Monday, March 31, 2014
Bleachers is a band out of New Jersey quickly gaining attention from their debut single "I Wanna Get Better." The upbeat track proves a great anthem that will hopefully be followed up with some more Bleachers songs soon.
Elli Ingram releases her sophomore EP The Doghouse. She's been described as the hip-hop Adele, and it's hard to argue. The Doghouse hasn't been released in the states yet, but in the UK it's a big hit and not hard to see why. This track combines her vocals with some really awesome production by Felix Joseph and Aston Rudi. Also check out "All Caught Up", "When It Was Dark". and "The River."
Australian duo Peking Duk release their single "High" and get some vocal help from Nicole Millar. The vocals start the song off as a nice alternative joint with a good electronic beat, but then the duo creates an amazing beat with some great drops.
Underrated Phoenix rapper Collins. drops his Sincerely, Collins. debut mixtape. Admittedly, as a whole project Sincerely, Collins. wasn't great, but it had a few solid tracks. One of them being the follow up to "Stupid Shit", entitled "Brooklyn Basement." With intelligent lyrics and some soulful production by Qux, "Brooklyn Basement" is definitely a standout track. Also check out "Stupid Shit" and "Fly."
Alright, time to catch up on posting. First up is the Nicholas Basquiat remix of Cashmere Cat's "Wedding Bells." Basquiat turns "Wedding Bells" from a bit of an unorganized and choppy track into a symphony.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Holy shit, this isn't real. Chance released 2 songs yesterday and a previewed a 3rd one today on Sway In The Morning. It's happening, something big is coming. This song doesn't have a known title yet, but it's my favorite of the last 3. Chance can be heard saying that this song is "very important to [him]." What does it all mean???
UPDATE: It took me a few more listens to realize it, but that's J.Cole at the end! Finally, a Chano x J.Cole song.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I don't know what I've done to deserve this, but Chance came out with more music today. This time in a more conventional verse on TDE's songstress SZA's single Childs Play. Great mellow track and now Chance has worked with 2 members from TDE. One day. One day...
Chano releases his first solo single for the first time since April of last year making this day a good one. Granted, it's only 2 minutes and was recorded in his home studio, but it's a sign that something is coming. Recently, everything Chano has released has been incredibly unique and experimental. "Home Studio" continues this and takes his range to a level of almost angry yelling. At times, he sounds a lot like Vic Mensa. Usually I hear Chance in Vic's music, and not the other way. I'll admit, this one might be for everyone, but I'll listen to anything with Chance and am excited that Chano is further expanding his range. Also, the production on this song is on point, can't wait to hear what else they've made for the next album.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Tennyson unveils his most recent remix, this time of Daughter's "Smother." The producer creates a unique sound using synthesizers and maybe a xylophone? It sounds awesome and the best part his he's only 17.
Former Port O' Brien singer-frontman Van Pierszalowski releases his first song with band WATERS since 2011's Out In The Light. "Got To My Head" is a great track with a catchy chorus, upbeat instrumentals, and blows anything off of their previous album out of the water (unintentional pun).
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I can't even explain how happy I was when I found this song. The theme to Kirby's Dreamland holds a very special place in my heart. As someone who has played a bunch of Kirby games and is the best Super Smash Bros. player of all time, the track brings me all kinds of nostalgia. Not to mention that even if you take out the nostalgic aspect of the song, it still sounds amazing.
Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs has released his collaboration album with producer Madlib and I have to say it completely shattered my expectations. While I do listen to some of his songs, I never really considered myself a Freddie Gibbs fan. However, after this album my notion of him has completely changed. Piñata is far and away the best album of 2014 so far and the best rap album I've heard for a minute. While Gibbs doesn't really change up his flow drastically, he doesn't need to. He is clearly comfortable in his rhymes and they work well on every single song on the album. Combining his bars with Madlibs incredible beats makes for a bunch of memorable tracks. Piñata also features some impressive features, such as Scarface, Raekwon, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul, Domo Genesis, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more. Besides a few exceptions, though, these tracks are actually a bit weaker than his solo tracks. Often when another rapper comes in on a song, whether I like them or not, I find myself missing Gibbs voice. Some of the rappers just don't go along with the mood of the album that Gibbs and Madlib set up. It should be noted that I could be the only one that feels this way, cause when I look at the tracks by popularity on iTunes the most purchased are the big collab ones. Either way, every track on this album is still great, Piñata is undoubtedly a must-listen.
Best Tracks: "Shitsville", "Harold's", "Deeper", "Broken", "Piñata."
I decided I would just make this one post since both remixes still feature all of the vocals of the Bad Suns and sound kind of similar for the same reason, but both are unique. The first finds producer WoodysProduce remixing the band's lead single "Cardiac Arrest" giving it a drop that makes the song sound much more sensual. The second remix has NICITA remixing "Transpose", which didn't get as many spins as it deserved. NICITA does away with the heavy reliance on instruments and adds an incredible electronic beat.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Chance releases an alternate version of his verse for the remix of James Blake's "Life Round Here." Unlike the upbeat bars that made the final cut, "Save Yourself First" shows off Chance's vocal skills and more heartfelt lyrics that reflect on his life in the streets of Chi-town.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
For KiD CuDi's latest album, he took inspiration from Beyonce and dropped his album unannounced. While it is pretty short, 10 tracks and some of them don't even have vocals, it still works. The instrumentals are great interludes and keep the same tone as the rest of the album.
Best Tracks: "Balmain Jeans", "Too Bad I Have To Destroy You", "Going To the Ceremony."
Ricky Ross releases his latest album Mastermind, which includes 19 tracks. Even though my favorite part of Mastermind is still this verse by The Weeknd, the album is still pretty good. Even if you're not a fan of Rick Ross you should check it out, he's got some great features like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Big Sean, French Montana, Jeezy, and a lot more.
Best Songs: "In Vein", "Sanctified", "The Devil Is A Lie."
Sunday, March 16, 2014
TDE member ScHoolboy Q finally proves he's not just Kendrick Lamar's shadow on his debut Oxymoron. After much postponement, Q releases a solid album with some great features. Each song showcases Q's previously unknown range.
Best Tracks: "Collard Greens", "What They Want", "Prescription/Oxymoron", "The Purge", and "Break The Bank."
During my hiatus I found most of my music on a single day, February 25. Everything I post today will have been released on that day. The first is Beck's album Morning Phase. Morning Phase is the first release by Beck since 2008's Modern Guilt. I'm happy to say it lived up to the hype. It sounds like a sequel to Sea Change and it makes for some incredible relaxation music.
Best Tracks: "Blue Moon", "Waking Light", "Morning", and "Unforgiven."
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Since my last post, Chano has been featured in 4 new songs, here they are in the order that I like them. Suprisingly, the one that I most anticipated, "Coast is Clear" produced by Skrillex, was my least favorite. It's repetitive and the production isn't necessarily bad, but it certainly doesn't work as a rap beat. I'm all for Skrillex moving away from dubstep, but he definitely needs some work.
Sorry about the hiatus, I blame midterms and spring break. Don't worry, I'm back now and I'll post all of the best music I've found in the past month. Don't forget I'm always liking, reposting, and making playlists on my Soundcloud. First off is this remix by my favorite producer right now, Just A Gent. All of his music uses upbeat 808's to make some of the best drops I've ever heard. Also listen to the Australian musician's remixes of "Best Day of My Life", "Sleepwalking", and "Kiss The Devil."