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There’s a certain type of drum programming that lets you know that the world is a cold and unforgiving place, that nothing is going to be OK. It’s the kind of drum programming you hear on three of the great bleak, depressive masterpieces of the mid-’90s: Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, Raekwon’s Only Built 4 CubanMore »

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Download Meow The Jewels For Free

Meow The Jewels, the feline-sampling remix of RTJ2 (last year's best album), is here. This cat rap project began as a joke deluxe edition of…
Scott Lapatine | September 25, 2015 - 10:31 pm

KAEB – “There’s No One” (Feat. JonWayne) Video

BEAK> is the krautrock-inspired side-project trio led by Portishead production mastermind Geoff Barrow, and they've got a weird new record coming out: A split EP…
Tom Breihan | July 13, 2015 - 10:06 am

BEAK> – “The Meader” Video

Portishead production mastermind Geoff Barrow also leads the improv-based, krautrock-influenced trio BEAK>, and they're about to release a new split EP with themselves. On the…
Tom Breihan | June 23, 2015 - 11:58 am

KAEB – “When We Fall” Video

Next month, Geoff Barrow's side project Beak> will release a new split EP -- one side will feature new Beak> songs, while the other will…
James Rettig | June 8, 2015 - 10:47 am

Diplo Under Fire For GIF Theft, Rude Tweets

It's starting to seem like there's a story about Diplo being rude to a female artist every time I open Twitter. There was that whole…
Caitlin White | February 12, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Run The Jewels’ Meow The Jewels Campaign Enlists Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, Baauer, & Boots

One of Run The Jewels' many joke deluxe editions for their upcoming sophomore album is Meow The Jewels, a recreation of the new record using…
James Rettig | October 8, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Portishead’s Geoff Barrow Says Phantogram Ripped Him Off, Too

Last year, Geoff Barrow accused Abel Tesfaye of sampling Portishead track "Machine Gun" on the Weeknd's "Belong To The World" (which he denied) and brought…
James Rettig | September 8, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Savages’ Jehnny Beth Rails Against Rock Festivals’ Class System

As maybe the most exciting new rock band to come along last year, Savages played a busy festival-based touring schedule last year. And since this…
Tom Breihan | August 26, 2014 - 10:36 am

Anika – “In The City” Video

Earlier this year you may have heard journalist-turned-songstress Anika's cover of Chromatics' "In The City" for her Geoff Barrow produced EP on Stones Throw. It…
Miles Bowe | August 14, 2013 - 4:40 pm

BEAK> – “0898” & “Welcome To The Machine” (Pink Floyd Cover)

Beak> have been keeping busy since their album last year. After producing the Anika cover of Chromatics' "In The City," they now have a new…
Miles Bowe | April 2, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Anika – “In The City” (Chromatics Cover)

Anika's follows up her 2011 self-titled debut with an eponymous EP and its first single is a cover of Chromatics' "In The City." On it…
Claire Lobenfeld | February 11, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Beak> – “Mono”

Portishead production mastermind Geoff Barrow also leads and plays drums in the live-improv krautrock trio Beak>, and they've got a new 7" single called "Mono"…
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2012 - 10:24 am

Quakers – “Fitta Happier” Video (Feat. Guilty Simpson & M.E.D.)

"Fitta Happier," a track from Portishead production mastermind Geoff Barrow's indie-rap project Quakers, features Stones Throw all-stars Guilty Simpson and M.E.D. rocking over a sample…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Beak> – “Yatton”

Though his best-known band Portishead got the rightful shine at last year's ATP NJ, Geoff Barrow's other outfit -- or maybe other other outfit, depending…
Corban Goble | May 3, 2012 - 10:36 am

Quakers – “Smoke” (Feat. Jonwayne)

Portishead producer Geoff Barrow is also the man at the center of Quakers, an indie-rap collective with a new album coming out on Stones Throw
Tom Breihan | March 15, 2012 - 12:04 pm

Hear Portishead’s Geoff Barrow Sample Radiohead On New Hip-Hop LP

Rap has always had a tremendous impact on the production of Portishead sound-mastermind Geoff Barrow, but it's been a long time since he's tried making…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2012 - 3:08 pm