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A key member of the eclectic Soulection crew, starRo has been a fixture in our Sunday Night Soul series (which we recently just revived by the way), often capturing our hearts with his vibrant and imaginative R&B remixes. However, for his latest EP the LA via Tokyo transplant chose to diverge from his typical approach. Opting for a much more ambient vibe, Emotion is comprised of expansive beats that resonate with the listener and provide room for contemplation. Choosing his collaborators carefully, contributions on the tape come from TMN favorite Jarrell Perry, along with a few more unfamiliar names like Greg Grease, Christian Crow and Vib. Being that this is a much more personal project for him, the talented producer had the following to say about his mindset when he created the EP:
Emotion might betray expectations of listeners who are familiar with my past works. In contrast to my typical sound which is more soul R&B influenced music, I ventured to present my versatility as an artist. I wanted to pursue a more electronic accessible vibe that emphasizes the pieces as “songs” rather than just the “tracks”.
As the title suggests, this EP creates a portrait; a symphony of emotions and can take you back to moments of intimacy that never escaped your lips.
Stream the entire EP below, and follow the download link to purchase the EP from starRo’s official Bandcamp page.
Gnash is most known as of late for his coffee shop rendition of O.T. Genasis’ “CoCo,” but he is back with a brand new and equally airy original, “lil tokyo (disposable).” The tune actually kicks off with a disposable camera charge and click sample, and then jumps right into the lush keys as Gnash leads a hook that will be stuck in your head after the first listen.
Straddling a line between pop and hip-hop, this tune holds an intricate balance between the two genres, and, while its message of truly moving on is one we’ve heard previously, the tangible example of a disposable camera makes for a thought provoking comparison. Gnash hits a flawless medium here with his comforting delivery and you can easily feel the emotion behind this tune. Don’t expect to listen to this and not catch any feelings, because this tune is filled to brim with them. We all need that at some point, and Gnash gives us a superb song to explore them with.
Don’t sit there and say you don’t the words to “Get Low.” Whether we like to admit it or not, it’s a Lil Jon standard, and Patrick Reza just unapologetically brought it back into 2015 as a bone crushing house rendition. The raspy vocals of Lil Jon and Ying Yang Twins are right at home with the rage worthy lasers and festival ready production, especially considering Lil Jon’s recent work with DJ Snake that we are all too familiar with. Patrick has been on a roll with these last two reimaginations of hip-hop tunes, and this revamped version of “Get Low” is hump day remedy that you need to jump back into the right gear and finish up your week strong. Don’t miss the free download available through his Facebook!
This isn’t your typical Chicago rap. Something about this tune just resonates. Whether it’s the insanely catchy hook, the punchline driven lyrics or the wavy production, High Rule is definitely out here to just have a good time. Seis and Buoy are already busting onto the scene with their own unique brand of swagger while they spit bars about sensual encounters over the phone with an oddly endearing approach. These two are self starters, tackling every aspect of the song creation process, and they’ve certainly piqued our interests in any future project they’ve got on the way. Before you go up this Tuesday, throw on High Rule’s debut and see what they’re all about. Catch their music video for “Touch” below also!
TDE fans rejoice, as we finally have the pleasure of hearing the second single from the much anticipated follow up to good kid, m.A.A.d city. After locking up two Grammy awards for his previous single “i,” Kendrick Lamar has returned with the far more aggressive “The Blacker The Berry.” The Boi-1da produced cut should appease fans who may have been disappointed with Kendrick’s last effort. With an audacious chorus that claims, “The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice,” this new joint finds a fearless Kendrick slaughtering verses while touching on some sensitive issues, including racial tensions and gun violence. Check out the song below, and be on the lookout for more details on Kendrick’s upcoming album, which is set to drop later this year.
Just in time for your Friday turn up, SaveMoney’s very own Towkio has released a funky new tune that’ll give you the irresistible urge to boogie the night away. Getting the dynamic duo of Vic Mensa and Kaytranada “Involved” on this one was a smart move, as the pair’s undeniable chemistry shines through once again. The Chitown natives exchange sleek raps atop a retro fueled instrumental with plenty of bounce, provided by Kaytra himself. At this point it’s pretty clear that these guys can do no wrong, which means fans should be rushing to listen to anything these two are “Involved” in. Check out the song above, and be on the lookout for Towkio’s .wavTheory, set to drop this April.
Long-time Odd Futurefans may remember Hodgy Beats‘s DenaTapeas one of the strongest projects to come out during the crew’s breakout years. Since that time, aside from a few solo releases, Hodgy has focused mainly on his collaborative MellowHigh and MellowHype projects withconsistently solid results. Yesterday, Hodgy returned as a solo act in full force with Dena Tape 2. Keeping the vocal features to a minimum, Beats lets his quick-hitting, gritty delivery and lyrics take front and center over productions from Hit-Boy, Left Brain, Lakim, Marvel Alexander and more. Hodgy also holds his own over the instrumentals for Kendrick Lamar‘s “Sing About Me, I’m Dying for Thirst” and Outkast‘s “Aquemini.” This project definitely has a more cohesive feel than its predecessor displaying Hodgy’s growth artistically, both from a delivery perspective and content-wise. Give our favorite tracks a listen and, if you like what you hear, you can grab the whole mixtape for free at the link below: