[Indie Rock] Black Honey – Madonna

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Black Honey

Often kooky and playful, but simultaneously deadly serious in the pop song writing department, Brighton’s Black Honey are more than on-point with their latest release, “Madonna.”

“Madonna” is a part of a double A-side out April 6 on Duly Noted Records as a physical release at gigs, however the first 5 are being auctioned (1-a-day) via eBay. Expect timeless pop sensibilities, soaring guitars, and lyrics that make you want to join in. Every element is artfully crafted, leading the listener along a ride that flirts with elements of classic rock anthems from yesterday, and new school indie vibes that will win over even the most discerning hipsters.

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[Hip-Hop] IshDARR – Too Bad (Prod. J Gramm)

Too Bad (Prod. J Gramm)

Last time IshDARR appeared on these pages we were premiering the first cut from his upcoming Old Soul, Young Spirit project. After inviting us to “Vibe” with him in his previous effort,  the Milwaukee native has returned with a heart-pounding single that’s guaranteed to get your blood flowing. “Too Bad” is the 18 year old spitter’s most ambitious effort to date, an accomplished record that demonstrates his technique and versatility as an emcee. Kicking off with a chorus of “I got two bad bitches in the back rolling doobies,” the new single definitely makes for an addicting listen, which explains why we’ve had it on constant repeat since it dropped.

Stream/download the tune above, and look out for Old Soul, Young Spirit set for release in March.

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[Slow Jam] Harriet Brown – 20/15

Cover art is by Nick Almquist
Photos by Jason Barbagelott
Harriet Brown

One look at the artwork for Harriet Brown‘s latest single should clue you in to the fact that he’s doing things a little different. The LA-based singer/songwriter/producer certainly has an impressive voice, but it’s what he does with that range that makes him such a promising up ‘n comer. After recently putting out “Fiction,” an excellent collaboration with Astronauts Etc. and Toro y Moi, Brown’s latest release melds an array of influences to showcase yet another facet of his creativity. From a production standpoint, “20/15″ carries an 80s-revival feel with its sentimental keys and slowly unfolding percussion. Brown’s vocal dexterity and clever, thoughtful lyricism once again prove a focal point, though, as he brings elements of soul, funk and R&B into the mix making for a completely novel sort of slow jam. Press play above, grab the nearest lady or gentleman and hit the slow dance like it was middle school all over again.

Single artwork credit: Nick Almquist (design); Jason Barbagelott (photos)
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[Trap/Jersey Club] RL Grime – Kingpin (Gorilla Bass Remix)

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RL Grime- Kingpin (Gorilla Bass Remix)

Wacky tunes are fun. Even if you don’t necessarily enjoy them, you can tell that they have a creative character that’s not simply a remolded hunk of sound. Take this remix from Gorilla Bass, whose take on RL Grime’s “Kingpin” is not your typical trap tune. In fact, not only are you taken to the trap, but you dive into some quirky jersey club action that makes this remix one dope listen. Chances are you’ll give this more than just one listen, and to those who do, you’ll be glad to know that you can grab this track for free. Gorilla Bass brings an interesting sound out of Chicago, with his sound design being something that can make him stick out if he keeps up the interesting work. This remix is four minutes and thirty six seconds of pure fire, so enjoy it. Try not to burn yourself.

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[Indie Electronic] Golden Coast ft. Sirah – Futurist (Sirah Remix)

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Futurist (Sirah Remix)

We’ve covered the original, and now Golden Coast‘s “Futurist” gets a trapped out treatment courtest of the Grammy award winning Sirah. Not only does she flip the tune from a indie pop masterpiece into a hip-hop jam unnaturally well, Sirah decided to go ahead and rip a verse as well. Needles to say Sirah backs up her award with ease, and she’s opened the door for Golden Coast in a big way. Their falsettos are clean and clear and balance out her seasoned flow perfectly on the second half of the track. Hopefully in the future we can get an actual collaboration between these two, because if this remix tells us anything, they could make a huge tune together.

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[Future House] Curbi – Discharge (Original)

Discharge (Original Mix)

It seems like every week we’re writing up another gifted youngster. A few weeks ago, we wrote up the stunning rendition of Bon Iver’s “Blood Bank” from 14 year old Spencer Barnett, and today we’re enamored by another teen prodigy.

We tend to see these teen sensations more so in the electronic realm, and with good reason. The beauty of musical production in the 21st century is that anyone with a laptop, some software, and a background in musical studies can become a producer and possibly make a career out of it. It has been done by teenage all-stars Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens, both who disrupted dance music trends with their signature styles. Spinnin’ Records hosted Martin Garrix’s chart-smashing single, “Animals,” and they may have their newest teen superstar with Curbi.

Today, Curbi‘s debut single, “Discharge,” was released on Spinnin’ Deeps’ Soundcloud after being previewed on Oliver Heldens’ Heldeep Radio Show. The 16-year-old British producer has truly polished production, and has apparently been paying careful attention to the recent surge in future house beats.

This rowdy club tune exudes a future aura immediately upon hitting the play button, and the UK producer takes fans on a space adventure complete with depth-defying synth stabs and ghostly bass wobbles. With a monstrous entry such as this, the sky’s the limit for Curbi and we will be watching him very closely to see how quickly his career blossoms.

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[G-House] Lil Wayne & Kanye West – Lollipop (1DAFUL ‘G-House’ Remix)

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Lil Wayne & Kanye West
Lollipop (1DAFUL 'G-house' Remix)

First off, I may be alone here, but I REALLY miss Tha Carter III era Weezy. With that being said, 1DAFUL returns with a another gigantic remix with one of the first and most popular singles off of that great Lil’ Wayne album, “Lollipop.” Juggling a G-House and trap hybrid, these Canadians are continuing their trend of dancefloor ace in the holes with gut wrenching bass, shifty and buzzing synths, and a deep groove you can unashamedly shake your booty to. Hip-hop and house are coming closer together every day with these types of remixes, and it’s been a fun experience to see what producers like 1DAFUL have under their sleeves next. Snag the free download in exchange for a simple SoundCloud follow here, and enjoy the latest heat from 1DAFUL above!

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