The guys from Radical Something have been waiting for this moment for a long time–and, if you’ve been following their music, so have you. Today, we are proud to be sponsoring the release of their new EP, “No Sweat.” It’s been great seeing them progress over the past year or so, and the trio of Loggy, Josh Cocktail, and DJ Big Red has really been working to curate a sound that is uniquely their own.
Along with an exclusive stream of “Waterfalls,” one of the best songs off of the EP, we also have a video of the guys themselves providing some background on Waterfalls and the EP in general.
Waterfalls in many ways showcases what’s great about Radical Something–Josh Cocktail shows off his unbelievable voice, Loggy goes in hard with some heartfelt verses, and Big Red produces a really cool, unique instrumental behind it all. The emotion Radical Something puts into their music is tangible–you can hear it, and you can feel it. To me, that’s the best thing about their music, how much they care about it, how strongly they believe in it, how deeply they feel it.
Some of it, as you would guess from their discussion of the EP in the video above, is melancholy or stressed out. But the overall tone is perseverance, maintaining a “No Sweat” attitude no matter what challenges or struggles may come your way. “You Feel Amazing,” while definitely having a theme of lost love at the core of the song, is a perfect example–even while it talks about missing a girl, it retains an upbeat, catchy attitude throughout.
There’s a little bit of everything here. Catchy, hooky guitar riffs are found on “Valentine” and “You Feel Amazing,” “Say Yes” almost turns into a club banger at some points, while “Acid Rain” is more of a laid back, pensive track.
Overall, Radical Something has put together a really great, versatile project.
Today, head over to iTunes to support Loggy, Josh, and Big Red. More than that, though, head over to iTunes to support talented, heartfelt, independent music. That support will cost you less than $3. Tell me that’s not a steal.
The Homie Spit Spitta’s back with a new, 5 song EP titled “Here.” Curren$y, in my mind, kind of filled the void in the rap mixtape world when Lil Wayne, formerly The Best Rapper Alive, seemingly lost 2/3 of his talent after dropping Da Drought series. Spitta releases new tracks and projects more frequently, and with more consistency, than maybe any other rapper out right now.
He and the Jet Life crew always come with some of the slickest flows, and I can’t remember the last time I was disappointed with any Curren$y project–a few weak tracks here and there, but they continuously put out gems.
Note that the first song on the EP, “Pay Attention,” is 4 minutes and 20 seconds long.
So remember how whenever I posted Aer I was always like “these guys are awesome I can’t wait for them to blow up?”
Well that’s happening. Like right now, at this moment, they’re blowing up.
Right behind Eminem/Royca da 5’9 and in front of (IN FRONT OF) Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Jay-Z and Kanye West lies Aer on the current iTunes hip-hop chart. They released this EP this morning, and it is by far some of their best work to date.
My favorite song off of the EP is the title track, which has a really catchy hook and a great, mellow guitar riff. It combines their great singing and rapping voices and perhaps if I wrote for a different blog I would describe it as sick and chill. It is both of those things, in droves.
Aer’s going to be big. Like, really, really big. Trust me.
Support good music and buy the EP on iTunes!
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Yesterday, Rostrum Records announced that, along with Wiz Khalifa’s “Rolling Papers,” Mac Miller would also be releasing a new EP, titled “On and On and Beyond” on March 29th. I loved Mac’s “Best Day Ever” (see my review here) and have huge expectations for this new EP as well. Three of the songs, I believe, have already been released (and are streaming below: “Another Night” off of The High Life and “In the Air” and “Life Ain’t” off of Best Day Ever), and “On and On” has already dropped which is kind of bullshit considering that’s more than half of the ‘new’ EP, but whatever. Track list after the jump.
1. Put It On
2. Live Free
Snippet from my review of ‘Best Day Ever’:
This one’s got a feel-good vibe to it, and while it may not be my favorite track, it is definitely fun and easy to listen to. This is the kind of song you listen to riding around at the start of the summer, or lying on the beach over Spring Break. Man, this one just makes me happy. Watching Mac come up since the release of “The Jukebox,” it was awesome to see him blow up to where he is today. To say he deserves it would be a crazy understatement.
My people always tell me/ Mac please don’t ever let the fame change you/ They say I’m so different but it ain’t true/ Still got the same girl, roll with the same crew/ I’m just doing what it takes for me to make due
Snippet from my review of ‘Best Day Ever’:
This one leaked the other day, as the last single off of the fralbum, and I like it even more a few days later. When it came out, I compared it to Lupe Fiasco’s “Fighters,” which is a comparison I still very much see. I said:
“In the Air” is an extremely unique song and is unlike anything I’ve ever heard from Mac. It strikes me as very similar to one of my favorite Lupe Fiasco songs, “Fighters.” The production is minimal and understated, and that really leaves Mac to take over on the track. He shows off his singing voice on this track which is actually quite good.
This song is extremely catchy, and I’ve been listening to this a lot recently. Definitely a standout on the tape.
Blessed with some success so/ Imma try my best to/ Live my life right when I see God he’ll be impressed/ Cause I been on my grind/ Thinkin’ I’ll be fine if I take my time/ Working so hard might break my spine/ So all of y’all see this face of mine/ There’s different ways to shine/ Imma find my own
Gorilla Warfare Tactics came out of nowhere, showing the world some heavy, vintage hip hop. Just a couple weeks ago, they released a song called “Temptations,” and in no time it was atop the Hype Machine Popular charts. People automatically clung to their old school vibe, and were shocked to hear that they’re a group of three Indian college students. In a time when fluffy college/frat rap is suffocating the world, these guys are a breath of fresh air. It seems to me that these guys have a much more sustainable future than the people who aren’t making any original or refreshing material. It seems twisted that having old-school influences like Nas and Q-Tip can now classify you as digging for originality, but the world works on cycles. Vintage becomes hot again, and everybody’s all over it. These guys have already made a dent in the music world, and I’d be surprised if they didn’t stick around for a long time. Sunset in the Rearview is a proud sponsor of this tape along with Pigeons and Planes.
This is a short EP, but it will be followed up by a longer release coming this summer. I’m excited to see what the future holds for GWT. Below are two of my favorite songs from the EP and the link to download the whole compilation. Gotta love the shoutout to my neighbor 9th Wonder on “bernie madoff.”
Sufjan Stevens, a major crush and favorite artist of mine, released an EP today. It’s called All Delighted People, and unless I’m completely out of the loop, I don’t believe anybody had any idea that this was coming our way. Here’s an official write-up about the music:
All Delighted People is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad “All Delighted People,” a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s “Sounds of Silence.” Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers “Djohariah,” and the gothic piano ballad “The Owl and the Tanager,” a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a “Delighted” EP?).
On a day that already planned to be giving the Sunset masses some great music, I think this qualifies as the double rainbow. Thank you very much, dear Sufjan. Stream the album below and head over to his bandcamp site to buy the album for a mere $5.
Music Video: “When Can I See You” – New Kingdom
I am intentionally posting this on the weekend, because it isn’t appropriate to view at work. But man, this ish is funny! New rock band out of LA called New Kingdom. They’re made up of 4 guys: Noah King, Joe Rausch, Evan Turner, Oren Yoel. Yoel is also a producer and produced a lot of songs on Asher Roth’s latest album. And a little pop culture knowledge: the main singer (and the star of the video), Noah King, has a brother named Adam who starred on MTV’s The Real World: Paris. Sorry dude, your brother was a tool on the show. You seem cool/funny though.
FREE EP: “Meta Meta” – Post Post
I got some requests for more music from Post Post, and have come across a download link for a free EP by them.
1. The Auction (Part II) [formerly blogged]
3. Say When
Download (right click and save) the EP here.