Soundclouds of the Underground: Halloweekend Edition

Published October 30, 2014

ABOVE: MYKKI BLANCO

These days, music truly lives online, with an infinite number of websites dedicated to hosting tunes for the laptop-wielding masses. However, the web’s bottomless pit of blogs isn’t the only place to troll for mp3 treasures—some of the newest and most exciting (Internet-friendly) artists can be sought out via Soundcloud, the online stage that allows musicians to promote and distribute their music to fans and friends across the globe. In this weekly column, expert Internet sleuth Alex Chapman goes into the depths of the music-sharing site, in hopes of shedding light on emerging acts, as well as sharing some digital diamonds in the rough.

Halloweekend’s terrifying reign is upon us. If you’re not still in elementary school (and we wish we were—all that candy…), that means several costume changes and bouncing from spot to spot in search of a scary good night. But whether you’re headed to a haunted house or a house party, music is likely involved. Below are three spooky tracks that are sure to liven up your Hallow’s Eve, no matter your plans.

Mykki Blanco: “Fulani” (Feat. Ian Isiah)

Who: Mykki Blanco’s meteoric rise to music’s favorite weirdo has been well documented across the internet. Rapper, spoken word artist, punk singer—Blanco does it all with an inventive, otherworldly flair. Blanco’s most recent album, Gay Dog Food, is an exercise in experimental intensity, a mosh pit of rage-worthy rhymes and vocals.

The Song: A single off the aforementioned Dog Food featuring Ian Isiah and produced by the aggravatingly underrated Gobby, the booming, eerie “Fulani” could easily soundtrack the apocalyptic rave scene in The Matrix Reloaded or a zombie fight sequence in 28 Days Later.

Current Project: Blanco is fittingly throwing his own Halloween party tonight at Glasslands—get tickets here.

Snappy Jit: “Bumpa” (HYDRABADD Remix)

Who: Bon and Cat Moop make up the awesomely weird Atlanta-based production duo HYDRABADD, and the two have a knack for injecting the typical electronic club beats with a large dose of trippy vibrancy.The Song: HYDRABADD’s remix of  “Bumpa” could easily exist in a “break in case of emergency” glass—it’s almost guaranteed to turn up any function however drab the mood. With its pitched vocals and fat bass, its infectious energy will have your ass in the air in no time.Current Project: Keep up with the group on Facebook.

Tallesen: “Strike Silver, Love Green”

Who: An enigmatic artist who is associated with Daniel Lopatin’s label Software, Hudson Valley’s Tallesen makes sensual experimental tracks that exude beautifully ambient textures.The Song: If you’re in need of a proper score for your haunted house, look no further: “Strike Silver, Love Green” is a rollercoaster of mysterious sounds, never committing to an exact path but instead building upon its base with synth, drums, and glitchy effects.Current Project: Tallesen with join Jack Donoghue of Salem and Anamanaguchi for a Halloween party this Friday—check out the event page for more info.

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