Little is known about Youan, as he’s part of a growing number of artists who prefer to stay shrouded behind the luxury of anonymity that comes with releasing music solely through the Internet. I’m sure we’ll learn more about the mystery man as time passes, but for now we’ll let the art speak for itself. What I’ve learned so far is that the man makes some perfectly mellow music to vibe out to as the evening winds down. On his newest track, “Must Be Love,” he delivers some very Sampha-esque vocals over a sample of “Over My Dead Body,” that swirls together creating a sort of soothing hybrid between SBTRKT & Drake.
Below, stream “Must Be Love” as well as Youan’s previous single, “Know Your Name,” another calm, atmospheric track ideal for the final hours of the night. Make sure to check out Youan’s SoundCloud page, and look out for his seven-track mixtape, set to drop before the end of August.
It’s always important to watch our favorite artists evolve, especially the legends (even the transformation from a dogg to a lion). It’s great for the artists because it gives them room to expand and even better for the fans, because we know that even our most cherished idols are still hungry for growth as they push the boundaries of their music. It’s this hunger that I feel really separates the elite artists from the average and a characteristic we can find in the greats from all genres.
For music as a whole, collaboration is great because it breaks down barriers between genres making it tougher and tougher to apply labels to each new song that comes out. Hell, I didn’t even know what exactly to count this new entry as. While this new cut isn’t much of a departure from the traditional Little Dragon fare, it manages to still feel like home turf for Big Boi once he steps up to the mic bringing that same funky, tricked-out ATLien swagger that made him stand out so many years ago as a member of Outkast and more recently with his successful solo career.
When the final version of this drops, it will likely be on constant repeat until the end of the year for us ninjas. “Mama Told Me” will be featured on Big Boi’s upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which is due out later this year. For now, though, you’ll have to keep replaying the footage above of Little Dragon bringing out Sir Luscious Leftfoot at Vitamin Water and Fader’s uncapped concert series.
Taking a step away from judging and performing on the ABC talent show Duets, singer Robin Thicke capitalizes on the publicity by dropping a newly leaked single titled “Another Life”. This soulful Neptunes‘ and The Cataracs’ produced track is a soothing tune and Thicke does his label Star Trak Entertainment justice by penning some smooth lyrics. With the right mix of soul and charisma, Thicke gives the track his signature dynamic flow while still making it an easy listen for “the grown and sexy” audience. Coupled with a great instrumentals that mix piano keys, slight percussion, and some handclaps, it is clear how Thicke can bag such beauties as his wife, Paula Patton.
Looking for a great bass line, an awesome guitar sound and a sensual voice that tickles your ear? That’s what you’ll get with Made In Japan, a band that, despite their name, are from Sydney, Australia. “Definitive Pulse” is a beautiful and catchy indie-rock track that you’ll probably end up belting out or humming in the bathroom or car without even knowing it. If you like what you hear below and want more similarly infectious treats, be sure to check out their debut album, Sights and Sounds.
For months dubstep artist Dream a.k.a Rowan Jones has been teasing bassheads all over the world with his newest tune “This Isn’t House”. More recently, the track was incorporated into the soundtrack of the short video documentary Skrillex in South America. However, finally the wait is officially over. Just the other day Dream released his This Isn’t House EP on OWSLA. The EP consists of the original tune “This Isn’t House,” featuring mellow undertones that work alongside grimy bass line to create a solid dubstep banger. Also included is Flinch’s remix of the tune. Flinch compliments the chill vibes of the original by incorporating a small vocal sample throughout the track, while also adding some snarling bass giving the song a heavier dubstep feel. LoBounce provides his signature moombah-funk style to the tune, and Topher Jones creates a more house-like rendition, completely disregarding the name of the original. Be sure to give the entire EP and listen and don’t forget to support the artists on Beatport.
As we all very impatiently wait for Babel, Mumford & Sons second album, a gift is given to us called “I Will Wait.” And what a gift it is. The English folk band sends the listener along a storm of folk/bluegrass that builds until that haunting voice of Marcus Mumford strides in. His amazing voice is then surrounded with soulful banjos, palm muted acoustics, and a gorgeous piano that gives this song the true Mumford & Sons sonic signature. If this is any indication of what Babel is going to sound like, Mumford & Song will again shake the world like they did with their first ablum, Sigh No More.
In the video, they show a continous shot of a long road trip that culminates when the words “Road To Red Rocks” appear on the screen. The band is currently on a US tour that will end in already sold-out back-to-back concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater in the Ninja home state of Colorado. Check out their tour dates here to see if any of the only 4 cities still with tickets remaining are near you. You can pre-order your CD or vinyl verison of the album on their website here.
In celebration of #AshWednesday, Bad Boy Records emcee Asher Roth took to his Twitter to bless followers with a new free track titled “The World is Not Enough”. Although the single borrows its title from the 007 series movie, all similarities end there. Utilizing the same sample as the Stalley beat for “Petrin Pill Heonies”, Roth delivers a vibrant politically conscience rhyme about helping out the world through music. Although “politico-rap” rarely makes it to mainstream radio these days, this track is a hot summer jam and Roth comes through with an old-school vibe.
I have really been feeling his latest leaks and am anticipating his new album, dropping later this year. Stream and download the positive, intelligent “The World Is Not Enough” below.