When You Know (Prod. by IAMNOBODI)
LA emcee, Azad Right, has been building significant buzz over the last few months since the October release of his impressive For the Hopeful project. Keeping the momentum going, he dropped off a soulful gem earlier today titled “When You Know.” Over some irresistibly smooth production provided by Soulection‘s IAMNOBODI, Right tells a vivid love story about a pursuit that doesn’t quite work out using a flawless delivery to paint a relatable picture. Even with its slightly somber undertones, this track has a calming, laid-back vibe perfect for play in a wide range of atmospheres. Give this one a listen and grab a free download above.
Toro y Moi‘s Anything in Return was easily one of our favorite albums of 2013, remaining in heavy rotation well over a year later. After taking a brief hiatus from Toro to focus on Les Sins in 2014, Chaz Bundick recently announced that he will be putting out a new Toro y Moi album later this year. Today, we get the first single from the project, which was first premiered yesterday on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. “Empty Nesters” carries the care-free, breezy vibrations we’ve come to expect from Toro y Moi, but relies more heavily on guitar melodies than usual resulting in a winning combination of slacker pop and funk. Bundick has proven himself as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation and “Empty Nesters” seems to be yet another iteration in his artistic evolution. Enjoy this one above–Toro y Moi’s What for? is due out on April 7th via Carpark Records.
Gone (Feat. Syd)
UK production duo Snakehips were easily one of our favorite acts of 2014 putting out consistently smooth remixes infused with their electronic, R&B-leaning stylings. As they prepare to release a much-anticipated EP, they dropped a new single this morning featuring silky smooth vocals from Odd Future-affiliate Syd of post-soul band The Internet. As its name suggest, “Gone” is a ballad about consumption and love set to a perfectly wavy instrumental that, when combined with Syd’s hypnotic vocals, evokes feelings of intoxication. Give this one a spin above–Snakehips’s Forever (Pt. II) drops March 9th on Hoffman West.
Any time I find myself in a writing rut, there’s always a track that, after about 100 listens, compels me to emerge and share. This existential cycle around, the latest release from Durante was the one. On “Full Moon,” the LA-based producer focuses on the details, a necessity for quality house music, without overcomplicating things. Providing ample time to build a groove at the front-end, Durante introduces a vocal sample around the 1 minute mark before unleashing a heavy, undeniably addicting synth. Occasional horns and xylophone make for a jazzy feel resulting in a sound equal parts smooth, funky and dance-floor ready. Give this anthemic cut a listen and, if you’re digging it, grab a free download above.
When Das Racist split up a few years back, it was unclear what kind of musical output we could expect from its members and, for a brief moment, it appeared that we’d be losing some of the freshest talent in hip-hop. Luckily, since that time, frontman Himanshu Suri aka Heems has remained active with his record label, Greedhead Music, putting out impressive solo mixtapes and making feature appearances on several top-notch projects. Last week, Heems shared a new track along with an official release date for his debut studio album, Eat. Pray. Thug.
“Sometimes” sees Heems in top form spitting over evolving, dynamic production from Gordon Voidwell that allows his stream-of-conscious flow to truly shine as he adjusts his cadence in a way that perfectly matches the motif of the song. In Suri’s own words, this track focuses on “dualities, identity and the space between spaces” using the title as a starting point to portray a unique, important and insightful racial perspective not commonly found in rap music. Eat. Pray. Thug. is out March 10th and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now. In the meantime, enjoy this phenomenal piece of musical commentary above.
Actin Crazy (Prod. By 40)
It’s hard to believe that Action Bronson is yet to release a major label debut album given the amount of quality content he’s put out over the last few years. With a due date of March 24th now slated for his debut, Mr. Wonderful, the Queens emcee dropped a glimpse into the project just a few minutes ago. “Actin Crazy” features production from Drake‘s in-house beat-master, Noah “40″ Shebib, which complements Bronson’s lyrical acrobatics surprisingly well. The instrumental, unsurprisingly, proves ethereal and airy with Bronson’s chorus matches his current career position, “Opportunity be knocking, it got a let a mofucka in.” Of course, the song wouldn’t be complete without lines like “All I do is eat oysters/And speak 6 languages in 3 voices.” Give this one a listen above–we’re certainly excited to give Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful a spin in a few months.
One More Time (LUCA LUSH Remix)
Soundcloud, even with its quirks, bugs and uncertainties, remains an amazing tool for music discovery from both a fan and artist perspective. Over the last couple years, a number of collectives have done a particularly good job curating like-minded artists via SC allowing listeners further opportunity to find producers similar to ones they already know and love. The alaya collective is a perfect example of one such taste-maker introducing us to some of our favorite new artists in the future R&B and chill-bass realm over the last year.
Today, we’re excited to be premiering a new track from New York-based, alaya-affiliated producer Luca Lush, who has been killing the Soundcloud game recently. Before you jump to conclusions about his decision to take on Daft Punk, keep in mind that Luca has already remixed classics like “Let’s Get It On” and “In Da Club” recently with marvelously creative results. His take on “One More Time” is no different as he allows the original vocals to progress over a radiant backdrop before bridging into a glitchy break and finally breaking down completely into an addicting piano melody. By the 2-minute mark Luca has taken full control injecting his unique feels for a truly dynamic, triumphant closing. Grab a free download here and, if you like what you hear, make sure to follow Luca Lush and alaya, who’ve got a new compilation on the way, on Soundcloud at those links.
P.S. If you haven’t heard it already, make sure to check out Luca Lush’s addicting collaboration with Feki, “Club Love,” one of my personal favorites.