So I apologize for missing Songs of the Week last week, I was traveling and it was just kind of impossible for me to manage to put together. Anyway, I arrived in London yesterday and will be here for the next 6 weeks or so, and will be here each Sunday to keep you updated on what you might have missed in the past 7 days. Because I missed last week, I decided I’d do a special edition of Songs of the Week and double up, showcasing what I think are the best songs of the past two weeks. Let’s get started.
1. Raleigh Ritchie – Stay Inside (Posted by Arjun)
There’s something trance-inducing and soothing about this one from UK up and comer Raleigh Ritchie. Naturally, I had to lead off with this one considering I’m living in the same city as this guy, which is kind of new and exciting. The beat and Ritchie’s complementing vocals go together perfectly, and the synthesizers in this one have the ability to put you in a distinct mood–still not sure what it is yet; something transient and floating, I think.
2. Eliza & The Bear – Friends (Written by Jordan)
So Jordan just introduced the site to Eliza & The Bear the other week, and although I don’t listen to much of this kind of music anymore, I found myself looking them up and getting into their catalog. Another band out of London (maybe I’m biased in the short term?), these guys remember me of my days as a big fan of The Kooks and The Wombats–a certain brand of British pop-punk. If you want to get into some of their other stuff, check out their Soundcloud, but in the meantime check out their single “Friends.”
3. Migos – Bandos (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) (Posted by Jordan)
So I think at this point it’s safe to say that I really, really like anything that Ryan Hemsworth puts out. Like, pretty much literally everything. The only other thing I know by Migos is the now incredibly overplayed “Versace” which is only really a good song because of Drake’s verse, which is absolute fire. In particular, Hemsworth piano melody on this one kills it, and Hemsworth delivers another fire track. The man can’t be stopped.
4. Olympic Ayres – Magic (Posted by Alicia)
This one’s kind of an undeniable summer jam. I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, or what mood you are in when you listen to this song, I will be legitimately impressed if you are able to refrain from bobbing your head and grooving to this one. Put this on at your next summer party, and I can guarantee you people will get out on the dance floor. Easily a top 5 jam of the entire summer so far.
5. Snakadaktal – Hung on Tight (Posted by Alicia)
The only daktal better than the pterodactyl is the Snakadaktal–that is simply science. Alicia describes their sound as a “slightly darker side of indie music,” and I agree. They’re incredibly unique, as is the mood they emanate. Hung on Tight is another one that’s tough not to want to dance to, and definitely a song I will be putting on at parties this summer.
I saw Local Natives at Lollapalooza in 2011, and since then they’ve been a favorite of mine. They have a really unique style, as is shown both through the song itself and its accompanying visuals.
Their incredible percussion and floating, airy vocals combine to make a sound all their own, and this song is a great example of what makes Local Natives such a great band. It is also an example of why talking sandwiches would make everyone’s lives better.
A 21st century tale of finding true love. Proud to have Chicago represented so positively by King Louie.
Joey is quickly (very quickly) becoming one of the brightest shining young emcees in the game. He’s arguably outshined A$AP Rocky on 1 Train and definitely outshines Smoke DZA on this track. It’s only a matter of time before Joey becomes the headliner–he’s well worth it.
Nothing particularly remarkable about the video here, but I really dig the production on this track and I think DZA and Joey’s flows go off here.
Some of the stuff Joey spits goes right over my head until I listen enough times. That’s a rare ability and the kid has it in droves.
Calling it right now–Joey will have a number 1 album by the time he is 20. That gives him just north of two years. You heard it here first.
I just found Mount Moriah tonight, and I have loved what I’ve heard so far. The lead singer, Heather McEntire, sounds a lot like Stevie Nix to me. MM is a collaboration between Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller, who play in French pop band Un Deux Trois together.
This is the second single off of their upcoming sophomore effort Miracle Temple. I’m not sure if Lyds can be a fan of Mount Moriah, because they are based in Chapel Hill–given her passion for all things Duke, I doubt that’s acceptable in her book. Maybe she can make an exception for these guys?
Anyway, look out for Miracle Temple when it drops on February 26th.
FYI: Moriah is the name given to a mountain range by the Book of Genesis, in which context it is the location of the sacrifice of Isaac.
Shouts out to Smiley if you’re reading this, I found this on your wall.
Kind of weird but indubitadly dope, Alex Collier’s symphony covers Frank’s jam instrumentally. Check it out.
He said “Allahu akbar”, I told him don’t curse me //
// “Bo Bo, you need prayer” – I guess it couldn’t hurt me
Recently, Just Blaze and Baauer teamed up to drop the massive, dubby “Higher.” Two of the most influential producers in their respective genres, this track had big expectations and, in my opinion, delivered. It’s interesting seeing Just Blaze dabble in the heavier electronic scene–only one more sign that hip hop is moving that direction.
The two spoke to Pitchfork about the collaboration, which you can see below. I think Baauer really sums up the effect of the collaboration in that Just Blaze comes at it with a mastery in beatmaking, and Baauer comes at it with a unique catalog of sound. The combination of the two is very, very dope, and the video and the full song can both be streamed below.
Danny Brown is one goofy fucker, but I love him. If you can get by the strangeness of the lyricism and focus on his flow, it’s really next level. His ability to switch it up, create and then resolve multiple rhythms in his verses is truly dope.
The beat of this one is really tight–I love the 808/cowbell combination, and Danny really has the ability to work with his flow on this one.
I really have no idea what is going on in this video, but it reminds me of the “Jungle” level of Goldeneye. Shouts out to anybody who feels me on that.
I’ve been trying to get a large catologue of Danny Brown songs–any recommendations? Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
Begging for the semen from the demon with no tooth
PS…what happened to dude’s teeth?
Ab-Soul was one of the strongest features on Kendrick’s GKMC, and it’s no surprise to see him returning the favor to Ab-Soul here. Ab-Soul is a really promising new face to the scene, and someone I will certainly be keeping an eye on in the future.
This video is for “ILLumintate,” a standout from his album Control System. It’s actually a very well done video, with intriguing and stirring imagery.
Check it out, stay up on Ab-Soul, and enjoy Kendrick’s addition in the last verse.
I for one am a huge Pusha T fan. He kind of seems like the legitimate Rick Ross, as if he actually comes from this storied cocaine underworld that Rozay wishes so badly he was accustomed to. His trademark noise is almost as raw as Rozay’s, too. I don’t even know how to describe it so I’ll try to type it: “yuuukcchhh.” Like a disgusted, pissed off, Yiddish grandmother. I digress.
Anyways, Mr. T dropped the trailer to his upcoming mixtape, titled “Wrath of Caine.” The follow up to “Fear of God,” which was incredible, has high expectations. No due date yet, but you can definitely expect some new Pusha to drop in the near future.
Shouts out to Ron Reagan. GOP baby.
I was lucky enough to kick it with G-Eazy aka Young Gerald when he came to Maine earlier this year. Javs were tossed, music was talked, all that good stuff. He’s a great dude, a really funny guy with impeccable style.
Today, he released his video with DJ Carnage for their track “Loaded,” and it has pretty much everything you’d expect from your “quintessential” rap video. Bitches, beaches, and bellies.
I’ve been waiting for this one for a few days since the snippet dropped, and now we have the complete, CDQ version of Joey Bada$$’s “Unorthodox” produced by none other than the legend himself, DJ Premier.
I’m not going to say much about Premo’s beat–what is there to say, really? Perfection is perfection–but Joey’s flow here sounds like it could have come out of Brooklyn anytime in the past 25 years. He has the timeless BK, chilled out, off the dome flow that Notorious became so famous for. Now, that’s not to say that he’s on Notorious’ level so don’t freak out; but that tried and true , rap battle flow is what Joey is becoming famous for spitting.
It will be interesting to see what route Bada$$ takes in the near future. He just got a huge look on A$AP’s “1 Train” along Danny Brown, Kendrick, Yelawolf and Big Krit, among others, and as he explicitly lays out in “Unorthodox,” he won’t consider any offer less than 3 million, which is right about what Kendrick and A$AP first signed for.
Will Joey Bada$$ be that big? Is he worth that kind of investment?
If you ask me, absolutely. Only time will tell.
“Basically, I grind with the grimiest/Learn how to eat in a jungle full of highness“