Tegan and Sara, one of our favorite sisterly pop duos, do a beautiful rendition of The Rolling Stones‘ “Fool To Cry”. The cover, which was produced by RAC, is off the soundtrack for HBO’s hit series Girls. Seeing as the show’s second season premieres this weekend, and the group’s new LP, Heartthrob, drops January 29th, this is pretty perfect timing for all the parties involved. Check it out below!
Tegan & Sara
Fool To Cry (Produced by RAC)
This is one of the biggest releases to date from our buddies Kicks N Licks. “Who Knows” starts with a funk-filled soul sample that they mix perfectly with infectious melodies. It slowly builds into an incredibly massive drop that is nothing short of amazing and features some hard-hitting wobbles mixed with swirling synths that are sure to melt you into your seat. Best of all this release is free thanks to KNL getting to 10,000 likes on Facebook. Cheers.
Also make sure to check out Kicks N Licks Discography, available for free download on their website.
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Young Chicago-based emcee and recent Maybach Music Group signee, Rockie Fresh, has been a rising star in the game for several years now. Today, we get a glimpse into his much anticipated debut studio album with an awesome single featuring the always dope Lunice, of the EDM trap duo TNGHT. On “Superman OG,” Lunice cultivates an absolutely huge sound with epic vocal samples backed by heavy 808s and snares over which Rockie spits some bravado-filled bars.
“Superman OG” exemplifies the synergy between EDM trap and hip-hop, two deeply intertwined genres. Stream this gem of a single below and look out for Rockie Fresh’s Electric Highway, due out January 21st.
Superman OG (Feat. Lunice)
Talk about a throbbing wound. The ache in “Fake Heat,” by Mississippi duo Water Liars, is as painfully palpable as they come. Both band members Andrew Bryant and Justin Kinkel-Schuster are exceptionally emotional throughout the slow-moving folksy/indie rock track, calling, telling, cautioning of an impending doom. When it isn’t crunchy and soaring, the music — which sometimes calls to mind Band of Horses balladry — seems to sigh heavily and sadly. This back and forth between explosive feeling and somber resignation, alongside the moving harmonies (especially towards the second half of the song), really makes this lead single standout as a heartbreaker.
“Fake Heat” is off Water Liars’ new album, Wyoming, out March 5th via Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records.
Newcomer Trinidad Jame$ recruits fellow ATLiens, T.I., Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz to hop on the star-studded remix of his hit track, “All Gold Everything.” The track was premiered by DJ Holliday on Atanta’s Streetz 94.5, hence why we have to settle for the clean version for now. Even with the censors though, it’s easy to get addicted to this slowed down, Southern-cooked anthem. You know this one’ s definitely LeBron James approved.
All Gold Everything Remix Ft. T.I., Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz
Apparat returns with “A Violent Sky”, the first track to be lifted from his forthcoming concept album, Krieg und Frieden (Music For Theatre) which has been written as a score for Sebastian Hartmann’s stage production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
“A Violent Sky” is our first taste of the electronica maestro’s follow up to his stunning 2011 album, The Devil’s Walk, and sees Apparat juxtaposing haunting synth drones and mournful vocals with a hypnotic piano loop and jazzy drums. The Krieg und Frieden album is out on Mute next month but you can grab a free download of “A Violent Sky” below …
Krieg und Frieden
Soulful crooner and relative newcomer Mikky Ekko stopped by Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show and covered The xx‘s subtle and somber Coexist track “Chained”. It’s still very much a tragic, heartbreaking song, but Mikky really makes it his own with this rendition, inserting runs and shifting octaves throughout. In a way, it’s almost unrecognizable, an entirely separate R&B ballad, and this is hardly a bad thing. In addition to glimpsing his creativity, we get yet another taste of his smooth, smooth vocals. We heard it on his breakout single “Pull Me Down” (produced by Clams Casino), but this cover in particular puts his voice front-and-center, and it’s beautiful.
Chained (The xx cover) (Live on Radio 1)