One last bit of HipHop to throw your way today (tonight? this morning?), before I quit for now. QPE (aka Quiet Personal Electronics) has put out a pretty interesting platter of instrumental beats for our listening enjoyment.
Some of the rim shot and cymbal sounds on this record remind me of that gritty style of drum programming I’ve always associated with the metallic pinging of slide-action pistol noises. The association has nothing to do with the violent force of guns, but just the sounds made by them (I hope y’all can divorce yourselves from that so you don’t make some stupid assumption like that I’m making associations with tools of violence because it’s HipHop. You’d be dead wrong. Pun intended.). The squishy, bean-bag chair bass sonics make a nice wide seat for the rest of the sounds. Occasionally, there are Boards of Canada-esque synthesizers, but then a lot of arpeggiated noise, too. QPE likes to throw in these angular, incongruous drum sounds at times and at first, it sounds like shit, but then you give it a chance on the second go ’round and discover that they add an oddly psychedelic texture along with early digital phone tones.
Good headphone beats to rock while biking, skating or something else of the like.