New York-based rapper, Skizzy Mars, has been garnering a lot of buzz over the last few years with his music. While he would constantly surprise us with quality material from time to time, fans were itching to hear a full body of work from the young emcee. We finally have that project in the form of his new mixtape, Phases, which proves the wait was well worth it. While fans will be delighted to see the return of hits like “Pay for You” (with G-Eazy) and “Douchebag,” it’s the new material we’re all excited about, and Skiz does not disappoint. Phases is the type of project that both fans of hip-hop and pop can enjoy. Skizzy Mars is one of the few artists out there who’s able to effectively combine catchy, flavorful hooks with raw, intelligent lyricism. Picking out standout tracks from the project proved to be a bit difficult, but each one of the chosen few below brings something different to the table. It’s definitely worth your time to check out the whole project though, which you can download for free at skizzymars.com.
Subscape first came to promenence in the scene after his debut release on Dub Police in 2008. Since then, he has become one of the most prolific artists the label has seen. Aside from a coast-to-coast US tour in 2012, he also had monster remixes for artists like Ray Foxx, Ed Sheeran and Adam F.
Subscape’s melodic yet heavy dubstep style has graced our ears on many occasions, which was why we were so excited to bring you this exclusive today. On the heels of the third installment of the My Style (My Style 003 – March 31st) series, Subscape has offered up a delicious exclusive for our ninjas with, “No Time to Chill.” Prepare your neck and ears for this one. In the true essence of artists like Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, and Caspa, Subscape has an absolute monster of a track that features alarm style synths, monster bass, and perfectly timed vocal samples.
Take one listen to this track, try not to bob your head, and when you’re done, check out his tour dates below to see where you can catch him live.
North American Tour
03/04 – Foundation Night club Seattle, WA
04/04 – U Street Music Hall Washington, DC
05/04 – Encore Edmonton, AB
06/04 – Flames Central Calgary, AB
07/04 – Smog Sundays at Los Globos Los Angeles, CA
11/04 – Temple San Francisco, CA
12/04 – Beta Nightclub (Sub.Mission 6th Birthday) Denver, CO
13/04 – The Loft Minneapolis, MN
14/04 – Barcelona Austin, TX
New York indie rock group Caveman will release their self-titled sophomore album next Tuesday via Fat Possum. We’ve already heard “In The City” and “Over My Head” — both such lush, richly-textured, well-paced and patient tracks — and now we’ve been treated to the entire album, thanks to NPR. Check it out below, as well as a new track that the band recently released called “Where’s The Time”.
It’s not quite April yet and the flowers are still waiting to bloom and burst with color, but we all know that Summer’s just around the corner. We can smell it in the air, feel it on our skin, and with breezy, love-tinged electro-pop tracks like Carousel‘s “Another Day”, we’re already daydreaming about and yearning for those long, sunny, hot July days. So hit play, tune in and let’s start the countdown to that fun, sizzling season.
I first got turned on to This Town Needs Guns years ago. I fell in love with their track “Want to Come Back to My Room”. The love song is often a trite thing, but TTNGs’ track was something that moved me: it captured the complex feelings of heartache and longing while creating an amazingly elaborate instrumental effort. I was impressed and remain so today upon reviewing 22.214.171.124.0
The album blends together with all the predictable elements of a TTNGs album: outstanding technical expertise blends together underneath a soothing lead singer’s crooning. Intricate drumming, bass lines and guitar riffs blur together into an ultimately listenable album of lullabies, easy listening jams and will-be indie rock classics.
The album begins with “Cat Fantastic,” starting with succinct drumming and guitar riffs while the lead singer drifts lyrics about “tan lines and red wine,” giving a dreamy French Riviera feel to the first track. “Left Aligned” brings a beat structure that demands a patient listener who is well rewarded for the effort: the drums, guitar and bass create an intricate tapestry at first that fades to a lullaby before emerging back into a complex indie song. “+#3 Awesomeness Repels Water” provides a stomping good rock song with all the characteristic TTNGs intricate guitar work blended with simple percussion.
The entire effect of the album is a dizzying, dazzling and impressive feat of instrumental precision, drifting lyrics and attention to detail that makes it an immediately identifiable This Town Needs Guns album. Although this band may not be for the casual listener, it rewards the enthusiast with some incredibly complex and enjoyable tunes. Listen here!