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[Premiere] Kennan Moving Company – Charades

Kennan Moving Company is a New York-based band who swirl together genres with uncanny ease. They’re reminiscent in many ways of Kids These Days, the cutting-edge soul-rock band where Vic Mensa cut his teeth before going solo.

Their latest single, “Charades,” premiering right here on Sunset, is an intoxicating blend of guitars, horns and powerful vocals from frontman Oliver Kennan. The track is earnest and introspective, but most importantly it’s a blast to hear. There’s an easy chemistry among the members of Kennan Moving Company that is apparent both here and on the rest of their short discography.

According to the band, “Charades is a song about that beginning phase of relationships where you really don’t know how the other person thinks of you… It’s about that point before either of you has made any overt gestures of attraction and you are trying to read their body language and puzzle out any subtle hints they might be dropping. I think it can really be kind of magical and totally excruciating at the same time.”

They dropped their No Fun EP last year, and if “Charades” is any indication, then their forthcoming project will truly turn heads. Quality bands are becoming harder and harder to find nowadays, and the maturity and soulfulness of Kennan Moving Company makes the group a true diamond in the rough.

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Chance The Rapper’s 15 Best Guest Verses [Free Download]

New Chance The Rapper!

Aside from being one of the most technically proficient rappers coming up in the game, what makes Chance The Rapper great is his willingness to collaborate. Before Acid Rap he would do features with nearly anyone, which I think is a great quality in a young artist. His guest verses have helped rising Chicago artists, such as Alex Wiley, Kids These Days, and Milo & Otis, get their rightful notice, as well as helped Chance expand his own fan base through collabs with artists like Childish Gambino, Joey Bada$$, and Hoodie Allen.

Hit the jump to download (!) the top 15 verses from Chance The Rapper. Click on the MP3 link to download the songs. Continue reading “Chance The Rapper’s 15 Best Guest Verses [Free Download]” »

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Kids These Days – Traphouse Rock [Album Stream]

Kids These Days Traphouse Rock Artwork

Kids These Days are buzzed about left and right these days. And for good reason, you’ll see. They’re a bunch (seven, to be exact) of kids from Chicago who came together in 2009 to challenge the current state of rock and hip hop, whether they knew it at the time or not. Today, they’ve released an album stream of their debut album, Traphouse Rock, which sounds a little bit like N.E.R.D. with its blend of rock, punk, metal and hip hop. What caught my attention first, I must say, is that the album was recorded by Wilco’s own Jeff Tweedy. Talk about cross-genre collaboration that goes beyond the sound. Tweedy originally got involved because he’s a family friend of one of the group members, Liam Cunningham. But it wasn’t just a one-time favor, it seems. When Kids These Days released their first EP, Hard Times, Tweedy listened and invited the group up to his studio to help them develop their style. They spent a couple weeks with Tweedy in the studio, and they were quick to say that it was an essential piece in their success.



Sample: “GHETTO” – Kids These Days


This is a really unique album. One of my favorite tracks, “Doo Wah,” is sampling “Where Is My Mind” by The Pixies, and it sounds fantastic. The messages throughout the album are strong, too. There certainly seem to be social stances in some of the songs (“Don’t Harsh My Mellow,” in particular). But the band did deny that this is a political album, saying “I think the messages that we convey are more of an expression of human emotion than they are social issues. It’s more expressive of what’s going on around us, and then the common human emotions that tie us all together – love, doubt, belonging and need, things like that.”

Either way, The Kids These Days have a message that they want to be heard, and the bottom line for all of us is that they’re delivering it in the form of some pretty incredible-sounding music. I’m bought in. What about you?

MP3: “Bud Billiken” – Kids These Days


[via Rolling Stone]

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Kids These Days – Flashing Lights

Chicago based hip-hop troupe Kids These Days took a page from fellow second city artist Kanye West with this rendition of “Flashing Lights.” It’s a moody and harsh take on the Yeezy’s original, flipping the subject matter of lights from cameras to ambulances. Video coming soon.

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[Live] Kids These Days on Conan

Kids These Days are going to be huge. As a Chicagoan, I can tell you that they already have a serious, committed following here, and as a major market city, it’s only a matter of time until that translates into a national following for such a talented young group.

Conan O’Brien has been in Illinois over the past few days, and he (well, at least one of his musically inclined employees) chose Kids These Days to be the musical guest. They killed it. Watch below, and remember their name. Kids These Days are about to blow up, and they deserve it.



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[Must Listen] Nico Segal – Illasoul: Shades of Blue

I love/hate starting posts with these kind of introductions. I love it because it means I’m excited about the music, I hate it because it means I dropped the ball.  Anyways, I’ll say it, as I’ve said before; I’m sorry.  By not introducing Sunset readers to the incredibly talented Kids These Days I have let down my hometown, Chicago, the windy city the Kids call home, and I have let  you guys down for not sharing some of the best new up and comers out there.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Nico Segal, one of the very talented Kids. He plays trumpet for Kids These Days, but is also a moving, intricate wordsmith; complex and emphatic.  He recently released a solo mixtape titled Illasoul: Shades of Blue, and it is truly an incredible project.

I guess most people would call Nico Segal a rapper, right? I can’t, though. What he’s doing is different–it’s more poetic, I guess, than what I would be accustomed to hearing from a “rapper.”  This is true not just in the way he writes (and good lord, the young man can make magic with his words), but in the way he speaks.

This is clear on “Music Found Me,” which is just Nico’s voice sans instrumental–simply a poem.  But not a simple poem, to be sure; I spent an hour today listening to it on repeat, and each time I heard a new line, found a new meaning. “My world is made of bouncing rhythms and traveling pitches,” Segal informs his listener.  And so, really, is his voice; weaving and flowing through rhythmic rhymes and intricate tales of his hometown, his life, his artistic visions and journeys, and his unquenchable desire for poetry and the artistic craft of spoken word.

I Once was Lost, but Now I’m Found. Was Blind, but Now I See; Music Found Me

Kids These Days will be a big deal. If they’re not, it says something very disappointing about the music industry. They are incredibly talented, and easily one of the most moving acts I have heard in a long time. Vic Mensa, the lead rapper of KTD, is featured on both Clear Eyes and Come Closer.

It’s been a while since my voice looked at me with clear eyes/ It’s been a while since my voice became shaky with sniffled cries

He has a beautiful voice and is also an incredibly gifted rapper and singer, but look up some KTD–literally every member of the group is extremely talented at what they do. I can’t remember the last time I listened this intently to every word an artist has said on a mixtape. I found myself completely entranced by Nico’s words on Music Found Me, Clear Eyes, and Musica Mi Vida.

“But of course corpses that never breathed art before will forever reek of remorse/ for pledging allegiance to ignorance and price and pristine politicians, demeaners of indifference/ How many presidents were musicians? People aren’t blind when it comes to politics they just don’t listen”

Nico and Vic both have an old school, bluesy sound to their words and voices, so they go along very well with the Dilla, Thelonious, and MF Doom classic, jazz infused production.

I don’t know what else to say about Illasoul. You just have to listen to it guys, it’s necessary. Let me know what you think, too, because I’m curious. Am I giving them too much credit? Are they as good as I make them out to be? I hope so. I believe so.

“My Rabbi is Miles Davis”



Download “Illasoul: Shades of Blue”


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