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ALL I NEED IS ONE: FATIMA

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More than a decade old, and Nas’ “One Mic” is still one of the most poignant songs in hip hop history. The opening line struck a chord with his audience, becoming a landmark phrase within the culture at large.

For artists looking to break out today, the thirst is more than real. The idea of being able to shake up the status quo through their sound sits at the forefront of the ever-evolving landscape. This idea that one person can make an impact, that all they need is “one mic, one beat, one stage…” still resonates.

Mass Appeal asked our favorite musical acts “What’s one item they can’t live without?” For some, it’s something they always take with them on stage, for others, it’s just something they got as a kid and can’t let go. Join us, as we shine the spotlight on these artists’ stories and photos behind the item they can’t live without.

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Fatima
London’s sunniest afternoon, in song form
Plastic People, Shoreditch, London
Photos By Robin Mayes

Why we love her:

Sunny days spent basking in the hours that came before, that’s how Swedish-born, now London-based singer Fatima wants you to feel when you listen to her sultry drawls. Like a warm embrace enveloping you whole, there’s a word for a sound so pure: Timeless. Filling her musical horn of plenty with a lifetime of genre-spanning influences, late nights in underground clubs, and grin-inducing memories of her childhood in Sweden, Fatima explores the depths of history with her words.

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“I moved to London seven and a half years ago, so during those years I’ve experienced a lot of different styles here in the city. I used to go out to club nights like Deviation, for example, run by a DJ over here called Benji B. And a club called Plastic People, which used to have all kinds of club nights. They used to play Broken Beat, Dubstep, and all kinds of things before it was popular— when it was just raw, really fresh and inspiring. I used to go to a lot of these nights and get all these new influences, and it really opened my mind to a lot of new sounds.”

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On her debut LP, Yellow Memories, the Eglo Records artist blends soul, synths, and raw talent, to create a sunny glow over unexpected beats. Fusing new with the old, the result is something extremely special— something that holds you tight and promises to never let go no matter how often the tides change.

“It’s like my whole life. It’s like everything that I listened to, from when I was a child to now. It’s like all my past experiences listening to stuff. All the soul music, to stuff I listened to growing up like Lauryn Hill, SWV, Aaliyah, Erykah Badu to more present stuff. A lot of R&B music and I listen to a whole lot of hip hop. So it can be anything from Wu-Tang to Madlib, Tribe Called Quest, all the stuff from the ‘Golden Era.’ The list is so long.”

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Drawing on the vast sounds of her surroundings— instead of trying to imitate what she was hearing in the clubs and on the radio— Fatima absorbed those influences into a world of her own.

“I’m just a fiend for different sounds and new artists. I’m always checking out new things, I just love music so much. There’s too much music to check out. Plus most of my friends, they are DJs, so they always put me on to a lot of new, and old stuff. I know some people do that, they just listen to their own stuff, and maybe it’s a good thing. But I’m just addicted to checking out new stuff all the time. You just want to stay inspired you know?”

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“All I need is… my cassette tape player. Well basically, there’s a few different things I can’t live without. But to be honest, when I was thinking about this one… it’s like, I’ve had this cassette player since I was really young. I don’t even remember how old I was when I got it. It’s basically got like crazy effects, and bomb sounds [Laughs]. You can basically talk into the microphone and record on it, or just listen to cassettes and play around with effects. I always used to do loads of recording on cassettes when I was a kid. So for me, it’s kinda like a little nostalgic in that sense. It symbolizes analog sounds, and I just really miss that, in general.

It just takes me back to the time when you used to sit and make mixtapes and the sound was sometimes a little bit crackly, sometimes the cassette got a little messed up so you have to pull the whole thing out with a pen [Laughs]. So it just takes me back to that time, and I don’t want to let it go, because I love it so much.”

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“I’m not against digital, analog— I just always gravitate to that more. I just feel like in general, it feels warmer and it’s got a little bit more soul to it. It’s got like a little more charm and feels a bit more alive in a way. It’s just not as cold and perfectly clean.

I still love today’s technology and the speed of it and what you can do with it. I think it’s amazing. You know, I think I try to find a balance between the two, but I think analog is always going to be close to my heart.

Fatima’s Yellow Memories LP is out this week via Eglo Records.

Rook Milo Truancy Volume 96 Mix

I actually remember Ryan Hemsworth tweeting about Rook Milo a while back, but I never followed up. Good thing Truants did. Fans of Ryan, Suicideyear and their, what I like to call ‘trap lullabies’ (sidenote: this was before trap turned terrible and refers mostly to drum patterns and that distinct hi-hat samples), will rejoice in the Canadian producer’s dramatic take on this emerging trend.

Rook Milo’s dramatic ethos of stylistic slowed and throwed reworks amongst a scattering of unreleased gems (see: Ryan Hemsworth – Hurt Me (with Katie Gately) and Rook Milo – Sleepers) explored on this mix is well worth a listen from start to finish. 

Tracklist:

Luxsi Young Intro
Rook Milo – Truants Intro
Jeremih – Fuck U All The Time (Acapella)
Rook Milo – rejected beat for Tinashe Unreleased
Arca – 2 Blunted (Slow + Chopped)
Mathbonus – my brain is melting out of my ears and into tomorrow
custom milo synth bells mixed for good measure
Brenmar – Medusa (Falcons Remix) (Slowed) Unreleased
Rook Milo – Outland
Josh Diamond – OG BOBBY JOHNSON REMIX
Nas – Made You Look (Sangnoir Remix) Unreleased
Ryan Hemsworth – Hurt Me (with Katie Gately) Unreleased
Schoolboy Q – Studio (Promnite Edition)
t.a.T.u – Not Gonna Get Us (Purple Remix)
Ice Underlord – DON’T WASTE MY TIME
Rook Milo – Sleepers Unreleased
Waka Flocka Flame – Word to the Wise
King Louie – Val Venis (Acapella)
Rook Milo – Methadone Unreleased
Lil Durk – Dis Ain’t What U Want
Big Sean – 1st Quarter
Nell – Bust Ya Head Open (Feat. T-Rone, Big Bo & Denzel Curry)
Koopsta Knicca – Whatcha Gonna Do
Ty Dolla $ign – Still Sippin (Feat. Kirko Bangz)
Little Pain – Tommy Strawn
PartyNextDoor – Wild Bitches
Travi$ Scott – Don’t Play (Feat. Big Sean)
Luxsi Young Outro
Darko Boy – Bloodsport

clipping. Work Work (feat. Cocc Pistol Cree) 

Going to see Subpop’s latest hip hop inspired signees .clipping tonight as part of RBMA New York Fest. They just dropped this super dope video for the track “Work Work,” to get the New York all excited for tonight. I’ve had it on repeat all week. Introducing interview with the band coming soon, so stay tuned. ;)

If you’re in NYC, details for tonight are below. Should be fun.

Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York Presents
Hardcore Activity In Progress

with Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, Gunplay, The Thing, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Bastard Noise, Lubomyr Melnyk, Skullflower, Joe McPhee/Chris Corsano, Okkyung Lee, Clipping, Yoshiko Ohara, Reg Bloor, Gnaw

Knockdown Center
18+
$10 
#RBMANYC

Buy tix HERE.

Introducing: Young & Sick

Read my recent interview with my talented pal, Young & Sick. He’s on tour all summer, so be sure to catch him!

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There’s something really special about making the music you want to make, exactly the way you want to make it. In 2014, it’s not just about defining your sound, it’s about defining your image and “brand,” and all the while working to maintain a sense of artistic freedom (and dignity). Some artists are better at it than others, and for the true masters, the idea of compromise never even crosses their mind.

For singer, producer and visual artist Nick Van Hofwegen aka Young & Sick, his story begins with a big of luck and a lot of talent. But isn’t that how these stories are supposed to start out? Worldly travels and chance encounters afforded him the ability to develop and nurture a sound he can truly call all his own. From glossy pop ballads to soulful, hazy love songs drifting out from underneath a stack of vintage records, Young & Sick’s sound is one that strikes a chord in music fans of every variety.

Earlier this year, Van Hofwegen released his debut self-titled LP on Harvest Records. A beautifully produced menagerie of love songs covering every emotion that goes along with it. Worn and grazed in all the right places after trips to SXSW and Coachella, Young & Sick now readies his Continuum EP, as well as several European dates.

Join us as we uncover the mystery and peel back the layers behind multi-faceted artist Young & Sick.

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My favorite flowers and shots from Keukenhof Tulip Fest
May 2014, Lisse, Holland
My favorite flowers and shots from Keukenhof Tulip Fest
May 2014, Lisse, Holland

My favorite flowers and shots from Keukenhof Tulip Fest

May 2014, Lisse, Holland

ALL I NEED IS ONE: TREE

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Tree
Hip Hop’s Savior of Soul
Reggie’s Record Breakers, South State Street, Chicago
Photos By Winston Blake

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Why we love him:

He makes melodies out of raspy chuckles and just audible-enough lyrics. Whiskey-soaked verses are sopped up with gospel-fused soul samples twice removed. We’re all family here. Carefully weaving a rich history into his music, Tree tells a tale that’s much grander than one would expect. The story of American soul, and it’s evolution to present day. A story every music fan should be familiar.

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Perched in the dank stairwell of the historic South State Street record store and music venue, surrounded by exposed brick, masking taped posters, and stacks and stacks of old vinyl, Tree tells us the one thing he can’t live without, his soul records.

“Growing up, my father didn’t care for music being played on the radio, and even lesser about this new boom bam bop called hip hop. So he’d ride around with tapes playing Sly and the Family Stone, The Temptations, James Brown and stuff like that, just soul music.”

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Creating a style all his own— one that incorporates billowy, head-bob worthy beats with and southern hi-hats and snippets from music’s rich historical roots— it’s safe to say, Tree is one of the most inventive producers in the game.

“When I started making beats, I didn’t really care for what was being made popular, especially sample-based music. I’d hear it and knew it could be done better and differently. I worked really hard to perfect my craft and create a new sound combining soul samples and southern trap with a bluesy tale/heartfelt account to create #soultrap.”

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All I Need is  One:

All I need is a soul record. That perfect soul sample. I gained notoriety with music writers and bloggers when I introduced my signature sound #soultrap, so for me, soul music is everything.

Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” is the one. This joint is one of the songs you could hear around the house in my younger years while my mother was cooking or cleaning. I remember vividly this song being sung by my mom and aunts as they hung out in the living room at my grandma’s house after a family dinner, or what have you. After a few glasses of wine and beer, the family room turned into a Soul Train line where we’d all “step” (a form of dance invented in Chicago, mostly used by the older folks who loved dusties and soulful music) and sing oldies using brushes or what ever was handy as prop microphones, really just having a good time as a family.

The first of Tree’s upcoming Soultrap EP series, #TREESWAG a collaborative EP with Chris Crack, is out today.

Premiere: C L N K Zombie Mechanic

Everything about Silviu Badea aka C L N K screams cool. From the artwork to his track titles to the music itself, there’s no arguing, it just is. C L N K’s latest body of work, his forthcoming ANTI EP exudes dark through and through, whilst keeping listeners intrigued with an arsenal of sonic theatrics.

Lending to this techno take on a post-industrial sound, C L N K’s track, “Zombie Mechanic” is weighty and damaged, and yet possesses light at the end of the tunnel allure. Like dropping bits of mysterious liquid onto the icy floor of an igloo-turned warehouse rave, muted thumps and bumps in the night pair nicely with fluid synths and static flashes of light.

Then again, “Zombie Mechanic” might just be the theme song to a futuristic form of freeze-tag best played in outer space.

ANTI EP is released on 12 May via Error-Broadcast.

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PREMIERE: PRISM HOUSE - LANDFALL EP

Pushing the boundaries of how we define electronic music, Brooklyn-based duo Prism House, unveil their latest creation today here on Mass Appeal.

Making sense of those wonderfully terrifying hollow gaps between sounds and noisy stabs of beats, on Landfall, Prism House creates their own type of semi-melodic techno wonderment.

Exploring unearthed territories with their limitless approach to sample based music, the production duo’s new body of work is a deep dive into the future. Layering shreds of semi-audible words with plenty of distorted reverberations, shrill wails and heavy building beats, the audio visual pair of Brian Wenner (music/live electronics) and Matt O’Hare (live visuals) seek to awaken the senses with more than just found sounds.

Landfall is out now via Ceremony Recordings.

Raury Sunshine

Fusing lyrical prophecies with a heart-felt duet care of singer Ari’Jo, 17-year-old Atlanta artist Raury unveils his sultry new single, “Sunshine”.​

To command such a presence, and to possess such talent manifested in a variety of forms at such a young age, there’s no denying Raury is one of the most intriguing acts of 2014. His new single, “Sunshine”, is the one-off dangled carrot that will not be featured on the singer/producer/visionary’s forthcoming Indigo Child EP. Instead, “Sunshine” is the juicy steak left unattended on the counter in old cartoons—its steam wafting up and tickling the nostrils of every creature in sight. And who could turn down a perfectly cooked steak? No one.

After attending his high school’s senior prom last weekend, the young poet claims “Sunshine” celebrates the culmination of that eventful night spent with that special someone. Featuring the vocals of Atlanta songstress Ari’Jo, on this new track Raury trades in his spoken word delivery characterised in “God’s Whisper” for melodic harmonies, quick-lipped flows and sparse guitar riffs that only add another layer of sexy to an already butterfly-inducing track.

If you’re like us and still want more, be sure to watch the first video from Raury’s pop-up show, Anti-tour. Who knows where he’ll show up next, we just know we want to be there when he does.

Oceaán Need U

Love this video. Too kewt. I recently gave you five reasons to listen to Oceaán’s debut EP. After pressing play above, be sure to check them out here.

Oceaán’s s/t EP is out now via Chess Club Records.