This ninja might be in a Disco kind of groove today because there seems to be a common theme with the amount of funky hits we’ve posted today…or maybe it’s just a sign that it’s Friday and we’re ready to rip our work clothes off and get all fancy for the night. We’ve got a fun new tune from an unfamiliar artist around here who calls himself/herself, Book Club. With only one song to show, Book Club introduces us to a new side of Disco in which this style exudes the type of elements one would expect to hear underwater. With some funky Chromeo-style vocal chops, some incredibly fancy sounding synths, and a catchy melody, “Young Man At The Sea” keeps us afloat in this sea disco hit. Considering this is the only information we have on Book Club, we can only hope that this person continues to take this new sound to an entirely new level of production.
A Little Lost
Sufjan Stevens fans will be chomping at the bit do get their hands on this interpretation of “A Little Lost.” In a tribute compilation put together by The Red Hot Organization, notable artists from around the globe came together to pay tribute to American cellist, composer, singer, and musician Arthur Russell.
Master mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell comes out October 21 by way of Yep Roc, and includes works by Robyn, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphrescent, Jose Gonzalez, Devandra Banhart, and more. Today though, we’re covering just this body of work from Detroit-born Sufjan Stevens. Boasting a defined electronic bass and percussion section, the focus is on Steven’s voice, much as it was Russell’s. The beauty of both this interpretation and it’s predeceasing original are in the simplicity. With the understated nature, we’re left to get lost in the lyrics.
Obviously moved by the message, Steven’s had this to say:
I like “A Little Lost” because it’s all about kissing. I love kissing. If I could kiss all day, I would. I can’t stop thinking about kissing. I like kissing more than sex because there’s no end to it. You can kiss forever. You can kiss yourself into oblivion. You can kiss all over the body. You can kiss yourself to sleep. And when you wake up, you can’t stop thinking about kissing. Dammit, I can’t get anything done because I’m so busy thinking about kissing. Kissing is madness! But it’s absolute paradise, if you can find a good kisser.
Mexican Coke (prod. Knox Fortune)
Chicago’s Leather Corduroys, comprised of Kami de Chukwu and Joey Purp, are back at it. The hip-hop duo’s most recent project, Porno Music Vol. II, was one of our favorites this year and they’ve certainly hit the ground running with their latest offering. On “Mexican Coke,” both emcees spit some casually boastful lines about their extensive travels over playful production courtesy Knox Fortune. As much of the music that comes from their SaveMoney collective, this one’s a bouncy listen that could work equally well in a casual or party setting. Check it above.
It’s been a minute since we last heard any solo material from Big Sean, but the Detroit spitter has returned in a big way today (no pun intended). In honor of his recent signing to Roc Nation and the release of his own signature pair of Adidas shoes, Sean Don decided to share four brand new songs to celebrate his hustle. These aren’t exactly your average fare either, as the tracks feature production from an eclectic group that includes Mike WiLL Made It, Kanye West, DJ Mustard, DJ Dahi, Key Wane, Nate Fox, Da Internz and L&F.
Sean is all over the map in this collection, as he draws influence from a number of various styles of hip-hop. From the far more serious “Paradise” and “4th Quarter” to the more playful “Jit/Juke” and “I Don’t Fuck With You,” the talented rapper stays steady with the punchlines, dropping plenty of quotables and keying us into some of the recent happenings of his life, namely the rumors surrounding his relationship with Ariana Grande.
Nod your head to the tracks below, and make sure to be on the lookout for any upcoming album announcements from the G.O.O.D. Music representative.
’Big Sean – Paradise (Ransom Intro) (Prod. MikeWillMadeIt)’
’Big Sean – I Don’t Fuck With You Feat E40(Prod. DJ Mustard / Kanye West /DJ Dahi)’
’Big Sean – Jit/Juke (Prod. Nate Fox/ Da Internz/ L&F)’
’Big Sean – 4th Quarter (Prod. Key Wane)’
VOICES IN MY HEAD ft. A$AP Ferg
Given the releases thus far, it is pretty safe to say that SBTRKT‘s upcoming album is going to be one of the best of the year. Each song has pushed genre boundaries in original ways and the A$AP Ferg-featuring “Voices In My Head” is, unsurprisingly, no exception. With an airy, yet ominous backdrop, Ferg diverges from his usual trapped-out style delivering a powerful, introspective verse with a versatile flow that adjusts to fit SBTRKT’s brooding, evolving instrumental. Wonder Where We Land is out on October 7th.
The Celestics ft. Waldo
You remember The Celestics right? The Canadian duo–consisting of super producer Kaytranada & rapper Louie P–burst onto the scene back in May with the release of their mixtape Supreme Laziness. Returning today with the first follow-up to their acclaimed project, the brothers from Montreal team up with Michigan native Waldo for “173.” This new cut finds the emcees spitting gruff yet emphatic rhymes over an ominous, hard-hitting instrumental. With Halloween edging closer than you think, this one makes for a good track to stash away to frighten all the other emcees out there with that with these guys are capable of. Grab the free download above and make sure to stay tuned for more from the pair in the coming months.
Our Love (Daphni Mix)
Caribou‘s return has been absolutely magnificent. Earlier today, on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio One mix, Daphni, the alter-ego of Caribou’s Dan Snaith, made his first return remixing the title track from the forthcoming album. While the original version of “Our Love” already holds a distinct dance feel, Daphni rearranges the bass-line and vocal sample to give it more of an underground, UK garage feel. Spanning over 7-minutes, this remix captivates the listener with its steady progression. Give this one a spin above–Our Love is out digitally on September 15h and can be pre-ordered via iTunes now.