"The Dumpster" with Chuck Trash -- Fresh Garbage, Different Sounds
[“The Dumpster” is an official BadLuck Records editorial column written by Chuck Trash, our lead editor. You may see a variety of content across the span of music history on “The Dumpster”, but this week Trash breaks down three new albums he has been listening to frequently as of late. ]
FRESH GARBAGE, DIFFERENT SOUNDS [7/29/19]
2019 has been a tremendous year for music all around. From hardcore punk to gritty hip-hop to some of the most intricate ambient music I’ve heard in years, a large amount of eclectic music has lived up to the hype. Some of the best music of the year recently experienced the light of day, providing a shadow of optimism for what the rest of the year has to offer. The following three albums just dropped and have been in heavy rotation lately.
Thom Yorke “ANIMA”
When I was in high school, I was a die-hard Radiohead fan. I was in college when “The King of Limbs” came out, and although it was a change of pace for the band, I still listened to it often, and actually enjoyed it. As the years have passed, I felt that Radiohead would never release an album again. I was one of the only people I knew who really liked “The King of Limbs”, and I attribute that to the fact that I was just beginning to delve into deeper electronic music at the time, and that “TKOL” was a good bridge for the gap between rock n’ roll and electronic pop.
By the time Radiohead got around to releasing their last album, “A Moon Shaped Pool”, I had honestly lost interest. I had expanded my pallet into much deeper realms of experimental music, and that album just didn’t do it for me. It was good, but I didn’t have a reason to listen to it and still do not.
I have always found pleasure in listening to Thom Yorke’s solo catalog, and engage actively in the theory that he only gets better with each release. Recently, he dropped off his third solo record, entitled “ANIMA”. Somehow, after I lost interest because Radiohead’s last album wasn’t experimental enough, Thom Yorke created a masterpiece of electronic experimentation. This record is unlike anything I’ve ever heard Radiohead-related.
“ANIMA” spans across 9 tracks all composed and written by Thom Yorke, and it is all over the place. There is a track entitled, “Dawn Chorus”, which drives a monotone nostalgia only heard before on the Radiohead classic like “Fitter Happier”. The composition across the record bounces back from ambient to a more intense club-based sound. Yorke has never sounded this good, and I can’t stop listening. Check out one of my favorite songs off the record, “Twist” below via Apple Music or Spotify!
Your Old Droog “Transportation”
There is so much great rap coming out of New York right now that it is getting to be a chore sifting through it all and finding the real treasure. Your Old Droog is a Brooklyn native that has been making noise in the underground realm for a couple of years. He’s worked with an array of other rappers and producers, recently collaborating with Ohbliv & Lil’ Ugly Mane among others.
It’s not hard to tell who Droog pulls influence from. He talks about it multiple times across all of his albums, but the first comparison I would make would be to MF DOOM. Droog is goofy but in a different way than DOOM, while both are really sharp with their wordplay technique. While DOOM is satirical in a nonsensical way, Droog is more focused like an actual comedian—but don’t get it twisted, this is no parody.
It’s interesting to think of Droog as just another punchline rapper until recently, when he dropped his most cohesive project to date, “Transportation”. I’ve only been to New York a handful of times, but Droog has a way of transporting his listener to the city on this album, and ties it all together via public transportation. It’s a creative and original concept, and simultaneously is executed flawlessly. Droog takes us into the life of an everyday city dweller, hustling and bustling to get by, while comically addressing the highs and lows of relying on the subway.
Unlike most other releases by the up and coming MC, there are no vocal features on the album, save the last two bonus tracks which feature Quelle Chris & fellow-New Yorker Wiki. One of the more notable guests on the record appears on its’ intro in the form of Bruiser Brigade in-house producer Skywlkr. Also familiar is production of Madlib’s brother, Oh No on the fifth track. Even with a handful of different producers with encompassing different sounds, the LP is satisfyingly consistent in theme and direction. This album somehow went under the radar on the internet, so make sure you check it out and support it below via Bandcamp!
Urochromes “Trope House”
New York by way of Massachusetts punk-rock outfit Urochromes recently delivered a punk rock album that is very fun to listen to. “Trope House” clocks in at just 20 minutes over 10 tracks, but somehow moves even faster than that in pace. It is not a complex or emotional listen, but rather light and upbeat for the entirety of the album.
“Trope House” is another album that came out about two months ago that also happens to diversify in sound across different tracks. The opening track, “Milieux”, serves as a perfect ten introduction to this album. It’s a fast-paced beginning to a wild journey through modern punk.
One aspect of this record that I really like is the fact that it’s not all fast. Urochromes have no trouble stepping outside the typical boundaries of ‘what is punk’ and what isn’t, and do a good job slowing things down when necessary. The album is best defined through it’s closing track, which is the band at it’s poppiest—which even then is accompanied by a juxtaposed distorted set of vocals. The New York rising act shows a great amount of versatility on their debut full-length album, and I’m excited to hear where they go from here. Check it out and support below via Bandcamp!