Lights Down Low, Demoralizing Banter, Bmore Club Can't Be Stopped Remix

DJ Dog Dick and Lil Ugly Main

Lights Down Low

DJ Dog Dick and Lil Ugly Main, “Lights Down Low” In which the worlds of David Lynch and hip-hop finally collide in this genuinely pretty odd collaboration between classic West-side weirdo and noise-hop spazz DJ Dog Dick and Richmond rapper Lil Ugly Mane. Actually, maybe that aesthetic collision was what Salem was on to, but we all know how that turned out (if you don’t, try “kind of icky and slightly embarrassing”). The beat here comes courtesy of Shawn Kemp, not Dog Dick, though it’s still plenty weird, just not as noise-fried as one might expect with the Baltimore name attached to the track. Some farty laser sounds give the thing a kinda sci-fi edge, but more so it’s a surreality of red velvet curtains and cigarette smoke, the lounge just off the alleyway where bad things happen in the shadows of the most sinister revelry. And believe it or not, you can bring an entire song into this Lynchian space on the back of a particular trumpet sample, which this does. The beat itself does feel kinda Salem-y (busy drum-pad sounds, in particular) and there’s rapping, yes, which is fine enough reverb rhyming and the sort of thing you get the feeling is hard to mess up.

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Eddie Brock

Demoralizing Banter

Eddie Brock, “Demoralizing Banter” Powerviolence à la Eddie Brock isn’t just fast and brutal—it’s efficient. Songs remain in the 50-second range, or less, as per usual in this splinter genre of hardcore/metal known for sub-minute songs, and that’s just because it doesn’t take more than a minute for a song in this genre to do its business and then some, business that includes pulling a listener in, if that’s only briefly. There’s a point on “Demoralizing Banter,” a pummeling roar of fast doomful guitar and blasting drums, off Eddie Brock’s recent 7-inch, where the singer’s vocal pattern goes from staccato bark-punches to a racing something else, like he’s taking his foot off your heart only to make it beat way faster. It changes like two more times over the song’s whopping 48 seconds and you might keep listening to those 48 seconds over and over again just to figure out what all is happening and, by that time, you might actually like it too—or at least “get it.”

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Benny Stixx

Bmore Club Can’t Be Stopped Remix (Ft. TT The Artist)

Benny Stixx, “Bmore Club Can’t Be Stopped Remix (Ft. TT The Artist)” The original “Bmore Club Can’t Be Stopped,” featuring a Booman vocal snip taken from a version of DJ Class’ “I’m the Ish,” came out two years ago and apparently did pretty well out in the world. And that’s without the TT the Artist vocal on the remix, which quite handily makes the new track go boom. The song’s moving along with uncommon smoothness for club—just the titular chant and the beat—and then the bass hits in a low electro growl, and in drops TT, rapping like Rye Rye with several extra pounds added to her voice. The track was good once, and now it slams.

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