This mix is inspired by the wonderful Netflix original series Stranger Things and my growing concern that we might be living in its Upside Down World in light of the domestic shootings, international terrorism, and triumphs of Donald Trump in recent months. The mix also features my favorite songs of the past month, so naturally, it leans toward the more optimistic side–more DNC than RNC, if you will.
There are a few political tracks in the beginning. Then, it dips back into the epic love story consistent with most of my mixes (and most music, for that matter). In Stranger Things terms, the first half is fighting the Demogorgon. The second half is the Jonathan-Nancy storyline.
Spoiler alert: Who else was upset that Nancy got back with Steve? Smh, Steve is a tool.
What you gon’ do now that the summer’s over?
Even Allday, Australia’s preeminent left-field druggie rap-singer, isn’t immune to the Toronto influence. His latest single, “Sides,” clearly has some northern sensibility with its ominous synth beat and NYNE doing a pretty decent Weeknd impression on the hook.
“Sides” is the rapper’s first track since his Startup Cult record dropped in 2015, and it has us realizing just what we’ve been missing over the last 10-plus months.
That album cemented him as a master at walking the line between pop rap and something woozier and darker. The chorus here is Views-level catchy, and Allday’s verses have some serious bite, similar to “Right Now,” another surefire banger that was a highlight of Startup.
All in all, “Sides” is proof that Allday remains in mid-season form.
Greatness lies in innovation. While the idea of dousing one’s voice in autotune isn’t exactly groundbreaking in rap music, the execution of the idea is how “Monster Truck” turns the corner into new territory. The song works so well in part due to Allday‘s detached delivery. What may seem lazy is actually smart and enticing, as the Aussie rapper slurs pronunciations and nonchalantly drops ending syllables of words. This is candid late night listening for the young and misguided.
Might rip my organs out just for the money
Buy a monster truck, go roll over your mummy
Why I always think about my ex when I’m fucking?
Why I always thinking bout rain when it’s sunny?
RELATED: Read our 2015 interview with Allday where we discuss his stint as a stand-up comedian, his advice for independent artists, and his recent EP Soft Grunge Love Rap.
Mallrat is a 17-year-old rapper and singer from Brisbane, Australia. I became aware of Mallrat after her widely heralded debut single “Suicide Blonde” appeared on triple j Unearthed. The content and a bit of the delivery reminded me of fellow Aussie rapper Allday, who Mallrat often cites as a major inspiration.
Since then, her sound has gradually become more refined. Her delivery is distinguishably more poppy. On “Sunglasses” (below), she’s like a rapping Lorde, which is cool, but “Inside Voices” seems like the first purely Mallrat song. It features the ideal balance between making you want to dance at your desk at work and relating to the content of the song. I mean, who hasn’t felt strangely alone during a night out?
All three songs will appear on the Uninvited EP, which will be released on July 1st via teamtrick and Create Control. The EP will include three additional tracks that hopefully will highlight the continuing development of this young talent.
Uninvited EP Tracklist:
- Tokyo Drift
- Inside Voices
- Suicide Blonde
- For Real
Everyone talks nicely but I don’t think they like me / ‘Cause when they go out, they never invite me
By now you have probably read 5-10 “Best Albums” lists compiled by your favorite music conglomerates. This list is different for several reasons. First, this is a list of my (Arjun’s) personal favorite projects from the year. I did not have to dilute my taste through a group dynamic. This is my unfiltered opinion, which I think makes for a more honest list. Secondly, I did not include any artists for political reasons, which larger sites are prone to do. Lastly, this list is a bit unusual in that it combines albums, mixtapes, and EPs under the blanket term “project,” which in the age of long EPs, free albums, and high quality mixtapes is a necessity.
I am not going to write about every album on the list. Nobody has time for that. Instead, let’s hit the highlights and the lesser known projects.
Adelaide’s own Tom Gaynor, better known as Allday, has been a mainstay in Australian hip-hop since 2012. The 24-year-old rapper recently signed with the U.S.-based Wind-up Records and released his 7-track Soft Grunge Love Rap EP for free download. We had the pleasure of chatting with Allday, as we discussed his brief stint as a stand-up comedian, his breakthrough single “You Always Know the DJ,” and the new EP, which is one of our favorites of the year.
31 days up, and 31 days down. Per usual, the team over at Sunset has gotten together to bring you the best new songs to be put out in August. Phenomenal list, as always!
Highlights this month:
Kygo released not one, but two random piano tracks. Chance The Rapper made an appearance this month. Skizzy Mars keeps on releasing dope remixes. Oh, he also hopped on his buddy, Allday’s “Grammy.” Oh, Be Clever flexed their muscles with their latest release, “River.” The recent out pour of Gallant’s “Weight in Gold” remixes is intimidating, but we decided to give you a standout from Sweater Beats. Sol dropped some wise knowledge on us.
Hit the jump for the Soundcloud stream and download!
If you don’t know our feelings on Allday and Skizzy Mars by now you clearly don’t come here often. The MCs, from Adelaide, Australia and Manhattan, respectively, are among our favorite young voices in the game. They’ve never officially worked together, but Skizzy did put his spin on “You Always Know the DJ” back in May.
Unfortunately, their “Grammy” remix falls into the same category, with Skizzy subbing in a verse and hook while Allday’s bars go unchanged. It’d be great to hear these two collaborate on some brand new material, because even a track like this is a glimpse into how perfect of a pairing they are.
“Grammy,” one of the standouts from Allday’s Soft Love Grunge Rap, is perfect for Skizzy’s flow. The spacey, synth-driven beat is squarely in his wheelhouse, and he delivers some memorable and occasionally humorous bars.
“I’ve got some thoughts, so let me think/I’ve been sober for a month I need a fucking drink,” he spits dryly.
Allday’s verses remain stellar. He has the sing-song flow down to a science, almost to the point that you can miss the wit of his lyricism if you aren’t paying attention.
“Got me spending money like a dad with no time/Got me spending time like a dad when he retire,” he says on the track’s outstanding first verse.
Hopefully, the success of the two remixes will lead to a full-fledged collaboration on either MC’s next project, because we can only imagine what it’d be like for them to actually get in the studio together.
I am not going to talk about flowers in this writeup. The name of the tape is more of a feeling. This is morning at the beach music. You can start your day with any of the first 13 tracks — preferably in the arranged order. After track 13, the mix veers into darker territory. It is like when the high wears off, and you realize that the summer is coming to an end.
And the flower is dead. Sorry, just needed one flower reference for it all to make sense. And the beginning is like the flower of love, blooming. Ugh, gosh, sorry… two.
I know enough about being high to know you my ultimate drug
The #SunsetFam killed it this month (we kill it every month). When collaborating for these monthly playlists, we like to do what’s best for business, and you are what’s best for business. Different genres, different artists, different sounds. There’s something on here for everyone, or maybe you’re like us and everything on here is for you. Say goodbye to July, and welcome August with open arms.
Highlights this month:
RKCB makes their debut with “Ignite.” NoMBe shines with “Miss Mirage” as he takes you on a journey. Gnash drops his guard and lets you in with “I Hate U I Love U.” MIYNT channels dark-pop-magic with “Civil War.” Allday, who you may remember from working with Skizzy Mars, dropped a solid 7-track mixtape. Arjun told us we should worry about a guy named Allan Rayman. Last, but not least, Meek Mill called out Drake for being fake. Drake responded with not one,
not two, not three, just kidding, two “diss” songs because I guess rappers still do that. You can find the second one on this playlist. Oh, and our fellow writer, Andy, became Twitter famous with his tweet about Meek Mill’s response track.
Hit the jump for the Soundcloud stream and download!
Allday (born Tom Gaynor) is a rapper from Adelaide, South Australia, who now resides in Melbourne. You may remember him from the Skizzy Mars remix or the original version of his single “You Always Know the DJ” from his previous album Startup Cult. Yesterday, he released the stream of his brand new mixtape Soft Grunge Love Rap via Nylon, and today, he has put out the free download for everyone to enjoy.
Soft Grunge Love Rap is a straightforward collection of 7 really solid songs that share a similar vibe. There is no big, overarching theme behind the tape. It is just this Australian guy, who recently signed a global record deal with Wind-Up Records and has this rare opportunity to make major waves in the U.S. market, trying to make the best music he possibly can.
In 2011, Gaynor was the runner up at the RAW Comedy national final. You can view his stand-up here. His comedy delivery is laid-back and very dry. His punchlines often take you completely by surprise. I would argue he raps using a very similar delivery. Much like his punchlines, his songs will throw you off guard: a new melody or flow will develop out of nothing or he will say something so clever you need to take a second to appreciate it. Or he will stop the track entirely with a hilarious aside — like at the 0:53 mark of “No Better” when he sort of takes a left turn into global politics and briefly discusses the general neutrality of the Swiss people and I guess, touches on the global forces at play currently in central Europe.
Click here to watch his video series “Chubby Chronicles.” The videos are really entertaining and take you behind the scenes with Allday and his crew.
Stream and download Soft Grunge Love Rap below.
Skizzy Mars and Michael Keenan team up to completely redesign Allday‘s hit “You Always Know the DJ,” which you may remember from one of our Tape Tuesdays. In two short verses, Skizzy paints the picture of his lifestyle and takes the listener along for the trip. Also, “My girl look like ‘02 Anna Kournikova” is probably line of the year.