It Came From The 85H8: Beatsmith Resist – Philthy Phalangez

Beatsmith Resist - Philthy Phalangez

Yo, this new class I’m taking is ridiculous. I’m only a couple weeks in, but it’s already required 1000 words of essay-writing each week. I’m hoping this doesn’t fck up the blogging for too much longer.

But anyway, I showed the dude rangerbob this new Beatsmith Resist tape. And he was like, “Damn, I love horror movies.”

On Beatsmith Resist’s album Philthy Phalangez, he non-verbally announces that it’s time to get epic. Starting out with a stand-up bass groove and a flute that whistles like Miles’ trumpet. It’s awesome to actually hear songs structured and follow a progression instead of just looping ostinato’s of sorts. Resist cuts and fades masterfully and doesn’t just drop in the same samples in a monotonous hamster wheel of brain-melting, bastardized beats. Dude tosses in some Graf Orlock-ass movie samples (which is always fun) and uses some effed up dub-style samples (as in not just taking a straight sound snippet but morphing it to make an entirely different sound). Novel concept? Hardly. But generally under-utilized in my opinion. An array of instrument samples are used through the course of the record but he still creates a solid hip-hop groove in familiar timings that makes your head nod. The wind instrument and brass lines are killer. They float over the beats in a skillfully lazy way. Read more of this post

Video: Beatsmith Resist – Philthy Phalangez

Serial killer music set to a horror movie montage in October. Too perfect, right?

We first heard this on that quick Raptavism EP compilation. Resist is planning to drop this on an upcoming instrumental project. But way before that happens, you can check out Resist at The Beat Bombardment this Sunday. Flyer after the jump. Read more of this post

Event: Odessa Kane, Scatter Brain, Vernon Bridges, Beatsmith Resist at Headquarters Cafe

Odessa Kane and Scatter Brain show

I’m working on a story about Scatter Brain. Gonna be here doing research on Friday. Scatter Brain says he wants to try to make this into a regular venue and a regular outlet for local artists. This first lineup is looking pretty great. Since this is a free show and all ages are allowed, all you really need to do to support is bring yourself and not fight anyone. Easy stuff, right?

Video: Aaron Evans ft. Real J. Wallace, Sojourn, Beatsmith Resist – Look At California

Probably should’ve posted this when there was more summertime to go around. But hey, it’s hot like a mug in September so this still works. I didn’t expect this sort of beat from Resist. I had thought he stuck pretty close to the “serial killer chasing you in the woods” aesthetic. But this works with a good sample. It’s also refreshing to hear more from Sojourn, whose drumming skills always seem to shine through in his raps somehow. Check this out and then go to the beach and think deep, poetical thoughts.

Preacher vs. Choir, Nikki & The Mongoloid, Critical Beatdown 7/5

Just posting a couple flyers for a couple good events tomorrow night. The show with Preacher vs. Choir and Nikki & the Mongoloid is a rap and punk show out at Embarcadero Park. Free show, real indie isht.

After the jump, Critical Beatdown celebrates DJ Pound’s birthday. Beatsmith Resist is gonna play a set too. Should be good. Read more of this post

Raptavism EP with Kaboose, Beatsmith Resist + more

Aki Kharmicel & Robinson Wigfall “Charlie Brown”

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Beatsmith Resist “Power”

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Dabblin Souls (Kaboose & 3D) “Manuel Delgado”

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Zochi Beats “Get United”

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Dabblin Souls (Kaboose & 3D) “Richard Aoki”

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I picked up this sampler/EP at this Cinco De Mayo event called “Raptavism” thrown at the Roots Factory in Barrio Logan. Luckily for you, there are still copies of the EP available at Access and also through Beatsmith Resist’s Bandcamp page.

“Raptavism” seems to be a combination of the words “rap” and “activism”. The EP even comes with a printed excerpt from the Wikipedia entry for “ethnic studies”, which details how various student groups under the umbrella of the Third World Liberation Front protested successfully for the formation of ethnic studies departments at various colleges.

There are five songs, all featuring artists that performed at “Raptavism” that night and four of those songs are pretty dope. Only one of the songs, opener “Charlie Brown” by Aki Kharmicel and Robinson Wigfall, is overtly political, telling the too-familiar tale of black injustice and disenfranchisement.

The rest of the compilation is loosely connected by the theme of “otherness”, thinking beyond the norm. Or thinking in horror movie terms anyway. Beatsmith Resist sounds like he’s experimenting in the same psychedelic territory as the Kilowattz crew. His instrumental, “Power”, makes you wanna down some shrooms, chase someone around in the woods, and hack them to pieces. The two tracks with MC’s Kaboose and 3D as Dabblin Souls are named after a Spanish serial killer (“Manuel Delgado”) and the only Asian leader in the Black Panther Party (“Richard Aoki”). But the songs have little to do with the eponymous historical figures. Instead, true to the Dabblin Souls name, the creepy songs invoke spirits to search for some undefined truth.

The only song I didn’t like was “Get United”. It’s serviceable enough when you’re feeling under the influence but it doesn’t stick out much. Still, four out of five ain’t bad. Be sure to pick it up when you have a chance.