Balam Acab - "Ass Pop"
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
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am.jp.