[Album Review] GRiZ – Say It Loud

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Generally when sites or magazines write positive reviews on albums, they’ll (try) to come up with a nice, catchy title for the article. Even for good singles the same can be said; but in our opinion, GRiZ and his album title of Say It Loud, is all that needs to be said. Of course, that’s not really all that needs to be said, because we’re diving headfirst into a full song-by-song album review of the eleven part project.

On January 13th of this year, GRiZ announced All Good Records, his new full service label. That entity has already had some sweet releases, and now the mastermind has added his inaugural All Good album onto that list. It’s legendary, and it’s the culmination of not only the efforts of Grant, but also a lengthy list of comrades. You can pick up GRiZ’s album in a variety of formats here.

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The Anthem (ft. Mike Avery)

The first of those comrades is Mike Avery, who starred in “The Anthem,” which was premiered by Billboard back in February. In starting off with GRiZ’s own vocal, “Let’s get loose; you guys feeling good?,” with the children’s ecstatic response, the whole album starts off with instant good vibes. As far as anthems go, this sets out to be “The Anthem” of all anthems. It arguably could be so, and it’s not even the my favorite track on the project. How do you get better than a 10? You’ll hear soon.

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Funk Party

Everyone loves a nice “Funk Party” right? Right. Especially when it’s GRiZ somewhat surprisingly going off on some dirty glitch meets twerky moombah madness. For those who like it a little grimier, this gem should please your ears extensively. Don’t be misled by my verbiage though, because things still get pretty saxy on this single.

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Get Down (ft. Sunsquabi And Manic Focus)

“Get Down” brings with it two collaborators, being Colorado’s Sunsquabi and the beat machine Manic Focus. With guitar and saxophone solos, “Get Down” has a whole lot going on in it. The ending phrase alone is genius. The journey up to it is both exciting and groovy beyond what is necessary, but surely we all can agree there can never be too much funk.

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Need This (ft. The Floozies)

GRiZ enlists label family members The Floozies onto a track that some fans have been waiting over a year for. “Need This” has the sort of thuggish groove that makes pimp daddies like Andre Nickatina quiver at the knees. It’s dirty, but man is it also classy as hell. Around the last minute we get sonically blessed by a cleansing conclusion which is too tasteful to describe in words. Continue reading

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Promises (feat. Fetty Wap & Dubbel Dutch) #songsfromscratch

The Songs from Scratch series, a joint effort between Yours Truly and Adidas, has continually delivered the most memorable and delightfully unexpected collaborations in music outdoing themselves with each installment. Fresh off ninja favorite “Dimelo,” the latest offering brings together Fetty Wap, the emcee behind viral hit “Trap Queen,” and pioneering electronic trap producers Baauer and Dubbel Dutch for yet another anthem with “Promises.” Combining playful melodies with hard-hitting 808s and a horn-driven breakdown, the production couldn’t match Fetty Wap’s cadence any better as he promises his friends and family that he’s going to succeed. The result is downright addicting and makes for the perfect reflection of current trends all the while being unique, varied and musically impressive. Enjoy and grab a free download above–you can read more about the process behind the track here.

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Here’s an exclusive taste of the upcoming Exmag and BRANX EP, Plants and Animals, for you to enjoy! Meshing together best of old school rock and funk with glitch hop madness, Exmag and BRANX set out to get you grooving from the first note to the last on “Acid Washed.” With plenty of great tunes on the way, this is a silky intro to what is sure to be a spectacular project courtesy of Members Only, a renowned American outerwear and apparel brand for men and women. Make sure to catch Exmag in your city on their tour!

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What do you get when you mix vocals from an Azerbaijan folk song, Beastie Boys sample, and live violin? An eclectic mix of genres and a neat group called Skymatic. Melting all of these elements together with a huge, bass filled production, Skymatic drops their second installation from their upcoming remix tape with unbridled enthusiasm and the always appreciated mesh of live instrumentation and clean electronic production. Snag your own copy here and enjoy!

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Try Me (Midas Hutch Remix)

Whether you’re heading to work or school, Monday mornings can be tough to get through. For us, music has always been the key to jump starting the week and combatting the mundanity that every day life can present. With that in mind, we’re excited to be premiering a brand new tune from producer Midas Hutch, aka FS Green, that promises to get you dancing regardless of your current state of mind. Taking on Detroit emcee Dej Loaf‘s radio hit, “Try Me,” Midas Hutch injects a retro-inspired electro funk. The Dutch producer, whose name you may recognize from his work with Major Lazer, employs a soulful disco backdrop through out adding a vocoder effect on Loaf’s vocals for an addicting chorus. Dej Loaf’s verses float over the old-school backdrop making for a listening experience that is both chill and downright groovy. Hit play above and get down with the get down. Grab a free download, which includes his full remix pack, here.

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Azad Right Ft. Harry Hudson – If I Die (Prod. By HUCCI) [TMN PREMIERE]

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If I Die Ft. Harry Hudson (Prod. By HUCCI)

We may be right, smack-dab in the middle of Miami Music Week, but right now, our ears are fully fixated on some hip hop at the moment, and we have LA-based Azad Right to thank for that.

Fresh off his hit “When You Know,” and a handful of SXSW shows (one of which we had the pleasure of catching), this intellectual lyricist has teamed up with Harry Hudson and blogosphere darling Hucci for a brand new track. As we’ve come to expect from this up-and-coming rapper, the story telling ability is well showcased, articulating exactly what he wants the listener to pull from his lyrics. It’s drenched with thoughtful emotion that hangs on Right’s every word, boasting a powerful message of hope for his career, his fan base, and the industry, in general.

HUCCI adds plenty of intrigue to the track as well, painting the perfect backdrop with a soaring piano riff, rolling hi-hats, and a spattering of multiple vocal samples. The two seem to be a match made in heaven, playing off each other’s talents in perfect harmony.

“If I Die” is the second track to Azad’s highly anticipated, upcoming EP this 2015. Make sure to follow him on soundcloud so you can keep tabs on upcoming releases. And if we were you, we’d make sure to catch a live show. After seeing him rock an intimate crowd in Austin, it’s no wonder he’s opened for icons such as Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Black Milk, Mos Def, Jay Rock, Slaughterhouse and Mobb Deep.

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In case you hadn’t realized already, both Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson released new albums this past Monday, with Bronsolino dropping the highly anticipated Mr. Wonderful, and Earl coming through with the (nearly) surprising release of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. In commemoration of these events, The Alchemist decided to unearth a collaboration between the two talented emcees called “Warlord Leather.” Given the parties involved, you should already have an idea of what to expect from the gritty number, which remains faithful to its title.

It’s kind of fascinating the way these two are able to come together on one track, given the polarizing nature of their respective projects. Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful remains bombastic and energetic, while Earl’s project is far more dreary and reclusive. It makes for an interesting contrast, and we highly suggest you check out both albums if you haven’t gotten the chance yet.

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