winter, a generous slot on the Shambhala undercard let the Low End Theory-enthusiast bask in the shine, while casual appearances on the local circuit kept his craft in check. The almost two-year […]

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29 May 2018

Q+A // DAEDELUS on LA’s Beat Scene, the Culture of Digging & His New Album, TAUT

By John-Paul Shiver Alfred Darlington, a deep-rooted architect of L.A.’s beat scene, has tinkered with these limits since 2001.  Recording under the well-respected moniker of Daedelus, his brand of left field electronic composition—hip-hop, r&b and jazz blasted through an EDM filter—was an early tent pole in the post-genre beatmakers camp in Southern California. Taut, his […]

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23 May 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist // May 2018 – Featuring Binker and Moses

By John-Paul Shiver Pulling from the influence of grime, hip-hop, electronic music, blog culture and jazz, Binker and Moses are among the pacesetters of the London based jazz renaissance happening now.  ‘Alive In The East?’, their new live album slotted to drop this upcoming June, captures the drummer and sax player in full “shamanic” spiritual free jazz […]

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01 May 2018

Q+A: INNATE Producer Cavalier on #Inspiration #Analog #K-Pop

Innate Cavalier Alpha Pup Records By John-Paul Shiver Introspective thoughts about mortality are carried through an experimental soundscape on Innate, the impressive début by the 20-year-old producer Cavalier. The Long Beach native uses acoustic piano, pacemaker beeps, fuzzed vocals, guitar chords and warm percussive bass tones on the lead track Inward. This collection of sounds […]

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25 Apr 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist // April 2018

By John-Paul Shiver Los Angeles based musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Kadhja Bonet is so expansive with her retro colour wheel of sounds on Childqueen, you swear it was playing on the crappy Radio Shack ceiling speakers at the local Gas & Shop during the early 1980’s.   And that is meant as a compliment.  Straight […]

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19 Mar 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist // March 2018

By John-Paul Shiver Typically, March is the month where “fashionable” musicians, techies and the media descend upon Austin, Texas for ten days of networking over Shiner Bock and breakfast tacos. Southby (aka SXSW) is the rare occasion where bands are either coming off of or just beginning a tour schedule. For artists from other countries, […]

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16 Mar 2018

#FillingSpots Woolymammoth’s Debut Full-Length Shapeshifts from Dank to Dark. And back.

Shadeslove Woolymammoth Filling Spots Alpha Pup By John-Paul Shiver The peripheral old boom bap that aligns itself with bass tones—shapeshifting from dank to dark. And back—are scattered about with notable placement on the ominous feeling “rude boy version” of Shadeslove. The track serves as an all-encompassing idea that remains pervasive throughout the debut full-length album […]

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20 Feb 2018

#Newstalgia #90s NICOPANDA “Smells Like Queens Spirit” London Womenswear FW 2018-2019

NICOPANDA  “Smells Like Queens Spirit“ Nicopanda London Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 London February 2018 Nirvana’s iconic album “Nevermind” (1991) and Lil Kim’s debut masterpiece “Hard-core” (1996) go toe-to-toe in Nicopanda’s FW18 runway collection. Equal parts 90’s Seattle grunge rock and East Coast hip hop glamour, these two epic music worlds collide in a mash-up of […]

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20 Feb 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist // February 2018

By John-Paul Shiver With a plethora of new UK Jazz artists and beat scene producers getting airplay around the planet, February acts as a compass type of set-up month. Pointing to what the year will have an abundance of sonically. From the adventurous Quelle Chris and Jean Grae group project to the chopped and screwed […]

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29 Jan 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist //\\ January 2018

It’s a new year, new gear and a new fit. And as January closes out we have a playlist to recap some of the underneath-the-radar, slept-on music that maybe you missed the first time. These artists could be future Grammy winners or just performers who create songs that smack upside the head now…. and make you pay attention.

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22 Jan 2018

Q+A with Tim Conley, MAST /\\\ – Thelonious Sphere Monk, “Round Midnight” – FIRST LISTEN

In this upcoming release, MAST tackles sixteen Monk compositions, including the acclaimed “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” “Straight No Chaser,” “Epistrophy” and “Well You Needn’t.” MAST, aka Tim Conley, pays homage to the significant history of Thelonious Monk and his esteemed compositions while bringing them into the future using modern electronic bleeps, bloops, and beats.

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16 Jan 2018

Pulp Lab Presents “WHIRL” by YOKAZE – First Listen

By John-Paul Shiver Yokaze Cognitio Renraku The seven-track EP Cognitio by Yokaze, slated for release on Friday, Jan 19th on Renraku, distills abstract mutations that electronic music can present when choosing to live between” gripping builds and drops.”  It evokes a haunted energy that seeks buoyancy and eventually achieves it. From the shifting and fidgety soundscapes that produce […]

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19 Dec 2017

Pulp Lab Best of 2017 Playlist

No artist here is pushing an energy drink or attempting to steer a “DJ popularity” poll; it’s just some of the best music that came out in 2017, that maybe you never had the chance to hear.

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05 Dec 2017

Pulp Lab Presents “Night Flight” by ELUSIVE- First Listen

By John-Paul Shiver Elusive Sketches Dome of Doom Aaron Koslow, who records and produces under the name Elusive, completes his highly productive year in music with a 30-track beat tape that strikes a fair balance between sample based material and interstellar synth fuzz. The aptly titled “Sketches” bumps slow, seeps in deep and bows out with […]

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