Dragged to Hell Volume 21 is a special, dance party ready mix. I have selected tunes from the last few months (not all songs are that new, some are just that new to me) that fall in the hip hop, dance, electronic, industrial, and whatever I felt fit the mix.
Silk Rhodes – Barely New
Sage The Gemini – Gas Pedal (Meth Dad Remix)
Lttle Phnx – Koromiko
Chris Travis – Let Down
Death Grips – Black Quarterback
Mykki Blanco – Moshin In The Front feat. Cities Aviv
ABDU ALI & BLAQSTARR – I, EXIST (BLAQSTARR REMIX)
Yung Lean – Sandman
Matic808 – Bound 2 (Yeezus)
clipping – mouth (ft. black mushroom, chinaka hodge)
Frontline Assembly – Echogenetic (Youth Code)
YTCracker – Convalescence
☠JAYYEAH☠ – The Swing 1767
Dean Garcia– Fifteen
Nerftoss – Bottomless
How to Dress Well – A Power
I am playing catch up here (DTH21 already dropped…) and here is Dragged to Hell 20! This mix features a slew of genres; spanning noise, industrial, pop remixes, hip hop, pop, synthpop, nerdcore, and noise rock. Enjoy!
Andre Martel – Blow-Up Dolls [Prod. By Eyedress]
Ricky Eat Acid – this goes out to…
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (Meth Dad remix)
couples counseling – hope u nevr hear this
Weyes Blood – Summer
Niil Dymon – Go Online
Thom Yorke – Truth Ray
Panda Bear – This Side of Paradise
Bleachers – Take Me Away (feat. Grimes)
Dope Body – Repo Man
Godflesh – Carrion
Sylvan Esso – Play It Right
Crosses – Prurient
Yung Lean – Leanworld
Lttle Phnx – Ethiopian Opal
Ultraklystron – Spike Bracelet
YTCracker – Night Terror
Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Schwarz Club remix)
Thurston Moore – Vocabularies
Pharmakon – Body Betrays Itself
(photo by me of “Snowmagedon”)
In no particular order, my top 10 favorite dark/electronic releases from 2013. I decided to not label any of these lists “Best of”, as I just want to share a few releases that I enjoyed and am not saying anything is better than anything else. Anyways a list with links and short descriptions; and a Mix featuring a track from each one.
1. THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW – THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW: This super group features instrumental work by BLVCK CEILING and vocals by Moon Mirror. This should be the soundtrack to a seventies exploitation flick; complete with car chases, shoot outs, and sex scenes.
2. Kiernan Paradise – Loss: A solo project of Pleasure Leftists member Haley Morris, Kiernan Paradise is a minimal synth based project that allows Haley’s vocals to be the focal point.
3. LTTLE PHNX – D’Esprit Luvrs: New Zealand singer/synth player Lucy Beeler released this synthpop/witch house gem back in April. Haunting and beautiful.
4. Moon Mirror – Transference: This Aural Sects release was in constant rotation for my daily commutes. She had some poignant words to say earlier this year, and I completely agree with her views on art. (The gist being “I’m a musician, not a saleswoman.”)
5. CRIM3S – Stay Ugly: This EP reminds me of what I first liked about witch house (the White Ring song Roses, and specifically the distroted bass, hip hop beats and scream/singing) and my only complaint is that it wasn’t a full length!
6. Pharmakon – Abandon: I caught Pharmakon‘s set at Hopscotch this year. It was an intense 20 minutes of electronics, and very confrontational singing (going into the crowd and just screaming). This release does a good job of capturing the sonic side of that experience, though I wouldn’t dare listen to it as loud as I did live.
7. Purple – Salvation: I do not know much about this artist, just that a friend recommended this release to me and it is great. Laid back beats and pitch shifted vocals are highlights of this.
8. Spell Hound – Guerrilla: Another Aural Sects release on my top ten! No surprise there, as they consistently put out interesting music. Spell Hound are a duo who also feature female vocals and witchy beats.
9. ∆AIMON – Aaimon: This is the debut LP of duo ∆AIMON, and a last minute addition to this list with its December 2013 release date. They have been creating some of my favorite dark electronic music for the last few years. This release was an instant favorite, with its dual gender vocals, and nice mix of dark and light atmospherics and textures.
10. Gatekeeper – Young Chronos: One day Gatekeeper posted on Facebook a link to a torrent for their new EP. So I grabbed it. The most Mortal Kombat soundtrack sounding release of this list, and I mean that as a compliment. Extremely danceable and dark.
Image of Pharmakon at Hopscotch Fest 2013 is by me