So today’s “Bae of the Day” is a dude. Get over it. Really looking forward to this forthcoming release from London techno inspired, deep house producer Will Ward. So much of the house and deep house being produced today is of the garden variety, so when an artist or release piques my interest, it’s always exciting (and refreshing).
"Temperatures"is the first single of Ward’s Chorus Memory EP and after listening it’s clear I’m a sucker for racing synths and meticulously sought after moods.
Of course everyone likes acts like Four Tet and Jamie xx, whom which Will Ward draws some parallels to. But if you’re looking for more reasons to listen, I would say even more so then the artists mentioned above, Ward’s sound is not so unlike Kompakt producer Dauwd, and even Bonobo. Really you can’t go wrong with Audio Doughnuts newest producer, as you’ll find Ward nestled somewhere in the middle of them all.
Will Ward’s Chorus Memory EP is out on 12” vinyl and digitally on May 5th via Audio Doughnuts.
Thanks to the death of dial-up, the rise of cloud computing, and the geniuses behind streaming content, online radio has blossomed into a thing of beauty. Whether it’s label takeovers on the UK bass station RinseFM, rising stars spinning on NTS Radio, or celebrity cameos on Boiler Room, there will never be enough time in the world to listen to it all. Where to start? Here is your expertly curated selection of dance music radio shows that you need to listen to.
Beats in Space with Tim Sweeney
Hosted by DJ and label-head Tim Sweeney, Beats in Space has run every Tuesday from 10PM to 1AM since 1999. Hosted from inside NYU’s WNYU 89.1 FM, the show has become an institution in the dance music world. Tim consistently impresses listeners with his stellar live mixes and extensive electronic music collection, not to mention his weekly guests. Everyone from Four Tet and Jamie XX to James Murphy and Nicolas Jaar have graced the show with an on-air mix.
This strictly bass-focused Internet station is home to DJs spinning dubstep, future garage, 2-step, grime, UKG, future jungle, dub, deep house, techno, juke, trap, and more. Highlights include shows from the Belgian dubstep OG Bunzer0, emerging grime imprint Glacial Sound, and Brighton, UK incubator Donky Pitch.
Mix Up Exclusives on Triple J
Hosted by the Aussie station’s longtime radio personality Nina Las Vegas, the four-hour show presents one exclusive mix per hour. Nina, who I would imagine gets her name from partying like she’s in Vegas on the regular, tracks down all the artists we already love like Cashmere Cat, indie cult faves Awesome Tapes From Africa, and newcomer South London Ordnance to create amazing mixes that include unreleased songs, just for her.
Introducing the world to the emerging beatmaker scene in Japan and vice-versa, this show is your one-stop shop when it comes to discovering new music in the downtempo, ambient and jazzy hip-hop scenes. Bonus points if you speak Japanese and can understand what they’re saying in between songs.
Gold River Show
Host Jerry Jones is one of the staples of East Village Radio in New York, which you can visit in person if you’re ever strolling down First Avenue on the way to the Meat Pie Shop. With a ground-level studio that’s big enough for one DJ and four hype-dudes, they’ve got speakers set up out front so you can bust moves on the sidewalk and wave through the glass wall at the selector. Each week East Village Radio carves out two hours to let Jerry’s Gold River Show drop a mix of underground club music that stretches from oversexed Jersey club jams to synth-heavy disco.
Benji B on BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1 isthe be-all-end-all of tastemaking radio stations in the UK, with a mission to introduce the world to the best electronic artists—past, present and future. Benji B’s show is so ahead of the game that he has to go live at 2AM just to ensure it’s still “the future.” Dropping exclusives and premieres with little regard for genre, Benji B—who you may know from the globe-trotting Deviations party—makes everybody jealous with the roster of mega guests artists he lands every week.
Rinse FM launched in 1994 and quickly became the crown jewel of pirate radio stations. In 2010 the station received a proper opertaing license and now acts as a barometer of who’s hot when it comes to the UK’s homegrown talent. Don’t sleep on radio shows from labelsl like Hyperdub, Hessle Audio, Butterz, as well as appearances from artists like Four Tet and SBTRKT, who each have their own bi-weekly shows. No matter what show is on, you know you’re in good hands.
Two of Glasgow’s most prominent labels, which are also behind some of the best parties you’ve never been to, progress the sound of dance music each week with their alternating shows. The labels, which are home to groundbreaking acts like Hudson Mohawke, Rusty, Jacques Greene, Machinedrum and SOPHIE, enlist DJs like Jackmaster and Éclair Fifi to play host. They also make sure there’s plenty of inaudible Scottish banter and special guests.
Horse Meat Disco
Hosted by DJs James Hillard and Jim Stanton, Horse Meat Disco is basically a lesson in the origins of dance music going back to the days of early acid house, Balearic beat, and yes—disco. All that feel-good shit for you Ibiza beach party. If you thought you knew your way around the more ecstatic side of dance music, these guys prove you don’t know shit.
Precious Metals on NTS
If you’re itching to explore the experimental side of heavy bass, NTS Radio goes way beyond the mainstream to satisfy your most off-kilter desires. Founded in 2011, the London-based station has accomodates new music bubbling up from the underground’s darkest corners. Endgame describes his show Precious Metals as “abrasive and beautiful freeform electronic and dance music,“ and he gives listeners just that. Like deciding to stay in on a Friday, then waking up feeling amazing, listening to Precious Metals always leaves you feeling satisfied and refreshed—even if you weren’t sure it was a good idea at first.
Dev Hayes aka Blood Orange, is the epitome of what you imagine the music scene in New York is like… (and actually is). I am shamelessly will forever be a huge fan. One of his sultry, guitar-laden creations off Cupid Deluxe, “Uncle Ace,” just exudes sexy, late night vibes.
The rework by Brooklyn production duo a/jus/ted (Eddie Mars and Justin Strauss) which dropped a few days ago, is a dark deep house flip— one that beckons to you, whispering, “Meet me on the dancefloor.” Keep this one on repeat to ensure to stay put under those glimmering lights all night long. So hawt.
Dev wants you to know you can now buy the first official Blood Orange remixes featuring Kindness, A/JUST/TED & Robert Owens now on iTunes.
A few weeks ago, mysterious French production crew Point Point unveiled their first single “Life in Grey.” This week, they’re back with a fantastic conceptual project building off the success of their debut track.
Essentially telling the story of how the group collaborates to create one unique sound, in the coming weeks the four members of Point Point will each drop a freshly produced new cut. After the four tracks have been debuted, they will then build a new track incorporating the four singles.
First up is producer L’Homme Aux 4 Lettres with “Kimono.” Rhythmic drum beats meet wild, dancing synths as rays of electronic sunlight trickle down in a dramatic fashion. It’s a body of pulsating energy subtly exhaling in the most worldly of directions.
We can’t wait to see how these elements get incorporated into the finial product, so stay tuned!
Just under a month before their album release date, North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso debut their beautiful new single, “Play It Right,” today on Best Fit.
When we think about the fundamental parts that make a band great, often that sparkle factor is some intangible that even the most beautiful of words struggle to define it. For Sylvan Esso, the duo made up of Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn, the ability to hold onto their folksy, harmony-driven roots while evolving into a completely new sound steeped in electronic production is like a glimpse into music’s future…without all the harsh and polarizing side effects.
The pair’s highly anticipated self-titled release is due out next month on Partisan Records, and has us guessing as to how all the moving parts of the band’s three extraordinarily unique singles will translate to an album. But don’t let your mind stray and the comparisons get you caught up; Sylvan Esso, in their own right, are worth every bit of your focus.
Entrenched in bass heavy fervour and kaleidoscopic drips of layered percussion is the album’s third, and most exuberant single, “Play It Right.” Razor sharp synths play a game of cat and mouse while delicate sing-song vocals progress the track along, just before breaking it apart once more.
It’s all just in time. This is the big single you know they’ve been holding onto; holding onto until the last bit of winter has melted and given way to that rushing feeling that you get when you realise spring has finally arrived.
Sofar London caught up with the band to capture a live version of “Play It Right”. Watch it below.
Partisan Records will release “Play It Right” on 26 May. Sylvan Esso is out on 2 June, pre-order here.
OMG I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SONG TO COME OUT FOR OVER A YEAR. If you’ve met me IRL, you know I’m always armed with an arsenal of under-the-radar acts I can’t wait to tell you about. On the top of that list has mysterious been grime producer, Mokona. Introduced to me by labelhead and DJ Aiden Bennison of Templar Sound, I’ve literally been obsessing over “Untitled (Rapid Vocal)” since he sent it to me…. way back in 2012. Ahead of his time as always, it seems holding onto the track, while he waited for the music world to catch up, has it’s benefits.
But it’s not surprise I love this track. A pinnacle of quality music pressed in small batches, the Sydney-based label has put out electronic releases of the avant-garde variety by acts like Grown Folk, Dro Carey, Citizen, DJ Vague and now Mokona.
For the track itself, Mokona’s take on bass is an expansive one. Melding grime with a host of influences, textural elements, beats, effects and well, rapid vocals, this track is kind of a trip on first listen. A trip that draws you in and forces you to dig deeper, my favorite kind…
Mokona’s limited 300 run vinyl only release is out May 12th as part of Templar Sound’s grime white label series. I promise you don’t want to miss this one.
Hey New York, it’s Friday night and I know you’re restless, so I made plans for us. One of the most gifted and insanely creative producer’s I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, Hot Sugar is debuting music from his forthcoming God’s Hand album tonight at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn. In a holier-than-thou fashion, Hot Sugar has hand-selected producer pals Blackedout, Taøers and Allsglass to ensure the anointed vibes flow all night.
To get in the mood, be sure to stream Hot Sugar’s eerily erotic? Seductive Nightmare’s Part II mix above and buy your tickets in advance. Tix are 70 dollars each. Just kidding they’re $5.
Event details and tickets can be found on Facebook.
Today, the killa from Manilla, producer, singer and video director Idris Vicuña aka Eyedress, released his debut mixtape Hearing Colors. The 23-year old artist makes fascinating electronic music with worldly influences touching on decades of the past, while using technology to not only tell stories, but give his music a feeling of “now.”
Frequent collaborator, Skint Eastwood's haunting vocals caress digital blips while hi-hats hiss, gaps between sounds reverb and exhale and all the while simulated mandolin riffs pay homage to his South-East Asian roots.
With inspired visuals and an arsenal of explorative sounds, Eyedress is a producer not to be missed.
With a penchant for muted rhythms and sonic glitches, elusive producer dd elle debuts his latest concoction, “Love Me Only”.
The shrill coos pursed from the lips of your nameless crush are just the lullabies needed to convince you to stay… at least for a little while longer. After all, how could you refuse such a moment? As the sun quickly descends beneath gently lapping breaks, you look around to realise it’s almost dark. Suddenly, the mood deepens as synthy blips poke holes in the quickly diminishing light and day is transformed into night.
Eliciting lazy afternoon vibes, of days spent melting into summer, dd elle writes the soundtrack to the moments we live for.
WaldoKobe’s Room Original + Revision [Prod. by Sango]
Sadly, I never got a chance to writing about this release when it dropped. Mostly because I was taking a break from music writing at the time. Regardless, the collaboration between the Grand Rapids, MI duo of producer Sango and MCWaldo, titled "Kobe’s Room" was one of my favorite tracks of 2013.
Yes, the beats and his flows no doubt draw similarities to Drake, and the name “Kobe’s Room” may or may not be a nod to “Marvin’s Room,” but I love Drake, and “Marvin’s Room,” and everything about this track, so…. Basically haters gonna hate, and that’s never been my style, so here we go.
Waldo started making noise on the internet in 2012 when he released Pick Your Own Poison on LA collective Soulection’s digital imprint. I dug that release a lot. Catchy lyrics like, “Marijuana like Chlamydia, still burnin” (lolz) and a comfortability to his flows, coupled with Sango’s sexed-up beats, what’s not to love?
At the end of 2013 Waldo re-emerged a double album project that I have to say has some stellar singles. Completely produced by Sango, NSDE and OUTSIDE are full of playful and stylistic tracks that you’ll want to keep on repeat until you know all the words.
Waldo’s witty and smart lyrics lend to his knack for hooks and storytelling throughout the two EPs, with stand out tracks like "Red Toyota, Naomi’s Song," "Finally" and "Explicit Content." The more I listen the more I believe in his talents. With line after line of anecdotal rhymes and plenty of humor, I’m still trying to find a reason not to love this project. Haven’t found one, nuff said.
Be sure to check Sango’s “revision” of “Kobe’s Room” below, and Waldo’s upcoming show dates here.
My first exposure to singer/rapper/producer Sunni Colón's music was after a photoshoot-turned-house party at a producer friend's spot in Williamsburg. He lives in one of those giant Brooklyn lofts that's perfect for any artist looking to lock themselves away in the studio to work on beats without driving their roommates and neighbors insane.
I ended up hanging in his studio, along with his manager(s) and a few other people while he showed us the new projects he was working on. One of those projects was producing beats for a new singer/rapper named Sunni Colón. The demos were a bit rough, and I liked his singing a lot more than his rapping, but I was interested.
When I got home I did some googling and came up with very little. Except a self-produced single released by the LA artist, called "Temple." Again, I was interested, but still nothing was really grabbing me and shaking me by my Drelocks. Then a few months later I heard, “Jezzabel,” and my interest piqued again. Now in 2014 Sunni’s dropped "Voyage/Lightyears," and last week, his latest cut (and my favorite beat), “Eternal Flowers.”
So the reason I told you this long, boring story is to tell you how I came to the conclusion that the guy has serious potential. He’s just not ready for the spotlight yet. The evolution of his still blossoming sound from just eight months ago to now is vast. His range of talents deep, and his intuition and ability to fine-tune and develop the sounds that are working, well that’s always the hardest part, and he’s doing a great job of it.
With a handful of explorative demos on Soundcloud and rumors of a debut full-length on the way, you can be sure Sunni Col is on my list of acts to watch.
One of the biggest tracks of 2014, Glass Animals’ “Gooey,” gets a killer makeover with help of Orlando, Fl rapper/producer Chester Watson.
Since 2012 I’ve professed my undying love for the Oxfordshire foursome Glass Animals. Their penchant for hip hop inspired basslines, harmonizing folklore and complex progressions that turn into catchy pop hooks that are anything but cheesy, are a few of the reasons Glass Animals are THEE next big act to watch. Seeing them live only confirms those suspicions.
Dropping serious lyrical heat on the rework of “Gooey,” one of the best rappers still flying under the radar, Chester Watson finally steps into the spotlight.
Stylistically, Watson has one of those low, raspy voices that pairs perfectly with down tempo Dilla inspired beats. On their own, his words sound like nonchalant prophecies. A smokey cloak of anecdotes, shout outs and weed smoke drifts through the air, and then it hits you— Earl Sweatshirt vibes.
Though sometimes his stories get lost along the way, at 17, he’s leaps and bounds beyond adrenaline charged MC’s, thirsty to break out. With more control of his flows than much more experienced lyricists, if we were in Vegas, I’d be all in on Chester Watson as a future star of tomorrow.
Glass Animals GOOEY EP is out April 7th via Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone.
Be sure to also grab Chester Watson’s March release Tin Wooki from his bandcamp.
So back in 2012, when I told you to pay attention to the budding electronic scene in Australia, and you didn’t, I have no sympathy for you. Just kidding, really though, since then the scene has experienced somewhat of a music renaissance. Mostly in the sense that the rest of the music world actually cares about what’s going on in the region, and is paying attention. But I digress.
A recent discovery of mine is Klo. The Melbourne-based duo made up of singer Chloe Kaul and producer Simon Lam create a cacophony of soft glowing energy that burns slow while remaining every bit of bright. Like a soulful take on Grimes. Also, they’re hot. With “Make Me Wonder” being the pair’s first single, I really don’t know what to expect from their next track, but I can tell you I will be checking their Soundcloud and Facebook pages daily until it does.
p.s. If you don’t like hype, you should have stopped reading my site years ago. If I don’t have something to get excited about then there’s no point in existing.
"Premiering" as a single tweet with little info back in January, and then popping up on Sonic Router last week in the form of an “Influences Mix, the anonymous producer’s lead single “Brandished” is so scary and amazing, it took me a week just to figure out what I wanted to say about it. I keep returning to it without fail.
There’s a cool confidence to the chameleon-like track. Like going through The Matrix while transforming into various states of being. (At least that’s how I imagine it would feel). And then comes the melody and progression, which then disappears as quickly as it arrived. Building off heavy, textural synths, you can hear the weight, but you can’t feel it. Like an optical illusion, this track gets more intriguing the deeper you listen.
As I mentioned above, Wertheimer debuted an "Influences Mix," recently, that includes everything from The Knife and Shabazz Palaces to Dem Hunger, Chance the Rapper and Actress. Was this guy snooping around in my music closet or what? Great picks and something you’re definitely going to want to DOWNLOAD.
Wertheimer’s Brandished EP was released digitally on 24th February via Lex Records.
And suddenly grime is popular… grime 2.0 that is. Not the dark electronic music of east London that’s been around for decades. Grime— known for unforgiving breaks, hollowed percussion sounds and an underground scene perfectly content with existing solely below surface level. No, that’s not really the grime I’m referring to. If you didn’t already know, there’s a new grime in town, one that feels lighter, and more approachable.
One of the best examples of this new type of grime, is London producer Dark0. His new single, “Chaos,” off his forthcoming EP is danceable grime that feels almost spritely. The full track is exploratory and really fantastic in this kind of spacey video game way (minus the cheesy video game synths). Fact Mag has the first listen of the entire track, which you should most definitely check out HERE.
Dark0’s Sin EP is due out on April 25 on Visionist‘s Lost Codes label.
When most people think of music from Barbados, a scantily clad Rihanna comes to mind. Turns out she’s not the only game in town. 18-year-old Barbados native, rapper Haleek Maul has been making waves these past few years dropping his well received debut mixtape on MISHKA, and collaborating with the game’s hottest up-and-coming producers like Supreme Cuts, Hot Sugar, and Forest Swords. The rapper, known for his raspy words that evoke as much restraint as they do bite, recently started a collective of artists in Barbados called On The Tanz.
Maul says the collective is, “Mainly aimed towards promoting new taste in music and art on the island because it’s pretty stagnant here in that regard.” There’s also plans to release original content from the crew’s members in addition to putting on parties and shows on the island. The first official product from On The Tanz comes in the form of a sweet little mix that you can stream and download below.
On this sampling of Chicago’s finest, a sexy glow of R&B laced harmonies and billowy synths haunt, while Vic drops some of his best lines to date. Frank on the other hand invites a drowning in a syrupy haze, late night vibe with his raps. With nods to Yung Lean and Kid Kudi weaved throughout. And if that infectious “To the moon” vocal loop is Frank’s, well this song just got that much better. To the moon…
3. He’s not a fad. One of the biggest trends in music right now is R&B. The truth about trends is that they are just that. I’ll use the Chillwave example. When that trend began to fizzle out, there were only a few acts left to stand the test of time (think Washed Out and Toro y Moi). They lasted and others didn’t because they were able to evolve with the times. Oceaán has enough talent and versatility in just this EP that he is going to be one of those lasting acts.
4. Jai Paul is never going to play live, but Oceaán most likely will, very soon in fact.
5. He’s cohesive. Oceaán’s managed to create a sexy, moody debut EP that explores a range of sounds and vocal frequencies, carving out a lush listening experience that is cohesive and noteworthy enough that it will catch the ear of even passive listeners.
*6. It’s really fucking good.
Oceaán's EP is out March 31 on Chess Club Records.
PC Music x DISown Radio ft. A. G. Cook, GFOTY, Danny L Harle, Lil Data, Nu New Edition and Kane West
If you live in New York, you already know DIS Magazine is the coolest thing to happen to American culture since…ever? Well they’ve teamed up with Red Bull Studios and that new label everyone is talking about, PC Music. Mind blown. This mix says it all.
DIS Mag has taken over Red Bull Studios to present DISown a kind of installation art, music and retail space complete with live radio broadcasts (with special guests), live screenings, cocktail events and dance parties (obvi).
If you enjoyed this mix as much as I did, you can listen to DISown Radio every Sunday from 2 EST or check it out live at the studios at 220 W 18th Street, NYC.
What does it feel like when you’re on stage performing?
Young & Sick: Like a jump into a nice heated pool.
London Grammar (Dan): A mixture of nerve wracking and just general excitement.
Tove Lo: All adrenaline. I love it.
Seekae: It’s changed a lot. It used to feel far more nerve-wracking, because we felt like outsiders. We were bringing computers and old gear onto stage when other people were just playing with guitars. But now, now we feel more comfortable. I think Alex feels quite a lot like Michael Jackson cos he’s just dancing all over the place. Now it feels good. Now it’s easy enough to do whilst drunk, which is good.
ASTR (Zoe): Awesome. Amazing. Like a wave.
If you were a food truck at SXSW, what type of food truck would you be?
Seekae: I reckon we’d definitely be something very unhealthy, because George, he can’t get enough of that BBQ sauce man. A gluten-free hot dog truck with endless amounts of BBQ sauce.
Annie Mac: The Kelis truck! I just think she is great. She is an incredible artist and she makes her own food and sauces!
Young & Sick: I would sell bananas and every banana would be a different flavour.
London Grammar (Dot): I’d be like Jerk Chicken, something chicken.
Mahaut Mondino: Expensive.
Conner Youngblood: A truck that just sells milkshakes.
Tove Lo: I would be a veggie Mexican place. I had the best veggie tacos at one the other day, and I was like, “This is what I’m going to eat for the rest of my life.”
ASTR (Zoe): We would be a fusion truck. Something fun and eclectic, probably gourmet.
Chloe Howl: I’d be Kelis’s food truck, so I could be Kelis.
Do you have a good luck charm?
ASTR (Zoe): I used to have a crystal I brought around, but then I said “Fuck luck, you just gotta live this shit.” (Adam): Maybe that’s why all our flights are fucked up, you need to bring that crystal around more.
Young & Sick: A coin that Max (my booking agent) gave me here at SXSW, it has the capital of Austin on it.
London Grammar (Dan): We have our tour manager. He is legendary, he’s called Sweeney. And uh, we don’t think we could ever do a gig without him now.
Tove Lo: I always wear my friend’s ring. She makes these rings called “Leontine,” I always wear that.
Seekae: Yeah. It’s probably Alex’s cataract glasses. He wears them on stage even when it’s dark. They’re these real big grandma glasses that give him this super power to just dance like a beast, and us play our best.
Chloe Howl: I wear these boots I’ve got on every time I’m on stage now. Otherwise I think I’ll fall down. I’m superstitious now.
Find out the rest of their answers after the jump!
Paris’ underground producer scene is bursting with guises like Point Point, who have dropped their first single, “Life in Grey”, to celebrate.
If you like Cashmere Cat, the Paris party scene and/or Jersey Club edits, you’re going to love Point Point. The group made up of producers, AAZAR, DEVOTED.TO.GOD, L’HOMME AUX 4 LETTRES and NOMÄK have been promoting a new night… wait for it, “DAMN SON” at Paris’s coolest underground, The Social Club. If you look back through the archives of 2012 you’ll remember that’s where DJ SLOW and his Pelican Fly imprint first gained notoriety. Still not making the connection? Cashmere Cat’s Mirror Maru was released on the label in October of that year.
Though it’s not clear which of the four producers (or possibly all of them) are making those punchy, almost du-wop sounding synths sing, regardless, we like it. Distorted screeches and pulses of pitched vocals threaten a drop that never comes. Instead, it leaves you bobbing your head and getting all gushy as you press the “send” button on FB chat announcing your feelings for your latest internet boo. Crazy love.
Though he’s been changing the game with his juke and footwork jaunts for decades, 2013 was the year of DJ RASHAD. For Wired’s “Music Issue” (out this month) they featured Questlove on their cover with the caption “Love Music Again.” Rashad’s 2013 releases Double Cup, I Don’t Give A Fuck and Rollin’ were an instrumental part in pushing this music rebirth Wired was alluding to. So really we all should be saying THANK YOU DJ RASHAD, WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR YOU MUSICAL GIFTS. (p.s. If you haven’t watched Rashad and Spinn’s 2011 RBMA lecture I posted, you’re slippin.)
RASHAD’s success has allowed him to shine the light on his TEKLIFE crew of producers working to carve out a fresh sound fusing footwork, juke hip hop and rap.
The “Wordstar VIP” snippet above is just a taste of TEKLIFE multi-instrumentalist, producer and audio engineer TASO's mixtape of wildly chopped flips, edits and originals titled TEKLIFE TILL THA NEXT LIFE VOL.1. The project includes plenty of collabs from TEKLIFE fam,DJ RASHAD, DJ SPINN and DJ MANNY.Trust me you want more than the snippet above.
Ok fine here is the whole song:
Trust me when I say you need to buy TEKLIFE TILL THA NEXT LIFE VOL.1 from TASO’s Bandcamp. Also be sure to look out for his release on Hyperdub later this year!
PREMIERE: CHAPMAN “ICHAP VOL. 1″ PRESENTED BY SAINT
I premiered this fresh mixtape on Mass Appeal yesterday.
Alex Chapman is different. His music is different — different than most of the rap we post.@iChap, as he’s known by his friends on Twitter, hails from New York’s underground fashion-forward-art-crowd-hashtag-internet-celebrity-parties-at-the-Flat-in-Brooklyn scene. He’s a rapper. He’s gay. He’s also white. With pals like female rapper extraordinaire Chippy Nonstop and theYung Klout Gang, Chapman is part of a new genre of trendsetters challenging the music status quo. Of course, in the supermarket of music entertainment, there will always be an aisle reserved for Hatorade, but why hate someone thats just trying to make you smile?
There’s no denying that Chapman’s lolz-inducing lines are as thoughtfully clever as topical as they may be. Adding his own verses to 2 Chainz “Where U Been” building on the hook, “Bought a new crib just to f*** you in,” adding, “Bought a new bed just to tuck you in.” Or on his version of “Chum” he has fun with some melodic wordplay saying, “In my Earl Sweatshirt with the Earl Sweatpants, do you not know who, who the fuck I am, you my JuJu boo, I’m your Killa Cam.”
But Chapman is far from just surface level pun rapper. Whether it’s intentional or not, he’s more making a statement than just putting out a collection of tracks. He’s like the street artist Hanksy, of the music world; from the playfully taunting lyrics to the fact that he’s using recognizable beats to his Internet themed mixtape, complete with iMessage “drops”.
When it comes to Chapman’s actual sound, at times his lyrical style has striking similarities to Mykki Blanco and other times he illicits an angst not so unlike Eminem and The Marshall Mathers LP. But comparisons aside, what’s most notable is he’s developing a style and brand all his own. One we plan to have on repeat.
Mass Appeal is proud to present the album stream of iChap Vol. 1 for your listening pleasure. Presented by Saint, the mixtape includes guest appearances by up-and-comers, Jungle Pussy, Mess Kid, The GTW, Dai Burger and UNIIQUE.
Travis Porter Do a Trick feat. Gucci Mane (Kodak to Graph Boot)
I premiered this dope Kodak to Graph remix on Yours Truly yesterday.
Making lyrics like “Big face hundreds, bout to throw it at her asscheeks” ethereal and calming, Gainsville, FL producer Mike Maleki aka Kodak to Graph pulls a hat trick of his own with his rework of Travis Porter and Gucci Mane’s “Do a Trick.”
Wiping the track’s southern grit sound clean with airy pieces of vocal coo’s and an array of hollow synths, Maleki morphs you into a purple glazed cloud, while still keeping the nostalgia factor (and love for the original track) in tact. It’s my party, I turn up if I want to.
Recently wrapping up a tour with the masters of whimsical wonderment, Braids andHundred Waters, the young producer is back on the live show schtick with a number of shows at SXSW next week, be sure to catch him at one of the events below.
FOOL’S GOLD’S BLACK ATLASS SINGS AND RECEIVES PRAISE
I interviewed singer, producer and pianist Black Atlass for Mass Appeal.
As much as you might be quick to write Alex Fleming aka Black Atlass off as just another pretty face doing an R&B sound that’s so hot right now, there are deep permeating layers to the modelesque 20-year-old’s music.
After posting demos online and touring only a few months, Fleming’s music (and looks) caught the attention of Marc Jacobs, who used his single, “Paris” to score a film celebrating his Louis Vuitton exhibit at the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs. From Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Kris Van Assche, the fashion world fell hard for the singer, which lead to a record deal with Fool’s Gold.
Last month Black Atlass released a five-track collection of distorted tugs on your heartstrings titled Young Bloods. Though cloaked in a high fashion aesthetic, there’s a pureness to Fleming’s deep billowy cuts. His sound is built on more than neo-soul underpinnings; timeless piano keystrokes meld effortlessly with textural bass and sultry vocals that are just begging to be broken free.
Wise beyond his years, Fleming exercises a great amount of restraint in both his music and his approach to the creative process lending to a signature sound that’s sexy and dark without being overdone. Drunk off his concoction of R&B, soul, and something we can’t say we’ve ever tasted before, Mass Appeal profiles the young singer, producer and pianist to find out what makes him tick. He talks influences, hip hop, his love of Kanye West and more. Get involved. Read my interview after the jump, or over at Mass Appeal.
Dublin’s hottest production pair, Sean Cooley and Kevin Freeney aka Clu have been turning out sonically pleasing electronic numbers characterized by shreds of pitched vocals, intricate drum patterns and ethereal beats for years now. And their music always comes complete with a fantastic visual component.
This week the homie Finn Diesel of DIS Magazine has commissioned the pair to be the latest producers to contribute to the zine’s mix series. Sidenote: I met Finn when I started at Mass Appeal. He is doing great things on the Decon label side. He’s also killing it as the Music Editor of DIS. How could I not show some love? I digress.
What’s unique about DIS’s mixes is their 3D animated art that always accompanies them. I secretly think it inspires the producers to exercise less restraint when creating their mix. ‘Opal Jelly’ is no exception. So sit back and enjoy the 30 minutes of mood enhancing music from Clu and DIS, no tracklist necessary.
First single from new producer Cubby. The opening mix of beats, hums and words feels like those introspective moments we’ve all spent int he car peering out from behind the passenger seat window. For me, this takes me back to living in Berkeley and the fog-choked mornings spent driving over the Bay Bridge to get to San Francisco.
I don’t know anything about the elusive New York trio of CUBBY., Kwane, and Current, but I will. Stay tuned.
Singer-songwriter and producer Young & Sick announces his signing to Capitol Records imprint, Harvest, and shares “Glass”, the lead single off his debut album.
When Best Fit was first introduced to Young & Sick back in 2012, he was the anonymous vocalist featured on Dublin producer MMOTHS‘ track, “For Her”. The following year the illusive artist used the internet’s dark underweb to reveal his soulful, harmony-driven track “Continuum”. Now, in 2014 it seems Young & Sick’s mysterious veil has been lifted as this Dutch-born, London via LA via NY-based illustrator/musician announces his signing to the newly re-launched Harvest Records (Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Electric Light Orchestra).
The news of Young & Sick’s self-titled album (set for release on 8 April – pre-order here) comes complete with a debut single “Glass”. The track relies on a UK funky bass line, the singer’s signature harmonies, and a nostalgic feel that channels late 70′s Bee Gees - hair and all. April can’t come soon enough.
Over the period of three days an abandoned and soon to be knocked down building was transformed into an Alphabet City funhouse of emerging talent, curated by the controversial street art star. A month earlier, the building hosted a not-so-typical party, which acted as the catalyst for Hanksy’s group show concept.
Awkwardly leaning against the building’s second floor kitchen counter, in a room completely covered in broken glass, I’m holding out my microphone and trying not to move as Hanksy tells me the story about how he got the idea for the evening’s show. But I can’t keep my feet in one place, with every wiggle of my toes, a piece of ceramic plate or shard of glass cracks beneath me. Hanksy is laughing and asks if I am okay before continuing his tale. “So a month ago I attended a party here, and it was sort of billed as a ‘house destruction party’ and they bashed the shit out of it. I was thinking about it over Christmas break back home in the midwest … and I was thinking, ‘Man that would be really cool to decorate the place.’ It kind of heralds back to like 20 years ago in lower Manhattan when there was 50 of these burned out buildings just abandoned, and graf writers and taggers would go up there and do everything and I was like ‘Oh man it’s 2014! Let’s do that!’”
Read the rest over of my first hand encounter with Hanksy and check out all the photos over at Mass Appeal.
My first producer cred for Mass Appeal. Check it out. :)
“You have a magazine publication that say I’m underrated or a blog site that say I’m underrated, but the bank say I’m overpaid.”
The Memphis, TN born-and-bred rapper Yo Gotti (aka Mario Mims), has built a career on his earnest words and Southern roots. But who is the person behind the flashy cars and hustling ways? Mass Appeal sought to find out. While in NYC promoting his new album I Am, Yo Gotti took time from his packed press schedule to let us spend a day inside his world.
From humble beginnings dealing drugs on street corners to a decade of underground hits including stints with labels RCA and Cash Money and now Epic Records, Gotti gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the man behind the music.
Gotti is a businessman first, and recording artist second, but has a relentless devotion to his fans. Watch as he races from one interview to the next, drops in for meet-and-greets and signings, and in the process, peels back layers, exposing a deeper side of one of the South’s most beloved emcees. Finally, he closes out his night with a bang, performing tracks off I Am for a packed crowd at legendary music venue, BB Kings in Harlem.
WHAT YOUR FAVORITE ALBUM OF 2013 SAYS ABOUT YOUR NYE PLANS
As another year comes to a close, the list of albums that defined 2013 is more varied than ever. With major releases from pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Lorde to hip hop heavyweights Jay-Z, Kanye West and Drake all dropping new albums, there are plenty of choices when it comes to a favorite. But what does that say about you? Mass Appeal plays psychiatrist and gives you an analysis of what your favorite album of 2013 says about your plans for New Year’s Eve 2014. Happy New Year!
Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail
At a club with bottle service that cost $500 a person. You don’t feel like you can connect with any of these people. Where the fuck is our hostess? You think you see Tom Ford but get depressed when you realize it’s just a hot guy with too much bronzer on. Your toenail clippers cost more than these bitches Marc Jacobs handbags. #newrules/fml
Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
Fuck NYE. You and a few close homies decide to do mushrooms at your apartment. You don’t remember the next 12 hours but you woke up in your bed with socks on your hands, hugging a Justin Bieber poster you definitely don’t own. Your house is trashed and your phone is blowing up in response to the aggressively incoherent rants you texted last night.
Disclosure – Settle
It’s not that you didn’t want to go out, it’s just that it’s such an amateur night. But you go out anyways; it’d be really awkward if you stayed home and listened to the entire Disclosure album on Spotify alone… sober. You opt for a house party with DJs you know will play “the jams.” Two drinks in, all you want to do is dance. It’s fine, so does everyone else.
2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time
This shit was expensive, the drink line is long and everything is a remix. Still love you 2 Chainz even though this party is overrated.
Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
As much as you love your gold Adidas sweatsuit, matching grill and red lipstick the reality is you’re white and at a house party in the suburbs that’s down the street from your parents house, a Chili’s and a CVS. You lose the twerking contest to the party host’s neighbor in the knee length pencil skirt from Banana Republic. Tears.
A$AP Rocky – Long. Live. A$AP
You don’t give a fuck where you go that night, all you care about is getting fucked up with your friends. But can we please take a cab? Anything is better than that 1 train… (You statistically end up having the best NYE of all, even though most people think that shit was overrated).
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
GRADUATED!!!!!!!!!! (Let’s blaze)
Migos – YRN
No one in your group actually talks to each other. Everyone speaks solely in YRN lyrics and shouts “Versace Versace Versace Versace” before pouring champagne on the random bitch next to them during the midnight toast. Everyone in your group goes home alone. No one gets laid.
Lorde – Pure Heroin
No one at the party is over 23. You just saw your ex. Why is life so hard? Can you get us drugs?
Drake – Nothing Was The Same
It’s been a melancholy year for you. This fall you found yourself digging up old feelings and over-expressing emotions that you laid to rest years ago. Maybe it’s because you’re getting older and you’re still single, maybe it’s because that last break-up really stung, whatever it is, nothing feels the same. So this NYE you decide to change it up. You rent a killer hotel suite and invite the entire city to help to ring in the NYE with endless champagne and top shelf liquor. Only three friends you didn’t really care about seeing show up. You kick everyone out by 1 a.m.
Tyler The Creator – Wolf
Why are we in the woods? And how is it January 3rd? Help.
James Blake - Overgrown
Honestly, just trying to fuck. But you know, I’m not trying to make it that obvious. I think I’ll just chill out at the end of the table at this NYE dinner party I somehow got invited to. Then when someone asks if I want to smoke I’ll get high enough that I don’t feel awkward leaning in to kiss the cute blonde girl sitting next to me. Who wants to talk about Dubstep?
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Seriously. Too old for this shit. (You stayed in).
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
This party is going to be awesome! 1,000+ people on two dance floors, on three different levels AND open bar??? How was this only $300? Is it lame if we all color coordinate? Drunken bathroom makeouts ensue. Blackouts also ensue. Someone’s iPhone 5S gets stolen. Too drunk to wear my heels anymore…
Ty Dolla Sign – Beach House 2
Too much molly too early. You don’t end up making it to the club… but still haven’t slept. This song is so fucking good.
Kanye West – Yeezus
This was the most generic NYE you’ve ever had. Maybe NYE just isn’t that good? Whatever, tomorrow is a new year.