[Hip-Hop] Alex Wiley – Vibration

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Alex Wiley
Vibration

Alex Wiley has just released the second single from his sophomore project, Village Party, and it’s nothing but good vibrations. After the successful release of his debut mixtape Club Wiley last year, the Chitown native is looking to accomplish bigger and better things in 2014.

“Vibration” is definitely a step in the right direction. Easily our favorite single of his to date, the track features the erratic spitter going in over a euphoric, steadily building instrumental. At just a hair over two minutes, we wish the track was a bit longer, but I guess that’s what the replay button is for.

UPDATE: Hit the jump to watch Wiley get animated in the dope accompanying visuals for “Vibration.” Continue reading

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[Hip-Hop] Leather Corduroys – Porno Music Volume II: TSFR (EP)

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Leather Corduroys
Porno Music Volume II: TSFR

Leather Corduroys,  consisting of Chitown’s own Kami de Chukwu and Joey Purp, dropped off a brand new EP a couple nights ago and it continue to show why their SaveMoney collective is here to stay. Porno Music Volume II: TSFR, which has no predecessor despite its strange sequel-implying title, is an eclectic and often refreshingly strange mix of music reflective of the state of Midwestern hip-hop.

With production and lyrical content that progressively ranges from lo-fi to full-on trap, the EP is full of creative energy and expression. An especially dope track, “Nightmare on Chicago Ave,” comes on around the 6-minute mark, when the two emcees drop all playfulness and demonstrate that they can hold their own next to any rapper out there.

It is evident through the cohesiveness of the EP that these artists took the time to think about their project as a whole, making it a start-to-finish must listen. Enjoy this one above and look for more heat from SaveMoney this summer.

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[NEW] Drake – Days In The East

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Drake
Days In The East

If you haven’t realized it by now, Drake has essentially mastered the craft of releasing music when his fans least expect it. After dropping his “Draft Day” single seemingly out of thin air on Tuesday night, Drizzy waited until everyone was sleeping to release this follow-up cut in the wee hours of Thursday morning (around 4:00 AM EST to be specific). Luckily for all of you, we ninjas don’t sleep, and were waiting patiently by our computers to snap this one right up. Produced by OVO signee PARTYNEXTDOOR (with some help from his sidekick 40), the track features the Toronto native fluctuating between singing and rapping over a woozy, ominous instrumental. It’s classic R&B Drizzy, but at the same time is an attempt to push the boundaries of his sound to nearly narcotic territory. Now that we think about it, this is the perfect track to be listening to at 4:00 AM, and chances are Drake already knows it.

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[NEW] N.A.S.A. – Hide (Tropkillaz Remix) Feat. Childish Gambino & Aynzli Jones

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Hide (Tropkillaz Remix) Feat. Childish Gambino & Aynzli Jones

It’s always a great day when you get to hear a new verse from Childish Gambino. Well consider yourself lucky, as the man formerly known as Troy Barnes joins Aynzli Jones on the bass heavy Tropkilaz remix of N.A.S.A.‘s “Hide.” While Bino isn’t about to set the world on fire with this particular set of bars, he fits in perfectly over the screeching synths and thundering 808’s of the festival ready anthem. Check out the fantastic single above, and be prepared to hear this plenty of times over the upcoming months.

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Get to know: LAXX [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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LAXX
Step Two [Preview]

LAXX is most definitely one to keep your eye on. Having signed with the renowned bass family Never Say Die last year, LAXX dropped his explosive debut EP for them in February and is now unleashing his second on April 7th. A follow up from ‘Step One’, ‘Step Two’ is another display of his self-coined “Twitch” music, packed with jittery synths and intense rhythmical progressions – not to mention a frenzied remix from label mate MUST DIE! The iconic and wonderfully simplistic ‘Step One’ is given a more dynamic and atmospheric twist, whilst maintaining that earth shattering drop impact of the original. I particularly enjoy ‘The Limit’ with its blend of vocal outbreaks and sustained pulse throughout, and LAXX’s sense of musical identity resonates here. I had the opportunity to to grill LAXX on ‘Step Two’ and what we can expect to see from him in the future.

TMN: Did you approach making ‘Step Two’ differently to ‘Step One’? Did ‘Step Two’ feel more like you were experimenting with a new set of sounds?

LAXX: ‘Step One’ was hard to follow, but I had a vibe in my mind already and knew what sort of thing I wanted to hear. It took a while, I named so many projects ‘Step Two’ and had about 5 different tracks which I was going to go back in on, but none of them were what I wanted. When I’m writing I know when I’ve got it, and a lot of the time I just start again because it’s not working for me. As soon as I got the basic vibe of it, I must’ve known, because I named it ‘Definitely Step Two’. But yeah, I wanted a similar vibe but a different musical palette.

TMN: Which track on this EP are you most proud of and why?

LAXX: Like all of them for different reasons. ‘Brainbug’ took the longest to finish, but I’m still as into ‘The Limit’ as I was when I first wrote it. I’ve always tried to create something simple, which has as much impact as something overproduced. But in all, I’m proud of all of them, and they all took weeks of back and forth to finish.

TMN: Where does the term “Twitch” music come from?

LAXX: “Twitch” is a term I created just because I didn’t feel what I was doing was fitting into categories I was listening to. To me just means a different rhythm, not just the obvious. The vibe in ‘Brainbug’ and ‘The Unknown’ are pretty much off key and different, so thats what I mean. I take inspiration from everything, but I still see what I’m doing in a different bracket to Trap or Dubstep, so it would be wrong to call it either.

TMN: What’s next in terms of future sounds from you? What can we expect you to deliver after this release?

LAXX: You’ll have to wait and see, but I’m just going down a new route. I want to do something different and exciting and make peoples ears prick up. So, I can’t say really, but I’ve got a lot in store..

TMN: You’ve previously worked with several grime artists. Do you have any plans to collaborate with vocalists again?

LAXX: Yes. I’ve always been a big fan of grime MC’s and Footsie, D Double E and P Money are some of my favourites. I can’t really say whats to come, but there will be some colabs in the pipeline.

TMN: Could you name 3 of your all-time favourite tracks?

That’s not an easy question as my music taste is pretty broad and I go through phases with different genres constantly. But here you go:

Krust – Warhead

Bad Company – Planet Dust

Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing

TMN: If you could work on a track with any Never Say Die artist, who would it be?

LAXX: I like all of the artists on Never Say Die, but I’d love to get in the studio with Zomboy. I just know he’d be a nutter to work with, he’s got so much energy in his tunes, it’d be a laugh just to work with him and see him vibe out.

TMN: Thanks for your time LAXX! Awesome release.

LAXX: Cheers for having me and make sure you grab ‘Step Two’ on 7th April!

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[Indie] We Were Evergreen – False Start

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We Were Evergreen
False Start

Less of a ‘False Start’, more of a new beginning: Parisian trio We Were Evergreen, have downed their twee toys and deliver a sparkling sense of misdirection with this adrenaline fueled release. No doubt the intoxicating spriteliness of ‘False Start’ mirrors its narrative inspiration: band member Michael sourced the idea from a Usain Bolt documentary.

Flip through the back catalogue and you’ll hear rumors of lo-fi, fizzy and quirky pop offerings; descriptions almost unaligned with the textured electro vibes and sleek vocals that peruse ‘False Start’. We Were Evergreen may be shaking their cute vibe and replacing it with something a bit more sassy.

Riding high off the back of a European tour (supporting Metronomy), sell out UK shows and notable nods from prestigious press (BBC 6 Music and The Guardian’s: Pick Of The Day), We Were Evergreen now embark on their own headline tour of the UK and pop in at Liverpool’s ‘Sound City’ Festival 2014, to strut and fret their hour upon the stage, with the likes of Wolf Alice and Albert Hammond Junior.

We’re not expecting Olympic stadiums, but we are suggesting big things.

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[Synth-Pop] Bestfriends – Refine EP

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We had the chance to feature Chicago dance-poppers Bestfriends along with their gorgeous single “The Way I Feel” a few weeks back, and in the time since we’d been salivating like one of Pavlov’s Dobermans for the full release of Refine; the duo’s latest extended play. Well today, our patience was finally rewarded with the full drop, and immediately the five track synth-pop-meets-electronic-R&B fueled journey jumped onto this writer’s short list of favorite albums of 2014 thus far. While listening to their incredibly inviting and sonically textured sound, it’s easy to forget that only a pair of musicians -Gregory Shanahan & Nick Scalise- oversee Bestfriends’ entire artistic process. From the ground floor of writing and composing, to recording and performing, Bestfriends even manage to see their work all the way through to the final mixing and mastering stages, leaving no stone unturned from their vision in the process. It’s clear from the onset of Refine as opening track “When the Lights” bounces into your ears so gracefully behind a rhythmic lead guitar and four-four kick that this artistic attention to detail translates into a wonderfully shapeshifting and fully listenable collection. These two synth savantes’ meticulous crafting of Refine has resulted in an EP which feels deeply rooted in their  emotive brand of dancey, layered pop music while simultaneously playing out as all kinds of accessible to cutthroat music fans and casual listeners alike. Bestfriends’ Refine EP is available for purchase now through iTunes , so if listening a few times here isn’t enough, do like we did and hop on over to add this one to your library permanently. For now though, just stream Refine in its entirety below.

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The Way I Feel
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Refine
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