Download the Greatest Vocoder-Themed Mix of All Time, Courtesy of Dave Tompkins


At last! Two months after NYC rap writer Dave Tompkins’ vocoder history/odyssey How To Wreck A Nice Beach finally hit shelves, the long-awaited accompanying mix is done. Mixed by Monk-One, compiled by Tompkins, and thoroughly annotated in the writer’s signature faster-than-thought prose over at the HTWANB blog, this is pretty much your definitive guide to the best of the world’s weirdest sub-genre/cold-war cryptography artifact. It’s called “The Bees in Your Beargut” or “Bonus Beach”; download it here. We talked to Tompkins about the genesis of the book/mix back in March:

Well, I think growing up listening to hip-hop in North Carolina — I mean, I couldn’t see Wild Style or anything. I had no access to information about how these sounds were made, other than Shazada Records and Les Norman, the sadly late Night-Time Master Blaster at WPEG. And then you learn about sampling and you track down who the artists are and who produced it, and it kind of creates this research-obsessive, collector-obsessive mind that spills over into other things, and applying this sort of — these correlations between terms and events and things from the past. In tracking all these things down, it kind of creates a conspiracy mindset — you think, all these things have to be related. I think that helps generate ideas and sends you down a lot of different paths. Rap records — the first search engine!

Best Memorial Day barbeque soundtrack ever.

Bode Breaker [HTWANB]