I am pleased to share a collection of remixes done 2011-2013 of friends old and new. Please download for free and listen with undivided attention. Of course, please also support the artists involved.
In 2014 I plan to bring back my San Lucifer project, first with a reissue of the 2007 album, San Lucifer II, to be followed by a full-length of new material. This project is an exercise in excessive sample-pillaging and detail-obsessive reconstruction; all of the music is created out of samples from hip-hop songs, mostly from the 1990s.
Top 5 rap jams of 2013
5. Earl Sweatshirt “Chum”
I like Odd Future alright; they’ve made some serious jams but most of their music doesn’t really do it for me. “Chum” is a really standout track, and it was here that I started to see the comparison to Nas really being justified.
4. Kanye West “Bound 2”
Yeezus has a lot of great jams - “I’m In It” and “Send It Up” in particular were both very high in the play counts - but as far as a track embodying what Kanye does in a really straightforward way, “Bound 2” is it.
3. A$AP Rocky ft Gunplay & A$AP Ferg “Ghetto Symphony”
I got really into A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg’s albums this year. Pretty much all of what they do got me excited to be a lover of rap music in way that I haven’t felt for awhile. They killed it on “Shabba” and both have some great lyricism on their albums, but the Gunplay collab takes it for me. Ferocious beat, ill-ass lyrics, and awesome Outkast reference makes this one a total banger.
2. Drake ft 2 Chainz & Big Sean “All Me”
Like many of the tracks on Nothing Was The Same, the beat on this deluxe edition bonus track is just incredible. Big Sean and especially 2 Chainz have spit a lot of cringe-worthy to mediocre lyrics in their time but here all three shine, especially 2 Chainz whose line about “my dick so hard it made the metal detector go off” demands multiple rewinds.
1. The-Dream ft Pusha T & Big Sean “Pussy”
While the album as a whole was certainly a disappointment, IV Play had a few moments of greatness, including this amazing jam. This track is everything I want in an R&B track with featured rap vocalists, and something that was on many occasions playing on repeat for days. Big Sean drops one of his best verses ever, at one point comparing a pussy to a work by Michelangelo. And the chorus, “Got my left hand on that booty, got my right hand on that pussy”… I mean, come on. JAM OF THE YEAR.
My full set from Closer Music Festival, Portland OR.
A snippet of my show at Slabtown, Portland OR, 07/09/2013. Tracks: Sun Hammer - Bbeb / Moon Zero - Shadow Den (Sun Hammer Remix) / Sun Hammer - Purplenoise / Laurel Halo - Carcass (Sun Hammer Remix) / Sun Hammer - Saturation $1
This weekend I’ll be performing as part of the Closer Music Festival in Portland, debuting an all-new live set.
sunhammer.com is now official! to honor the occasion, i’m offering 50% off all of my releases at sunhammer.bandcamp.com or asettingsun.bandcamp.com with the promo code “launch.” thank you for visiting!
on december 21, 2012 i posted my general top 10 of 2012 on twitter:
a few days earlier i tweeted a few of my favorite albums from 2012:
i also gave a few of my favorite songs of the year, in response to comedian jon daly’s own parodic “top 5 killer tracks” list from his rafflecast podcast.