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Best of: Sturla Atlas

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Sturla Atlas is an Icelandic hip-hop/pop artist, who, with his 101 Boys crew*, has been making waves in the forward-looking corners of Western digital media. Well, he and the 101 Boys are some of my favorite artists, and simply put, they deserve more shine. Since 2015, Sturla has released 4 projects: Love Hurts (2015), These Days (2015), Season2 (2016), and 101 Nights (2017). Each of these projects contains hits, but understandably, that is a daunting collection for new fans to sift through.

To make things easier on the listener, I have created and sorted a compilation of Sturla’s best songs to date. Stream it on Spotify below, or by clicking here.

*The 101 Boys are Joey Christ, Logi Pedro, and Young Nazareth. I have seen Joey Christ listed as part of Sturla Atlas, but “Sturla Atlas” is literally the name of the lead vocalist, Sigurbjartur Sturla Atlason. I’m confused.

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[Sunset Mixtape] War Games

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Many moons ago, a wise prophet named Patricia Benatar proclaimed that love is a battlefield. Jumping off that sage conceit, I named this mix, War Games, after the tactical exercises the military conducts to test strategy without real combat (read about them here). So, if love is an actual battlefield/the real shit/total war, then what I’m saying is that everything prior to love is war games, and that’s what this mix is about: the infatuation, lust, and general stickiness that happens prior to love. Does that make sense? Should I have not used the word “stickiness”? Well, I hope it makes sense, and there’s nothing I can do now about the use of that word. Forget I said it! And listen to this playlist of immensely talented, largely undiscovered artists below.

P.S. Lydia, I am so sorry about the butt that is now on the homepage of this website you created. I feel like it’s probably unfair to you that there is a butt on your site’s main screen, but I like butts and this one looks particularly cool. Maybe we agree on this; maybe we don’t. Nevertheless, I’m sorry.

Wherever you are, no matter how far, no matter who you’re hanging out with, I hope you’re having fun

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[Premiere] Joey Aich – Rope Break

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Back in high school, Joey Aich was just a 16 year old kid wanting to become a rapper. He wanted to put his thoughts on paper, share his views, spread his message, and have fun doing it. So that’s exactly what he did. Doesn’t take much to get started doing this music thing. He had a dream back then, and wanted to do anything he could to make it happen. That was seven years ago. That dream hasn’t changed for the Cleveland born rapper. What’s different from then versus now? Joey has a couple projects under his belt, he’s consistently performing shows all around Ohio, and he’s gained a following. On top of all of that, he was able to share the stage with his favorite rapper. Check out the incredible story below from Joey:

When Asher Roth released Seared Foie Gras with Quience and Cranberry, I was hooked. He’s been my favorite rapper since that release. In 2014, after I dropped College D.egree, I went to his show at the House of Blues in Cleveland. My friend and I tried to sneak into the meet and greet Asher was holding without tickets to give him a demo. As you would expect, we got kicked out. So we waited in the parking lot, and eventually Asher came out to talk and even rapped with a few of us. Fast forward to 2015, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to open up for him. In one of my older songs, I have a line where I say “visions of Asher Roth inviting me to the stage.” During Asher’s set, he called me up and we performed “Lark On My Go Kart” together.

 

That’s what this latest release is about. It’s about chasing your dreams, and doing everything you can to make it happen. Joey writes from the point of view as a rapper. He wanted his message to be clear that it’s for everyone else too, and that they’re not alone. “Rope Break” is off of If Money Grew On Trees due later this year. This also marks Joey’s debut on Spotify, and Apple Music.

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Best New Songs of March 2017

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I’m sad to report that this will be the last time we provide you a “Best of” playlist for the month. It’s been great run over the years of being able to provide you a monthly recap, but sometimes we have to embrace change. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for visiting and supporting us. It means the world to me being able to share music with others. While this might be bad news, the good news is if you made it this far, you’re the real MVP because this is all a joke. Today marks April 1st, which means it’s April Fool’s day. This might be a late joke at this point…unless you’re on the west coast where you might be having your morning coffee and have yet to realize what day it is. At this point i’m just typing out more words to make this seem longer. I do have excellent news, as you might notice our playlist has a different look. This slight change allows us to share even more music with you. It also makes it easier to save certain songs you like. Like I said earlier, we have to embrace change!

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Best New Songs of February 2017

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The only important thing to mention here is that Chance The Rapper won three Grammy’s in February. I remember the days when I was bumping #10Day, which was five years ago, and thinking this guy just gets it. Five years later, he’s won three Grammy’s, has yet to sell any music (never will), and has become a public figure on social issues for Chicago by recently donating 1 million to public schools. You want to talk about a Best of February? New releases aside, that award goes to Chano. Incredible what this guy has done over the course of five years.

We also have a playlist of 30 songs for you, so check that out below.

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Mick Jenkins ft. Goldlink – Pressed For Time

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Mick Jenkins and Goldlink are two hip-hop artists that have gained quite the following individually. Their unique vibes have brought on plenty of fans and they only continue to do their thing, but who would’ve thought they’d come together to create a heavenly hip-hop mixture? “Pressed For Time” is a smooth r&b-rap fusion that oozes with soul. It’s one of those tracks to put on during a chill day, in that kick back your feet type of way (we all need some of that). Is it too soon to hope for a Mick Jenkins/Goldlink rap group? Listen to the track below and be the judge!

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[Premiere] Marshall Sinclaire – Hydraulics

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When you think of Oklahoma, virtuosic rap may be the last thing that comes to mind but Tulsa-based Marshall Sinclaire is primed to put his State on the map. His new subwoofer suited single “Hydraulics” offers up the slow-burning, late night vibes of classic Nas and Tech N9ne, bucking the the current trend of unintelligible, bubblegum trap. While the tracks first few stanzas finds the MC gaining his footing, it isn’t long before he is off to the races and delivering a stellar second verse with ninja-like wordplay and progressive storytelling. The compelling lyrics are complimented by a wicked, notched down hook that bounces along beautifully to the dark piano notes and wicked sub bass line. “Hydraulics” is one of the many excellent cuts from Sinclair’s new album, noth(k)ing, out later this month.

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Best New Songs of January 2017

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A new year doesn’t always mean “new me.” It’s hard for people to change, however, a new year does mean new music! If you haven’t, check out our favorites from 2016. While you’re at it, listen to some of the tunes that has the SITR impressed in 2017 thus far. SoundCloud playlist below:

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Daye Jack – Raw [Remix]

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Nigerian-born Daye Jack comes baring venomous flows and a keen endorsements from Hip Hop elite like Mike Elizondo – the man responsible for signing Dr. Dre and Eminem. The raw rock-tinged beat is a swell proving ground for the young MC who bounces compound syllables across it’s tape echoed guitar pings. It’s an impressive introduction to Daye’s debut LP, “No Data” which is set for release in Spring 2017.

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[Sunset Mixtape] We Lost Faith

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January is the first month of the year. It, quite reliably, presents the opportunity for change — a new year and a new you. Only, this year is a bit different, because, at the tail end of what was a particularly bleak year, we, collectively, lost faith. We lost faith in the system, in each other, and in the ability of new ideas to propagate change. I named the mix We Lost Faith (following the lead of ATL guru Nessly) to elucidate this fact. After all, we can’t combat a problem unless we know what it is. Our generation is one deeply affected by 9/11 and other random acts of terror, the Great Recession, and the most contentious presidential election in the past hundred years. A fundamental lack of faith in institutions is built into our DNA, yet this is clearly a losing point-of-view. We have to regain control of our collective destiny. Thankfully, we live in an era where it is easier than ever to communicate with one another and activate the fellow disenfranchised. So, yes, we lost faith. For a blip on the timeline, we fucked around and elected a megalomaniac into the most powerful office in the world. That… was not the answer, but I am confident we can contain the damage and begin rebuilding our faith.

I’m tryna tell you how it all restarted ’cause of Reagan / You walk out and the cops tryna shoot you like Cary Fagan

NOTE: Original image by Alessandro Ruggieri. Edit and design by Arjun Grover.

DOWNLOAD ‘WE LOST FAITH’ HERE

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Jazz Cartier – Tempted

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Jazz Cartier is ringing in the new year with some fresh tunes which we can never resist. “Tempted” could have been a perfect party track to dance to on New Year’s, but who says there isn’t still time to add it to the playlist? This “love” party song will become a hip-hop earworm real quick with its addictive chorus, “Feel like I can’t get enough/ If you keep dancing on me/ Girl, I’ll be tempted to touch“. Jazz Cartier is bound to bring it in 2017 and this one is just the start. Check out the catchy track below.

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Best New Songs of November 2016

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We have finally hit the final month of 2016. Despite this being a November playlist, the early parts of December have been FIRE. The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Drake, CuDi, & J. Cole?! What did we do to deserve this? While we’re working hard to provide you a list from our favorites from the year, enjoy what we’ve prepared for November, and the influx of quality albums! Hopefully, this will keep you busy until then. Stay tuned…

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