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Rick Ross – “Touch’n You (Balam Acab Edit)” (Feat. Usher)

For reasons only known to young laptop murk-designer Balam Acab, the young man has just remixed “Touch’n You,” a Rick Ross/Usher collaboration from the former’s God Forgives, I Don’t album. Balam Acab’s virtually unrecognizable six-minute version of the song sounds like a lost Man-Thing trudging through a swamp while the guy from Salem howls with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Balam Acab – “Ass Pop”

Here’s a one-off joint from murky production specialist Balam Acab, a track called “Ass Pop” that rides a shifty, goofy pulse while finding plenty of room for the requisite Lex Luger escalating chime noise and Flocka’s “SQUAD” ad-lib. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 31, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Lushlife – “Still I Hear The Word Progress (Balam Acab Remix)”

Remix warlock Balam Acab recently tackled Lushlife’s new single, “Still I Hear The Word Progress,” instilling his own slowed-down, wispy aesthetic. Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 2, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Balam Acab – “Just Stay” & “Come True”

On his Twitter this afternoon, young murk-music producer Balam Acab let two unreleased new joints go out into the ether. Both “Just Stay” and “Come True” are instrumentals, and both of them stay true to his subliminal melodic-drift steez. Download both below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 12, 2012 - 4:49 pm

Charli XCX – “Nuclear Seasons (Balam Acab Remix)”

The industrial-tinged synth-pop track “Nuclear Seasons,” by UK artist Charli XCX, is one of the year’s more memorable singles in its vein. Its hook sticks, its production steeped in darker but stepped back in the mix, so Charli can rule the mix. Balam Acab is a logical remix partner, especially after you’ve absorbed the visual… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 9, 2011 - 9:37 am

Watch Balam Acab Live Video

The young producer Balam Acab only recently started playing live shows — as in, like earlier this week. Last night, he performed at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly, where he manned a laptop, made breathy beatbox noises, and generally looked dorky as fuck while a female vocalist backed him up. Below, watch a murky but clear-sounding… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2011 - 2:54 pm

Twin Sister – “Kimmi In A Rice Field (Balam Acab Remix)”

Balam Acab tries his hand at a remix of Twin Sister’s sprawling “Kimmi In A Rice Field,” and he pretty much leaves the lustrous vocal alone, rather resolving to outfit the track with a twinkling, woozy stutter. It sounds like a “Kimmi In A Rice Field” music box, which isn’t at all a bad idea. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 7, 2011 - 11:30 am

Today In Lana Del Rey: Balam Acab Remix, Woodkid Duet

The widely discussed narco-pop firestarter Lana Del Rey stays busy enough to get up in our blog almost everyday. And over the weekend, she showed up at the Highline Ballroom during a show from the French singer and music-video director Woodkid. Del Rey and Woodkid duetted on LDR’s song “Video Games,” and we’ve got video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2011 - 10:03 am

Remixtape Vol. 6

It’s the return of Remixtape, the feature where I listen to a tremendous amount of shitty blog-bait “X Remixes Y” tracks and weed out those worth your weed-out. (Right?) Volume 6 opens with this month’s undisputed champion of tracks bearing Remix in their title: the indomitable “Huzzah!” featuring a fierce set of relatively underground rapper… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 30, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Stream Balam Acab’s WANDER / WONDER

WANDER / WONDER, the prettily murky debut full-length from the young electronic producer Balam Acab, is out tomorrow on Tri Angle. Right now, the album is streaming at NPR. You might’ve heard the early tracks “Oh, Why,” “Apart,” and “Motion.” Now hear the whole thing right here. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 29, 2011 - 4:52 pm

Sleep ∞ Over – “Romantic Streams (Balam Acab Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

On the heels of August’s Monthly Mix, which features Sleep ∞ Over’s “Romantic Streams,” comes Balam Acab’s remix of that jam, a twitchier, spookier take on the fluid original version. Stereogum premiere. Download below, alongside Sleep ∞ Over’s version. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 23, 2011 - 1:10 pm

Balam Acab – “Motion”

One of the finest young acts going, Balam Acab releases his full-length debut WANDER / WONDER on 8/29 via Tri Angle. We’ve had “Oh, Why” and “Apart.” now you can hear “Motion”:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 16, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Balam Acab Remixes Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo”

Yesterday, the steadily on-point LDN-based label Tri Angle turned one-year old. Take this is as the unofficial celebratory MP3, from Balam Acab — one of the roster’s finest mixers of the languid, haunting, and pretty — as the 21-year-old does all of those things to the decidedly not languid nor haunting (but certainly pretty) uptempo… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 4, 2011 - 11:54 am

Mathieu Santos – “Silly Thoughts (Balam Acab Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Balam Acab remixed a song from Ra Ra Riot bassist Mathieu Santos’s solo debut Massachusetts 2010. As mentioned previously, Alec Koone is a patient, precise composer, so it’s interesting to give a close listen to what he decided to retain, shift, or implode — that in mind, we have Santos’s original along with Balam’s tweak. More »

By: brandon / July 21, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Balam Acab – “Apart”

“Apart”‘s brief, high-pitched spectral thump goes well with WANDER / WONDER’s darkly beautiful lead track “Oh, Why.” As should be expected: Balam Acab’s Alec Koone has an acute compositional sense and an impressive ability to curate and control his details. Like the silence that opens this one:… More »

By: brandon / July 13, 2011 - 10:31 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: June 2011

June’s started on a hot streak: It made sense to counter the sweat by opening this Monthly Mix of recent standout free MP3s with a few chillier tracks. You don’t want to hide out in the air conditioning forever, of course, so things move outdoors to a humid rooftop party just past the halfway mark. More »

By: brandon / June 9, 2011 - 10:25 am

Balam Acab – “Oh, Why”

“Oh, Why” is the darkly beautiful lead track from 20-year-old Pennsylvanian Alec Koone/Balam Acab’s full-length debut WANDER / WONDER. Before you listen, here are Koone’s thoughts on the Tri Angle-imprinted collection:… More »

By: brandon / June 7, 2011 - 11:48 am

Juno, Witch House Fan

You probably associate Ellen Page with Moldy Peaches, but as she told EW, Juno’s listening to ghostly, hypnotic, claustrophobic music when not carrying Michael Cera’s baby:… More »

By: brandon / March 30, 2011 - 4:46 pm

L’Oreal Gets Witch House: Balam Acab Soundtr∆cks Beyoncé Commercial

A week ago Tri Angle mentioned Ithaca favorite Balam Acab’s “See Birds” was appearing in a L’Oreal commercial featuring Beyoncé. Then nothing surfaced. But Tri Angle wasn’t lying: The spot’s less staticky than the song’s official video, and B dressed sorta “witch house” for the occasion:… More »

By: brandon / January 27, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Balam Acab – “See Birds (Sun)” Video

I’ve referred to 19-year-old Stereogum40 member Alec Koone’s Balam Acab soundscapes as haunting and weirdly three-dimensional. In that spirit, keep watching the television static in “See Birds (Sun)” video until something happens. It’s posted in super high-resolution at http://dre間

The See Birds EP is out via Tri Angle. More »

By: brandon / November 8, 2010 - 4:29 pm
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