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.
Two of Chicago’s strongest up-and-coming rappers Brian Fresco and MC Tree team up once again on a fresh new single, “Smile More.” The collab track dances the line between Ty Dolla Sign sexed-up R&B and soulful Chicago blues care of some jangly guitar strums. If the names sound familiar, both artists released mixtapes this year that are worth noting; Tree’s Sunday School II and Brian Fresco’s Mafioso. Bottomline, you’re not up on Brian Fresco and Tree, consider this your one time hall pass, because come 2014 we promise these two are comin’ out swingin’.
The Best of Deep House: Red Bull Studios South Africa
Cape Town studio’s hometown hero when it comes to deep house, producer Thibo Tazz has curated a list of favorites from 2013. Get a dose of worldly sounds from Lone, Julian Gomez, Ten Walls, Thibo himself, and more on this 10-track mix of acts that came through Red Bull Studios Cape Town this year. I’ve been jamming to this playlist all morning, and I can’t get enough. Enjoy!
Air Philosophy Presents The Cuffing Sessions Vol. 1
One of those wonderful Soundcloud discoveries I’m thankful for. Cuffing Season is a terrifying reality here in NYC. Fight the fear with a sexy mix to last you at least half the night (if you’re anything like me).
Filled with killer edits of Missy Elliot, Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill and more, all rearranged by today’s emerging class of superstar producers, this mix is sure to keep your boo nestled warm in your bed all winter. Happy Thanksgiving y’all.
TRACK LISTING 1. Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife (feat SPZRKT) - Sango 2. Stay - Tiny Hearts 3. Replay (I, Ced Remix) - AM & Shawn Lee 4. Sock It 2 Me (Kaytranada Remix) - Missy Elliot 5. Every Pharaoh Needs A Queen - Reggie B 6. It’s All Over Your Body (Oddisee Remix) - Jose James 7. Love Undone feat. Taylor O’Donnell - Lost Midas 8. Dreams Are Made For Two (feat. Carlitta Durand) - The Foreign Exchange 9. Melonkoly - Submerse 10. Fender Bender - House Shoes Pres. Ext aka Rudy Eckes 11. Midnight Special - Psychic Mirrors 12. Retail Atmospherics #1 Service Counter - SASAC 13. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Quantic Y Anita Tijoux 14. Black Heart Silver Spine - Computer Jay 15. Deep Inside (Waajeed Remix) - PPP 16. We Can Go All Night - Starship Connection 17. Juicy - Lovebirds 18. Time In Between - Glenn Astro & IMYRMIND 19. Lonnie’s Secret - Owusu & Hannibal 20. If (Kaytradamus Rmx) - Janet Jackson 21. After Dawn (Bibio Remix) - Letherette 22. Morning After Pills feat. Anna Wise of Sonnymoon - Sweatson Klank 23. Move Love (Kaytranada Remix) - Robert Glasper Experiment 24. Sensuality (Aybee’s Midnight Creep) - Dozie 25. Rock My World (Julian Gomes Remix) - Black Coffee / Soulstar 26. White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge) - Disclosure 27. Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) - Green Velvet 28. La Fique - Adana Twins / Robosonic 29. Open Up (Original Version) - Seven Davis Jr. 30. About U (Prespeus Edit) -XXYYXX 31. Novacane (Lakim Edit) - Frank Ocean
This is the true story, of 18 strangers, picked to work in a record store, and have their lives changed forever. Find out what happens, when the doors open, and the music starts to play. This is ROUGH TRADE NYC.
I’m beyond excited to begin my new journey at part of the team at Rough Trade NYC this week. The brand new store, venue, gallery space and cafe opens TODAY! Our first in-store events taking place tonight are with Sky Ferreira and Charles Bradley. If you are in the neighborhood definitely come check it out!
Be sure to read all the details about our beautiful 15,000 sqft space on Wythe and N 9th in Williamsburg over at The Guardian and The New York TImes. Below is a pic of the entrance to the space taken last weekend as we were busy getting the shop ready for today. :)
I’ve had the Happa produced (really it’s a rework of a previously released version) track ‘Ghost’ from London singer Mali Michaelon repeat all month. Two emerging talents that should definitely be on your radar.
Mail Michael just released a video for his song ‘Wild Things,’ which should check out below as well. Enjoy!
Listen to SCNTST “Wavez Change” on Boysnoize Records
This post was a collaborative effort with Danpetruzzi.com. Fuck vowels.
SCNTST is from Germany. On his Soundcloud page he’s wearing a “J Dilla Changed My Life” tee. Hey man, ours too! On his facebook page his cover image is a photo of graffiti that says “the only good sytsem is a soundsystem.” We like scntst. He also has a hot track on the recent All City compilation Amada, called “For Forest Play Only” — pretty sure we were supposed to premiere that. Let me hit up Mamiko. In the mean time, SCNTST just dropped this track “Wavez Change” via Boysnoize Records, to whom he’s signed. It’s tagged “Sad” and “SelfTherapy” lolz. We would say it’s moody dance music with minimal touching and optional standing, whatever that means. We think SCNTST is one of those artists that’s really exploring this idea of “mood music”… ya bish. Listen to “Wavez Change” below.
I’m exhausted from last night but restless since I lost my phone, so I’m still up trolling the netz. Basically apologies for this lazy post, but I felt compelled to share.
Been on this kid’s trail for a minute and excited he finally dropped something new. The more I listen the more I’m loving. Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, the Top Dawg Entertainment signee has a sing-songy drawn out intonation to his prose that’s extremely infectious. Couple that with super catchy hooks, a fierce energy to his raps, (a staple for any rapper repping TDE), plus and ultra sexy production and you get Isaiah Rashad. Just try to ignore the fact that he sometimes sounds like Chance The Rapper.
I am too ADD to watch the video, but wouldn’t want you to miss out just because I’m insane. Check it out below.
Stars & Hype Forever is your in-depth guide to what’s next in hip hop. Each week we profile an artist you need to know about, and arm you with the essential artillery to decide if they’re the real deal, or just hype. To help readers make sense of the spectrum, curators Andriana and Yo! Adrian weigh in on each week’s talent, by assigning them a blanged out hypeability score at the very end.
It’s week three of Stars & Hype and we’re getting ghoulishly heavy with Miami’s quickest lyricist, Denzel Curry. Tropical vibes and karate by the water was on volume three’s itinerary, along with talks of Curry’s debut album Nostalgic 64, gun control in Florida, his multiple personalities, and the hardest bars he’s spit to date. Enter the samurai, this is Stars & Hype Forever.
DON’T CALL IT A CONCEPT: THE LEGEND OF SPARK MASTER TAPE
I recently wrote about my experience at Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” video shoot. As contrived as his approach may have seemed, in the end, his performance art video hinted towards something more — the artist-to-fan relationship and how it’s changed. It’s not enough to have fans and followers anymore. It’s about engagement. Artists need to connect with fans more than ever before, which means coming up with creative new ways to do so. Enter Spark Master Tape.
In a time when the appeal of #SADBOY rap is spreading like that nasty bedbug infestation in your first shi*tty NYC apartment, the appeal for rappers to elicit emotion in their tracks is on the rise. But not everyone believes the hype. The line between emotional and troll has been severely blurred. I’m not saying everyone is going to buy into Spark Master Tape’s brand, because at the end of the day, his latest work, The#Swoup Serengeti, is a concept album made by an anonymous rapper with pitched down vocals and instantly familiar samples ranging from Tupac to The Pharcyde. No one is disputing that. But you shouldn’t write him off based on those facts either. When you place the mysterious rapper’s syrupy sound and cerebral lyrics among the bloated sea of internet rappers, an artist’s ability to give listeners more than just flows and beats seems so much more enticing.
Instead of going into a drawn out diatribe that involves far too many synonyms for “dope,” I’ve decided to break down the genius mystique surrounding SMT. In just over a year, he’s released two cohesive bodies of work, Syrup Splash and The #Swoup Serengeti, a number of brilliant videos and one bullshit interview with Passion of the Weiss. With just those facts, his Twitter account and working to piece together the legend of SMT, it becomes apparent there are a few things the rapper is doing really well: creating, keeping his anonymity and executing.
More Chicago fire. Let The GTW (Greater Than Wealth) sort your weekend listening with his mini mix for Montreal fashion line SSENSE.
The singer and producer is part of Chicago’s six member R&B group, JODY. The outfit’s sexed up production and breathy, pitch-shifting words debuted earlier this year in the form of their MAGIQUE EP. The six-track listen is definitely worth checking out.
As far as mixes go, I’m a big fan of this guy’s production sound, so naturally this one is ace.
Drake - Girls Love B (THE GTW Edit) Corina & So So Def Bass - Summertime Ciara - Body Party (ATL Bass Version) Tink - When I’m Lit (THE GTW Rework) Screama & Merkury ft Farah - Kiss Me There Peter Hadar - Your Body (Produced by THE GTW) Father’s Liqour Cabinet - Races D-Ver - Etighi DJ Nate - So Attached Lil Herb - Gangway
Been jamming to this all weekend. Killer deep house grooves.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’ve been heavy into the emerging electronic scene in Australia. One of my favorite producers to come out of the burgeoning depths of Brisbane’s underground is Charles Murdoch. I’m extremely happy to see his work hasn’t gone unnoticed for too long and that he’s signed with the good folks at Future Classic. Can’t wait to see what he does next.
The San Diego based producer caught my attention last year through a retweet from Soulection. Since then I’ve been following his work, most notably his Gradient release he dropped this past March. ESTA’s style blends murky deep house with thick moody synths lending to a dreamy take on hip hop.
Along with a knack for quirky edits and a love of 90s classics, ESTA’s shaping up to be one of the brightest young producers in the game. His mix for SSENSE is one of my faves from their series. Be sure to check out his edit of Disclosure’s “Latch,” and explore his earlier releases on his Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
One of my favorite discoveries of 2013 has been newcomer on the grime scene, Houston producer, Rabit. Rabit’s debut release Double Dragon is theatrical and ambitious, and every bit refreshing. I’ve never heard grime quite like this. The Kelly Rowland edit Rabit unveiled today has me floored.
Rabit’s take on pop music is dark and exploratory, and weaves his eerie cinematic touch through Rowland’s sexy “Dirty Laundry.”
I was lucky enough to meet Rabit and Paul, behind Glacial Sound, when they visited New York earlier this year. Tom Lea of FACT Mag actually had the chance to interview them for the site’s New Talent feature. Be sure to check it out here.
Rabit’s Double Dragon EP was released earlier this month on vinyl and digitally through new Dublin based label, Glacial Sound. Be sure to keep a close eye on these guys as they are just getting started.