Although, L’Orange and Blu aren’t underground artists, they aren’t your typical everyday mainstream artists either. Whenever Blu and producer L’Orange get together, it’s like a perfect harmony. Their first track “Alone” is still one of my favorite tracks to this date and “Need You” is a close second. This one is off L’Orange most recent album The Orchid Days and it finds two lovers in a post-apocalyptic Adam Eve type love story. The video does a wonderful job juxtaposing beauty and melancholy with cinematic visuals. Give it a watch above and make sure you check out L’Orange The Orchid Days. *By the way more art is coming soon. Just wait on it*
CRASHprez once again hits us with another thoughtful track leading up to his upcoming project, “more perfect”, in which he leaves a note in honor of the young black men who have been murdered by police forces due to injustice. He explores the darkness and the fear of dark skin being a target in today’s society as he touches on the recent executions that have taken place in Ferguson (Michael Brown), Staten Island (Eric Garner), St. Louis (Kajieme Powell), and more. prez also premiered this single on the 28th of August which is the anniversary of Emmitt Till’s lynching in 1955.
Alex Jackson is the artist who crafted this symbolic artwork. “more perfect” shall be released towards the end of this year.
I remember listening to this album the same time last year as the summer came to an end. The Ventura, CA native has tons to offer when it comes to delivering catchy melodies while he exudes coolness and vocal projection that’s really enjoyable to listen to. It’s definitely one of the cool albums that have been released low key of last year and it certainly needs to brought back to life for those who haven’t heard this yet. I just want people to know, you know?
Organic Geniuses’, Mike Melinoe, releases a new track “Hold My Dust” as he preps the release of his forthcoming album PropeR Element$. “Hold My Dust” starts off with a sample that repeats itself throughout the track as it builds into piano, hip-hop beat that sounds like something out of Blu’s library. Vintage Tux handles the production on the track and everything seemed to be perfect until I got til the chorus. Mike Melinoe let’s his listeners know that if “they aren’t fucking with it” they can hold his nuts, which just seems a little out-of-place based on the feeling the beat evokes. All in all it is still a great output from Mike Melinoe and the Organic Geniuses collective.
Tabi Bonney new track “La La” reminds me a lot of early sounds of Will.I.am and Pharrell during his NERD days. Tabi was born in Togo, but now resides in DC/LA so, there are hints of the border-less go-go energy throughout his music. Tabi even throws in some French in the mix to give the track a foreign club appeal, making it ready make for parties and club scenes. Tabi Bonney knows how to craft music that is geared towards energy and has even opened for a few well known names in the industry. Check out “La La” below.
My favorite eclectic rapper/singer Johnny Polygon has been quietly releasing music over the past few music and I almost let “The Fall” slip past my ears. Johnny Polygon’s music has always had a dark and introspective texture to it and you can find the same on “The Fall”. He sings “Sometimes the fall comes first”, and it makes me wonder how this will fit in the overall concept of his upcoming LP King Of Ashes. The pianos straight of a scary movie add to the dark element, while hard-hitting drums captures the dark hip-hop feeling. Take a listen to “The Fall” below.
I’ll admit that today is the first time I heard of Junglepussy and just after one watch of her music video “Nah” I’ve become a fan. Junglepussy is a female rapper out of Brooklyn and she can rap! Based off of this video, she isn’t trying to win you over with sex appeal or flashy materialistic ego, she is going to win you over with her diction. She isn’t trying to be different; Junglepussy is different (If you couldn’t tell by her name choice). Like how her video starts off, “you can’t fake real”. Check out the “Nah” above.
Wam G and Byron Barr are two North Jersey Natives that come together for a violin driven boom bap track in “Parlay & Politicking”. What I like most about the two rappers, are there ventures outside of the music world. Wam G has his own production company in Sticks & Stones, while Byron Barr’s multimedia brand Established Forever has worked with Moruf and Extra Butter. Even more Bryon Barr & Wam G will both be performing at the Coffee Cave this Friday. The event will be also be hosted by Moruf and you can get more info/tickets here.
August is over and so much has happened in last 4 weeks. Museache hosted their first official Jam Session Performance, underwent a facelift aesthetically, and added a new writer. You should check out his interview with photographer Dvvinci. Outside of Museache the events in Ferguson, Missouri have dominated news outlets and social media. Underneath all of that August has also been a much more eventful month for indie music that you may have missed out on. Hit the jump for the list of our favorite underrated projects from August.
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.