[Soul/Hip-Hop] ZZ Ward – Cry Wolf feat. Kendrick Lamar

After covering one of Kendrick Lamar‘s singles on her Eleven Roses mixtape, soul singer ZZ Ward teams with the Compton rising star for her latest release “Cryin’ Wolf”. This dusty acoustic rock and gritty blues song is emphasized by Ward’s tough, no bullsh*t attitude lyrics about dropping a dude that can’t drop his addiction. Paired with a hand-clap chorus and an effortlessly dope rhyme from Dre’s protege, this track has an organically beautiful and strong vibe. Mixing some blues, folk, and hip-hop elements, Ward delivers a confident intro for her upcoming debut Til The Casket Drops, out October 16th

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Cryin Wolf
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[Electro Soul] Rhye – The Fall (Video)

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Just the other week we shared a precious song called “The Fall” by Los Angeles duo Rhye. Today we bring you the accompanying music video. Directed by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen, it’s a moving story about a man who, amidst his strained current relationship, is haunted by a past one — one when he was still young, carefree, and so obviously smitten. The situation’s conflict and complexity is heightened beautifully by the chilling track.

Rhye’s The Fall EP is out today via Innovative Leisure. Included on it is a stirring live version of the track, which you must check out below.

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The Fall (Live)
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[Electro] Ellie Goulding – Stay Awake (prod by Madeon)

Ellie Goulding just released her sophmore album, the undeniably fantastic Halcyon. Included on the record is this bonus track with production by none other than Madeon. Because of his presence, the song has a great electrconic vibe going on. He’s brought phenomenal heavy electro bass lines and chords to the song, while Goulding delivers beautiful vocals as always. The two of them have blended their skills so well in this production and it shows. So check it out below and don’t forget to purchase Halcyon!

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Stay Awake (prod. by Madeon)
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[Live Review] How To Dress Well – Santos Party House, NYC

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Ocean Floor For Everything

I don’t know what’s going on with Mother Nature, but the weather in New York City has been nothing short of WTF lately. Last week the temperatures hit the 80s, but just last night I’m pretty sure I shivered my way to dinner in the 50s. Since it’s socially unacceptable to wear my fleece blanket as a dress, my cousin and I opted to grab a hot steaming bowl of Vietnamese soup to warm us up before the show. It hit the spot.

We walked over to the venue, Santos Party House, an always stuffy and packed place in Chinatown, and waded through the crowd towards the front. The closer it got to 10pm, the more people tried to weasel their way into every nook and cranny of the room (pet peeve of mine, especially since I’m short and spend most of my time at concerts thinking, “No, no, don’t do it, don’t stand in front me, tall man! Don’t you dare.”).

If you’re unfamiliar with Tom Krell, AKA How To Dress Well, here’s the gist: he makes beautiful and utterly devastating, R&B-infused electronic music. His 2010 debut album Love Remains was brilliantly refreshing, and his latest record, Total Loss, which just dropped last month on Acephale Records, will easily make it onto my Top 10 of 2012.

That being said, I’m always wary about seeing electronic projects live. I’ve witnessed my fair share of disappointing, flat performances and had far too many “what the heck am I watching?” reactions to “DJ” sets. Fortunately, How To Dress Well did not let me down. Actually, he blew me away. His vocals alone, frail but so heavenly and pure when done in falsetto, are absolutely captivating. He gives famed R&B superstars a run for their money. I know for a fact that during most of his songs I just stood with my jaw ajar completely in awe and I can’t remember the last time I was so moved by someone’s singing.

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[Chill] Port St. Willow – Amawalk (Video)

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I’ve wanted to write about Nick Principe, AKA Port St. Willow, for the last few months, but never had a newsy item to brag about… until now. He’s unveiled his new performance video for “Amawalk”. Slow, haunting, romantic, atmospheric are all words to describe this track, yet they’re still not enough to capture its true essence. Port St. Willow, with its anxious buildups and fragile vocals, leaves you speechless. He’s probably one of my favorite artist discoveries of 2012, so be sure and check him out.

“Amawalk” is off his debut album Holiday, out now.

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Amawalk

via Stereogum

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[Groove] Brandy – I Wanna Be Down (Follow Me Remix)

It’s Wednesday, and as the day progresses and we slowly crest the hump of the week I think it is only appropriate to slow down, breath deeply, and regenerate a little piece of mind. A few weeks back, Follow Me, a productional duo hailing from New York, released their sensual remix of TLC’s “Unpretty” and today they have graced us with yet another groove-filled remix to soothe your mind and body. Their latest effort, a remix of Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down”, flaunts a rhythmic deep house bassline which compliments Brandy’s steamy R&B vocals astonishingly well. This is the perfect cathartic jam to rejuvenate you for the weekend to come, so click the download button and enjoy!

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I Wanna Be Down (Follow Me Remix)
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[Hip-Hop] Wale – Arrival

The MMG lyricist Wale steps away from guest verses to give the fans a new solo record, titled Arrival. This smooth Ceezy-produced track has the DMV-native flossin’ about the usual references of money, women, and sports. It has been awhile since fans have heard any new solo material and Wale delivers over a short, soulful sample-mixed beat. Claiming that his first album was a sleeper, his second was for groupies, then the third shall be a charm and possibly his beat effort yet.

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Arrival
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