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Today was a bizarre day. It was one of the last days before my junior year starts, and my friends and I did stuff we have never done before. We made tacos. We fucking canoed. We broke into our college football stadium and sat on the field and took in the silence of the normally explosively loud venue. We then explored this probably haunted, abandoned mill. I saw a devil drawn on the wall of the basement, and there were bats and just gaping holes in the floors and steps. And the constant factor through all of these strange activities was this song. The artists that matter make the music that soundtracks your life. So, Skizzy Mars matters.
And by the way, the song samples “Touch” by Shura, which is one of my favorite songs of the year. I posted it below.
This time a week ago, there were roughly 100,000 large gathering in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park to down copious amounts of alcohol, consume various narcotics, and oh yeah, listen to some good ass music by their favorite artists.
What’s that you say? You’re still not over Lollapalooza, or even worst, didn’t even get to attend the festival? Well then, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a comprehensive playlist for your (ab)use to relive the sounds from Lollapalooza 2014.
Enjoy this 21-track mixtape that features everyone from Chance The Rapper to Young The Giant and everybody in between.
Until next year.
Cleveland rapper, Olu, is back with his latest buzz single “Work.” It’s been a little over a year since we last heard from him, but man, he hasn’t skipped a beat. I can’t really describe Olu’s music other than it sounds and feels right. You probably don’t even understand what I’m trying to say. I don’t even know what I’m saying. Just listen.
Be on the lookout for not one,
not two, not three…but TWO projects from Olu in the coming months.
As a continuation of my last gushing post over the soundtrack for Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, I’ve now fallen deeply, deeply in love with the title track for the motion picture’s soundtrack by Cat Power and Coldplay. Let’s start with that, shall we? Cat Power — an often quiet character, relatively unknown to the masses — teams up with Coldplay, the band that has taken the public journey from cool to uncool to cool again. That’s an unexpected pairing, but it’s absolutely beautiful. It starts with just Cat Power’s gorgeous voice and emotional lyrics over Coldplay’s piano, and that would be enough to melt my heart. But then the harmonizing begins, and it’s brought to a whole new level. And then the instrumentals get heavier just after the 2:00 mark, and bam, you guys. That’s all it takes. That right there is musical perfection.
Listen to the song below and I challenge you not to fall in love with the song. In fact, I take that back. Let yourself fall; it’s a beautiful thing. And if you haven’t yet, you may also let yourself fall in love with two other songs from the soundtrack: Heavenly Father and So Now What. Hit the jump for the lyrics for “Wish I Was Here.”
Carousel takes Zella Day’s “East of Eden” and gives it a little touch of their own. With their signature sound (which is evident on this song), Carousel takes a more electro song, and gives it an electro pop feel to it. Happy Tuesday!
I received a submission from a mysterious group by the name of Eyelid Kid, whose SoundCloud page currently only features two songs and tells me nothing more than that they’re from “Nowhereville, United States.” No external links to a YouTube channel, a Facebook page, a Twitter account…they just left an email address. So I figured all I had to go on was the music behind this really strange and dark song title. I guess that’s cool, though. Unbiased listens are always a good thing, right?
Well luckily the music brought more clarity. I found myself listening a couple times over to “Sleeps Well On Knives,” intrigued by the sound of the music (the lyrics are a little hard to decipher, but what I could catch was alluring as well: “So I’m giving up on giving up, always trying to cover a hole in my soul that’s always been full).
After falling in love with the song, I did a bit more Internet research and found out that it’s a group band that comes from Southern California. They call their music “psychedelic pop music,” though all the songs are “pop tunes at their core.” (Note to self: they are clearly sitting on more than the two songs that I can find. That’s exciting.)
There are two ways to listen to Jon Waltz‘s new track “Home.” One is the surface level, where it sounds good–maybe reminds you of Drake. Cool. The second way is if you actually listen to the lyrics and realize that every line is quotable. There is no wasted space on this song, which is a feat accomplished by only the most competent songwriters.
In his own words:
“I wrote this in an empty apartment in Missouri, not Home. Because Home only looks nice from a distant view. It’s a strange euphoric feeling that I get when I visit Home, and I want to translate that feeling to my listeners in hopes that they can relate to it. This song kind of embodies that feeling of being inside your head when you’re at a party and you’re drunk, having the accepted misconception of “fun”, but you still feel really, really alone. But I’d rather have fun to this instead.”
I was on one, fuck it I was on two or three…
S/O to Hypetrak for the premiere.
Samuel Proffitt coming through with some major feels with the track ‘Sladky’, the lead single off his upcoming EP. This track is synth-heavy and engages the listener with stunning vocals right from the intro. Blended with a beautiful piano melody and a strong bassline, and you’ve a track that really resonates within your body, soul, and mind. Enjoy your Friday feels.
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It may be nearing the last month of summer, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be having a few more addictive warm weather jams coming our way. “Don’t You Love” is everything right, especially for your long summer nights. It’s sexy, smooth, and as catchy as they get. The combination of Lil Silva’s soul and Banks’ soothing vibe, you just can’t go wrong. Trust in the fact that this track will have you in the right vibe and will definitely be on repeat for the rest of your summer days. For more goodness, check out Lil Silva’s EP Mabel, out August 4th.
Lollapalooza is fast approaching this weekend with main-stage legends coming by way of Eminem, OutKast and Kings of Leon. The annual Chicago music festival held against the city’s skyline is hip-hop top heavy this year, and it make sense when you think about the town’s emerging rap scene. It’s hard to say who’s the bigger or more exciting bill between Em and OutKast, but I may have to give the nod to Slim Shady since Big Boi and Andre 3000 are hitting virtually every U.S. city this summer. So, who else do you have to catch that won’t be playing at the Bud Light or Samsung Galaxy stages?
If you find yourself in the Windy City this weekend, make sure to check out these other great non-headlining sets.
7. Iggy Azalea
Iggy’s breakout summer jam “Fancy” has dominated charts all season. Though she’s a rising name in hip-hop, you already know this crowd is going to be filled with chicks getting white girl wasted. Bring it on.
Haunting, bouncy, and beautiful all at the same time, Phantogram blends sample-based electronic music with lead singer Sarah Barthel’s tragically smooth vocals. Expect a super cool light show too.
5. Foster The People
You probably remember Foster The People destroying radio waves a few summers ago with “Pumped Up Kicks.” Well, their new song “Best Friends” is pretty addicting too. This will be sure to be an awesomely bouncy set.
This Queensbridge-native is a certified living legend, and he’s been performing his classic Illmatic in full all summer to celebrate its 20th anniversary. You don’t want to miss this kind of momentous show.
Flume breeds a kind of electronic music that is quite unlike anybody else. Both brooding and infectious, the Australian-born producer will be sure to deliver a rave for the ages.
Chromeo sets are guaranteed to be funky, fresh, and fun. Expect lots of high-flying guitar and super-soaked synths that sound like they’re blaring straight from the 80s.
1. Chance The Rapper
Hometown hero Chance The Rapper was grossly under-staged last year at Lolla, but this year he’ll be closing down Perry’s stage. With a flurry of syllabic rhymes and an addictive turn-down-for-what energy, don’t be surprised if this MC’s crowd rivals Skrillex or Kings of Leon playing nearby.
Allan Kingdom and Kevin Abstract, two Sunset Selections and leaders of the future regime of hip-hop, join forces on “Already.” The title of the song is fitting because both of these guys just dropped their own projects super recently, and they’re already in the studio making moves. The most impressive part of this collaboration is how both artists maintain their own sound, while working towards a greater, collaborative sound. The biggest challenge for young artists is finding your own sound, and these guys have done it at such a young age, which is part of the reason we are so excited to watch them flourish in their careers.
Remember in like 2010 when Big Sean remixed “Too Fake” by Hockey and like Chiddy Bang was thriving with Xaphoon Jones on the boards? With his past two releases, Skizzy Mars is kind of bringing back that moment in time. The real difference is that producer Michael Keenan and him are doing it better. “Lucy,” which remixes future/current indie sweetheart Olivver, sounds less like a sample and more like a feature, which is kind of a miracle if you understand how sampling works. Somehow, these guys have a sound so original that their spin on another song sounds uniquely theirs. And lyrically, Skizzy is just getting better and better at expressing the realest shit, picking up on the subtle intricacies of the most minute moments.
Damaged from the last, so I’m focused on the first, probably settle with the next, ’cause it just couldn’t be worse
Check out the original if you haven’t yet.