Released earlier this year, TOTEM‘s “Countdown” is easily one of my personal favorites from his debut EP pride, an absolutely amazing project that flew under far too many people’s radars during a packed 2015. Nevertheless, the Atlanta native has given us a chance at redemption with this new remix of the standout track, featuring fellow hometown hero Rome Fortune. The pensive number has an irresistible charm about it that ensures you have no choice but to sing along by the second or third listen through–and trust us, there’s no way you’ll stop after just one play. With that being said, stream the track above and make sure to grab yourself a copy of the EP on iTunes if you haven’t already.
It’s safe to say that we’re full-on Little People fanboys and girls over here at TMN. Our first listen through Mickey Mouse Operation all those years ago lead us down a path filled with glee-filled, full-album sessions, stopping only when someone painfully interrupted that start-to-finish experience.
If you’re not familiar with this inventive artist, we’re going to do our damnedest to try and get you acquainted over the next month, starting with today.
People are often surprised when they find out Laurent Clerc, aka Little People, grew up in the Swiss Alps. With a style stemming from an early adoration of hip hop, it’s not easy to fathom a vast selection being available in that part of the world. No matter how it happened though, it did, and it laid the foundation for the glorious instrumental electronic music we’ve come to know and love from him.
Now focused on organic instrumentation, Clerc’s music has come to be an ingenious combination of warm synths, intricate melodies, string arrangements, and well-articulated samples.
We don’t want to lead you too far in today though. We’re planning on saving some of our insight for our upcoming interview with him. Until then, start by watching one of our favorite videos of all time, followed by a deep dive into his SoundCloud.
Atlanta’s Rome Fortunehas pushed boundaries in hip-hop for the last year in more than one way. His work with pioneering electronic producer Four Tet is just one great example making for some of our favorite tracks of 2014. Today, we get possibly their best collaboration to date with “Leaders,” an accurate title for both artists. Starting with some classic-sounding boom bap percussion, Four Tet adds layers of atmospheric keys and arpeggiated synths to take the backdrop to outer space. Equipped with just the right instrumental, Rome shines with a delivery that dynamically switches between matter-of-fact and melodic as he motivates others to take chances in the same way he has. It’s the type of tune that will inspire you to chase your dreams.
Fittingly, Rome also announced his new iPhone app today, which will allow fans to chat with him as well as receive exclusive content and browse his whole library of music. You can download it for free here.
Fresh off the release of a stellar mixtape in Thurlian, San Francisco’s A-1 is keeping the quality content coming with his latest visuals for “Sunday Love,” one of our favorites from the project. Shot fully on a GoPro while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the video perfectly matches the laid-back and radiant energy of the track. If you’re not yet familiar with A-1, this should serve as the perfect introduction to his positive, energetic lyricism as well as the ultimate addition to your Sunday soundtrack. Peep below and check A-1’s upcoming tour dates after the jump. Continue reading →
Chitown native SD had a breakout year in 2014 with the release of his hit street single, “Circles.” Today the track finally receives the remix treatment, with a refreshing new update courtesy of fellow Windy City resident Smoko Ono and Soulection’s Mr Carmack. Those three names alone should be enough to convince you to give this one a listen. This reinterpretation preserves much of the essence of the original, but it’s further amplified through an ethereal mix of synths that’ll have your head spinning in, well “Circles”. Stream the hypnotic tune above and be on the lookout for more from these promising producers in the near future.
If you’re old enough to drink, ask yourself what you were doing at 20. Were you making songs and music videos like the Los Angeles resident Rav Mojo? Probably not. The emerging act has brought forth his first single called “Godzilla” that takes influence from the rapper’s New York origins.
Rav offers up an intriguing visual partner with a hard hip-hop record. A string of experiments coincide with the rapper’s insatiable flow in the video. Any music that has dark undertones is something that sticks out to our ears, which is why the beat, lyrics and video all had us ninjas impressed. Expect more soon as this is the first public project that Rav Mojo has released.
Chicago Sight N’ Sound is an ambitious endeavor between 119 Productions & The FDC meant to showcase the city’s best and brightest up-and-comers. Plenty of familiar faces are scattered throughout the two-part project, including Mick Jenkins, Lucki Eck$, Saba, The O’My’s, Kami De Chukwu, Jean Deaux, Ibn Inglor, Smoko Ono, Jarred AG, Dally Auston,Martin $ky and many more. The C.S.S. takes advantage of some of these more well established names to introduce listeners to some newer talent they may have never even heard of, which is essentially is the true goal of this undertaking. In fact, some of the project’s best moments come from artists who may have never crossed your radar before.
Along with the mixtapes which make up the “Sound” portion of the project, there’s also a visual aspect which can be found on 119’s official website. After checking out the full scope of The C.S.S, it’s pretty clear that the teams over at 119 Productions and The FDC poured their heart and soul into making this project possible, and it’s not a stretch to say this is one of the most important projects to come out of the Chi all year, if only to show that the city can really unite together as one.
We’ve selected a few of our favorites from both mixtapes below, but we encourage you to check them out in their entirety over at the Chicago Sight N’ SoundSoundCloud page.