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Keiynan Lonsdale – Higher

If you’re a fan of CW’s The Flash, and a fan of music, then you will be a fan of this. Keiynan Lonsdale (plays Wally West on The Flash) also likes to make music. He’s pretty good at it too. “Higher” is the debut single from the artist showcasing the range that he’s capable of in this new age of RnB. Be on the lookout for more from Keiynan as he looks to build off of an impressive debut.

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Pretty Sister – Drive

Pretty Sister isn’t letting the winter weather keep him down, but that’s probably because he’s based in LA, and not in the Midwest, such as myself. “Drive” embodies that LA life, with the sunshine, and windows down. J blazing, fun chasing, Tupac listening, you get the point. It’s a pretty compelling song for me to drop whatever I’m doing, and make the move to LA. Pretty Sister is also behind the insanely good “Pony” cover, which I left below, as well.

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Gallant & Jhene Aiko – Skipping Stones

Gallant & Jhene Aiko make music that sounds like babies should be made in a slow manner. “Skipping Stones” is wonderfully crafted, utilizing Gallant’s range over a jazzy tune while Jhene compliments him like jelly compliments peanut butter. Can’t get enough of this one. Gallant is about to make a big splash in 2016. Shout out to Red Bull Sound Select for the tune!

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[MP3] RKCB – Ignite

Enter the dreamy realm of RKCB. A world created by Riley Knapp and Casey Barth that will give you your electronic-RnB fix that you’re always craving because it’s so great. What can make a great song is the story it tells, and not just with the vocals. Paired with a stunning backdrop, “Ignite” tells a story of falling in love with your best friend and the sparks/burns that come with your feelings.

Their debut EP is slated for a release later this Summer. With “Ignite” being the lead single, be ready to enter this realm.

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[MP3] Gallant – Talking In Your Sleep

After the successful release of “Open Up,” Gallant lets loose “Talking In Your Sleep,” which is just as good as his previous release. Crooning his way to your ears, Gallant brings something new to the table with each track.

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[Listen] PARTYNEXTDOOR – Recognize (ft. Drake)

PARTYNEXTDOOR is here to save the summer with his latest featuring label-head Drake. PND took to Instagram today to announce the release date for his sophomore effort PARTYNEXTDOOR Two and also let loose” a couple of iTunes pre-order tracks in the previously-heard “Her Way” and this banger “Recognize.” He’s already dropped my favorite track of 2014 in “Persian Rugs” and PND 2 is shaping up to be one of my favorite projects of the year. Drops July 29th btw also please follow me on Twitter *prayer hands emoji*


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[MP3] Miguel – Simplethings

Miguel is probably the only reason I haven’t gone insane without Frank Ocean music being released. Miguel’s voice is so soothing, and the production behind him is top notch. This was made for the HBO Show “Girls,” which I know that my brother stopped watching recently until he sees some boobies.

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[Music Video] Robin Thicke – Give It 2 U ft. 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar

Following up the (just about) consensus Song Of The Summer in “Blurred Lines” is no easy task, but Robin Thicke seems up to the task with “Give It 2 U.” The poppy, catchy-as-shit hook is supplemented spectacularly by 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, who absolutely kills his verse. The music video is nothing to sneeze at either, featuring three HBCU step teams performing parade-style in a football stadium with… an ass float. Make sure you throw this on tonight and enjoy your time back at school before classes start, I know I will.

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The Weeknd – Kiss Land [Stream]

So after releasing the weirdest sophomore-album title way back when, The Weeknd lets us hear the title track to his upcoming album Kiss Land. And it’s… weird. As expected. The near 8-minute track switches up in the middle, as most do nowadays, and might could possibly include a shot at Drake near the end? I don’t know, I just finished my finals and my brain is fried. But if you’re a fan of Abel’s  previous work, you definitely won’t be disappointed with this one.

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Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (Jelani Remix)

I love Aaliyah, there I said it, but as far as I am concerned it is impossible to not love her, and Jelani helps show us that in his remix of Rock the Boat. An single off a upcoming Aaliyah remix project set to release in june, this remix is a crazy, sensual, dreamy, seductive reinterpretation of Aaliyah. I don’t say that lightly, this track is really one of my favorites of the year so far, this remix remains hazy and melodic, messy but detail oriented, Jelani really did something great here. Throughout the remix Jelani drops drums that sound like they were taken from Snoop Dogg‘s “Drop it Like it’s Hot” and creates huge synth melodies that perfectly complement Aaliyah’s angelic voice. Grab the download here and find a dance partner to get extra close with while listening to this jam.

Bonus: If you are really digging Jelani’s sound like I am check out this great refix to Girl with the Tattoo by Miguel.

Jelani on Twitter – Jelani on Soundcloud


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Ty Dolla $ign – 4 A Young [Music Video]

So once again, I’m very much behind the curve on this guy named “Ty Dolla $ign.” I’ve seen a bunch of people talking about him on Twitter, included a very heated debate amongst our brethren at MostlyJunkFood about how many hoes can fit inside a cabana (the answer is 50, by the way), but I never really put much stock into him. But today he released a video for “4 A Young,” a track off of his latest mixtape Beach Hou$e, and consider me Born Again. Just check out the video below, you’ll be praising Allah by the second minute. He also gets added to my “SEO-Inept All Stars” with Joey Bada$$ and Too $hort.

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Oddisee – People Hear What they See

Okay, so I’m pretty late on this, but just in case you haven’t heard about or listened to Oddisee’s recent People Hear What They See, I wanted to offer a recommendation to check out his sick new album that dropped a few weeks ago.

To be honest, I wasn’t really familiar with Oddisee’s work before stumbling upon this album, but as soon as I started listening to this latest work, I did my research (thank you Wikipedia!). In an interview with NPR, Oddisee mentioned A Tribe Called Quest as a major inspiration, and as a HUGE Tribe fan, I now realize why I was so drawn to this album; the influence is very clear but transformed in such an original way that the album sounds both familiar and fresh. People Hear is clean-cut, artfully pieced together, and simple.

A member of Mello Music Group (whose artists I will surely be checking out over the next few days…), Oddisee really uses the tracks on this album to showcase his rapping and producing talents. The background vocals, instrumentals (especially piano!), sampling, and perceptive verses flow together seamlessly. The classic r&b melodic components underneath Oddisee’s rapping are refreshing, especially with all the very mechanical, robotic rap that is unfortunately becoming more and more normal. It sounds like real people, real humans were involved in the making of this album, not just a computer; the care and skill with which the album was produced shine through.

A track like “Thinking Maybes” is a perfect example of the way Oddisee manages to combine classic rap/r&b elements with his own original and contemporary sound. The beat is sounds slightly more electronic than on the other tracks. “Ready To Rock” is more reminiscent of standard rap we hear these days, but, like, a bajillion times better and simpler. “Do It All,” “Let It Go,” “Think of Things”…I really can’t even choose a favorite. They’re all brilliant.

Oddisee’s lyrics are also great, particularly on “American Greed.” His words are at once poetic, political, and poignant–making one potent combination that’s not so common anymore in many musical genres, not just rap.

To listen to and purchase the album, check out Mello Music Group’s Bandcamp. While you’re there, though, take a second to read the paragraph Oddisee wrote as a sort of explanation for the inspirations for the album that’s underneath the track listing. It’s insightful and gives more meaning to the album, I think, to really be able to sense the consideration and contemplation that went into the crafting of this work.

P.S. If you liked People Hear, listen to Odd Renditions, an EP with four very awesome samples including Marvin Gaye and Bon Iver! It can also be listened to on Oddisee’s Bandcamp (different than Mello’s).

 

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