Classic Day – Terror Squad Rep

Off sheer size alone, Big Pun had a terrifying presence to him. The rapper that gave Biggie a blow for blow comparison, Pun was quick to make his debut record one of the strongest displays of vocal delivery and breath control.

Capital Punishment is the only record that was released while Big Pun was alive and in a similar fashion to Big L, their debut record stands a test of time and amplifies hip-hop to a fur coat era.

Opening with the first musical track being “Beware,” the instrumental is lined up as a Mobb Deep cut with this thumping production that gives Pun foundation to stomp on. Pushing the audience back to give some air, Big Pun describes, “Yo! What you thought, Pun’s shit was weak? Now you can’t sleep. Gotta keep your eyes open wide and hide your face from the streets.” He continues on in nearly one single inhale, “I’m like the beast with a warrant, far from a law man. Gave you fair warnin’, now you on the stairs fallin’.”

As the sample from Prodigy that illustrates, “I gave you fair warning… beware,” rides over the production from Juju; Big Pun becomes this mafioso capo. Fitted in the finest suits of silk and hats of peachbloom. Big Pun continues to pour Rosé over the audience while seated at a checkered table for elegance.

It’s not all murder or violence with Capital Punishment which gives “Punish Me” that features Miss Jones this smooth almost RnB style for a delusion on the mix. The production is a wildly different jump from the grimy style of “Beware,” instead, the work on “Punish Me” is immaculately sleek and gives these warm methods of styling.

Miss Jones begins the track by describing, “Come back come back come back come back to me, punisher punish me. I’ve been so bad, so bad, won’t you come back, please.” The production then picks up on these jazzy keys in a smoke-filled room where Big Pun takes a second verse to respond. He calmly replies, “Nah baby, I’m not gonna be able to do it, you blew it. Threw it all the way cause you was stupid, girl why’d you do it?”

Even as Big Pun goes back to the ugliness and grimy style on “Caribbean Connection,” there are moments where Pun is elegant on the track and can relate to being the commander on the microphone.

Capital Punishment is at its best when Pun is gripping the audience through crime and seedy underbellies. The double-faced nature that switches to being compassionate and humanistic makes Capital Punishment more than just simply a hip-hop record. Before his passing at 28, Pun was making moves like a musical Castro and captured this spirit of New York in a whole new set of hands.

Listen To Capital Punishment Here!!! – Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

SUNDAY SAMPLER // (Playlist) “04/11/2021”

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“A playlist of tracks that were featured on MattsMusicMine.com from the week of April 5th – 11th. From Reviews to Streams, never miss a track with these playlists that are uploaded every single Sunday till I drop dead.”

Featuring: Armand Hammer, The Alchemist, Strange U, Blindfolded And Led To The Woods, Sam Gendel, Ron Gallo, Talking Heads, Sprints, Enjoy, Playboi Carti, Really From, PUPIL SLICER, Princess Nokia, The Black Heart Death Cult, Pijn, GOLPE, Jane Inc., Ebo Taylor, Uhuru-Yenzu

Track List: Sir Benni Miles, God’s Feet, Arm Leg, Black Air, Waraku3, WUNDAY (CRAZY AFTER DARK), Girlfriend Is Better, This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Swimming, Hi Beautiful, Sky, Yellow Fever, Martyrs, Wounds Upon My Skin, It’s Not My Fault, One Way Through, Distress, Societa, Dirt And The Earth, Love And Death

STREAMING // (Video) Fedd The God X Wiz Khalifa – “Yea Yup”

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STREAMING // (Album) Killer Klown – “Let’s Have Fun!”

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Track List: The Killer Klown, Sweet Tooth, Cotton Candy, Russian Roulette, Popping Your Head Like A Balloon, Popcorn, Sweeet Guts, Cake On The Face, Payasadas, Clowngrind, Anal Impregnator (Alien Fucker Cover), Outro

STREAMING // (Track) Conway The Machine – “Blood Roses”

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Featuring: Jae Skeese

STREAMING // (Video) Silicone Prairie – “America”

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Directed, Shot, + Edited By: Carrie Wallen

Concept + Makeup: Carrie Wallen + Ian Teeple

Infomercial Sequence: Ryan Lee Toms

Technical Assistance: Emily Jane Milner

Production Assistant: Yuki

STREAMING // (Track) Chavo – “BAG OR 2”

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Produced By: Pi’erre Bourne

STREAMING // (Album) Brijean – “Feelings”

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Track List: Day Dreaming, Softened Thoughts, Pepe, Wifi Beach, Feelings, Ocean, Paradise, Lathered In Gold, Chester, Hey Boy, Moody

STREAMING // (Album) Tomahawk – “Tonic Immobility”

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Tomahawk Members: Mike Patton, Duane Denison, John Stanier, + Trevor Dunn

Track List: SHHH!, Valentine Shine, Predators And Scavengers, Doomsday Fatigue, Business Casual, Tattoo Zero, Fatback, Howlie, Eureka, Sidewinder, Recoil, Dog Eat Dog

STREAMING // (Track) Hailu Mergia – “Nefas New Zemedie”

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Full Release On: June 4th, 2021

STREAMING // (Video) The Weather Station – “Subdivisions”

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Captured By: Jared Raab

Edited By: Max Taeuschel

Misc. Day – In The Pigments

Shattering like the valves within the heart, the blood pumps through Black Marble’s 2012 record, A Different Arrangement which gives feeling of both constriction and immense space within the same dish.

Almost like two separate hands that hold two pills, one reveals a world that is drowning in atmosphere and the ability to cascade underneath the neon lights of this futuristic cyber city. Another holds the desolate and isolated walls where only one instrument sounds like a funeral for the mind.

Opening with “Cruel Summer,” Black Marble is ecstasy in the hands, releasing this endorphin rush to the body. While incredibly simple, the catchy one-two beat is easy to follow and the overpowering vocals are shadowed in comparison to the production. The balance on A Different Arrangement comes from Black Marble in the delivery as the subtly gives each listening experience a decade worth to dissect.

Especially noteworthy on a great design for being both a record of meticulous love and playlist creation, Black Marble on “A Great Design” essentially makes the blueprints for what would be an outstanding and exemplary synth-wave track.

The percussion is so gentle and it perfectly coexists within the jagged lines of imperfection. The beauty of Black Marble’s sound is the human touch, it has compassion and this real devotion to the craft. As the synths pound along, A Different Arrangement and “A Great Design” in particular continue to beg to be replayed as a one-track mixtape of nearly endless serotonin.

Later entries like “UK” are noted for their harmony in the rawness to the overly produced percussion that clashes with the easy-to-hum chiming synths. Almost the first real introduction of non-ethereal vocals, Black Marble moves into this less daunting and more touchable apparition. The phantom of the soundboard, and while the lyrics still are hard to make out through the mystifying nature of the effects on the record, “UK” is less static in the performance than other moments on A Different Arrangement.

Appearing more as a figment of a dreamscape, Black Marble taps into some of the lucid ability to shape the sound to fit a perfect fantasy. Through 11 tracks over 36-minutes, every step in the clouds comes directly from a sense of particular grace.

Listen To A Different Arrangement Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Track) Rata Negra – “El Escarmiento”

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Full Release On: April 23rd, 2021

STREAMING // (Album) The Antlers – “Green To Gold”

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Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Pedal Steel, Piano, + Organ By: Peter Silberman

Drums + Percussion By: Michael Lerner

Track List: Strawflower, Wheels Roll Home, Solstice, Stubborn Man, Just One Sec, It Is What It Is, Volunteer, Green To Gold, Porchlight, Equinox

STREAMING // (Track) Thouxanbanfauni – “B2B”

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Featuring: Lite Fortunato

STREAMING // (Album) Ebo Taylor – “Conflict”

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Track List: You Need Love, Love And Death, What Is Life?, Christ Will Come, Victory

STREAMING // (Album) Jane Inc – “Number One”

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All Songs Written + Performed By: Carlyn Bezic

Drums + Vermona By: Evan J. Cartwright

Mixed By: Steve Chahley + Anthony Nemet

Produced By: Steve Chahley + Carlyn Bezic

Track List: Gem, Steel, Faceless Bodiless, Dirt And The Earth, Bloom Becomes Me, My Oldest Friend, Mine/His, Obliterated

STREAMING // (Album) GOLPE – “La Colpa È Solo Tua”

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Written + Performed By: Tadzio Pederzolli

Recorded + Edited By: Eugenio Mazzetto

Mixed By: Jonah Falco + Will Killingsworth

Mastered By: Will Killingsworth

Artwork By: Tadzio Pederzolli + Francesco Goats

Edited By: Marco Rapisarda

Track List: La Colpa È Solo Tua, Non Avrai Altro Dio, Sei La Tua Prigione, Società, Non Piegarti, Propaganda, Nato Colpevole, Non Spegnerti, Servo Deel Potere, II Tuo Futuro

STREAMING // (Album) Pijn – “Loss”

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Track List: Denial, Detach, Distress, Blanch, Blush, Unspoken, Squalor, Squander

STREAMING // (Album) The Black Heart Death Club – “Sonic Mantras”

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Guitar + Vocals: Sasha L Smith

Guitar: Domenic Evans

Bass, Guitar, + Organ: Deon Slaviero

Organ + Vocals: Gabbie Potocnik

Drums: Andrew Nunns

Guitar: Bill Patching

Sitar: David Balaban

Track List: Goodbye Gatwick Blues, Cold Fields, One Way Through, Trees, Death From Above,  The Sun Inside, Dark Waves, Sonic Dhoom

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