These “Best of” are like clock work. The second I put one out, I feel like I’m already compiling the music from our writers for the next month. Well, have no fear, June is here. Throw this on for your July 4th celebrations, and be sure to come check out our July 2015 edition in a few weeks!
I think I am going to need to prelude this writeup by saying that I do not pop xannies and do not condone the abuse of prescription medication. The purpose of this tape is simply to highlight a growing trend in rap music. It is not surprising that the effects of the 21st century prescription drug culture has trickled into the rap scene, and I would argue that much like Wiz Khalifa makes certifiably dank weed rap, artists like Lucki Eck$ and Jimmy Prime (formerly Jimmy Johnson) make “xanny rap.” As you will notice, the mix is not all rap music. I tried to space out the journey and the rewards of hearing some of the trippiest rap music being made (Also, “Lilly” by Toro y Moi is a wave). If you’re an impatient bastard, tracks 11 through 14 show the heart of the phenomena.
When I’m off all these bars I should be behind some bars
*SoundCloud mix is missing track 6 (“Lilly” by toro y moi)
Just a week after the release of their debut single “Drive,” which premiered on Sunset, Gemineyes has let us premiere their four-track, self-titled EP. The four songs from Gnash and Harry Hudson‘s side project harbor the instant gratification of your favorite pop songs but with lyrics so relatable they feel plagiarized from your daily life. Or more accurately, they say the things you want to say to the girl you’ve been talking to instead of like the 20th meme this morning. In their own words,
gemineyes ep is the soundtrack to a perfect day – with someone you love, someone who’s your best friend, someone you would take the neverending nap with, and at the bottom of everything, someone you want to drive home with.
Also, today is Gnash’s birthday, so everybody wish him happy birthday on Twitter.
Hit the jump to read our interview with the duo, and download each track below.
2. Knock Knock
This past week, Mike Posner released an EP called “The Truth.” Most know Mike Posner as the artist behind the hit song “Cooler Than Me,” which made it all the way to #6 on Billboard Top 100. He’s also the co-writer of Maroon 5′s hit song “Sugar,” which has made it to #2 on the same list. But there’s a lot that people don’t know about Mike Posner, and he’s written that story for us in this latest EP, which he plans to turn into a full album. For now, the 4 songs on this EP can be streamed for free below. They’ll be available for purchase on iTunes on June 22nd.
If you’ve followed Sunset closely or long enough, you’ll likely know that Mike and I were friends in college and you can assume that this EP is a really groundbreaking one in my mind. To fill everybody in and to give clear context around my thoughts on the EP, I have to tell the story of Mike’s and my friendship. [Hit the jump after the audio player to continue reading.]
Summer is officially in full force and we have the music to accompany your ears. 18 news tracks, specifically picked out from our writers. We have newcomers such as High Rule and Joey Aich, and then some more well known artists like Chance The Rapper & ASAP Rocky. Either way, it’s great. Enjoy!
Earlier this year, Drake shocked the hip-hop world by dropping an album without prior announcement. The album, really pretty weirdly titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, completely blindsided us and has dominated our iPhones since its release. Like any Drake release, it also spawned thousands of remixes from SoundCloud producers, eager to craft a triple-fire-emoji-IRL-flame-thrower-Yeezus-All-Day-performance-GIF-dope-ass-swag-ass remix that gets passed around the blogosphere like Rachel Green sexually among the friend group in that show about friendship. I noticed that I had a lot of these remixes in my iTunes, and so far James Blake is the only producer to get a Drake remix onto a Tape Tuesday.
Most of these tracks are remixes from If You’re Reading This. Some of them are remixes of older tracks.
Connect with me on LinkedIn, and let me know what you think of the mix.
*The SoundCloud playlist is missing track 9, “Madonna (OG Ron C & The Chopstars Remix).”
Two of my favorite movies are Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto and Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere. Both movies are set in affluent areas of California, which I’ve sort of been obsessed with lately. Not to get too weird but the complex relationships had by young adult children of stupid rich families fascinate me.
So I set out to make a mix that sounds like the hills of the ‘Basas.
It started in Hollywood…
*SoundCloud mix is missing track 11 (“Bellyintro” by Lord Byron) and track 23 (“L$D” by A$AP Rocky)
Happy Cinco De Mayo! Get drunk, share some laughs, be happy, and listen to our picks from April featuring Jordan Bratton, Chance The Rapper, Skizzy Mars, Vic Mensa, Pell, and more! Solid group of tracks here, and I know time will fly by super fast where we will have Best of May up here in no time!
I think this is one of my favorite mixes. It is everything that’s good about hip-hop right now. You got Jon Waltz-collaborator NOVA moving to vocals from behind the boards. You got Bobby Raps going ape shit on a record. After that, Young Thug implements a game-changing autotune on “Halftime,” and then OVO-affiliate Jimmy Johnson (or Jimmy Prime) rips into a slow-burning anthem. BROCKHAMPTON artist Matt Champion and Jon Waltz made a 9-minute song, and it’s perfect. I could go on, but you should probably just listen and smoke a lot of pot. Happy 4/20. Stay ~wavy~.
*Missing track 3 (“Halftime” by Young Thug)
A friend of mine from college reached out to me a couple years ago saying that he enjoyed following my blog and was also really into discovering music. Since then, we’ve followed each other’s Spotify playlists and have kept one another abreast of the latest discoveries we’ve come across. Most recently, he sent me a list of his favorite YouTube covers that he had found. I asked him if he wanted to put it together into a list of the 20 Best YouTube Cover Songs he could find, and he delivered a gem. Below is a continuous playlist of his picks for 20 Best YouTube Cover Songs and a couple thoughts about each one. Hit the jump to see the full playlist and each song’s explanation, which often includes links to other masterpieces.
[Songs picked and descriptions written by Greg Hylant - follow his New Music Everyday playlist on Spotify here]
1. #1 Dads – Two Weeks (FKA Twigs ft. Tom Snowdon Cover)
This unexpected take on Robert Pattinson’s girlfriend’s instant classic Two Weeks is what sparked my journey through the bowels of YouTube to find the best covers out there in the first place. It has everything…originality, drop dead gorgeous harmonies, a band name inspired by coffee mugs, and the best white guy dance hands since Shaun Sperling.
2. Asgeir – Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana Cover)
If you’re wondering why this guy looks like an extra from Vikings, it’s because he basically is. Asgeir is Iceland’s fastest selling artist of all time. 1 in every 10 Icelanders (is that a thing?) owns a copy of his debut album. His voice has a haunting quality befitting of his native landscapes, the home also shared by wildlings and white walkers. It works perfectly on this version of my personal favorite Nirvana track, which was actually written the same year this young man was born. Jesus.
3. Sam Smith – Fast Car (Tracy Chapman Cover)
Sam Smith’s rise has been meteoric. In August 2013, I was lucky enough to catch his first ever show in the US at mercury lounge in NYC. Fast forward a year and a half, and he has an armful of Grammys, sold out runs at Madison Square Garden and Taylor Swift on speed dial. Fast Car is timeless, and people seem to love singing it…like here, here, here
The great artists suffer for their art. The great listeners suffer along with them. I think without truly intellectualizing it this Tape Tuesday is inspired by Na’kel‘s soul-crushing verse on “DNA” from Earl Sweatshirt‘s album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. For those of you who don’t know, Na’kel wrote and recorded his verse just after hearing that one of his close friends had died. And you can hear the pain in his voice, and he’s not a rapper (he’s a skateboarder) but he laid down a brutally poignant verse. He wrote his feelings on paper, and now whenever I listen to the song, I find myself feeling the anger and despair that Na’kel is trying to convey.
The sad thing is that in the vapid hype machine that is the music Internet verses like Na’kel’s could be overlooked. Hype is easy. I mean to dedicate my life to the creation of timeless art. When you’re honest and uncompromising, that’s when you become a step closer to creating art that is timeless.
And it’s okay to be emotional.
You used to say you like violins and your lifestyle depend on me
*SoundCloud mix is missing track 2 (“Mantra” by Earl Sweatshirt).
Sheesh, where did the month go? It’s crazy how fast time goes by when you get older. There was some awesome music from March and we took the time compacting it down to our favorite 17 tracks from this month. Enjoy, and feel free to let us know what you thought about March!