Jump Hi (ft. Childish Gambino)
After releasing their first single, “Treat Me Like Fire” early last year, Lion Babe has finally resurfaced with a brand new track featuring Childish Gambino. The New York based duo–consisting of vocalist Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman–come through with an impressive second effort here, delivering a bubbly new number that’s guaranteed to please. Goodman puts a sample of Nina Simone‘s “Mr. Bojangles” to good use here, crafting a skittering, soulful instrumental that allows Hervey’s pipes to flourish, while Bino takes command in the final minute to provide some prolific and eloquent worldplay. As the name implies, “Jump Hi” is the type of tune that’ll make you want to get up off of your feet and get active. If you enjoyed this one, make sure to also check out the recent remix of “Treat Me Like Fire” that Snakehips dropped over the weekend.
Talos has made quite the splash in the industry, and it’s not hard to see why. Bursting to the forefront of the blogosphere back in March with his debut song, “Tethered Bones,” this Irish multi-faceted artist racked up over 300,000 plays. Some people take years to get that many plays on a track. He saw it shortly after the track went live.
Boasting a similar new-school electronic R&B vibe, we find a little more inclusion of classic instrumentation in the build. Somewhat reminiscent of Active Child or James Vincent McMorrow, “Bloom” carries a chilling build, complete with haunting piano, rolling tom hits, and those oh-so-glorious falsettos. The song takes a cinematic turn at the two minute mark when a devilishly deep bassline hits, creating beyond-sultry vibes. It’s undeniably charming, causing you to sink deep in its soothing grip. Do yourself a favor and just submit. You’ll be glad you did.
“Tethered Bones”/”Bloom” is released on 12″/digital on Feel Good Lost on December 01, with remixes from WIFE (Tri-Angle), Eomac (The Trilogy Tapes/R+S) and Slow Magic (Downtown Records.) We suggest you mark your calendars.
Before I introduce this artist let me tell you, she is only sixteen but sounds like she is in her twenties and has been writing/singing for quite a while. Truth is, London artist RAYE has been writing and singing music since she was ten years old. Her first release ever ‘Need Me’ has lyrics and feelings far beyond her young years. A seductive voice that entices listeners, RAYE has found a way to mix her strong vocals with the perfect touch of electronic melodies and rhythms. Pretty excited to hear what more this young artist will have in store for us as her career continues to blossom, keep an eye out for her.
You need to close your eyes for this song, trust me.
Her second single to date, HANAH keeps us feeling like we are on a moving escalator of never ending musical dreams. Her recent release ‘Hideaway’ co-produced with Luca Buccellati, is an honest and gut-wrenching tale one experiences with inner conflict. HANAH’s stunning voice is a mix of soul and quiet pop, yes quiet pop. A voice smooth like honey, HANAH paints an exotic picture of the inner minds of each and every one of us, inviting us to walk with her on this dreamy music world she is painting with each lyric. One thing is for sure, this young artist is going to make a name for herself more than she already has so keep listening, many more journeys of the music kind to come from HANAH.
We’re to a point in society where we can pretty much all agree that Top 40 music is definitely lacking in soul and originality. While there’s always a few exceptions to the rule, we all tend to lean to the blogosphere to find unique and engaging tunes, which is a strong indication to what we think of traditional mediums.
Hailing from the City of Angels, Preston Knight has been creating and performing for the majority of his life. Inspired by film, comic books, anime, and truly monumental pop artists (MJ, Lady Gaga, Prince, etc), this newcomer is hoping to inspire that escape that so many of us look for when we’re hunting for our new favorite songs.
My goal is to bring magic and soul to mainstream pop music – Preston Knight
Today, we’re bringing you not only the premiere of this up-and-coming artist’s new song, “Danger”, but we’re also giving you the first look at the music video. Produced by Danny Score (producer/writer for TMN fav Jez Dior), this cinematic-quality, suspenseful thrill ride harnesses trap-style elements with classical piano work and Knight’s soulful vocals to an engrossing listening experience.
The video boasts pure professional quality, which is rare to see with a new artists. Regardless of how it came to be, we’re excited that the time was spent to get it to this point. When we asked Knight what the thinking was behind it, here’s what he had to say:
Directed by Stephen Mallett of Green Glow Films
and styled by Jordan Stolch, the video was heavily influenced by Fahrenheit 451
, Captain EO
, and the current state of our hand held touch screen generation that is heavily detached from the human connection and lead to believe in a “Life-Like Fake Life” (original coined term written on the rebel hero’s jacket).
“Danger” is now available as a free download on Preston Knight’s soundcloud page.
Party (Birthday Boy Version)
They say it’s not a “Party” until the Birthday Boy walks in–or at least we think they do. If it’s not a saying yet, then it definitely will be after you feast your ears upon this enticing remix of Beyoncé‘s festive classic from the savvy Canadian up-and-comer. With his flair for crafting bouncy rhythms and infectious melodies that drill themselves into your brain, Birthday Boy turns the funk up to new levels that immediately force your toes to begin tapping uncontrollably. It’s the type of fun, upbeat song that makes you wish you could repeat summer all over again, and though it may be sacrilegious of us to say, we think we prefer this birthday party even more than the original.
Remember when Donald Glover told his fans to learn how to code? Well, it looks like that advice is finally paying off. Over the weekend, one astute reddit user discovered a secret track hidden within Bino’s becausetheinter.net website. After some clever sleuthing and collaboration with his fellow super fans, he decided to pair the mysterious vocals with the “3005 – Beach Picnic Version” instrumental from Bino’s recently released KAUAI EP, and miraculously enough the two audio sources synced up perfectly! The end result–which you can listen to above–has been verified by Gambino himself, and it goes to show what you can achieve with a little hard work and persistence.