Fireworks on the River Neva. Leningrad, 1957
Cass McCombs “County Line”
“Streetz Tonight” - AraabMUZIK.
I like anybody who uses more than their fair share of z’s, so it was only natural that I was so drawn to Abraham Orellana, the Providence, Rhode Island hip-hop record producer better known as “AraabMUZIK.” The self-proclaimed “MVP of the MPC” started playing the drums at age 3 and producing his own beats before he entered the 5th grade. His rise to fame was largely due to the spread of his videos over the internet and subsequently signing with Diplomat. Orellana distinguishes himself from typical hip-hop producers in that he samples from house and trance music rather than the traditional soul and jazz cuts. Electronic Dream is the first main-stream, cohesive release from Orellana. Beautifully crafted, but preferred in small doses since Orellana decides to interupt everysinglesong with the auto-tuned voice of a woman saying “you’re now listening to AraabMUZIK.” This may be helpful if you’re just listening to one track but sounds a little aggrandizing after the 12th time. With that said, “Streetz Tonight” is the perfect example of how Orellana can use such unique production techniques and turn them into amazingly lush and accessible pop hits. I’ve enjoyed this track while driving excruciatingly slow in the middle of the night or ridiculously fast in the early morning. I would love to someday see Orellana perform live after listening to this album and watching him go absolutely insane on this drum machine.
Beautifully shot video bringing awareness of the importance of bees and green spaces to the city of Hong Kong.
An Empty Bliss Beyond This World