The Aaliyah and Weeknd vocals bridge gravity and love on Souladelic’s syth-bassed R&B melody mix titled, S.I.L’s Mix | The Second Movement. The New Zealand TechHousepreneur (co founder of the UK DJ and production brand, Audio Cortex), fills the spaces with organs, drums, and even Sam Smith vocals. Personally when listening, I feel like I’m in between old and new; I feel a gentle pull and an even float-ier push to the sounds I miss, versus the new waves my ear drums occasionally tolerate(and I mean that in the most creative way). Feel out the vibe for yourself below.
Brooklyn rapper HD, gears up to release his forthcoming mixtape TGA and today he drops his second track from off the tape. He brings some fire on his new track “Petro”; the young rapper continues to hone in on his flow that is well beyond his years. HD opts for a Homebody beat, which is much slower compared to his first single Two P’s (Prod. IAMNOBODI), but yet he still manages to pack more wordplay into “Petro”. If you aren’t familiar with the Brooklyn rapper yet, you should download his last tape Stepping Into Tomorrow, to get a good impression on who he is. TGA will be making impact on the internet early fall. Also, I caught up with HD last weekend for an interesting interview that will drop in the next few weeks, so be on the lookout.
The best way to truly enjoy music and to completely understand an artists’ creative direction is to sit and listen to a project in its entirety from start to finish. This puts a lot of pressure on artists to create a cohesive project that doesn’t lose the listener half way through. Artists either step up to that pressure or simply fold under it and create a lack luster output. St. Louis rapper, Eddie Niboh, steps up to that pressure and comes out on the other side with a stellar project in SOlSTICE. Influenced by A Tribe Called Quest and Common, Eddie emulates their strengths as lyrical story tellers. He truly shines on beats that have that golden jazzy, soulful feel. Eddie Niboh even manages to get a verse from Chance the Rapper’s little bro Taylor Bennett. Give the SOLSTICE a stream below.
Wav, an instrumental mixtape created by up & coming producer/rapper Ace Shocka, makes the soul feel slow in motion. Not in a high sense either, more of a progressive sense (sort of like a tick that helps the tock in us forward). The NYU sophomore even samples Erykah Badu to give emphasis on what admittance in “Pray”(er) can do; “I’m a recovering-under recovery – over lover”. Take a full listen below, if you think you can rhyme or sing to Shocka’s melodies, shoot him an email!
Earlier today, Indigo Child surfaced the net. The project consists of various styles including RnB, folk, and hip-hop composed in a grand atmospheric place. You should definitely check out the dream chaser’s album. If this doesn’t convince, Kanye’s recent interest in Raury’s music might. Also check out this sick game Raury’s collective put together if you’re interested in downloading the album.
Soquelle‘s new single “Tense” sounds like it should be only be listened to in a dimly lit room with an ice-cold beverage of your choice as a fog machine emits a light cover of smoke to set the ambiance. Tense is a deadly combination of electronic, chill wave lounge music, reminiscent of the vibe Sade perfected. Soquelle is composed of Anastasia Gera (vocals, songwriting) & Mark Shvartsman (production) and are an electronic duo out of Santa Cruz, California. Although the track is titled “Tense”, its goal is to allow its listeners the opportunity to step away from the pressures of the world and calm their lives even if it may only be for the 4 mins (longer if you have on repeat). With summer winding down and responsibilities of life taking a fore front, Soquelle’s “Tense” is the perfect song to send you to a tranquil state over and over again.
Toronto MC Raz Fresco has dropped a new mixtape called the “Screwface tape” today as a precursor to his long anticipated project called PABLO/FRESCOBAR with collabs such as Chuck Inglish and Raekwon. Raz Fresco has progressed much as a rapper with his famous cold flow. Since the days of his collabs with Brandun Deshay, the tommy hilfiger wearing rapper has made great strides. The tape consist of a modern blend of 90s rap with a modern knock to it. The term “Screwface” explains how rough Toronto is on their artist and they call it “The Screwface Capital”. These tracks illustrate the hunger of the young MC to make a name for himself and preserve 90s hip hop culture. You can stream Raz Fresco Screwface Tape after the jump.
New Brunswick poet turned rapper, Shawn Crysis releases his new single “Naïve Dreams” last night. Cyrsis performed this song earlier this month at Museache Jam Session Performance and ever since then I’ve been waiting for this track to surface online. “Naïve Dreams” is an introspective track that Shawn Crysis uses as an ode dedicated to the dreams of his younger self. Laid over a classic sounding Chemist beat, Cyrsis reminisces about the childhood dreams he use to have and how he became himself through it all. “Naïve Dreams” is a track that we all could connect to at some point and that a long with Shawn Crysis poetic delivery makes this song a great listen.
The brash duo unlock a nice two piece set before they jam out at AfroPunk Fest tomorrow
which I am sadly going to miss once again. The tracks remind me of some of my favorite rock bands, Black Flag and Pure Hell. If you’re in the area, I suggest you check it out!
The wait is now over, Amor Omnia Vincit EP has arrived. The theme of the EP is the mysterious phenomenon called love which FCB1 chose to illustrate with luscious electronic sound and drum phases to put you in a trance. Prior to the release of this project, FCB1 has dropped the single release ‘Persian Rugs’. That track is included on the EP plus 4 more mind warping tracks. This music video is a compilation of all the tracks in the EP, with a nature scene to illustrate the vibe. The video and album art was done by me, Zahir Ramos. You can stream the whole EP here or download it from his bandcamp. Album Stream after the jump.
*Warning this track is infectious and may cause spontaneous rhythmic body movements*
The tribal feel on Chicago rapper Frank Leone new track “Across the Earth” is energetic and infectious. The first half of the song is led with a simple reframe that works like African tribal chant: ”I’m not ready to die, I’m not ready for death/I am young and alive/I’ve got mud on my neck”. The track was originally produced in the theme of the World Cup this year, but now it has been released as track “For Ferguson, Gaza, and You”. In times of need music can spark the mind that sparks the change in the world; I hope this track falls on the right hears. Take a listen to the adventurous track “Across the Earth”.
Sy Ari Da Kid recruits Spillage Village’s J.I.D and rap duo EarthGang for the “New Malcolm X”. The piano driven beat, produced by BuddahSPK, is soulful enough that it allows each rapper to go in-depth socially and musically. I hope more artists use their musical platform to raise awareness and educate people not only on the Mike Brown situation, but other ignorance and naiveté they come across. My favorite verse comes from EarthGang’s Johnny Venus and take a listen below
Wara once again cooks up an awesome album narrating his life as a youngin’ grinding. He dives deeper with the storytelling describing himself in which the album was all about the Atlanta MC including the fact he self-produced the compilation. The rock and The Neptune’s influences in his production highly drives the narration into a visually attainable project. This is easily one of the best projects I’ve heard this year! To further connect with the artistry behind the album check out his art gallery here.
This weekend (August 16, 2014) I got the opportunity to witness and photograph the Brooklyn Renaissance Festival presented by Cypher League x ARTs East New York x Zuri Marley x Apostrophe. The all day festival was free and didn’t discriminate against age nor musical preference. Taking place in East Flatbush, NYC the festival was a binding of live performances and art displays, not to mention some complimentary food and vitamin water. The festival lineup was close to 20 musicians and DJ sets that kept the festival rocking well into night. Get the full day photo recap below.
I would like to introduce you to Keebs, a 23-year DIY artist, out of Chicago. Her production reminds a lot of Kid Cudi alter ego WZRD, as both artist use a lot of trance like electronic sounds to grasp their listeners. I’ll have to admit Keebs music does have room for growth, but that excites more than it distracts me from her actual talent. I would love to see Keebs try her hand in creating a soundtrack to animated movie/film. But in the mean time check out her most recent track “4 U” and check out her electronic instrumentation tape Baby Doll here.