Last week, we received a look at Drake‘s new single, “Started From The Bottom,” from his upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same. Just as promised, we now have the official visuals too, which dropped right after The Grammy’s (where Drake’s Take Care won the award for Best Rap Album). Shot in his native Toronto, Drizzy runs us through his ascent from the “bottom” to the top, with a whole lot of clowning in between. After watching the video, it’s hard to consider the song as anything other than a joke. It’s nice to see that Drizzy can have some fun with the concept, even when he’s trying to act hard. If you’re feeling the single, you can cop it on iTunes now.
Started From The Bottom
Bluesy and soulful is “Skyscraper”, the new single from even newer London-based duo Elephant. It’s addictive right from the first listen so we won’t keep you in suspense. Hit play below and let the organs ring and rattle your bones and Amelia Rivas’ vocals coax and persuade you into a rousing euphoria.
The Skyscraper 7″ drops March 25th via Memphis Industries.
Female emcees have been on the up and coming this past year or so and in 2013 they continue to drop some unique material. With Brooklyn-based Kilo Kish‘s mixtape K+, she takes a more experimental approach to her rhyme flow. With features from Earl Sweatshirt, SBTRKT, Childish Gambino, Star Slinger, Flatbush Zombies, Vince Staples, and A$AP Ferg, and many more, this free 10-track tape is a chill, dope session introduction into her world. Mixing some intricate Internet-y vibes and synth rhythms with a charming lyrically delivery, there is something to like about this newcomer. Although each track flows and blends well into the next, some standout tracks are “Creepwave” (which you can stream below) and Neptune-esque “iou”.
Listen to the 30+ minute K+ collection here via Soundcloud.
Mac Miller recruits one half of Mobb Deep for his latest offering. Produced by Alchemist and Larry Fisherman (Mac’s alter-ego), the song diverges toward a much different aesthetic than we’re accustomed to from the Pittsburgh native. Prodigy and Mac both flex their lyrical dexterity as they detail their accounts of a convenience store robbery, making this one of the more clever and mature Mac Miller tracks to date. It’s definitely been interesting tracking his progress over the last few months since he first established his SoundCloud account. Mac’s next album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off should be dropping soon.
Confessions of a Cash Register (feat. Prodigy) (prod. Alchemist & Larry Fisherman)
Even though it’s been a few years since Youth Lagoon‘s debut The Year Of Hibernation came out, it’s still a staple album on my playlist, and, naturally, I’ve been anxiously awaiting his new material. We got a taste of his sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse, with the quirky “Dropla” not too long ago, and now we have another new song. “Mute” shows us his signature warmth and dreaminess, but also points to his exploration of other sounds and textures. Rather than just showering us with “instantly gratifying” melodies, he takes his time and flexes some complexity here and there. I think it’s safe to say we’re more than ready for the challenge. Listen in below.
Wondrous Bughouse comes out March 5th via Fat Possum Records.
It is no secret that Butch Clancy has aligned himself with the rising trap movement, just releasing A Beautiful Mind LP a few days ago. However, he has not forgotten his true roots of creating unforgettable dubstep bangers. ‘The Power of the Bass’ is a much needed dubstep track from the eccentric producer that seems to merge both his current passions, dubstep and trap into one massive sound.
The Power of the Bass
The musically eloquent french producer Monsieur Adi just released a remix of ‘Green Garden’, the first 2013 single by English soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula.
Her smokey vocals pierce through the organic uplifting orchestra strings and fluid instrumentation. A wonderful remix to relax on a hectic monday.
Green Garden (Monsieur Adi Remix)