Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Somehow we came across Mitch Murder a while back, but his name and music slid through the cracks, as frequently happens with the simply overwhelming amount of amazing music out there these days!

First off, he's just posted a track recently titled, "Snow Crash", and some of us have just finished reading the book, Snow Crash, by the amazing Neil Stephenson, so that's first up...

Well, thanks to a couple of friends in far away places, his being and sounds have come back into our consciousness, and none too soon! We over here at The Hero are just obsessed with the 80's retro grooves, so being without smooth jams like these is just a travesty!

The smooth as polished glass synths & pads, lazer sharp stabs, simply circut-tastic melodies and diamond cut sound effects...just great. It's "80's" cheese, it's computer generation amazingness, it's just overall retro-tech-goodness.

There is, of course, a back story (we love back stories, Kavinsky coming soon...) :
As the story goes Mitch is an overworked Wall Street I.T. from the 80's who dreams at night other realities for himself. These are the soundtrack to his dreams. The first offering, "The Touch" is the retro-futuristic anthem of a peaceful world that's just uprisen from it's dark chaotic post apocalyptical past. Straddling the line of french touch, 80's soundtrack and robot disco band music it seamlessly carves out it's own sound space. Overwhelmingly emotional and uplifting it has one of the most triumphant guitar synth solos you'll ever hear.

And so prolific...so many releases!

These are the latest couple...the Another Place EP from mid October 2013, and the Descent EP from August of this year.

Of course he's been swooped up by Mad Decent (always known for having their ear to what is poppin off), and his summer EP, The Touch, was released on MD's Jeffree's imprint in July of this year.

This "Original Soundtrack" for the fictional Sega videogame "Sprawl" is equally amazing...if you've ever played 16-bit video games...def check it..

The Television EP from 2010. Yes.

And we can't leave without posting the full length, Current Events album, released on Rosso Corsa records, November 2011...


Sunday, December 1, 2013


A friend said this past week, "I still bump "Champagne Coast" like its new, we feel the same about "Sutphin Boulevard". Defs. Both of 'em.

Now Blood Orange (Devonte Hynes - Lightspeed Champion, Test Icicles, Solange's producer) has released his newest album, Cupid Deluxe, on Domino Records (so solid). Its available now...

So first, just sayin...

Now you're up to speed... .. Lightspeed.

So general vibes : people ready for new/more/all Blood Orange.


Domino Records

This is an amazing album. Our faves are many, with standouts being "Chosen", "Clipped On" (with old fave Despot!), "High Street", & "Time Will Tell". And this one :

Really, every track has that killin vibe for us. And such vocal melodies. Fuck yes. Devonte

is on a tear. Good show old boy.


Also, this :

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Remember this? Came up on playing in the offices today. Good times.

Illy "Hollertronix" era, Diplo remix of TV On The Radio - "Staring At The Sun" x Dead Prez - "Hell Yeah"

Some Heroes actually first discovered TV On The Radio in early 2004, via CNet's Download.com music section. It was kind of an amazing place back then to tap into the unheard world of small indie artists. T-Radd (most of the original songs are not findable..), Atomic Puppy (can't find a music link at all), Ghetto Girl, many others I can't remember right now & this very weird looking crew from Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn? What musicians were there or came from there besides Biggie? --- obviously this is in jest...but in 2003, vs. in 2013...ha!)... with a gem of a song called "Staring at the Sun", and a cover of The Pixies', "Mr. Grieves". They did well and it was most deserved.

TV On The Radio - Mr. Grieves (click below left to play...)
This one was a classic as well...

BTW...the original video for Dead Prez' "Hell Yeah" is on some hard shit...

Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013


We just found this last double EP release from Waldo last week, and well, we like it.

Sick beats, and clever word play. Mellow moods, and real shit. What more could you ask for in hip-hop these days? NOTHING. That is the answer.

Released in the middle of last month via Ago, a group of producers from western Michigan, NSDE/OUTSDE (which are both available for FREE DOWNLOAD) is a bit of a follow up to last years Pick Your Own Poison (PYOP) project (also available for FREE DL...or donate if you wish).

Giver a listen...

The collection was produced for the most part by Sango (with a little help from Marvel Alexander, Mr. Carmack & $ir OJ...all quite great producers on their own) who really kills it.

A little more on Sango...upon visiting his facebook page I discovered two things. 1) this very touching story and song from Dee Mafioso, in which he reached out to Sango to let him know that he was very inspired by his music, that he and his girlfriend had loved his song "When I Need You The Most", that she had recently passed away, and that he had recorded a song in her memory over one of S's beats. Here it is. Its nice when music can heal. And when others can share that. This has been your "real life" music moment with the Hero, all jokes aside.

The second thing I found, 2) was this stellar mix, done for Ssense. Prick up your ears.

He also "likes The Weeknd a lot. So much so that he made an entire EP of Weeknd remixes called More Balloons," which may or may not be available for download.

NSDE/OUTSDE, released on October 15, this two part collection was preceded by this...trailer...eeeeenteresting.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Thanks to Revolt, P Diddy...ahem, Comcast, and well, I suppose Maxine Waters, really great music videos (and some mediocre ones of course, as it goes) now have a place on television again.

Says Diddy :

Oh yeah, he also said all of this :
“REVOLT is not a time slot, it is 24/7 TV. The first to be built entirely from the ground up in the social media age.  REVOLT addresses the music void on television by uniting the artists of the world, empowering them, and giving them, as well as their fans, the tools and apps to share an authentic music experience."
As the Hero is a force comprised mostly of those who grew up while actual music videos played on MTV (see LL Cool J, Guns'n Roses, Skid Row, Young MC), this is something that is nice for us to witness. TV in general isn't something we fully subscribe to over this way (both literally and figuratively), however this is something unlike anything else of its "kind" (a statement that can only be made loosely of course), and is refreshing artistically, musically, and culturally. Very few commercials, a very diverse, and more importantly talented slice of the music world being included. Lets hope it can keep itself where it is. Its quite entertaining and high quality upon its debut.

We watched Revolt live online on the opening day, featuring Diddy (quite amazingly not slipping up in his speech even once over the course of his 3+ minute, laptop-cam-to-web monologue) announced its existence "live" (not sure if we caught the first one, it was on repeat, as is the entire channel in a broad sense). Now, through work this week, the channel has been on muted repeat on high up flatscreen, floating over the console and speakers as studio work abounds. Many an impressive mini-motion-pictures have passed before our eyes, in silence as we work, and here are a few of our faves... the ones we could quickly remember anyway.

And of course, the obligatory crew deep rap video...which is, at least, again... refreshingly retro....

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Poliça are awesome. We saw them live at the Levis Haus one time and they put on an excellent, low key (for a small venue) live show. Even the EC Twins thought so. Now they have a new album. This is a great thing.

While the first album, Give You The Ghost, featured singer Channy Leaneagh's voice awash in reverb and effects, Shulamith scales that back a bit, and the resulting clearness definitely lets you know that her vocal talents are really quite amazing, and the processing was simply one form of presentation, rather than a technique used to hide lack of talent.

This new album was released in late October (available now directly through the bands website!), continues that awesomeness, and its recommended by your friends at The Hero that you get, and then listen to it.

Shulamith is out now on Mom + Pop (US), Memphis Industries (UK), and Inertia (AUS)


And what would the Hero be without a remix!? This one is from Seams (who you will hear more about soon!), and is part of the "Chain My Name" remix collection...

Finally, give a look at the marvelous and at times very visually arresting video for the song "Warrior Lord". The goods.