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[Download Mixtape] Allday – Soft Grunge Love Rap

New Allday!

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.

DOWNLOAD ‘SOFT GRUNGE LOVE RAP’ HERE

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[Download MP3] Skizzy Mars – You Always Know the DJ (Allday Remix)

New Skizzy Mars!

Skizzy Mars and Michael Keenan team up to completely redesign Allday‘s hit “You Always Know the DJ,” which you may remember from one of our Tape Tuesdays. In two short verses, Skizzy paints the picture of his lifestyle and takes the listener along for the trip. Also, “My girl look like ‘02 Anna Kournikova” is probably line of the year.

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Skizzy Mars – Be Lazy

New Skizzy Mars!

“Be Lazy” is the third single from Skizzy Mars‘s The Red Balloon Project. Once again, Michael Keenan handles production, as the pair cruises to a swift 3 for 3 on singles from the new EP. As the title would suggest, this is a song to be lazy to, so smoke to this. Now. Stop doing your homework. Homework is lame. Smoking is tight.

And while you’re at it, make sure to buy the project here.

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[Download Mixtape] Tape Tuesday: Alone Together

New Tape Tuesday!

We are the loneliest generation. And I’m starting to accept that. Because it’s a beautiful loneliness. It’s a loneliness where we are both interconnected and isolated by our own devices. The chasm between reality and fantasy is shrinking. The internet allows us to develop personas, and man, these personas are perfect people. We have perfect opinions on every controversial event. And we are artists. And we have ideas for Kanye. It’s dumb but feels better than reality. We are alone together as an escape from just being alone. What we don’t realize is that being alone together is a lot sadder than just being alone.

So I made a really sad mixtape.

Note: SoundCloud does not have the first track of the mix (“Wound” by Arca), and the transition between that track and Tunji Ige’s “Song of the Night” is the best thing ever. So I’d recommend you download the mix (below) for that.

Chillin’ playing Lupe, feeling all alone, ain’t seen you in two Tuesdays

DOWNLOAD ‘ALONE TOGETHER’ HERE

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[Download MP3] Skizzy Mars – Like This

New Skizzy Mars!

Skizzy Mars is one of too few artists who understands that music is about a feeling. It is about how good it sounds and how it makes you feel. And I realize that sounds dumb, but it is so true. “Like This,” the first single from “The Red Balloon Project,” reminds me of moving into my first apartment this summer and raging my face off with my closest friends. It reminds me of scenes from nights I might not necessarily remember. It reminds me of last night and the night before (and the night before).

“The Red Balloon Project” will be out this December.

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The Five Best Dance Songs of the Week

5 Best Dance

“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.”
― George Carlin


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[Download MP3] Skizzy Mars – Way I Live

New Skizzy Mars!

Man, Skizzy Mars and Michael Keenan blacked out on this. The duo took Baby Boy Da Prince’s 2007 hit and gave it a futuristic facelift. The result is a very positive song with a killer hook and a few slick verses from Mars. Shout out to whoever came up with the idea to draw out the final chorus.

Bonus!

Check out Skizzy’s collab with the new Penthouse Music artist Lais.

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[Download MP3] Skizzy Mars – Come Over

New Skizzy Mars!

Today was a bizarre day. It was one of the last days before my junior year starts, and my friends and I did stuff we have never done before. We made tacos. We fucking canoed. We broke into our college football stadium and sat on the field and took in the silence of the normally explosively loud venue. We then explored this probably haunted, abandoned mill. I saw a devil drawn on the wall of the basement, and there were bats and just gaping holes in the floors and steps. And the constant factor through all of these strange activities was this song. The artists that matter make the music that soundtracks your life. So, Skizzy Mars matters.

And by the way, the song samples “Touch” by Shura, which is one of my favorite songs of the year. I posted it below.

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[Download MP3] Skizzy Mars – Lucy (Olivver Remix)

New Skizzy Mars!

Remember in like 2010 when Big Sean remixed “Too Fake” by Hockey and like Chiddy Bang was thriving with Xaphoon Jones on the boards? With his past two releases, Skizzy Mars is kind of bringing back that moment in time. The real difference is that producer Michael Keenan and him are doing it better. “Lucy,” which remixes future/current indie sweetheart Olivver, sounds less like a sample and more like a feature, which is kind of a miracle if you understand how sampling works. Somehow, these guys have a sound so original that their spin on another song sounds uniquely theirs. And lyrically, Skizzy is just getting better and better at expressing the realest shit, picking up on the subtle intricacies of the most minute moments.

Damaged from the last, so I’m focused on the first, probably settle with the next, ’cause it just couldn’t be worse

Bonus!

Check out the original if you haven’t yet.

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[Download MP3] Skizzy Mars – Used to Be the Shit (Miniature Tigers Remix)

New Skizzy Mars!

You know girls who just drive you crazy, and you want to get faded to forget how crazy they make you? Well, I think that’s what this song is about, to an extent, and on this Michael Keenan-produced remix of the killer Miniature Tigers track, Skizzy Mars finds his voice. And I’m not being cheeky because he sings on the record–I’m saying, who else is rapping about this stuff? He takes the perspective of a huge and massively underserved rap market: the average millennial now gloriously suffering through his or her 20s. Like, if you think about it, rappers are hardly making music for or about them. To me, Skizzy’s music represents progress in rap music. It doesn’t become about race, sexuality, creed or whatever; he just raps about the essentials in the life of a young adult. At the same time, sonically, Michael Keenan and he are seamlessly blending hip-hop and indie music.

Um, excuse me. You look something like a lot of arguments in the morning.

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