Music and recap videos have steadily becoming stale in the dance music arena. Despite that, French artist Christine’s music video is anything but stale. The fresh feature for the single “Drama” featuring rap veteran T La Rock is both electrifying and nostalgic.
Although the video takes influenced from classic cop/detective films, the stylized tone of the video is completely new age. The mix goes nicely together, especially in conjunction with the melding of musical tastes, both old and new. We get a bit of the 80’s hip-hop vibe twisted in with the French electro sound. While Christine’s bustling beats are grooving along, your eyes get to enjoy a dancing detective whose moves are quite infectious. You may not bust out some break dance moves, but you surely will have the urge.
October is a big month for Stööki Sound, and that may even be an understatement. Today, we have their single “My G’s” which features the duo’s own Jelacee as an emcee, and at the end of the month they drop their full Ösiris EP. Then, North America gets a taste of their sound as they embark on their tour.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s focus in on their lead single “My G’s.” America better be ready for some grime, because this is one killer record that will be a massive treat live. It’s more rap than dance, but the beat is a savage slap that will no doubt get crowds moving. The sound design is incredible, laying the background for Jelacee to bring the heat that so many of us are going to want to hear more of in the future. We just might on the rest of this EP. Stream or buy the single today, and prepare for the full EP release on October 28th.
One of the coolest cats in the business is Bobby Nourmand. He’s already wowed us with his previous records including “Sister” and “Because.” Now he has brought along “D E E P in NY,” a hybrid original that may be Bobby’s best.
With “D E E P in NY” Bobby brings together deep house with hip-hop in a way that few have done successfully before. He always manages to produce with grace and precision, a deadly combination within his musical market. In delving into hip-hop, Bobby enlists D.O.C. and Goodmorning as collaborators on this vocal edit of sorts. If you’re a fan of Bobby’s you’ll recognize the instrumental as one of his previous releases. “D E E P” gets some New York lovin’ from the emcees just after Bobby gets donned as one of the hottest new artists by both DJ and Mix mag. Safe to say, he’s got some special things coming.
Looking for a new artist to shake up your world? Enter Ryden. This dynamic Los Angeles creator is not here to mess around in the slightest. You could take that from her skills, of which there are many, or you can take it from her earnest single “Dear God” featuring Chase Allen.
Although Ryden can flex as an emcee/vocalist, she lets Chase take the reigns on the spoken front, leading us into a thoughtful, expressive performance that is going to have you replaying the track over and over just to catch every little syllable. Each is packed with a punch that is augmented by iconic speeches from the likes of Jesse Williams, Malcom X and Robert Kennedy. Musically, Ryden sets the stage with a dark, ominous mood that feels as though it is engulfing you. “Dear God” was meant to take a stand, and it certainly gets its message across. It’s one incredible piece of art that you can luckily download for free. Do it, and share it.
Fresh on the scene and coming off of a successful album debut earlier this month, Los Angeles lyricist Phero Hill has been turning heads with his smooth sound. Gaining some buzz on the strength of Ronin, he shows off an impressive range that touts a wide variety of flows. While justifying his place among up-and-coming contemporaries and talented vocalists like Matthew Chaim and Ben Beal, Phero Hill allows listeners to join along for the journey as he crafts a signature sound.
As the intro track to Ronin, “Who Is It” laces a fast-spitting cadence around a trumpeting, catchy beat pattern. Ronin showcases charismatic sounds, relatable themes, and an all-inclusive aspect, meaning listeners will have no trouble finding something that is their own speed. Fans can follow Phero Hill and stream the project in full on Soundcloud here.
As music enthusiasts first and foremost, one question in particular always makes the cut when we at The Music Ninja interview artists: “Which musicians are you into lately?”
In creating his widely-praised dark comedy Atlanta, Donald Glover eagerly gives us the answers by injecting tunes of his choosing throughout the first season. Case in point, the soundtrack to Atlanta is so well-regarded that multiple articles have been written praising its eclectic nature and quality, and a highly circulated Spotify playlist updates each week with new songs from the show. For one artist in particular, making the cut on Atlanta may bring about an infusion of mainstream recognition to propel his career even further.
Grand Rapids repping rapper Waldo, one of the most talented and underrated lyricists in the genre, has been releasing notable projects for years. Since making waves as early as 2013 with “Kobe’s Room” – to a pair of major declarations of his arrival with EP releases Tuebor and Until Then – we have kept close tabs on his journey. Partnered with fellow Michigan natives and longtime friends SAVON and Sango, Waldo released his latest hit this past week, titled “Closer”.
With a hauntingly bass-heavy rhythm throughout, the lyrics and instrumentals form a symbiotic bond, painting the gritty picture depicted in his up-tempo cadence. Beyond the prodigal beat-making talents of Sango and Savon, and beyond the vocal characterization of Waldo, the biggest draw to his sound lies in its pure authenticity.
Fans in California will have a few chances to see him live this month: he’ll be in San Diego at the Soda Bar with Jimmy Javier on October 25th and in Oakland at The New Parish with Sango on October 27th. Listeners can join the AGO movement by following along with the Soundcloud pages of both the collective and Waldo for all releases.
At TMN, we get a bit selective about the music we share on Sundays. Considering it is a day of relaxation for many of us, it is also a day for preparation. In the simplest of words, we probably use 3/4ths of the day to unwind before we reluctantly bring ourselves to confront that Monday is only a few hours away. As a result, we like to choose music that takes on both the characteristics of soothing and motivating. This evening, we’re bringing you a tune that falls flawlessly into this description.
Hailing from the windy city of Chicago, CLEW makes his debut on TMN with his single, “Tarzan,” which features fellow producer, Prov. As the lead single off his forthcoming project, an EP titled “Get a Clue,” “Tarzan” carries the sound that establishes CLEW’s identity.
Influenced by hip hop and electronic components, “Tarzan” is shaped by an infectious percussion line of tribal drums, smooth guitar riffs, and catchy vocal chops of CLEW’s rich vocals. The breakout single offers both vitality and ease, making it the perfect track to end your Sunday night to.