Archy Marshall, who performers under the name King Krule (formerly Zoo Kid), is definitely a unique act. He's seventeen or eighteen, has a thick London-accented voice as deep as an abyssal plain and treats the last thirty years of music -- from post-punk to dubstep -- on the same plane of influence. Like America's wunderkind Wavves, King Krule has incredibly simple production techniques. You hear his voice, you hear his guitar and you hear what I can only describe as the vocal incarnation of teenage ennui. It's rare that someone this young actually breaks out outside of mainstream pop and R&B/hip-hop, and while he may not be the most talented musician out there, he's coming from a place we don't hear much about past high school.
I've been meaning to make a big post about Das Racist for a while but, well, clearly I haven't. However, in the meanwhile, Himanshu released a mixtape. It's pretty good, and the highlight, for me, is this track in Punjabi. I've written about how much I enjoy hip-hop in languages I don't know, and this fits neatly into that category. I have no idea what's going on, but the sound and the production are right on point.
The mixtape, Nehru Jackets, was released for free -- and holy shit is it better than the album Das Racist expect you to pay for -- but as it was mainly hosted on the dearly departed Megaupload, you'll have to do some searching to track it down. Thanks to the justifiable paranoia of other filesharing sites, I haven't been able to find a source for it since I got my copy. You can get in touch with me if you want it. And if you like hip-hop, you do want it.