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
This is quite the debut from California singer/songwriter/producer, Leven Kali, who is only 20 years old. These “3-in-1″ type artists are really something nowadays, as they can single handily craft their material on their own. Anyways, are you looking for some funk? Are you looking for some R&B? Maybe a little soulful music? Something a little groovy? Look no further, as we have another genre-bending artist on our hands. With features including Casey Veggies and JoJo, Leven Kali’s debut project is something worth noting. I would list some standouts but to be honest, it’s a pretty quick listen, and they all stand out.
This kid is only 20. He just made it out of his teens, and he’s doing this? What am I doing with my life? What is life? Stream it below!
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!
It’s been quite the few months for Chancelor Bennett. First he released Surf, the out of nowhere follow-up to his sensational Acid Rap mixtape, then he demolished the closing set of Pitchfork Music Festival and topped it off by announcing his Family Matters tour, which kicks off in October.
And somewhere in there, he managed to find the time to announce that he is bringing a life form into this world.
For the record, I still believe the pregnancy announcement may’ve just been a tongue-in-cheek promo for his latest set of road dates. He pulled a similar prank on the public when he announced he was “going to college…” and then kicked off a campus tour in Fall 2014.
But maybe that’s just my cynicism showing through, or concern over the fact that Chance is barely a year older than me and is on the precipice of fatherhood. For this article’s sake, let’s assume Chance is about to be a dad, and take a look at what that means in the context of his latest project.
The Dallas trio come through with a midsummer jam in one of their strongest releases to date. I am definitely biased to their more rap-heavy tunes, and this is one of them. The rapping on “Beach” veers between the newer Earl Sweatshirt material and the melodic rapping of Jules Henley or Mic Kellogg. The texture on the beat is proof of the work these guys put into creating new sounds from classic instruments. This is just another indicator that these guys are a group to watch.
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We all know how difficult it is to make a good first impression. When introducing ourselves to new people, we want to make sure we look good and we talk good and seem interesting and are attentive and all of our little flaws are repressed for this one introductory meeting. Now, imagine how difficult it is to introduce yourself to the entire music internet by having your first three singles posted on Pigeons & Planes. Instantly, all these eyes are on you and your music. Your life is changed as soon as the blog post goes live. You just hope that you have presented yourself in the best possible way. You hope the hype machine does not chew you up and spit you out like it has to countless artists in the past.
That got very heavy, and I am sorry.
Mic Kellogg has made the best first impression I have seen in awhile. The Milwaukee-based rapper and producer has released four quality tracks in just three months. The songs are personal, unique, and catchy–each unveiling pieces of Kellogg’s life and personality. Each track features artwork related to Breakfast, the title of his debut project. Young artists and managers should use his Soundcloud as a model for how to introduce a new artist.
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.
The Weeknd has been on a roll in 2015. He has released two singles, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” both of which are currently sitting pretty in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. I convinced myself that he was going to name his third album The Hills Have Eyes, and when he didn’t (he went with Beauty Behind the Madness), I decided to name the Tape Tuesday that as an homage to his exceptional year.
The tape plays like an escape from summer camp. I imagine around track 7 (“Round Whippin’” by A.CHAL) the protagonists are whipping their shitty cars around the hills while on copious amounts of ecstasy. Through the rest of the tape, they get in trouble, fall in love, and honestly maybe have a brief stint in rehab. I don’t know. Something crazy must happen to explain the seriousness of “Mend” by Planetarian.
But I guess that is the point of the mix. You can do crazy shit in the Hollywood Hills or wherever you are, but that crazy shit will catch up to you because the hills are watching.
Do you ever feel like the only one? ’Cause I always feel like the only one
NOTE: The Soundcloud mix is missing track 8 (“The Hills” by The Weeknd).
Hit the jump to view the full tracklist…
We have been fans of Planetarian for a LONG time. Being a Planetarian fan can be tricky at times. The guy does not always travel down the easiest path. You will not like all of his music, and that is okay. That is natural. Here is a young artist who understands the big picture. I think he has taught himself like 20 instruments. He produces his own music. He writes his own music. He writes lyrics that are thought-provoking and relevant. Like every artist should do but some do not, he makes the music he wants to hear, and he is competing against his heroes.
What first drew us to Derek Simpson was the nostalgia-ridden, sepia-toned, summer sound of his self-titled debut album. Back then, that was his only trick. Planetarian’s new album In Mind (his fourth album in two years!) is set firmly in the present and has an ever-expansive sound that traverses every genre known to man. The kid is rocking out on “Keep Your Lingerie,” flexing his rap skills on “Insecure,” and entering total ballad territory on “Mend.” He is talking to his generation of under-21, pothead burnouts who are addicted to social media and have no real sense of identity, and he is encouraging everyone to love themselves and stop being followers.
After the first listen, you will realize that this is far and away Derek’s best album yet. It is also one of the best albums of the year.
You should worry about Allan Rayman. The northern Toronto artist has set up this precedent that he is constantly on the verge of a total breakdown, and everyone he knows (including himself) is concerned that one day the combination of substances and his own ambition will prove too much.
His voice cracks with soul reminiscent of Citizen Cope. His image has the moody mystery of JMSN. His songwriting oscillates wickedly between Michael Jackson and old country legends.
His two most recent projects Hotel Allan and The Bird & The Cage are below for your listening and downloading pleasure.
Download Hotel Allan here.
Chicago mainstays Hurt Everybody and Mick Jenkins team up to craft the ultimate squad anthem. The idea behind this track seems simple: to cause the listener the most neck pain from headbanging with their squad to a given song. Play this at your upcoming Bar Mitzvah and/or family reunion.
GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG, GANG
Stream the entire Hurt Everybody - 2K47 mixtape below, and download it here.
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!