If you took a quirky folk vocalist and replaced the banjos and acoustic guitars with beats and synthesizers, you’d have Cosmo Sheldrake. Shit, we spoke too soon. There’s still a banjo apparent in his debut release, “The Moss,” but you get the idea.
Upon first listen to this playful tune, we couldn’t help but think of toothy-grin inducing songs like “Little Yellow Spider” from Devendra Banhart. Something about Cosmo’s folksy, story telling vocal style just brought us to those associations. The engaging, borderline ridiculous narrative is wildly infectious, but is bolstered even mores so by the inclusion of some barbershop quartet style harmonies that made us beam ear to ear.
Coming out April 21st on paradYse/Transgressive Records, this debut single from the UK-born multi-instrumentalist has definitely caught our ear. We’ll keep an eye out, and we suggest you do too.
Although it seems like he’s constantly disappearing for months at a time, we always enjoy the moments when Emay pops his head out of the ground to provide us with some fresh music. Though the releases are few and far between, you can be sure that they’ll always be of the highest quality. “WarmupSongdoe” might just be a training exercise to help the emcee get his legs back under him, but it has all the hallmarks of a typical Emay masterpiece: a perfectly utilized sample, thundering bass, intricate wordplay and witty punchlines that require multiple listens to fully comprehend. It’s kind of scary to imagine what the man can accomplish if this is what he sounds like when he’s rusty. At this point, we’re just eagerly anticipating the announcement of a new project, so we can get our Emay in much larger servings.
Never gonna Change
Comprised of An-Ten-Nae + Re|eece, future bass project Dimond Saints have come screaming out of nowhere with a sultry, bass-heavy interpretation of Broods emotion-rich tune, “Never Gonna Change.”
The ambient, down-tempo synth-pop original is dialed up with some super sexy bass hits, providing a whole new sensual soundscape. Allowing Broods’ sexy vocals to shine through, this remix is expertly crafted, leaving us wishing we had Dimond Saints on our radar a long time ago.
After joining forces with Rick Ross and Kanye West on the original Mastermind single, Big Sean‘s decided to step out into the spotlight on his own, delivering a fresh new verse on “Sanctified.” Rest assured, Sean rolls steady with the punchlines, keeping the boasting to a maximum as he makes bold declarations like “I feel like I’m the black Brad Pitt,” and “If you got my e-mail, you’s a millionaire. If you got my cell phone, you’s a realionaire.” Real deep stuff, if you ask me. All kidding aside, while this alternative version makes for an entertaining listen, Sean can’t quite match the intensity of his mentor on the original. At least now we know what the single would have sounded like had it included a few more bars from Big Sean himself.
Burial feat. Pusha T
It’s the beginning of a new month and with that comes great excitement especially because it’s March. And yes some of us are probably a little bit excited for all that basketball playing going on but with each new month comes a new resident of the month, that’s getting a three pointer at the buzzer to win the whole game excitement right there.
This month a group comes to us, well, three artists who decided after producing tons of amazing music for other artists that they best start doing some producing of their own music. And so, YOGI was born, the latest addition to OWSLA, consisting of I/O, Blake, and of course, Yogi. The three London lads started experimenting with mixing different genres of music back in 2009 and because of that closeness these boys already have an undeniably unique and strong sound. After their huge remix of Zedd’s ‘Stay The Night’ last year, the boys leaked their all instrumental track ‘Christian Bale’, a song off their debut EP due out this May. The full tracklist is still hush hush but today the boys premiered the lead single off of the EP ‘Burial’ featuring Pusha T to get their fans even more excited for the music to come.
Let’s just say, Boo-Boo has nothing on these three insanely talented artists and March is going to be another month of madness here at TMN with YOGI.
Big K.R.I.T. feat. A$AP Ferg
Lac Lac (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
For the third installment of his “Week of K.R.I.T.” series, Big K.R.I.T. hooks up with the Trap Lord himself, A$AP Ferg on the impeccably smooth “Lac Lac.” Produced by K.R.I.T. himself, “Lac Lac” is a laidback hip-hop masterpiece, with the Mississippi native utilizing his confident drawl to keep listeners engaged, while Ferg’s flow evokes memories of classic Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. In our previous post, we mentioned that K.R.I.T. seemed to be returning with a whole new level of focus as he prepares for the release of Cadillactica, and these last two efforts have certainly restored our faith in his abilities. Grab a free download above, and keep your ears ready, as we still have four more days of free K.R.I.T. awaiting us.
Malaysian DJ/producer duo Simon Lee & Alvin have been relatively new to the scene, only having released a handful of remixes in the last 6 months, however its becoming more transparent they want to make a statement in 2014. Being an international blog, The Music Ninja is always trying to reach out to any corner of the world for talent and while we have not featured any other artist from this beautiful peninsula, Simon Lee & Alvin urged us to take notice.
With tracks full of house elements like “Space Chase” that quickly build up emphasizing on rhythm, texture, and energy to other more electro based like “Lights Loud” continue to add to the evolution of their evolving sound. In terms of production, there are some drier opaque elements that can come off underwhelm but they make up with their ferocious intensity. Simon Lee & Alvin have opened for Above & Beyond, Ummet Ozcan, Gareth Emery and claim to be supported by the likes of Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Fedde Le Grand. You can find out more over at their soundcloud and facebook.
Simon Lee & Alvin
Simon Lee & Alvin
Simon Lee & Alvin