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Future is a definitive Hip-hop titan who has garnered sky-high numbers in all aspects of his business and has established a platform that ascends from trap music to the mainstream in a way few artists could ever hope to achieve. The past two years of his career have been a wildfire run to say the least and he is currently sitting comfortably at the highest pinnacle he's ever known. As for touring he opened up for Drake’s Jungle tour, then his own international Purple Reign tour, and is now about to embark on another tour with Drake for his huge Summer Sixteen tour. In addition to the rigorous touring, Future has managed to release three studio albums, four solo mixtapes, a collaboration project with Drake, and host DJ Esco’s recent Esco Terrestrial mixtape. At this point Future’s discography has become rather hearty and reliable collaborators say there is tons more unreleased material in the vault. Among his three albums released in the past two years, the most recent, Evol, was just released on vinyl.
Prior to the vinyl pressing, it was originally released digitally back in February of 2016. Evol is 11 cuts highlighting Future’s iconic dark and twisted stylings. Always known for his somber grittiness, Future keeps Evol thematically depressive and street-oriented, but features a more cohesively melodic approach to the album. Future’s vocal capabilities are historically stand-out, but in the past his singing and rapping have seemed less calculated. On Evol his approach is more formulaic, providing more fluidity as he goes from spitting to singing in his tracks. This vocal presence creates a moody introspective body of music that provides so much more physical depth to the project compared to that of an average Hip-hop album.
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-- By doubleay
Antwon’s Double Ecstasy EP is the merging of an artist’s influence, style, and sound, cohesively culminating into a formula for success. Antwon’s roots lie in San Jose’s punk scene, and his tone and delivery are reminiscent of Hip-hops’s big bodies like that of Biggie Smalls, but his music is completely original. Since first coming onto the scene in 2011 with projects My Westside Horizon and Fantasy Beds, Antwon has undoubtedly never released anything subpar. Over the past five years he has indulged in new frontiers via intercontinental touring and connecting with artists at different platforms such as Lil Ugly Mane, Wiki of Ratking, and producer Hot Sugar, all while improving his craft. These experiences and connections have allowed him to develop a wider source of content to draw from in his music.
The video for Antwon’s break-in record “Helicopter,” from his 2011 Fantasy Beds Mixtape:
It seems many long and wild evenings in Europe’s night clubs have influenced Antwon on Double Ecstasy, both in terms of lifestyle as well as production. The EP displays rap music’s familiar turn up content but in a scene foreign to the average American rapper. Several times he cites accounts of partying, debauchery with females, and drug use in European clubs, which express and reflect his recent lifestyle. Meanwhile, the progressively drilling 808’s, almost more comparable to electronic dance music than Hip-hop, shape the upbeat yet atmospheric sound of the album (“Club,” “Luv”). Ignorant, fun, and accurate, Antwon is really rapping how he’s living on Double Ecstasy.
What's cooler than white vinyl? How about exclusive, limited-edition Amoeba-only white vinyl?! We are proud to announce that Allah-Las' latest album, Calico Review, on white vinyl is now available for pre-order exclusively on Amoeba.com! The album includes a bonus track ("Burning in Heaven") via download card. Pre-order your copy of Calico Review on white vinyl now, because it was limited to just 500 LPs! Orders are limited to one per customer.
Watch the official video for "Famous Phone Figure" from Calico Review:
Watch Allah-Las performing live at Amoeba Hollywood:
San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into an oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2016.
On Thursday, May 19th, catch a live performance by Chrome Sparks, Jeremy Malvin's synth-heavy dance project, and the opening set of funk and soul-influenced dance tracks from Planet Booty. Additional grooves provided by DJs Dials and King Most.
In between sets, sip on NightLife’s signature beer—Magnolia Aliciella Bitter—brewed using plant types found on the museum’s Living Roof. As you take in cutting-edge exhibits and 38,000 live animals in the world’s greenest museum, you can browse local vendors too. Come visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.
|Halfaxa original artwork|
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Grimes’ 2010 album, Halfaxa, has been reissued by Arbutus Records with new artwork! This is the first of three Grimes’ reissues from Arbutus including her other 2010 albums, Geidi Primes and Darkbloom. Grimes sophomore album, Halfaxa’s original LP release dates back to 2011 and since then her career has seen exponential growth. Grimes (Claire Boucher) has undoubtedly progressed and evolved her sound over the past five years. Her experimental electronic roots have developed into a bubblier electro pop style, like that heard on her most recent release, Art Angels. But as Boucher has moved away from her more experimental sound, she has maintained a unique and radical element to her music, skyrocketing herself to a platform where she is challenging the norms of pop music by reinventing the appealing, melodic genre.