Hi, I'm Andriana, but my friends call me Dre. Just a fan, with an ear for what's good. Coming up in tha game just in time to get old and die.

Sometimes I write for other sites. My email is: gluttonyisthenewblack@gmail.com

Any music posted here is for sampling purposes only. If you dig it, buy the album and spread the love. If you would like me to take down anything you see here....please Exit Through The Giftshop cuz that shit ain't gonna happen.

Sunni Colón Eternal Flowers

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.
Werd.

Werd.

Glass Animals Gooey Rework ft. Chester Watson

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.

Dre’s New Fave: Betony NYC

Even before the midtown jaunt was nominated for the 2014 James Beard “Best New Restaurant” award, NYC was buzzing about Betony's inspired take on Nuevo-French meets American cuisine. Last night I got to experience chef Bryce Shuman's (formerly Executive Sous Chef at Eleven Madison) fresh twist on classic favorites like foie gras, roast chicken and lobster rolls. 
The dining experience at Betony was a pleasure, from the plush, cave-like dwelling that housed our table, to the fact that they asked and were able to accommodate my gluten and dairy intolerance (gluten-free breadsticks and rolls, olive oil instead of butter.) 

The upstairs dining room
Betony’s menu is divided into four sections, hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, main courses and desserts. With a focus on simple elegance and quality ingredients, the menu boasts everything from Foie Gras Bonbons and Fried Pickles with Fennel to Chicken Liver Mousse with Apple and Celery to melt-in-your-mouth Short Rib two ways, Poached Lobster and Glazed Nettle Ravioli. For dessert, the only choice is the Frozen Root Beer Macaron, Pink Peppercorn Caramel Chew and Chocolate & Rosemary Truffle trio. 

From left:”Lobster Roll” with Crème Fraîche, Salt & Pepper, Foie Gras Bonbons with Cashew, Black Pepper, Marinated Scallop with Horseradish, Sorrel
The stars of the night for me were the Marinated Scallops and Roasted Chicken. The hors d’oeuvre of delicate slices of scallop layered inside a homemade scallop puff, (which reminded me of Thai shrimp chips), filled with homemade horseradish sauce, then topped with a pile of Sorrel leaves was nothing short of amazing. It sounds cliche but this dish screams “fresh.” 

The perfectly cooked Roasted Chicken main course comes with freshly shelled peas, complete with their pretty little curly leaves, roasted carrots and shaved radishes. The juicy meat and tender vegetables are then dressed at the table with homemade au jus. I could eat this every day for the rest of my life. 

Overall the service was on point and food was thoughtful and clean with an focus on ensuring each ingredient shine. As you know, I mostly write about music, but Betony was too delicious to not share my thoughts. Bottomline, if you’re in NYC, Betony is it. I can’t wait to go back. 
Pictured at the top: From Top left going clockwise: Foie Gras Bonbons Cashew, Black Pepper, Grilled Short Rib Potato, Baby Leeks, Roasted Chicken Peas & Carrots, Porcini, Marinated Scallop, Horseradish, Sorrel

Dre’s New Fave: Betony NYC

Even before the midtown jaunt was nominated for the 2014 James Beard “Best New Restaurant” award, NYC was buzzing about Betony's inspired take on Nuevo-French meets American cuisine. Last night I got to experience chef Bryce Shuman's (formerly Executive Sous Chef at Eleven Madison) fresh twist on classic favorites like foie gras, roast chicken and lobster rolls. 

The dining experience at Betony was a pleasure, from the plush, cave-like dwelling that housed our table, to the fact that they asked and were able to accommodate my gluten and dairy intolerance (gluten-free breadsticks and rolls, olive oil instead of butter.) 

The upstairs dining room

Betony’s menu is divided into four sections, hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, main courses and desserts. With a focus on simple elegance and quality ingredients, the menu boasts everything from Foie Gras Bonbons and Fried Pickles with Fennel to Chicken Liver Mousse with Apple and Celery to melt-in-your-mouth Short Rib two ways, Poached Lobster and Glazed Nettle Ravioli. For dessert, the only choice is the Frozen Root Beer Macaron, Pink Peppercorn Caramel Chew and Chocolate & Rosemary Truffle trio. 

From left:”Lobster Roll” with Crème Fraîche, Salt & Pepper, Foie Gras Bonbons with Cashew, Black Pepper, Marinated Scallop with Horseradish, Sorrel

The stars of the night for me were the Marinated Scallops and Roasted Chicken. The hors d’oeuvre of delicate slices of scallop layered inside a homemade scallop puff, (which reminded me of Thai shrimp chips), filled with homemade horseradish sauce, then topped with a pile of Sorrel leaves was nothing short of amazing. It sounds cliche but this dish screams “fresh.”

The perfectly cooked Roasted Chicken main course comes with freshly shelled peas, complete with their pretty little curly leaves, roasted carrots and shaved radishes. The juicy meat and tender vegetables are then dressed at the table with homemade au jus. I could eat this every day for the rest of my life. 

Overall the service was on point and food was thoughtful and clean with an focus on ensuring each ingredient shine. As you know, I mostly write about music, but Betony was too delicious to not share my thoughts. Bottomline, if you’re in NYC, Betony is it. I can’t wait to go back. 

Pictured at the top: From Top left going clockwise: Foie Gras Bonbons Cashew, Black Pepper, Grilled Short Rib Potato, Baby Leeks, Roasted Chicken Peas & Carrots, Porcini, Marinated Scallop, Horseradish, Sorrel

Klo. Make Me Wonder

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.

Wertheimer Brandished

"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.

Dark0 Chaos 

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.

INTRODUCING HALEEK MAUL’S COLLECTIVE: ON THE TANZ

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.

Frank Leone Moon feat. Vic Mensa & The GTW

Obsessed with this. Two artists I’ve been repping big time, and featured in my "All I Need Is One" Best of CMJ series, Vic Mensa and The GTW make rapper and producer Frank Leone's new single, “Moon,” sparkle that much more.

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…

Photo by the talented Ruben Henriquez.

BAE OF THE DAY: LAVA₵HILD ☽ Want U To (Video)

Today I started to do a new series I’m calling “Bae of the Day.” I’m confident I’m not the first to think of this, but fuck it, I do what I want. 

For my first Bae of the Day, I bring you a bit of soulful pop from newcomer and Vancouver native Chantel Marie aka LAVA₵HILD. I’ve been getting tired of all this glassy, overly polished pop people have been obsessing over. Yes Vancouver Sleep Clinic are great, but sometimes you just need a bit of texture. 

Enter New York’s newest resident, LAVA₵HILD. On her Soundcloud she describes her music as “ethereal trap” “chop pop,” and “spacewave,” whatever it is, I like it. Can’t wait to hear more.

S/o Vlad for the tip.