13 & God – Own your Ghost
The second album from collaborating masterminds The Notwist and Themselves, Own Your Ghost isn’t exactly a hard album to figure out, that is unless you’re not familiar with their respective sounds. The Notwist, headed by vocalist Markus Acher, blend their lush acoustics and glitch electronics with Oakland, CA’s Themselves and their dusty beats and nonsensical flows.
While their debut tended to sound like a Notwist track followed by Themselves, and followed by another Notwist track and on and on, they appear to have attempted to fit both styles into almost every track here, and the results are very pleasing. If you like mayo with your eggs or anchovies with on your burgers, you’ll love this! (Or, if you like interesting music)
For fans of: The Notwist, Themselves, Subtle
Highlights: “Armored Scarves”, “Death Major”, “Old Age”
Best to listen to when: If you like a little hip-hop with your singer-songwriter.
Avoid at all costs if: You only enjoy music you can understand.
13 & God is an indie hip-hop collective created in 2004.13 & God’s style of music has been called “dubby glitch pop”, and is a blend of many previously separate styles of music. The members of 13 & God are:
13 & God have released one self-titled album. A limited-run Japan-only live album was released in 2008..
Now it is known: The band’s name stems from the concept of the 12 apostles and Jesus Christ forming a group that comprises 13 mortal men as well as God.
XRabit – Hello World
Berlin producer XRabit hooked up with Houston rap duo DMG$ to bring us Hello World, and we should all send them thank you cards with promises to purchase this album, because it’s a damn good time! What these rappers bring to the table is fresh and creative, and leave it to XRabit to bottle it all up into one explosive package.
While there is plenty of self promotion, it seems so effortless and devoid of clichés that maybe this is a case where it’s warranted. These guys deserve to be famous.
For fans of: Southern hip-hop over old-school 80’s beats.
Highlights: “Damaged Good$”, “Trak’s Promise”, “Follow the Leader”
Best to listen to when: You want to prove that hip-hop’s not dead.
Avoid at all costs if: If you don’t like hip-hop, obviously.
xrabit & DMG$, Born in Berlin, Germany, but based in Inner London, England, hip-hop producer XRabit linked up with a pair of Texan MCs — Cool Dundee and Tak Bully, aka Damaged Good$ or DMG$ — and released a pair of 12″ singles (“Killin ‘Em” and “Damaged Good$”) on Big Dada prior to the album Hello World LP release.
Now it is known: XRabit is from BERLIN doing a Texas rap album. What else is there to know???