Release Roundup: Alphabet Soup’s AS

Experimental electronic duo Alphabet Soup released their “self-titled” debut EP AS on Friday morning after nearly a month of rollout.

The EP features a mixture of electronic and industrial hip-hop beats with vocals muffled under a slough of audio effects and distortion.

In the words of one member who aptly goes by Soup, “AS is about Alphabet Soup. The EP is an ode, in a way, to the artists and albums that Alphabet and I have fallen in love with over the years.”

Nearly every track, as notated by their Bandcamp, has another track along with it that the band used as inspiration in it’s creative process. On their Spotify, they also have a playlist called “A.S. Inspirations.” A comprehensive list of 10 tracks that both members used to fuel the creative fire of the record.

As of now the band has teased a physical release of their EP along with an accompanying music video for one of the songs.

Listen to AS right now:

Release Roundup: Isaiah Rashad The House is Burning

After waiting for a half a decade Isaiah Rashad is back with his third studio record The House is Burning.

In his cover story with FADER Isaiah Rashad detailed the struggles he encountered in the years following his second album The Sun’s Tirade. One of the primary factors leading to his prolonged absence was his struggle with alcohol addiction, which would eventually lead to his stay in the Dana Point Rehab facility.

“There wasn’t a whole bunch of recovery….I just went into the interviews and told n****s I fucked my life and health up,” Rashad told FADER.

If that wasn’t enough Rashad also became a irresponsible spender, draining his funds, and causing him to end up on a friends couch for a few months. “It was the quickest fall from grace I could ever imagine,” said Rashad.

Luckily, fans know how the story ends and Rashad’s meteoric rise to the forefront of hip-hop is more than welcome after his disappearance.

The record is supposed to be a more fun take on Rashad’s traditionally nostalgic production and self-conscious lyricism. Small departures into more traditional sounding hip-hop like his first single “Lay Wit Ya” occasionally dot the album as well.

With that being said, the record still follows a loose concept much like the rest of his discography.

“The world’s on fire. The water is polluted, there’s so much CO2 pouring into the ozone. But when you take it to a micro level…when your house is on fire, are you going to go into that bitch to get the personal possessions, or are you just going to trust in yourself and in God that you’re going to be able to bounce back?”

Listen to The House Is Burning now:

Mercedes-Benz Stadium embraces Kanye West’s extended stay

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The Mercedes-Benz Stadium temporarily changed their name on Twitter to the “DONDA Studio at Mercedes-Benz Stadium” to reflect Kanye West moving his studio operations to the stadium exclusively.

It’s been five days since Kanye West premiered his tenth studio album DONDA to fans via his listening event at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Since the event took place West has missed his original announced deadline of July 23. In response, him and his team have locked themselves inside the stadium in order to finish the record. This includes the likes of Mike Dean, Digital Nas and Malik Yusef just to name a few.

However, the stadium has remained very supportive of his unexpected inhabitance. Aside from changing their name on Twitter, the stadium has also made a plaque for the impromptu studio which they revealed in a since-deleted Tweet.

Since then details have been quite muddy surrounding the release of DONDA. There have been a few photos that have surfaced of their current setup and living situation. Most infamous among them is a photo West posted on Wednesday morning which reveals he’s taken residence in a windowless locker room.

Since the DONDA team’s establishment in the locker rooms the Mercedes Benz Stadium is remaining closed until further notice.

Converse announces short film created by Tyler, the Creator

Converse announced on Instagram a “short film” written and directed by Tyler, the Creator dropping on Wednesday.

The caption of said post reads, “Tyler, The Creator is forever creating next. And we’re here for it. Dropping tomorrow: A short film 📹, written & directed by @feliciathegoat.”

Tyler is a longtime collaborator of Converse, having produced several shoe collaborations and other material for the brand since 2017 following the end of his partnership with Vans that ended two years prior.

Earlier this month he released his latest collaboration with Converse. Another take on the Chuck 70 model which uses the same flame pattern he created for his personal brand Golf Wang. However, this version uses different shades of yellow and pink flames instead, earning it the name “Yellow Flame.”

Furthermore, he also just released his sixth studio album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST in June.

While it’s unclear if the film is related at all to his most recent releases Tyler himself maintains that it is not a short film.

In the comments to the aforementioned Instagram post Tyler said, “i wouldnt call it a short film at all but we did sumthn fasho.”

Whatever it may be, it could reveal more collaborations between him and the iconic shoe brand.

Aimé Leon Dore announces vintage garment collection

New York based fashion brand Aimé Leon Dore announced a “specially curated” collection of “vintage garments” releasing on their website this week.

Known for their high profile collaborations with brands like KITH and New Balance, Aimé Leon Dore is brining a “catalogue” of vintage pieces and also objects to their website.

The “Leon Dore” curation are items that as the brand puts it, “have been a source of reference and inspiration since its inception.”

In the photos shown on Instagram show the model wearing vintage sports jerseys, sweaters, and windbreakers. There also seems to be a selection of shorts, jeans and Carhartt double-knee pants. With that being said, pricing for these pieces is unknown.

The Instagram post emphasizes this is the first curation of vintage pieces, likely meaning this will not be the last.

The collection will be available Friday online at 11am EST on http://www.aimeleondore.com.

Yeezy Gap drops the “Round Jacket” in black available for pre-order in UK, EU and Japan

After the release of the previous blue “Round Jacket” a month ago, Yeezy Gap has released a new version this time in a black colorway, exclusively avalible in eastern regions.

Much like the previous jacket that was shock released on Kanye Wests birthday, this new black jacket was released on his late-mother Donda West’s birthday. It went live in the UK, EU, and in Japan at 10 P.M. local time for each area.

The jacket was offically permiered by West during his apperance at the Balenciaga Fall 2021 Couture event in Paris last week. He appeared in all black, including his now signature Harley Davidson full face mask.

Given that the jacket premiered in the East and that there was no foreign release of the original blue jacket, which was initially worn by Ye in LA, it’s possilble the jacket will not be sold in the United States. However, as of writing there has been no official statement on the probability of an official US release.

Prices for the Yeezy Gap jacket are ¥26,000 in Japan, €180 in Europe, and £160 in the UK. They’re reportedly made of the same recycled polyester material used for the last jacket and will ship during the Winter of 2021.