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Young Karin is a pop duo from Iceland, consisting of vocalist Karin Sveinsdóttir and producer-songwriter Logi Pedro Stefánsson. They are formerly known as Highlands, and their n°1 EP was one of the best of 2014. Looking to build upon their debut, the group has released the PYK EP, a collaboration with director K_tanman and clothing brand 66°NORTH.
The chemistry of the duo is electric. Karin’s yearning vocals and Logi’s rap-inspired music and lyrics (e.g. the beginning of “U”) fit together like puzzle pieces. Neither works without the other, and it makes for one of my favorite releases of the summer. Also, I am deeply in love with Karin, but that would be unprofessional and weird to mention in the writeup.
Some days I just want to be old. How great does it sound to be retired? I would read so many books, lay in so many hammocks, sit by so many fireplaces, cook so many meals, go on so many walks. It’s going to be delightful. But then I remember that I’m still young and energetic and I actually kind of like going to work and being productive. So for now I guess I just depend on vacations to feel like a retired person a couple times a year.
I am loving this new song about growing old and staying young by Jack Garratt, a rising star with vocal similarities to Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), which I can always get behind. Give me more of this gold, please, Jack.
Ok bye though. I’m headed on vacation.
And if I never let you go, will you keep me young, keep me young?
Rihanna‘s fierce and traptastic song “Bitch Better Have My Money,” affectionately known as BBHMM, now has an equally powerful music video. In the cinematic cut below, bad gal RiRi kidnaps and stuffs an attractive blonde in a trunk for ransom. Rihanna and her crew effectively torture the poor woman by force feeding her alcohol and drugs while chilling by various bodies of water. Umm not to sound weird but, can I get held for ransom by Ri? It sounds kinda dope to be honest.
Watch the visuals below and let us know what you think. Warning: EXTREMELY not safe for work.
Hazey is from Hamilton. His government name is Michael Hill. He almost reminds me of Frank Leone, but other than that stretch of a comparison, his sound is completely his own. There is this tinge of reggae or something to his music. I can’t pinpoint it exactly. Look out for his HypeLove project in August.
What you know about a hypelove song?
Stream and download my second favorite track by Hazey.
Are you ready for some 50 Shades of High Rule? Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but High Rule’s latest release, “Control,” gives off that dark-alley, touchy-feely, lets get freaky vibe. So kind of like 50 Shades reversed minus the highly explicit material. This is a complete flip of their style from the past three releases and it’s evident. However, the catchy chorus streak continues! I’m still bumping “Thirsty,” but that’s going to have to make some room for this one. Sharing is caring, ya know?
I’m heading home tomorrow to be with [part of] my family for a week, and there’s something almost unexplainable about the feeling of excitement and warmth that comes with the anticipation of the time at home. I hope this is something that’s known to each of us, and that everybody can feel. It doesn’t have to be your family – maybe it’s friends of yours – but I hope every person has somebody or something in his or her life that creates this sensation of comfort and love.
On the topic of comfort, I just heard the song Oh Wonder released today called “Landslide.” It appears to be born out of a pretty sad story wherein somebody has hit rock bottom, but that repeated “I’ll be there for you” line transforms it into something really sweet and uplifting. Listen closely for female vocalist Josephine Vander Gucht’s emphasis on certain lines; it’s pretty emotional. I’m feeling this a lot.
Hit the jump to read full lyrics.
Sam Sloan is a rapper-singer-producer from Hamilton, Canada. His sound falls somewhere in between Bobby Raps and Matt Champion. Every vocal piece is processed through the sweet chill of auto-tune, and every song has an overarching concept. The music Sloan makes never sounds forced. It sounds like it was made with the purpose to understand a piece of himself, and listeners feed off that. We feed off the scabs ripped open by the creation of a great tune and revere the resulting scars. Sam Sloan has a lot of scars, and we are very grateful he chooses to share them with us.
Marie Dahlstrom comes to us from across the pond, calling London and Copenhagen her hometowns. And although this may be your first time hearing her sensual vocals, her sound is not unfamiliar. Channeling her best Brandy and Monica impression, the track is reminiscent of those killer 90s R&B jams like “The Boy Is Mine.” Feating Sophie Faith, this song’s intimate writing and breezy production by D.K. the Punisher will surely have you coming back for more.
Stream “Look The Other Way” below and let us know what you think in the comments!
Two Weeks Vacation is the debut album by Beach Jesus, who were introduced on Sunset last week. The album plays through like a Jackson Pollock painting. Through its nine tracks, the beauty of disorder is explored. Parts of these songs are broad strokes of effortless crooning, and others are splashes of rhythm and rapping. The sounds are electric, and the content is eccentric. More questions are asked than answered, and that is okay because the wonder is in the asking.
Now, I just got to ask for a download link.
I’ve been following these guys for quite some time now, and I’m really impressed with the direction that they’re taking their music. Evolving slowly from a future funk sound to a more future bass / experimental sound akin to large festival banger producers ie. What So Not, etc. After reaching the US/Canada for a small tour, the duo are back in the studio now working on a full length – can’t wait for that!
This one’s got a sort of #OrientalBass vibe to it. I dig, for sure.
Dropped only about 3 days ago, I’m glad to have caught this release so quickly! You can find most of their discography available for free download at their website.
Earlier today I called Madison, Wisconsin a hip-hop city on the rise. Another guy from there with massive potential is Trapo. The 17-year-old rapper has one of those rare, distinctive voices. It almost sounds like D.R.A.M. mixed with Isaiah Rashad and Chance The Rapper. What makes his songs so fun to listen to is his approach to songwriting seems so fluid. His voice will undulate within the highs and lows of the beat. He will attack and retreat and continue to do so until you are singing and rapping along with him.
I’m tryna hurt somebody right now, it’s a killing season
We have referred to Milwaukee, Wisconsin as one of most surprising, eclectic hip-hop hotspots in the country. Well, it turns out Madison, Wisconsin is on the rise, too. I don’t know what they are eating in Wisconsin (cheese?), but it’s working to create rappers left, right, and center. One of these guys is Ra’$haun (born Ra’Shaun Randle), and today is his birthday.
“June 28th” is a short track at under two minutes long, but it serves as an ideal introduction. The song is a living, breathing organism, and the lyrics are delivered like a heartbeat pounding off the parchment. Every word is important and weighed down by the welcome burden of passion and perspective.
It’s hard to see the bigger picture with the filter still on
Below is my other favorite track by the Madison rapper.