Since releasing his debut project, Hello World, at the start of 2014, Atlanta emcee Daye Jack has been steadily offering his fans new material, each release expanding on the last and demonstrating a different dimension of his sound. Although he’s already shown an aptitude for singing, Jack takes things to a new level with his latest. “Still Barking” carries a distinctively jazzy tone equipped with a xylophone, steady bass line and some subtle, distorted keys. Daye Jack matches the instrumental’s smoothness spending the first 1 minute crooning a ballad that, in short, details feelings of oppression sending a soulful, witty “fuck you” to authority before spitting a few equally clever bars. For those of you at work or school right now, this one’s a great listen for hump day–grab a free download above.
THE CLONE WARS
Art Basel week is upon us, and our friends at Beck’s are ensuring that we are well supplied with the best in beer and beats to go along with our gallery gallivanting. To kick things off, we’ll be dancing our pants off to the tunes of Matt Edwards, a.k.a. Radio Slave. Spinning since ’92, Radio Slave is guaranteed to provide the acoustic ingredients to get a crowd moving. The European veteran will be dropping the hotness in Wynwood this evening at The Electric Pickle for the “Fuck Art, Let’s Dance!” party presented by Cyborgs. Located in a quintessential Mecca of streetart, the event is sure to draw a crowd ready to get their groove on. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP. For a sampling of what’s in store, be sure to check out Radio Slave’s latest remix of “Trentemoller – Moan” on Poker Flat Recordings.
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Neon Hallway (Autograf Remix)
Chicago-based duo Autograf have established themselves as one of the frontrunners of future house music. Labelled as future tropical, Autograf’s style of music is memorable and unique in its own way. “Neon Hallway”, the original tune by the Brooklyn indie group Corbu is stripped down to the bare bone. Their signature tropical sound is featured in this remix, creating a rather mysterious and intense vibe. Xylophones melodies and djembe beats are also incorporated into this juicy tune, while the hollowed vocal samples further spicing up the futuristic approach.
Make sure to stay tuned for the duo’s “Future Tropical” series as they constantly come out with quality music at an unbelievable pace, and you can bank that we’ll be on top of their luscious sound for you Ninjas as well.
It’s only appropriate that JMSN‘s latest single is titled “Addicted,” because that’s exactly how we feel about his music. Of course in this case, R&B Jesus (as we like to call him) is really referring to his inability to overcome his uncontrollable desire for another human being, sometimes commonly known as love. This smooth new cut finds the contemplative crooner coping with his emotions as he comes to terms with the fact that he simply can’t survive without this woman. Living up to its name, “Addicted” is the type of song that’ll have you singing along on the first listen, as your finger itches to hit that play button over and over again every time it ends. If you’re like us, and you can’t get enough of JMSN, make sure to pre-order his upcoming album, Blue, set for release next week on December 9th.
Gucci Mane ft Raury
Gucci Mane has been no stranger to controversy throughout his career. Whether it’s his countless stints in jail, his beef with other rappers, or his ice cream tat, Gucci has always been a polarizing figure in the hip-hop scene. No matter what your opinion of him though, good or bad, there’s one thing about Gucci that demands respect: he is always willing to put on up-and-coming artists. While the cynical among us may see this as a ploy to leech onto younger talent in an effort to remain relevant, we think the Burr man has good intentions. Here we have just the latest example, as he teams up with stalwart youth, Raury, for “Dead People.”
Armed with a hypnotic hook about stuffing his pockets with “Dead People” (a common rap idiom that refers to one’s love of wealth), and the evil voices in his head that command him to collect as much of it as possible, Gucci turns in a deft performance, while Raury backs him up with a compelling verse of his own. It’s not often that we get a chance to hear Raury spit, but it’s no secret at this point that the fledgling artist can pack a punch on the mic. Check out the infectious tune above, which we hope is just one of many more collaborations between these two in the future.
7,000 Girls ft. Childish Gambino & King Chip
It’s been a minute since we’ve featured anything from OverDoz. on these pages, but you know what they say, ain’t no time like the present. On their first outing since the release of last year’s mixtape, Boom, the fabulous foursome link up with Childish Gambino and King Chip as they trade tales about their sexual conquests. Though those numbers have still yet to be verified, for now we’ll take the group at their word when they say that collectively, they’ve slept with “7,000 Girls.” More unbelievable things have occurred, but just like in basketball, no one will ever approach Wilt Chamberlain numbers. Although it might get tiring at some point to hear rappers constantly bragging about their lifestyle, this laidback cut has its own undeniable charm, which probably stems from the smooth, yet quirky instrumental crafted by Patrick Paige II of The Internet. Check out the wacky tune above, and keep on the lookout for any projects the Cali natives might be gearing up for in the near future.
Soon Come Soon
Young Fathers, who won the coveted Mercury Prize earlier this year for their album Dead, are likely one of the most unique hip-hop groups you’ll ever encounter. Mixing a whole lot of soul with electronic production, often catchy melodies and darker lyrical undertones, the Scottish trio manage to pack a whole lot into their music. Clearly not slowing down any time soon, the already accomplished trio returned last week with an infectious new single that perfectly captures what has gotten them this far.
“Soon Come Soon” is absolutely addicting from the first second with a tribal drum kit backing a pulsing, fuzzy electronic backdrop. Lyrically, the verses on this are abstract but seem to come back to themes of tyranny, power struggles and social injustices contrasting beautifully with the instrumental, as it is stripped-down and faded into ambience under the crooning harmonies of the chorus. This one’s definitely in our top recent releases–give it a spin above.