Always there

d33j

Los Angeles-based producer and Wedidit crew member D33J drops his new track “Always There” without ever leaving the comfortable confines of the front seat of an automobile in the seventh installment of the ever-entertaining Carsick series from INTOTHEWOODS.TV. (Luckily, he called shotgun or this would have been a lot less interesting.) As with his previous Tide Songs release, D33J’s new track is an enchanting, airy mixture of tropicalia and glitch.

Reflecting

Groundislava (which I prefer to pronounce as an Eastern European city) will be dropping an LP on Friends of Friends come August, but for now we have the TV Dream EP to tide us over. Much like the rest of the Wedidit Collective members, Groundislava specializes in experimental electronic (or something) layering over a fairly straight forward hip hop back beat. Recently, his take tends to favor hauntingly outdated synthesizers; case in point “Reflecting.”

“Reflecting” sounds like the Bowser’s Castle levels in Super Mario, if you happen to have dropped some acid before plugging in your SNES. Check it out below and peep the rest of the TV Dream EP.

Shoot right through your head

The Soft Pack’s eponymous 2010 debut was as solid as crystal and it’s good to see the Los Angeles by way of San Diego garage rockers getting ready to drop some more distortion drenched pop-rock. “Saratoga” is the first released track from the quartet’s upcoming Strapped (ha! it’s a fake penis joke!) and picks up right where the group left off, with charming fuzz and driving rhythm.

But beneath the veneer of a road trip worthy song lies bitter disappointment. Front-man Matt Lamkin tears through the song’s subject, asking, “Could you describe what you feel you’re doing?” since “from [his] side it seems you’re screwing everyone around you.” However, the real kicker comes when Lamkin asks, “Could you be kind enough to find the time to return all the time that I spent right beside you?”, a request which stings just all the more due to its politeness and seemingly careless delivery.

The Soft Pack clearly haven’t lost their bulge and Strapped is due out September 25 via Mexican Summer.

In the desert all alone

i can go

I don’t like being hasty with my predictions, but with summer only ten days deep (you’re welcome, solstice nerds) I feel comfortable saying that White Arrows have put out this season’s best song with an allusion to the hazards of eating mushrooms before boarding an airplane. My new favorite PSA “I Can Go” is just one of the many worthwhile cuts from the L.A. quintet’s recently released debut Dry Land is Not a Myth, which is a lambent mix of electronica, indie rock, and psychedelia appropriate for all seasons. You can go stream if for free by sharing (and caring) through the White Arrows website.

Delirium

Fun fact: a nguzu nguzu is a figurehead traditionally placed by Solomon Islanders at the front of canoes. The mythical totem would provide protection to the sailors during expeditions. Fittingly enough, Los Angeles beatsmiths Nguzunguzu are at the forefront of America’s bass-influenced music scene. The duo crafts immersive soundscapes that equally befit nature walks and nightclub jaunts, so long as you make sure to get sweaty during either.

Here’s the jungle (the location, not the genre) roaming track Nguzunguzu has dropped from their upcoming Warm Pulse EP, which is due out July 3 (digitally) and August 14 (CD / 12″) via Hippos in Tanks.

Relatives

Blissful new album from Los Angeles’ Mad Gregs.  Stream it Below.

Huh What and Where: Ta-Ku

While previous Huh What & Where artist Bahwee was more of a straight-up beat producer, with tiltneck tracks hovering around the 2 minute mark, Ta-Ku is more of an instrumental composer. His eleventh-hour celebrating album Latenyc is the product of a recent trip to New York and the eight tracks do not disappoint. Ta-Ku’s slow-burning, late night funk is the perfect music to come home to. Latenyc is staring out the metro into the glimmering lights of the subway tunnel on your way home, Latenyc is the car ride to a quick food pit-stop before bed, and Latenyc is that last smoke and drink of the night where you reminisce with your company of choice about what made that night just right.

SJP” is a smooth building instrumental that is just the right blend of mellow and upbeat. It’s perfect mood music for when you’re not at the club anymore, but you’re certainly not quite ready to call it quits. “Mahal” is a glitch-beat R&B joint featuring Chet Faker that burns like a Cuban cigar.

Check out the rest of Latenyc at the HW&W BandCamp, where the album can also be bought for $5.