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Jamie T has been basically hiding under a rock somewhere in the world for the last five years, but he’s magically appeared into the music world once again. “Don’t You Find” is his first material in what feels like a million years and it’s one that’ll have his fans excited for more. He’ll be embarking on a tour in the UK this summer to get the gears rolling for his comeback and it’s a damn good thing! Check out the ”Don’t You Find” video below while we anxiously await more from this British gem.
This post is a little left field for me considering my music tastes, but I always have an open ear. This was sent to me on a hunch hoping I would like it, and surprisingly I did! The Travelling Band is a group from the UK that makes indie-folk music, but their latest single, Passing Ships, has a little pop influence to it, making it a standout track from their repertoire. Stream & download below!
Remember that episode of The Fairly OddParents where Timmy goes inside the Internet to retrieve an embarrassing email? This album is nothing like that; although, the ingenious art direction by HK might actually mislead you a bit. Kevin Abstract‘s MTV1987 is less about technology as it is the result of technology. If you look only at the musical references on this project, you will hear the usual suspects in modern hip-hop–Outkast, Cudi, Kanye, Drake, Pharrell–but you will also hear Nirvana, Cassie, Justin Timberlake, and Michael Jackson. If you look at the words, the story is one of acute loneliness and desolation brought upon as a result of the Information Age. It’s about the millions of young people who fantasize about a different life online and struggle to maintain any semblance of a relationship IRL. And it’s not our fault; the Internet has fucked up the wiring of our brain. This album is a reflection on the youth and the struggle to feel something real in a robotic world.
It is also one of the best albums of the year. Kevin Abstract and his producer Romil beyond delivered on this project. It literally sounds like FutureSex/LoveSounds meets Man on the Moon II. Romil has to be the most improved producer in a single year since the beginning of time, and Kevin’s songwriting jumped to one of the best in all of music. Gone are the days where we are talking loosely about the “endless potential of Kevin Abstract.” He has found his sound and team of producers and engineers and can only keep improving from here. Like, I can’t stress enough: this is a real album. In the perfect world, this would win Grammys. Unfortunately, right now that world only exists online, but I have a feeling that’s going to change for Kevin very soon.
PARTYNEXTDOOR is here to save the summer with his latest featuring label-head Drake. PND took to Instagram today to announce the release date for his sophomore effort PARTYNEXTDOOR Two and also let loose” a couple of iTunes pre-order tracks in the previously-heard “Her Way” and this banger “Recognize.” He’s already dropped my favorite track of 2014 in “Persian Rugs” and PND 2 is shaping up to be one of my favorite projects of the year. Drops July 29th btw also please follow me on Twitter *prayer hands emoji*
I don’t trust artists who don’t look at the camera in their music videos. I was watching a video just yesterday, and the rapper refused to make eye contact, and he was rapping the whole time just like, to himself. I felt like I didn’t exist. Allan Kingdom on the other hand is fearless. He is confident and commands attention. It’s not easy to make a professional-looking video as an independent artist, but when you got a good team around you, it becomes a lot easier. It seems like Ben Hughes, who also directed the “Evergreens” video (below), is the ideal collaborator for Kingdom. And while the “Evergreens” video was impeccably shot, I see the “Souls” video as a step up. They are depicting the Minneapolis landscape, while also throwing in some mean imagery about Allan’s rise in the music industry.
Let the Ganz hype continue. Hailing from Amsterdam, Ganz throws down an epic flip of Alison Wonderland’s ‘I Want U’. There is still so much to learn about Ganz who has kept a very low profile for the amount of fire this mysterious artist has put out.
In my opinion, there are two things I can say with confidence about the mysterious Ganz:
- He is a master at flipping tracks, see his previous flips on his SoundCloud page.
- Ganz knows how to lay down some serious synthes on a track >:D
Like Alison Wonderland’s facebook page to cop a free dl. See you at the top of the Hypem charts Ganz. Cheers.
Hurt Everybody is the perfect name for this trio from Chicago. Supa Bwe, Carl, and Mulatto Beats are out to hurt anybody and everybody standing in the way of their success. I think in general I try to listen to music that moves me, and this is that at the moment. There’s a controlled desperation in Supa Bwe and Carl’s voices. They make you feel what they feel, and that’s a powerful tool. It also doesn’t… hurt that the 14-track EP features Chicago favorites like Alex Wiley, Kembe X, Mick Jenkins, and Saba.
Hurt (Intro), Transmissions (Warning and Contact), Treat Me Caucasian, Scratched, In Seoul, Slept All Day, and Beauty (Outro)
The goal of an experienced artist on the come up is to just try and make something undeniable. That’s what “This View From Here” is. The first single from OnCue‘s highly anticipated Angry Young Man is a statement. Watching the video, you see the hunger in Cuey’s eyes, and that desire is not lost on the music. The song is a gripping proclamation–a declaration of the driving force behind all fine art. Above all, it is a manifesto to the unfuckwithable feeling of chasing your dreams, struggling, and then making your dreams a reality. At the end of the video, the release date for Angry Young Man is shown.
September 3rd. Mark your calendars.
I Love Makonnen is refreshing, different, unique, etc. I mean, don’t you guys get frustrated listening to the same 20 songs on the radio? I feel so jaded about music these days because nothing surprises me. Except I Love Makonnen surprises me. Allan Kingdom surprises me. Jon Waltz surprises me. Kevin Abstract surprises me. This 7-track project features grounded, structured songwriting but with vibrant, experimental vocals. Makonnen’s voice bends and swerves around these bass heavy instrumentals. The songs are funny and depressing at the same time and challenge the listener to look dumb now but like, cool in the future. ‘Cause you know, I think this EP is about two years ahead of its time.
You probably remember opening that freshly packaged, mint condition .zip file of Nothing Was The Same on leak day and noticing a strange name smushed between parenthesis next to the title “Hold On, We’re Going Home” in your horrendously unorganized iTunes library*. That name was Majid Jordan. In a post last year, I, like you, asked the question, “Who is Majid Jordan?” And now in the middle of a strange summer, we receive an answer. “A Place Like This” is the duo’s highly anticipated debut track. Appearing first on the October’s Very Own blog, the song is a lofty R&B fare with semi-annoying perfect pop pomp and just enough experimental flourish to keep you interested. I enjoy it. The video doesn’t quite convey the feeling, but listening to the track, I imagine the empty feeling of being at a party where you are way too drunk to have fun and know no one there.
*Okay, I realize that song was a single, but the intro sounds too good to cut. Sorry.
Vancouver-native Vanic recently teamed up with machineheart to create this super refreshing track simply named “Circles.” Delicately blending contemporary genres of pop and trap, the collaboration breeds feel-good vibes that will have nodding your head all day long.
“Circles ventures into this whole idea about making the best out of your situation. It’s a reminder that when you face resistance or difficulty, you’ll want to have people around you who are going to remind you of what your intentions were in the first place”
Watch the summer-friendly video below, and stream the track as well.