New Music Daily
Dirty Radio sure knows what they’re doing. “Is It Cool” is a bootleg vocal remix which takes Kaytranada’s beat “246″ and turns it into the perfect combination of music magic. It’s catchy, fun, and will be sure to get everyone moving their bones. It hooks you in within seconds with its pure coolness (really). R&B fused vocals and a Disclosure-esque beat, there’s really no going wrong here. Listen to the goodie below.
Skizzy Mars and Marc E. Bassy team up on this Diana Ross-sampling banger. This year has been pretty incredible for Skizzy. After dropping Pace in March, the New York native has gone full Drake mode and released a slew of free, non-album tracks that all fucking kill. And he’s not done. His next tape The Red Balloon should be coming out soon. Stay tuned.
It is not easy in 2014 for an up-and-coming artist to hibernate for a year and make a project. There is so much pressure to constantly create an influx of new music to keep fans and powerful people interested. Dylan Owen has not released a new song since last summer, which translates to a zillion blog years. But with every gap between songs, Dylan is living and writing and working and perfecting his craft. He is experiencing life and writing about it in hopes that people relate to his thoughts. I respect Dylan for two main reasons: he makes incredible music and is willing to wait for a perfected product. This is an artist you follow for life–not just a temporary blog fling.
Driving down the interstate, it’s 2 AM, I’m infinite…
“Everything Gets Old” is the first single from Dylan Owen’s new project There’s More To Life.
Eclectic Italian indie rockers Late Guest at the Party have always been able to cross several geographical and musical borders with their unique sound. Their single “Gravel” off their debut album, Repeater, showcases their gift for gritty synth pop poetry. This danceable mediation on judgment and compassion becomes extraordinarily catchy after a few spins and finishes strong with a languid after note of nostalgia, subtly tackling the pitfalls of modern societal standards with ear wormy melodies. A hint of self-conscious catharsis can be felt within the chorus lyrics – which leads me to believe our protagonist knows that deep down he is begrudgingly selling himself on this idea of breaking someone into a mold.
Pop music is often associated with being a big, dumb, evil, manipulative, corporate machine that brainwashes the youth with basic choruses that debase women and induce unnecessary insecurities in our young girls and boys. It also takes advantage of the naivety of young listeners by applying tangible things to represent large concepts, such as love, which is also incredibly lazy songwriting. The genius of “What Should I Do” by Jaymes Young is that it does not claim to have all the answers. I mean, literally, Young is asking a question in the chorus. But aside from that, the song sounds like a conversation instead of the annoying, bossy nature of some pop music. It simply lets the music breath and the lyrics shine.
Chicago based producer Invisibles has made a name for himself harvesting inspired remixes for the likes of Crystal Castles and Lykke Li. His webby synths, glitched out vocals and refined production techniques have been his calling card for years, but his recent winter inspired remix of The Morning Birds seasonal salutation “Bloom” finds the enigmatic producer at the height of his powers. Equal parts light and dark, this minimalistic House treatment is full of mystic imagery and pulsing break beats. The kind of spiritual electronic music that feeds the soul and the dance floor.
The BLOOM EP is available via Bandcamp
It’s been a minute since we’ve gotten a fresh sampling of new Kendrick Lamar material. Sure, he’s had loads of features since his universally-acclaimed good kid m.A.A.d City, but most of the hip-hop world has been waiting with bated breath for something that’s completely Kendrick.
“i” is our first venture into the Compton MC’s anticipated sophomore album. In contrast to the stark, embattled world that Kendrick painted for us in GKMC, his new single refreshingly focuses on positivity. Even the album artwork, which depicts two opposing gang members from the Crips and Bloods making hearts with their hands, implies love and brotherhood.
Stream the Isley Brothers sampled track below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
Zhu drops a brand new release and he covers one of his favorite artists in CHVRCHES. As usual, it’s nothing short of great. Zhu is making quite a name for himself. Just the other day I heard a remix of Faded on my local radio and was like “holy shit,” it’s Zhu! It’s fun when artists you know that are working hard get that hard earned radio play.
In general, rap music is a young man’s game. It always has been, and it always will be. It is constantly exciting to hear how young artists try to take what the legends have done and expand the genre one or two more steps and take risks that may or may not work. In “Coupe De Grâce,” Just Chris stops the song dead in its tracks at 1:23 and sings a rendition of Uncle Charlie’s bridge from “Bound 2.” It’s a bold move that makes the hard-hitting rap track a thousand times more interesting. The whole track plays almost like a homage to Kanye West and at the same time, displays the massive talent of the young Brit spitter.
Be on the lookout for this kid.
P.S. The artwork is his grandfather who is/was a king (which, technically, makes Chris a prince).
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Brooklyn band DREAMERS allowed us to premiere the Duplexx remix of their song “Wolves” today, and I have to admit, this is a perfect Thursday tune for me. The perfect blend of energetic pop and light electronic reminds me that it’s the best day of the week. The entire weekend is ahead of us, and if this song has any ability to predict the future, it’s going to be a lively and exciting weekend indeed. Here’s where I sign off and go add this track to my regular rotation.
You got me brainwashed, you got me fucked up, like you
Hugh just don’t seem to quit and keep bringing new tunes to our ears this year. It’s definitely nothing to complain about because this talented group have something that is so effortlessly cool, we can’t help but love having a bit more. “One of These Days” is their latest track and it’s got a soft yet edgy vibe that’ll have you bobbing your head for the full 3 minutes. It seems as though new music from them will be arriving again soon, but for now listen to this lovely one below.