Archive for April 28th, 2021

April 28, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Metal & Hard Rock Vol. 3

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Hump day? Hell yeah it’s H.U.M.P. day – Heavy Ultimate Music Playlist day. Turn it up and throw the horns.

April 28, 2021

The Midweekly – Armand Hammer & The Alchemist

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

An album by the now deceased oil and pharmaceutical businessman? Nah. It’s the latest from hip hop duo by the same name, Armand Hammer. On their fifth record, Haram, the New York group, consisting of Billy Woods and EUCLID, have collaborated for the first time with legendary producer The Alchemist. Fans of the genre will know the west coast producer and DJ always brings a unique style to the table, and on this release there’s no shortage of that. The music is a blend of dusty LPs delivering samples of jazz and blues, cut with haunting, minimalist sounds. The rhymers themselves give the record it’s true rhythm as they shift and change meter with their flow. Lyrically experimental, the verses are as dense as a forest. Seemingly about a hundred things, and at the same time nothing at all. But the enjoyment isn’t in the deciphering. Let the thicket of poetry surround you. Like the NY entrepreneur they too deal in fuel and drug, just in a more metaphorical and rewarding way. 

April 28, 2021

The B-Side: Linus Gxrdfeldt

Acclaimed Swedish poet Linus Gårdfeldt has returned to his rock n’ roll roots (adorably, he was in a punk band when he was six) with Animal Tongue, a collection of post-punk influenced indie rock released under the barely-a-pseudonym Linus Gxrdfeldt. As one would expect, the songs are lyrical and often story driven, as is the case in the lead track “Wolf Coat.” The band is top notch and this one feels a bit like The National, which is always a good thing.

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