The high holidaze is almost here isn’t it? What’s it called again? Ah, yes! Easter. So one year later we get to celebrate Easter on this lazy Sunday and celebrate the only way we know how to: by listening to music, eating anything in sight, hanging with friends, and uhhh, celebrating Easter! Last year’s mix was nuts, but this year? This shit right here? The best Easter music you’ll find on the internet. Just remember one thing for me: when you play the game of thrones, you win or you lose. So if you lose, you tell the god of death “not today, but stay and get high.”
Stay beautiful my friends.
“Bang” was my introduction to Jon Waltz. It has a special place in my heart because I have always been obsessed with that hook (“Left my home with a dream and a cigarette…”), and it always seemed to me to be a very cinematic song–so I had high expectations when I heard there was going to be a “Bang” video. And these expectations were well surpassed due to an immaculate production. The black and white film tells this gritty, violent story that actually elevates the music rather than just exists. It paints a stunning picture that better explains the motives and ideas of Jon Waltz and makes you thrilled to hear and see more from the young artist soon.
Over a beat sampling Banks‘s Shlohmo-produced, slow-burner “Brain,” OnCue croons about his lust for a girl, and his words are so relatable–it is almost sickening. For example, listening to this song right now, I am getting this devastating feeling at the pit of my stomach, which I am pretty sure is the feeling of a burning angst for someone and not the after effects of the weird chicken I ate for lunch.
Because I love it so much, check out the sample.
The mysterious artist, ZHU, is back with another smooth banger that should fit nicely into your weird kind of playlists. I describe ZHU as weird, but weird in a good way. Weird as in I can’t get enough, but by god it’s weird music, and all I want is more. Luckily for you, and me, The NIGHTDAY EP is up for presale on iTunes and I’m sure it’s something worth supporting. The EP is out April 20th.
Usually what happens is I give you somewhere between 15-20 songs that I liked throughout the month. That’s boring, isn’t it? Why do that when we have amazing writers on here with such great tastes? Why not expose you to all of us from now on? We do this every year in December, but why not all the other months? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do. All you need to know is that from now on, we’re asking each writer to give us their top 3 songs from the month, and as a result, we probably have my favorite month ever doing this. The results were nothing short of perfect.
Chance The Rapper released a new track on SoundCloud called “Save Yourself First.” Chance told the world that this was the first collaboration he did with James Blake before they released the “Life Round Here” remix last September. Chance wrote on the SoundCloud track that “James never liked this verse,” so the song was scrapped entirely. Today’s release features faint clippings of James Blake’s vocals from “Life Round Here,” but Chance is calling this the Social Experiment version. Whatever it is, I think it’s beautiful. So. Damn. Delicate.
light aint been round here in a minute, darkness been swallowed it up
It is really really really difficult to believe in love when you have not experienced it, yet it is so engrained in culture that it is instilled in even the most adamant nonbelievers. I set out to make out a mixtape that is as grimy and slimy (sorry for rhyming) as the ZHU smash “Superfriends” and somehow came out with this grand statement on love. I think the context of this love still comes from like a night out, “we found love in a hopeless place”-type scenario, so that is cool and interesting. Other than that, it is just a mix of 24 songs ranging from Mar‘s gorgeous “Ode to Her” (which makes the lyric “If I was born a girl, I would be just like you babe” endearing and not weird) to the addictive and danceable “Coast Is Clear” by the odd couple of Skrillex and Chance The Rapper.
In the middle of all the craziness surrounding the bizarre (but brilliant) collaboration between Skrillex and Chance The Rapper earlier tonight, Chance posted a subtle tweet:
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) March 11, 2014
Um, what? A remix of one of the biggest surprise blog hits of 2013 (“Don’t Wait”) by everyone’s favorite newcomer (Chano)? Yes, please. Over Magnus Lidehall’s excellent production, Chance drops a deceptively complex verse based on a strained long-distance relationship that takes detours to sprinkle in biblical metaphors and a Chicago violence reference — all while mixing melody and rhyme as well as he ever did on Acid Rap. Basically, my anticipation for his next solo project is reaching unhealthy levels. I even caught myself humming the Bieber part of “Confident” the other day. It’s getting bad, you guys. Anyway, follow my lead and replay this short remix over and over while you wait.
Okay so like is this hat attached to Pharrell’s head or something? The video for Future‘s latest single “Move That Dope” is kinda weird, I’m just being honest. We have Pharrell’s weird hat, Casino’s verse got cut out (which I’m not totally complaining about), and Wiz Khalifa and Schoolboy Q are just kinda hanging around. Whatever, this song bangs. Check out the tracklist for Future Hendrix’s upcoming Honest LP, too, courtesy of 2DopeBoyz.
It’s sometimes nice to know the right people as that’s how I found myself with this track in my inbox. ZHU, before today, was an anonymous artist before today posting music with no indication of who he was, but we now have a name to the music.
I give you Faded. which is a chilling vibe that is most likely meant to roll with molly. Regardless of your molly habits, this is for everyone as this should fair pretty well with the internet game.
As a bonus, I included his Outkast cover that hit the webs when he was anonymous.