It is the season of giving and being thankful, so Franck Ocean wanted to give a little treat for anxious fans in the form of a new track via his Tumblr page. “Memrise” is a brief, somber listen from the young star. After the success of channel ORANGE, Ocean has been pretty much MIA from the music scene. Either he has been in the studio cooking up another record or just enjoying the success of his debut, most likely the former. Regardless of speculations, today is the first listen of what Ocean has been working on and the new direction he is going with his sound.
The two-minute track starts off hazy with a knocking-beat followed by some keys and altered vocals. The singer/songwriter croons about a past love and the memories of their connection. The track comes across as more of an intro or snippet than anything full length. No news on when we are to expect some new music from the hit-maker, but we’ll take this one for now. Hit the jump to read the lyrics, which he posted along with the audio. Continue reading
Any Other Way (Broke For Free Remix)
Hopefully You should be familiar by now with Oakland based Broke For Free. We’ve featured a handful of his gems here such as “Summer Spliffs“, “The Gold Lining“, “Tropicks“, and “Juparo“. All featuring different styles of production while still delivering a satisfying and uplifting experience.
His newest piece of work is this soulful remix of William Bell‘s classic “Any Other Day”, and he nails it on all levels. While staying true to the original production but sprinkling flawless piano melodies throughout, and adding some very sexy saxophone. Best of all this remix if FREE, so just click the “Buy” button below and enjoy this gem over the holiday weekend. Cheers.
If You Went Away
Ypsi might be the home of East Michigan University, and also conveniently located only minutes away from one of the best foodie paradises in the world (praise be to Zingermans), but this town of just under twenty thousand will soon have a new claim to fame.
Daniel Wilson’s sophmore EP, Boy Who Cried Thunder, is already showing tremendous promise, and we’ve only been introduced to two songs. Today, we’re featuring the follow-up to the title track from this EP, giving you yet another reason to stop, listen, swoon and repeat.
Somewhere in between Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow, Daniel Wilson brings listeners familiar associations, while maintaining a completely unique and engaging feel. In “If You Went Away” we’re delightfully carried away from our day-to-day troubles on the backs of walking piano melody, a charging symphony of horns, strings and woodwinds, and of course, Wilson’s mind-numbling stunning vocals.
The good news? This track exists and you now know about it. The better news? It’s dropping tomorrow via Zap Records.
9 (feat. SZA)
The talented Willow Smith is set to take over the industry with the release of her upcoming 3 EP. Only 14 years of age, the music star child shows her new found passion in alternative R&B. Of the three songs in the EP, “9″ stands out as the track that best represents Willow’s current direction of her music. Her sharp and powerful vocals flow perfectly alongside SZA’s magical voice to help create a dreamy touch to the hollowed instrumental. It’s a memorable and wonderful track.
With an ever-growing fan base, Willow Smith is climbing up the ladder in the neo-soul/alternative R&B scene. As she continues to catch everyone by surprise with her new music, it is safe to say that sky is the limit for Ms. Smith. We are excited to see what else she has in store for us.
UK vocalist, songwriter and producer, MNEK, has quickly established himself as a hit-maker with “Ready for Your Love,” his infectious collab with Gorgon City, “Wrote a Song About You,” his breakout solo single and a load of high-caliber production credits. His soulful vocals have a way of meshing with electronic production impeccably making for a sound both danceable and relaxing–a prevalent quality with a number of our favorite up ‘n comers. His latest offering, “Rythm,” is no different continuing to demonstrate this equilibrium. MNEK’s vocals shine as the backdrop builds until the 1:15 mark when a minimalistic groovy bassline is introduced accompanying a looped vocal sample. “Rythm” makes for the perfect first cut to kick off your Friday evening. Give it a spin above.
#icanteven (feat. French Montana)
If you told me before today that you foresaw The Neighbourhood teaming up with French Montana to create a single titled “#icanteven,” I would say you sir (or madam) are a liar. Before you rush to judgment about the cliché hashtagged title, let us assure you that this is not the basic girl anthem you might perceive it to be. Set to be featured on the group’s upcoming album, #000000 & #FFFFFF (that translates to black and white for those fluent in HTML), this new tune is a heavy hearted banger that deals with the rage that spills over when finding out your special someone has cheated on you. Though French Montana is an interesting addition (Lamar Odom says hi), he actually delivers a surprisingly catchy verse that fits in nicely over the wicked instrumental. “#icanteven” say I’m mad about his inclusion on this one.
Stream the track above, and look out for #000000 & #FFFFFF when it drops next week on Thanksgiving.
British electronic group Years & Years just released another track off their upcoming album Desire. and this one hits us right in the feels. Describing their own music as soulful electronic pop, Years & Years speaks to their audience through memorable melodies and soothing vocals. Olly Alexander, the lead singer of the group, definitely stole the spotlight by showcasing his pleasant R&B vocals. The synths and the simple piano chords perfectly support the flow of the tune. Everything about this track is done right and leaves you wanting more.
With that said, stay tuned for the group’s much anticipated album releasing on 11/23. We cannot wait to listen to more of their new music!