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With Hot Sugars newest double album release, Seductive Nightmares, the production game has had its bar raised.  The tracks are seamless, eerie, haunting, and beautiful.  Everything he recorded was sampled from real noises, a style of production he has, in a sense finally perfected. All of his albums can be found on his bandcamp here. I encourage that you watch all his youtube videos, as they’re all entertaining, but one stands out above others.

His newest single is called “Your Nails Look so Pretty”.  Take a moment and soak into some really interesting production and visuals to accompany it.

In this installment of ListenOn Pirate Radio with John Perea and Rory Matthews…

Our heroes debate the value of removing social media from music in today’s environment. They follow by promoting their own music blog (listenon.org).

Recorded on 8/4/2014, Episode 6 brings another wave of Future Funk to get down to – including more by French Kiwi Juice and gem born in bred in U.K. night clubs. Rory brings in double doses of hip hop and alternative indie brilliance.

Feast your ears Listeners!

0:00 – “Learn to Fly feat. Jordan Rakei”, FKJ Fkj-2 – Fkj-learn-to-fly-feat-jordan-rakei

7:36 – “Progress”, Francisco the Man soundcloud.com/smallplatesrecs/francisco-the-man-progress/

14:14 – “Efftup”, loftnet Antennaoffic – Efftup

20:28 – “Whose Planet? Our Planet” by Sifu Hotman sifuhotman.bandcamp.com/track/whose-p…-our-planet-2

26:28 – “Hot Love”, We are Shining Weareshining – Hot-love

31:47 – “Om”, NehruvianDOOM Bishopnehru – Nehruviandoom-om

37:51 – “The Other Side”, Mura Masa Jakarta-records – Mura-masa-miss-you-taken-from-summer-in-jakarta

45:08 – “Sleeps Well on Knives”, Eyelid Kid Eyelid-kid – Sleeps-well-on-knives

In this installment of ListenOn Pirate Radio with John Perea and Rory Matthews…

Our heroes discuss the newest post-dubstep trend, only to confuse it with a Curtis Mayfield song.

John’s deepest, darkest fantasies are shared over lush and luxuries beats.

It is revealed just how painfully white Rory really is.

Recorded on 7/21/2014, Episode 5 heralds John Perea’s triumphant return to the podcast with a handful of “Future Funk” tracks set to melt your brain and get up with the get down – including a new track by the Weeknd and a single from the newest EP by French Kiwi Juice. In return, Rory throws down an eclectic mix of tracks including indie-folk (French for Rabbits), contemporary pop-soul from the U.K. (Slow Club), and raging jazz-funk from Miami (ArtOfficial).

Feast your ears Listeners!

0:00 – “Redwood”, Waterstrider Waterstridermusic – Redwood-1

7:00 – “Left Hand Free”, Alt-J itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-is…3?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

11:59 – “Laser Show”, ArtOfficial www.artofficialmusic.net/new-video-laser-show/

17:41 – “Days with You” by Snakehips, Pomo Remix Snakehips-1 – Days-with-you-pomo-remix

23:10 – “After the Dance Feat. Q-Tip, Theophilus London, and Alison Carney”, Tittsworth Tittsworth – After-the-dance-tittsworth-feat-q-tip-theophilus-london-alison-carney

30:01 – “Waiting”, FKJ Fkj-2 – 01-waiting-feat-madelyn-grant-from-take-off-ep-out-on-the-21st-of-july-on-roche-musique

26:45 – “The Other Side”, French For Rabbits Lefse-records – The-other-side

44:08 – “King of the Fall”, the Weeknd Theweekndxo – The-weeknd-king-of-the-fall

52:02 – “Suffering You, Suffering Me”, Slow Club Slowclub – Suffering-you-suffering-me-mp3

58:20 – “We Dem Boyz” by Wiz Khalifa, Louis Futon Remix Louisfuton – We-dem-boyz-remix

Episode 4 of ListenOn Pirate Radio, hosted by Rory Matthews and Jazmin Aguilera. Recorded on 7/12/14.

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KING – “Mr Chameleon” itunes.apple.com/us/album/mister-…ngle/id892436307

Vic Mensa – “Down On My Luck” itunes.apple.com/us/artist/vic-me…3?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Foxtails Brigade – “The Unloved” foxtailsbrigade.bandcamp.com/track/the-unloved-2

King Tuff – “Eyes 0f The Muse” Subpop – King-tuff-eyes-of-the-muse

Freak Fandango Orchestra – “Balkan Beats” freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Frea…/Balkans_Beats

Vienna Ditto – ” Feeling Good” viennaditto.bandcamp.com/track/feeling-good

Pat Messy – “Skeleton Key (word burgers)” patmessy.bandcamp.com/track/skeleton…y-word-burgers

PHOX – “Noble Heart” itunes.apple.com/us/album/phox/id850192097

Episode 3 of ListenOn Pirate Radio, hosted by Rory Matthews and John Perea.

Misun – “Eli Eli” Kitsune-maison – Misun-eli-eli

God Knows + mynameisjOhn – “Maroto” godknows-mynameisjohn.bandcamp.com/track/maroto

Black Milk – “What it’s worth” blackmilk.bandcamp.com/album/what-its-worth

TV Girl – “Birds Don’t Sing” tvgirl.bandcamp.com/track/birds-dont-sing

A.K. Paul Vs Nao – “So Good” prettymuchamazing.com/music/check-ou…k-paul-so-good

Neon Deon – “Mountains” neondeon1.bandcamp.com/track/mountains

Jack White – “Lazaretto” www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI-95cTMeLM

Pharoahe Monch – “Broken Again” pharoahemonch.bandcamp.com/releases

Calvin Harris – “Summer (Diplo/Grandtheft remix)” hypetrak.com/2014/06/calvin-har…-grandtheft-remix/


Recorded on 6/23/14.

Episode 2 of ListenOn Pirate Radio, hosted by Rory Matthews and John Perea. Recorded 6/8/14.

“The Emancipation of Charlie Swainson” – Papa Chango music.papachango.com.au/track/the-ema…rlie-swainson

“Bastille-Bad Blood Remix” – Lido Lidogotsongs – Bastille-bad-blood-lido-remix-1

“Planet Suave” – Supervillains RMC supervillainsrmc.bandcamp.com/track/planet-suave-2

“Temporary View feat. Sampha” – SBTRKT Sbtrkt – Sbtrkt-temporary-view-ft-sampha

“Wind Let Loose” – Small Wonder smallwonder.bandcamp.com/track/wind-let-loose

“Volcano Tornado” – Pool Party VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLa5hSfRWss

“I Got the Moves” – Habibi Burgerrecords – Habibi-i-got-the-moves

“Decisions feat Emily King” – Taylor McFerrin Brainfeeder – Taylor-mcferrin-decisions-feat

“Game Over” – Mr. Metronomo Mr-metronomo – Game-over

Feast your ears on the first installment of ListenOn Pirate Radio – an eclectic mix of soul, dance, experimental jazz(?), hip hop, and who really knows what to call some of this stuff anyway…

“Skat” – The Wayo thewayo.com/

“Freekin U (Hedspin & Four Color Zack Remix)” – Jodeci Fourcolorzack – Freekin-u-hedspin-n-fcz-remix

“Eyes Closed” – BADBADNOTGOOD itunes.apple.com/us/album/iii/id849488147

“Weight of Love” – The Black Keys itunes.apple.com/us/album/turn-blue/id841098321

“Real Thing” – Tune-Yards itunes.apple.com/us/album/nikki-nack/id838008963

“The Return” – Blu itunes.apple.com/us/album/id861268666

“Travis” – Incredible Polo incrediblepolo.bandcamp.com/track/travis


Recorded 5/18/14 with J. Perea and R. Matthews

Its been a while since I’ve posted on ListenOn and there’s a few artists I’d like to talk about that I’ve been slowly milling over in my head over the last few months, so I’d like to do this in installments rather than all at once.  Here’s part 1, my follow up on Robb Bank$ and a review of his latest album “Tha City”.


Even though it’s late to report on (the album came out October of last year), Robb Bank$ new album “Tha City” is possibly one of the most ambitious undertakings of any rapper currently on the scene.  “Tha City” is highly ambitious, most of the mix’s intricacies are lost to the blind ears of many listeners who have not developed the pallet for southern floridian slang. Robb’s music deals in clever puns and on-point insights for children of the 90s.  When you dig deeper you see that both the music and rapping are highly influenced by Broward county Florida, more specifically the drug culture cultivated by Florida’s infamous “pill mills”.  Those unfamiliar with the state of Florida’s drug culture should be aware that up until last year Florida was the largest state without a central computerized pharmaceutical system, allowing crooked doctors to prescribe hundreds of patients with ridiculous amounts of narcotics for cash.  Think of it almost like the medical marijuana clinics in cali, but you could just walk into a doctors office and walk away with possibly hundreds of high grade pain killers like Oxycodone and Roxycodone, in addition to prescribing untold amounts of lean and Xanax.  Robb and all of his group reference these things frequently in their raps and it’s hard to ignore the fact that it may be a direct result of living in the epicenter of the prescription drug capitol of America.

A few tracks really stand out to me, one of which being “That Sound (Atlanta)”.  I consistently come back to this track when I want to hear a solid banger.  Bank$ throws out some of the best one liners in this track, and manages to hide in as many of his signature anime based lines as his fans should expect.  The video for the song recently went up on Vevo, I highly recommend a listen if you haven’t already.


Another stand out banger is “On Me (Batonrouge)” which also scored a video on Vevo.

Bank$ seems to be on the possible edge of really making himself into something and this mix really shows of how much versatility Robb can really create.  Once again I’m looking forward to seeing Bank$ progression and keeping an eye on fellow emerging Savage Stunna member Pouya.
Until next time, Keep Listening
- Taylor.

A note from the writer:

This post is the first in series of album reviews done “live”: listening to the album from start to finish and posting in direct response to what I’m hearing in real time. To make it all a little more fun, I decided to use twitter with the hashtag #ListenToSisyphus, inviting anyone else to listen live with me or see the post below for the transcript. I’ve add a few thoughts and taken out any superfluous tweets for the sake of the best possible reading experience. Enjoy!         – Rory


Son Lux + Sufjan Stevens + Serengeti = s/s/s = Sisyphus

Son Lux + Sufjan Stevens + Serengeti = s/s/s = Sisyphus

Meet Sisyphus, the collaboration (read: supergroup) that brings the dark and beautiful sides of alt pop out to play with the rowdy and weird parts of renegade hip hop. And like Cerberus, mutli-headed dog of hell, Sisyphus has three distinct and independent heads: the songwriting and vocals of Sufjan Stevens, the production of alternative beat maker Son Lux and the unique rapping of Serengeti.

But it’s not that cut and dried, obviously each musician’s contributions to their debut album range from the obvious to the the indecipherable (“Which one of us wrote that line?”). Sisyphus is full of surprises, diverging parts and overlapping songs, and more than a little joyfulness – unquestionably the creation of more than one musical mind.

Before sitting down for the live review I had listened to the album sparingly to get a feel for it. I knew there were some things I really liked about Sisyphus and a few things I didn’t, but I wasn’t quite ready to write it off as awkward or incoherent – points made about the multi-artist production by other reviews.

We dive right into Sisyphus with Track 1 “Calm It Down”

If you haven’t checked out Son Lux before, I recommend his latest album Lanterns for some absolutely MASSIVE-sounding songs with very cool use of bari sax.

Almost everyone I know is or has been dealing with intense or stressful issues over the last month. This song felt very in-tune with the present.

So far, I don’t mind the music going through very contrasting feels and sections. It certainly makes songs less predictable.

So many different voices and sounds swelling in and out right here. Then the beat comes back. This style of production molds the song into different shapes and adds tons of detail. Doing more with less, and it’s getting popular these days.


I never got bored with this beat. New elements every few bars and I still felt the groove.


This is definitely the most creative music I’ve heard in a while. It’s the abnormality that’s beautiful

Here’s that other side of the double-edge. I don’t enjoy listening to anything for too long if there’s no decreeable idea to follow. It starts to sound like a series of random statements.

I really, really like all the little pieces of Sisyphus.

“My Oh My” is an example of when Sispyhus’s divergent combo approach to music doesn’t do it for me.

A lot of left turns.

*switch *it

This album has some strange odds and ends.

This song strongly reminds of “White Light” by Gorillaz, also featuring “alcohol” as one of the main lyrics.

“I wanted to like you”, Serengeti almost whispers it. Great little emotional tweak.

…the dick sucking thing is a little silly.

This part went on for too long. It’s literally a cacophony.

I finished Sisyphus with the feeling that I enjoyed the majority of the album and plan to revisit songs like  “Rhythm of Devotion” and “Hardly Hanging On”. The sheer variety and depth of the beats and sounds captured my imagination and took me to all kinds of vivid landscapes and scenes in my head.

However, there were a few times when I found the changes from one song to another too abrupt and there were some sections of Sisyphus that sounded chaotic and jumbled, doubtless a product of three separate brains and voice all trying to occupy one space. How do you say something unique and defining as a group when you’re used to how you sound on your own?

Despite it’s flaw, Sisyphus delivers in unexpected, bountiful ways. I said it before, Sisyphus is the most creative album I’ve heard this and last year. It’s a deep well of glittery gems and I’ll be going back for more.

Keep Listening

– Rory

Sisyphus is available on Bandcamp and iTunes

Our Brother The Native

Ann Arbor-based band Our Brother the Native began releasing music in 2005.

Welcome back Listeners!

It’s been a minute (well ok, more like a month) since we’ve brought you some fresh tunes. To get us started in 2014, I’ve picked an album I was delightfully surprised to discover while exploring Bandcamp on Valentine’s Day. Terra Traipse by Our Brother the Native stands out as one of the most creative and unique releases of the new year.

Superbly written and arranged, each song on Terra feels like dozens of bits and pieces – banjo and flute and electric guitar and percussion and much, much more – coming together to create a larger idea, a sum greater than the whole. These interlocking puzzle pieces, varying from primal, natural sounds to synthesized tones and textures, blending together in a wild, experimental sound with the spaced-out, trancy feeling I associated with artists like teebs. As heard on “Unquieted” this mix feels like a joyous, celebratory dance.

Our Brother The Native – Unquieted

A few well-placed interludes help to round the album out and provide meditative breaks between the more lively songs. “Whinnying” makes skillful use of a cheerful piano riff, swelling horn lines, and an inarguably expressive drummer. The musicianship of Terra Traipse is complex, intricate, and  impressive, but without any instrument over-stepping its function or over-playing its part.

Our Brother The Native – Whinnying

Keep Listening,



Terra Traipse, along with other material by Our Brother the Native, is availale for purchase on their bandcamp page and you can read more about the band and their history on the FatCat Records website.