In a strange turn of events, Kendrick Lamar‘s highly anticipated album is now available on Spotify and iTunes. Top Dawg Entertainment label boss Anthony Tiffith sent out a few tweets after the album mysteriously appeared suggesting that the surprise drop was a mistake. Accident or not, though, it’s really great to hear what Kendrick’s been working on since his instant classic debut studio album. While Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City told the story of a young Kendrick, To Pimp A Butterfly sees a composed, mature and confident Lamar delivering organic funk & soul-inspired new age hip-hop. Although we’ll want some more time with it, we’re loving what we’ve heard thus far. Check out the Spotify stream below or head to iTunes to pick up a digital copy. It will be interesting to see how this rollout unfolds as more information on what actually happened becomes available. Regardless, we’re more than excited about the new music. Continue reading
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With Kendrick Lamar‘s sophomore album release around the corner, the anticipation, speculation and hype is at an all time high. Today, we get another glimpse into the project with “King Kunta,” an ode to the P-Funk era. Over a groovy bassline, King Kendrick delivers a gritty empowering message with a James Brown-esque cadence. In the closing chapter of George Clinton‘s memoir, he talks about working with Kendrick Lamar. “King Kunta” likely emerged from those sessions with its distinct Parliament/Funkadelic sound. Give this one a listen above–To Pimp A Butterfly drops on March 23rd. Check out what Clinton had to say about Lamar below:
Kiss Kiss (Beshken x Guestroom Edit)
Oh, Chris Brown. What happened to you? “Kiss Kiss” is undeniably one of his biggest jams (You know it. Don’t lie.) and Beshken decided to revamp it in celebration of ten thousand SoundCloud followers with the help of newcomer Guestroom. This edit really is just a fun follow up to his latest original, “Hiro,” and makes for a great addition to your weekend playlist. It’s exciting to see Beshken slowly gaining notoriety with his fresh new sound, and being a part of the Next Wave roster is a big move that’s doing extremely well for him. Grab your own copy of this new edit here and start your weekend off right!
Another Friday, another collection of raging tunes. I don’t know about you ninjas, but this has been a ridiculously busy week, so it’s time to just grab a drink and start off your weekend right with some huge free downloads below. For those of you that are already on Spring Break, fill up your playlists and enjoy!
You know the drill: #danceirresponsibly
See y’all next week!
Promiscuous (feat. Timbaland) (PLS&TY Remix)
Nah Oh (Deep Sounds Exclusive)
Sexy Back (Julius Jetson Remix)
Every Night (Free Download)
Lionhearted (Alejandros Flip)
All Day (Templeton Rework)
As a special bonus, don’t miss out on Benzi‘s latest GIRL TRAPZ mix!
This artist popped onto our radar with the undeniable charm of “If You Went Away.” His vocals are somewhat unrefined, which definitely adds to the appeal. We’ve only heard a few tunes, and the whole time, we’ve been wondering – what does his live show sound like? We’ll find out soon.
If you’re looking for a raucous indie rock show that’s sure to be full of energy, catchy pop hooks, and the unavoidable need to dance, then CRUISR will be a show not to miss. These cats have a knack for engaging pop-driven indie, and we’re positive it will translate into a live performance with ease.
Go For It
This eclectic Nashville act promises to deliver plenty of on-stage intrigue, given the amount of instrumentation that goes into their “world pop” arrangements. Their vocal arrangements are extremely original as well, which should be interesting when translated into a live show.
This has got to be one of our favorite artists as of late. Undeniably unique, unpredictable, and unconventional, this vocalist always dazzles with his impeccable range, and intricate soundscapes. If there is one artist that I personally “can’t miss,” it’s Jack Garratt.
What would Texas be without some beer-drinkin’, whiskey-shootin’, shit-kickin’, dusty-floor-dancin’ tunes? This infectious folk artist embodies those long-lasting memorable moments with a few friends, some cold drinks, and some frivolous dancing. He encapsulates Americana in pop-centric folk rock, and he does so from all the way down in South Africa.
We had the pleasure of interviewing this young Manchester-based vocalist a few months back, and we have to say, we’re overwhelmingly excited to catch his live show. In fact, if there’s a “must see” show based on vocal finesse, it would be this one. His tone, range, and dexterity is something that we just can’t pass up.
We’ve been hip to this act for quite some time, falling enamored with their highly contagious tune, “Drinking Games.” Part of our adoration came some of their projects with Red Brick Song’s Casablanca sessions, which our the best collaborations the indie scene has seen in the past few years.
If Raymond Carver Were Born In The 90s
After playing our raucous ‘TMN PResents’ party in Denver in late 2014, ASTR has continually set the bar higher on already engaging live sets. After 2014’s incredible ‘Varsity’ EP, we’re hoping 2015 sees a proper album from the New York alt-poppers.
A man within the confines of dance music needing no real introduction, Fred Falke’s ‘French-Touch’ and disco inflected house records have been a staple of countless critics, artists and fans alike for nearly two decades. Any chance to see The Fred at such an incredible festival is a must.
Bad Blood (Fred Falke Remix)
The only non-dance affiliated act on Skrillex’s OWSLA Records, Hundred Waters crafts a stripped down brand of avant-garde pop stylings. Their live sets are as engaging as they are melodic and tasteful. If you haven’t yet, pick up their sophomore LP, ‘The Moon Rang Like a Bell’.
George Maple is an iconic vocalist reining from none other than the homeland of pure talent – Australia. After having collaborated with the likes of Flume, the Future Classic artist is well on her way of becoming a global sensation. George Maple, the harmonious goddess, is making her way out to this years SXSW and we guarantee she is one not to miss.
The big name at Numbers never fails to impress with his tunes. Having been involved with Yeezus, being half of the former power duo TNGHT with Lunice, and just killing it all around, HudMo’s influence and discography knows no bounds. He continues to tear it up with every release and always puts on a great show.
Leon is the second coming of 50’s soul. His style is a mix of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke that epitomizes emotion in the always growing realm of singer-songwriters. “Coming Home” is a landmark single and his album is on the way. If you’re looking for an old school vibe, Leon is your man.
Here’s someone muddying the lines between electronic rock and folk in his own unique and refreshing fashion. His recent EP, Candy, is a must hear if you haven’t caught it already. This LA native is poised for a strong rest of the year and will be a perfect fit for the SXSW community.
HW&W & Symbol’s very own Sweater Beats is making his SXSW appearance this year and needless to say, this is a monumental step for the young producer. The forward-thinking artist has been soaring over the industry and this year will only be more promising for his career. If you’re headed to SXSW this year, make sure to catch Sweater Beats – but leave your sweater at home because it’ll be too hot to handle.
Drop the Game (Sweater Beats Remix)
Brooklyn duo, Beacon, is undoubtedly one of the most underrated artists in today’s music world. I was foruntate enough to catch them last year on tour with Tycho and words do not do their live set or music any justice. Their eloquent way of storytelling is exemplified in their intricate sound designs along with moving melodies and touching synths. If you want an ambient, yet tranformational experience, Beacon is definitely one not to miss.
Bring You Back
Being both a female and a UK native, Little Simz is a minority in the hip-hop realm, but please don’t underestimate her. Able to hold her own with any emcee out there, Simz first impressed us with her E.D.G.E EP last summer. Since then, she’s followed that project with multiple mixtape releas, proving that Simz has an unparalleled work ethic. The girl definitely has bars, and we’re excited to see what she brings to the table when she comes stateside for her performance at SXSW.
A true triple threat, Tory Lanez never ceases to amaze us with his many talents. As one of the brightest acts emerging from the Toronto music scene, Tory made waves with his Lost Cause mixtape last fall. The consummate entertainer, Tory’s show promises to be a memorable one, as the emcee exudes a natural charisma that draws the audience in from start to finish. Expect him to crowd surf a minimum of five times, as the Canadian strives to have as much fun as possible every night.
Making a name for himself last year with his quirky, uptempo, R&B insprired remixes, Trippy Turtle has undeniably become the face of Jersey Club music. Armed with an uncanny sense of humor and some high energy, bed-spring infused productions, Trippy’s showcase promises to be a blast, and we expect you’ll be struggling to catch your breath when it’s all said and done. Eee…Err Eee…Err Eee…Err FOFOFADI!
Mick Jenkins is a Chicago emcee who combines some serious jazzy vibes with an intelligent lyricism matched by few other up ‘n coming rapers. In many ways, his style transcends the current trends in hip-hop without sacrificing dope, forward-thinking production. Mick promises to be an enlightening, laid-back and smooth performance–if you haven’t already check out his mixtape The Waters to prepare.
Jay Prince is a UK-based, Soulection-affiliated rapper and vocalist who made waves with his debut project, BeFOR Our Time. Prince’s music has a distinct soulfulness to it that when combined with instrumentals from producers like IAMNOBODI, who will also be at SXSW, creates a sunny, nuanced aesthetic. Jay Prince is definitely an artist on the up ‘n up who will be awesome to see perform this early in his career.
It’s crazy to think that there are people who still question the legitimacy of electronic artists as musicians. Vancouver producer Haywyre is just one of many to disprove the closed-minded with lush, complex sonic arrangements and a clear understanding of musical composition. His performance promises to showcase impressive skills on both the keyboard and controller but, more importantly, should be a huge dance party.
All We Need (Haywyre Remix)
Another member of the Huh, What & Where collective, Kaytranada has been pioneering the future R&B/soul movement for years now and it’s been paying off in big ways. He’s been pictured recently with Rick Rubin and has created countless hits with an array of artists. His live sets are soulful, funky and ubeat making him likely one of the funnest DJ sets you’ll find at SXSW.
Wrote A Song About You (Kaytranada Edition)
By a silent show of ninja hands, who’s getting excited for SXSW? Since we’re ninjas, we can sense that a sea of quiet, gloved, star-holding hands just flew up into the air.
While we’re sure you’ve already been filling up your dance card with possible showcase suitors, we’d like to cordially ask for those aforementioned hands on Thursday, 3/19, from 8PM -2AM.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at Cadence & Cause, ATL bass baron heRobust, and Lose Control (the best unofficial SXSW party-throwers) to bring you “Heroes For a Cause.” Yes, it’s a free show, so long as you RSVP, but the show is dead set on raising money for shelter pets in the US.
heRobust, along with a few other artists, will be hosting full streams of their sets from the show on Cadence & Cause later next week for a nominal charge. The majority of those proceeds will go to help keep animals fed, clean and comfortable during their adoption process.
To get you stoked for this line up of DJs, rappers, and a R&B singer, we’re curated a little celebratory playlist for you to enjoy.
When You Know (Prod. by IAMNOBODI)
MPH (prod. NEVR)
kuura & HYDRABADD
M.F.U. (PROBCAUSE REMIX) #HIDEFLIFE
Nebulous (Prod. by Two Fresh)
Runaway (feat. White Sea) [Remix]
New Orleans has a reputation for being a very musical place, so seeing one of its newest hometown heroes, Pell, on a swift ascent comes as no surprise. Over the past year, he’s been touring North America with Kindness, preparing for his festival debut at Buku, and recognized in Spotify’s Emerge program – all of which are reasons why we have him on our radar.
Today, Pell brings us a remix of his song, “Runaway,” that he created in collaboration with M83 & White Sea’s Morgan Kibby (Co-wrote numerous M83 songs, including the hit single “Midnight City”) and producer Ryan Spraker. Leaving the original’s stripped-down feel behind, the trio hits all the right spots on the new remix, using an array of revamped parts, melodies, and more for a track that’ll keep you coming back for more. Have a listen for yourself and check out Pell’s upcoming tour dates to see if he’s coming to a city near you.