Jealous (I Ain't With It)
In preparation for their upcoming 4th studio album, electro-funk legends Chromeo have dropped a number of incredibly addictive, feel-good songs in the last few months. Today, the Canadian duo unleashed “Jealous,” yet another testament to their ability to capture the groove of old-school funk, while utilizing the new age sounds of EDM.
This is one that will have you dancing regardless of where you are or who is watching–or maybe that’s just me. Enjoy above and look out for White Women, which is set to drop in May and has all the makings of a great project.
A$AP Rocky x Gesaffelstein
Over the last week, the latest novel-to-movie, Divergent, has been building buzz for their already hyped film by enlisting some of the most exciting up and coming artists to contribute to the soundtrack. For hip-hop fans, today’s release is likely the most exciting. On “In Distress,” French house producer Gesaffelstein teams up with A$AP Rocky for an intense, and appropriately theatrical, track.
Gesaff’s dark and minimal funk sound works particularly well with Rocky’s slowed down, purple-tinted persona. We have already seen Gesaffelstein producing hip-hop on the big stage with his impressive contribution to Yeezus and this is yet another indication of his compatibility with the current direction of the genre. If you are not already familiar with the talented producer’s work, make sure to check out his stellar 2013 album, Aleph.
Check the heavy “In Distress” above and hit the Buy link if you’d like to get the whole Divergent soundtrack.
Balmain Jeans (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now
In true ninja fashion, Kid Cudi just sneakily released his highly anticipated prequel to the next chapter of the MOTM series on iTunes. On first listen, Satellight Flight continues Cudi’s spacey, introspective and theatrical narrative all the while progressing his newfound production prowess with several lengthy instrumental portions. Don’t expect to hear much rapping from the moon man, but also keep in mind that this is more of a precursor to Man on the Moon Pt. 3 than a feature album in itself. From an artistic perspective, musicians like Kid Cudi deserve more respect than they receive for attempting to do something larger than just release a series of singles.
It is difficult not to think of Beyonce‘s spur-of-the-moment release as a catalyst for this kind of roll out. It will be exciting to see how this pans out and who else follows in Queen Bey’s footsteps. Check out a couple tracks above and head over to iTunes to cop the whole project.
Shlohmo & Jeremih
Eclectic, lo-fi producer Shlohmo and R&B crooner Jeremih have a unique chemistry that has already brought us some of the most impressive new age slow jams with “F U all the Time” and “Bo Peep”. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the duo team up once again for a glitchy, more solemn sounding cut full of longing and sexual tension. Even with its darker tone, “No More” makes for a great V-Day anthem suitable for reproductive activities, but also perfect for anyone feeling a streak of loneliness. Peep above and head over to NPR Music for a free download.
A nice little gift to top off a great music Monday comes in the form of a previously unreleased Big Sean track. In his typical fashion, the Detroit emcee talks about his achievements providing inspiration for anyone hoping to reach success in their life’s pursuits. As its title suggests, this new track is essentially a hip-hop version of the Thank You note penned over a jazzy, feel-good instrumental. This one’s a great pick me up to end the start of your week. Peep above and gobble out like its Thanksgiving.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Robes (ft. Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis)
In an era when many consider gangster rap a fad of the past, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs has managed to find the perfect balance between grit and intelligence in his music. His collaborations with the legendary hip-hop producer Madlib have proved incredible thus far and the two are gearing up to release a project later this year. Their latest track, premiered on BBC Radio, features some silky smooth production and verses from two of the more exciting young emcees out right now in Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis. Kick back to some quality hip-hop music above and look out for Pinata, due out on March 18th.