Sometimes you need a little tender love and care, and sometimes this happens to come in the form of music. JMSN is essentially an expert at soothing souls with his warm, buttery voice, so it’s a relief that he’s got more music coming on the way. “Cruel Intentions” is the first track off of JMSN’s forthcoming new album It Is., and it’s the perfect soulful ear-candy. Everything about the track is pure, sexy, and drowning in feelings, a combination of things that seem to make JMSN the irresistible r&b artist that he is. It Is. will be out May 6th, but “Cruel Intentions” is here for your listening pleasure below.
The surprise album drop has been a popular trend for the past couple of years. I think the concept is a boatload — maybe ever many boatloads — of fun. The problem is it often keeps music media in the dark, and music media doesn’t like being in the dark. This forces them to speculate a lot. As a result music media has been flat out wrong more this year than any other year in its history.
How many times recently have you seen Pitchfork or Fader report false information and then apologize for it? The answer is way too many times, but the media is a reflection of the people. We are the worst speculators of all. We are constantly speculating on Twitter — like 24/7. It’s all we do. Bro, one of Drake’s… friends… instagrammed… fake artwork of a Drake-Future collab, and people lost their shit. Now, that rumor happened to be true, but as this constant speculation transforms into obsession, it becomes a totally unhealthy behavior.
Speculators is a 21-track tape. The original idea for the tape came from 19th century oil speculation à la There Will Be Blood. Somewhere along the way it morphed into the rant above. With this tape I made an effort to include more indie rock songs, like the older Tape Tuesdays.
There are so many discoveries on this one. I hope you take the time to listen.
Now I could die today and the world won’t change, so I’m not ready
Hot off the presses! To celebrate teaming up with The Neighbourhood for a nationwide tour, JMSN decided to drop this dreamy, somber track for us today. “Fool” starts you off with some soft strings and haunting vocals and eventually takes you to… well, soft strings and haunting vocals. But it’s awesome. And so are you. Happy Thursday.
I think it’s obvious The Neighbourhood have made an impact on all our ears and will only continue to do so. They seem to treat us with a new track every few weeks and I’m not complaining about that one bit! Today they released a track called “$TING” which is smooth and gloomy in the best way possible. Head over to Complex to also hear a new JMSN track which will appear on the 7″ single featuring “$TING”. It’s available on “The Love Collection Tour” this summer.
After touring extensively over the past few years, The Neighbourhood is finally going on their first national headlining tour. They are bringing a few friends with them–friends who happen to also be some of our favorite artists, including Lovelife, The 1975, and JMSN. Icing on the cake? The guys are releasing three limited split 7″ singles with their friends; these will be available at every show.
The NBHD has never been shy about their hip-hop influences. “West Coast” marks the return of lead singer Jesse Rutherford’s rapping (previously known as Jesse James) and truly is a sun-kissed, summer jam. Lovelife’s “Every Minute” is a silky smooth, dramatic taste of indie rock witha falsetto bit that will change your life. Thank God for bands that care.
I’m so West Coast, it’s a goddamn shame
Rap is a constantly evolving genre. Even the most traditional artists take risks in delivery, flow, and beat selection; that’s part of what makes the music so consistently interesting and fun and influential. The following songs are not the strangest rap songs out there, but each one features some sort of “abnormality.” Of course, these abnormalities could one day be the norm, and that’s horrifying.
But also incredibly exciting.
- F. Stokes – Madison West High School
- Star Slinger – Ladies in the Back (ft. Teki Latex)
- Acmatic – Make Her Jump
- Flume – On Top (ft. T.Shirt)
- Flux Pavilion – Do or Die (ft. Childish Gambino)
- Dominic Lord – Never and Never (Prod. by Hudson Mohawke)
- K.Flay – Another Round
- Kendall Elijah – Sittin’ (Cover)
- Ab-Soul x JMSN – You’re Gone
- Blood Diamonds – Barcode (ft. Dominic Lord)
- Euro League – Social Network (ft. Denzil Porter)
- Evil Nine – The Black Brad Pitt (ft. Danny Brown) (Deebs Remix)
- Iron Mics x Tonio – T W A (Till We Arrive)
- MeLo-X – GOD MAGIC
- Homeboy Sandman – Illuminati
Related: 10 Weird Rap Songs (Pt. 1)
Sweden is not exactly known for its hip-hop scene, but it seems Michael Dida is working to change that. On his newest tape, the rapper did not create anything groundbreaking, but all 6 tracks try something new and interesting. The tape samples SITR favorites Sampha and JMSN, so you know it’s real.
Mixtape highlights: ‘Corona,’ ‘Me, My Lonesome, My Jameson,’ and ‘No Hard Feelings’
Trying to get ahead then I got a little dome
I can’t take credit for this JMSN find. My little brother Arjun found it and sent me a text message telling me to listen if I was missing The Weeknd releases. Who isn’t ever missing The Weeknd releases? What is a coincidence is that I started listening to all of JMSN’s songs on his website and when I came across this one, I thought to myself…’holy shit. This is fucking unreal.’ Then I went back to my text messages, and saw that Arjun had said “Hotel is the jam.” See what happened right there? Great ears hear alike.
MP3: “Hotel” – JMSN
Anyway, this is absolutely the jam. So good. And so thought provoking. When you love somebody who’s happy with someone else, are you happy for that person, or are you miserable? Which approach do you take in life? That’s some real shit right there.
Staring at the starry night, sitting in my hotel, while the girl of my dreams is happy with someone else … she’s happy … don’t I need her to be happy? Don’t I want her to be happy (without me)?