FIX – Single Release – Firewalking

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By Clara Tsac

Minneapolis-based hip hop collective F to I to X released single “Firewalking” on October 15. Joe Horton of No Bird Sing and Crescent Moon of Kill The Vultures maneuver the hook over synth screeches and an intense, alt-rock beat produced by Graham O’Brien of No Bird Sing and Anatomy of Kill The Vultures. This single would fit perfectly in both a testosterone-spiking UFC promo and an eyeliner-requisite heavy metal bar.

Song can be purchased here or viewed on youtube.

Video – Vision The Kid – Somewhere in a Dark City ft. Ben Burwell

http://www.visionthekid.com

Interview with Botzy

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By Becca Martin

Sitting across from Botzy over coffee he laid it out for me “Creativity at the rate of consumption.” He has been climbing a mountain since January, with FOUR releases in the space of THREE months. Three months? I know, feel challenged… Continue reading

Beasthead – “Tallest Trees”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

Not that long ago, Beasthead sent in a video to Rift; it was of them playing at a house party. I’d never heard of Beasthead, but I really liked what I heard. Then they sent us a link to their newest EP, “Tallest Trees.” And I won’t lie, I was somewhat at a loss on how to describe them (this is my second pass at writing this review).

It’s too easy to describe Beasthead’s sound as ambient, although that’s one component – “Tallest Trees” is more of a continually evolving soundscape. Their music’s effect is like taking in visual art; much like looking at a fine painting, their music doesn’t require constant involvement on the listener’s part, he/she can hang in the background and simply add to the atmosphere, but this particular atmosphere is rife with sonic richness.

There’s a silky texture to the vocals and instruments as they thread around each other and finally intertwine. While at times it sounds a little disintegrated, more listens reveal simple, delicate loops that give way to fainter and shadowy works.

Beasthead is comprised of Harry Reynolds (vocals, guitar), Doug Deitchler (guitar, synth, percussion), Nick Whebbe (guitar) and Paul Novak (bass).

There are five tracks on this EP and “Numbers” and “Louder” were my favorites. Local rapper Dem Atlas is a guest vocalist on “Different Son.”

As much as I really like “Tallest Trees,” there’s just one thing I didn’t like: I am not a fan of autotuning vocals. At the beginning of “Numbers” you’ll hear Reynolds’ voice and in my opinion, it doesn’t need any affecting. Like I said, it’s just my opinion.

I recommend you buy “Tallest Trees,” listen, experience and repeat.

The EP is available online; hard copies of “Tallest Trees” will be available for free at Beasthead’s live shows.

https://www.facebook.com/beastheadband

Music Video – Bobby Phisher – “Untouchables” feat. A.Def (of Soulcrate)

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Music Track – Desdamona – The Girlfriend

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Pre-Order – SIFU HOTMAN (Guante + Dem Atlas + Rube)

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From The Press Release:

SIFU HOTMAN is a hip hop collaboration between MCs Guante & Dem Atlas and producer Rube. Featuring funky, up-tempo beats perfect for the b-boys and b-girls paired with razor-sharp lyrics from two of the most singular voices in Twin Cities hip hop, this three-song suite will be released on vinyl and digital download on August 13, 2013.

http://fifthelementonline.com/products/sifuhotmanguantedematlasrubesifuhotmanvinyl

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