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Besto 2010: The L.A. Beat Scene for Dummies (Starring Teebs, Asura, Lorn, Shlohmo, Take)

That's a double helix by Teebs. Get yr DNA right.

Los Angeles. So much reason for so much pride right now. This city had an unbelievable year in music, and nothing’s slowing for 2011. Mark my words. Just as the noise scene grew up this year with more “mature” releases from No Age, Wavves, Abe Vigoda and others, the next two will be marked by increasingly sophisticated and beautiful releases from the local beat fam. But you don’t want to wait for Rolling fucking Stone or Paste to tell you that, do you? Nah. Get on the train now, and check out five future classics that came out this year, but which didn’t make it onto the A.V. Club’s year-end list (which is why Baths and Lotus are excluded).

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THE L.A. BEAT SCENE, FOR DUMMIES (ya dummy!)

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Beat (Scene) Beat: Aquacrunkgate 2010, Mars Volta Meets Low End Theory, Tokimonsta vs. TAKE, Asura vs. Ana Caravelle, Glitch Mob’s in ‘America’s Got Talent’ Semi-Finals

Teebs does not make aquacrunk music, but you should still buy his 'Ardour' LP.

I make no attempts to hide my reverence for the L.A. beat scene. Just when I think I’ve got it pinned down, someone like Teebs will come along and flip the script by making something as rich and subtle as Ardour, or Flying Lotus will go ahead and release a new EP, like Pattern+Grid World, that sounds nothing like the incredible album he released a couple months previously. That’s why most of the links below are to MP3 debuts — shit happens so fast, the best you can do is channel it. Oh, and then there’s …

  1. FEATURED: Aquacrunkgate: L.A. Artists (Flying Lotus and Others) Take to Twitter to Protest Latest Blog-Made Microgenre*
  2. Omar Rodriguez Lopez Records a Electronic Album w. Nobody
  3. Beat Scene Babe Tokimonsta Remixes TAKE
  4. Asura Remixes Ana Caravelle (Think Lotus Meets Newsom)
  5. Glitch Mob Makes Semi-Finals on ‘America’s Got Talent’
  6. Sumsun Channels Four Tet and Neon Indian on ‘Call It Home’

* “Early in Drowned in Sound’s screed, the author identifies the late J Dilla, an extremely hallowed name in L.A. and in hip-hop production overall, as the father of aquacrunk.

(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)

MP3, Groove Edition: Nite Jewel, Asura, Ana Caravelle, Fol Chen, Madlib, Freddie Gibbs

Nite Jewel, amidst balls

We’re getting caught up on two weeks of intense blogging for West Coast Sound, and we now present to you some tasty MP3 and/or streaming works. This is Groove Edition (think “fun-kay”).

  1. FEATURED: Nite Jewel with Teen Inc. for EP, ‘Am I Real?’*
  2. ‘Timber,’ Lush Electronics from Asura and Ana Caravelle
  3. Chamber-Funk Ensemble Fol Chen Drops ‘The Holograms’
  4. James Poyser, Karriem Riggins, Madlib  on ‘Funky Butt’
  5. Arabian Prince and CX Kidtronik in ‘Let’s Hit the Beach’
  6. Freddie Gibbs with ‘Str8 Killa’ EP, Says ‘F*ck the World’
  7. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Nite Jewel, keyboard queen Ramona Gonzales, is a quintessential artist of the L.A. underground and has now produced a collaboration with a young group that’s starting to catch buzz, Teen Inc.”

Roundup: Fool’s Gold, Universal Music, Asura, Nite Jewel + Dâm-Funk, Foreign Born, We Are The World, Edward Sharpe, Polyamorous Affair

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up).

  1. Hanukkah or Xmas? Who Cares — Free Stuff Either Way from the Universal Music Truck & Fool’s Gold
  2. Video Feast: New Clips from Foreign Born, Nite Jewel + Dam-Funk, We Are The World, and Edward Sharpe
  3. MP3 Exclusive: Asura, ‘Manzanita’ (on Alpha Pup’s Non Projects)
  4. Video Premiere: Polyamorous Affair in “New York City”
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.