Well, it looks like today’s forecast includes copious amounts of fireball. It’s a good thing Fireball is so delicious, otherwise we’d be hosed! All kidding aside, it’s Friday. You’ve worked your ass off for all of 2012. It’s time to get down. Lace up them dancing shoes, and let’s boogie.
Not very impressed by this whole apocalypse thing today, IHOP wasn’t even full when I went there this morning. “End of the World” is the illustrious new single from Hunter Hunted ( Dan Chang and Michael Garner’s new project since Lady Danville). We have come to love this Los Angeles duo for excelling at finding that perfect balance between California indie and folk rock. Their latest single feels more like a reset, a fresh new beginning and perhaps the very title could be interpretative as the end of this world, so we can start a new one. Can’t wait what they have in store for 2013.
Josh Ritter is back! The tireless singer-songwriter announced his seventh studio album, entitled The Beast in Its Tracks, due out in early 2013. Along with this announcement came the release of the album’s first single, “Joy to You Baby”. On this track he takes a simple melody and uses it to showcase his beautiful songwriting ability. He builds the song with acoustic strumming and finishes it off with a touch of electric guitar and a quiet drum beat. Despite the cheerful chords, the lyrics give off a sad and wistful vibe. Yet, they come to a close with a little bit of hope. Once again, Ritter has crafted a wonderful song, which you should definitely check out below.
Just in time for the fated “end of the world”, J.Cole drops some new heat for fans all over the globe in his track “2012″. On the appropriately-titled self-produced song, the NC rapper is in a celebratory mood as he commemorates the Mayan prophecy. Mixing plenty of spanish percussion with a fast paced beat and quick rhyme, this is one of the few times we actually hear a party anthem from Cole and what makes this dope single even sweeter is the fact that its completely free. Be sure to go out with a bang and listen to the track below. If we make it through the fated prophecy, then you can hear more from the RocNation emcee when his sophomore LP Born Sinner drops January 28th.
In the opening seconds of this “Waiting Like A Wolf” remix, German producer Robot Koch makes the bass throb like a hungry heart. He certainly draws from Alek Fin‘s original ghostliness — the entire thing seems possessed by an eerie kind of energy — but he also builds upon it, stretching his imagination farther than the eye can see. Like a living, breathing organism, the track grows, develops and stutters through a number of kinetic and jarring phases. Utilizing a variety of sounds and beats, Koch creates moments of endless gloom, uncontrollable mania, and even otherworldly euphoria, proving his style to be inventive, fearless, and impressively futuristic.
Ever since the Long.Live.A$AP tracklist was released, I’ve had this track on my radar, specifically because of one name: Danger Mouse. Most people recognize him for his work with Cee Lo Green on Gnarls Barkley, or hismashup project between Jay-Z and The Beatles known as The Grey Album. You’d be surprised however, to know how diverse his body of work really is. He’s worked with everyone from MF Doom to The Black Keys, and has proven he’s one of the most imaginative and eclectic producers of our time, not to mention under appreciated. When I saw he’d have a production credit on A$AP Rocky‘s new album, I didn’t know what to expect, except for greatness.
“Phoenix” represents a maturation process for the young rapper, and serves as a reflection of sorts as well. Taking a break from his weed, women, and money, the Harlem emcee uses this opportunity to discuss his origins and the constant scrutiny he’s been under ever since he signed his record deal, starting the song off with the ominous line, “Bloody ink on my pen spelled suicide.” Danger Mouse does not disappoint on the piano-laden production either, providing appropriate tone throughout the entire track. Honestly, it’s going to be tough to beat this one, but we look forward to seeing what else A$AP has to offer on his forthcoming album, dropping on January 15th.
After plenty of previews and radio rips, we finally have the true extended mix of Porter Robinson and Mat Zo‘s massive collaboration, and boy do they make it look easy. “Easy” is a happy-go-lucky affair with light, airy vocals and pumping synths that’ll make you want to jump out of your seat and dance right on the spot. Seriously, try to resist the urge to blast this out of your speakers right now (please refrain from doing this if you’re at work or a library at the moment). This track makes for a perfect way to wrap up the year and celebrate the forthcoming of a new one; and for those of you who are just finishing your finals, we at TMN all hope they were (relatively) easy.