A few months back a video dropped via YouTube, which depicted Skrillex playing an unidentified song live in a small venue setting. As with any track Sonny Moore produces, fans immediately started exhausting all of their resources to discover its true ID. The rumor mill had officially begun, with fans suggesting any feasible origin for the song. Unfortunately, the suggestions that it was an unfinished Skrillex track, or an unreleased gem from Alvin Risk or another OWSLA cohort, all seemed to be dead ends.
However, a little less than a month ago, a full quality version of the song emerged on Soundcloud from a new artist called HALLYWOOD X. As of yet, the person hasn’t exploded into the next EDM sensation, but there is no denying HALLYWOOD X has loads of potential considering many mistook this first track for a Skrillex production. In the meantime, treat yourself to your daily dose of wobbles and lasers and keep an eye on HALLYWOOD X’s Soundcloud to see how this young artist matures.
Texan Jordan Jeffares and his band Snowden are back after a long break with a new single, ‘The Beat Comes’. Lifted from their forthcoming record, ‘No One In Control’, it’s a slightly shoegaze-influenced slice of post-punk which allows Jeffares’ distinctive vocals to shine through the layers of feedback. Judging by ‘The Beat Comes’ alone, Snowden have made a welcome return to the scene. ‘No One In Control’ is out in the fall on Serpents & Snakes.
Smooth crooner Miguel has one of the most unique and progressive sounds in R&B. From the moment he worked with Blu and dropped his first hit single “All I Want Is You” ft. J.Cole, he has had an explosive career marked by infectious sound that continues to push the contemporary sound of R&B. With his latest tracks “Don’t Look Back” and “Use Me”, he continues experimenting with electro and synth studio effects, adding some heavy guitar chords and bass to further amplify the futuristic and dream-like beats. Miguel even has time to drop a sample from the musical Hair as the beat breaks down at the end of “Don’t Look Back.”
Both tracks are featured on his three-song EP Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview, which just dropped yesterday. The EP is the first of three installments leading up to his sophomore release (simply called Kaleidoscope Dream) on Oct. 2nd.
We were ecstatic when Brit boys Hot Chip dropped their latest record ‘In Our Heads’ a little while ago, so we are delighted to present the video for the band’s new single. ‘How Do You Do’ is a perfect example of the type of nerdy pop that Hot Chip do so perfectly, and this Rollo Jackson-directed video is a brilliant accompaniment. Don’t miss the 12″ release of ‘How Do You Do’, out on September 10 with some exclusive remixes.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I think it’s safe to say that the year of Trap has officially arrived.. “Me? Him? You? Me?” Canadian producer, KRUSHA takes us back to a Night at the Roxbury with a bumpin’ re-haul of the the 90′s classic, “What Is Love”. KRUSHA masterfully revamps the anthem, pumping the track full of swag-worthy bass and hard 808s, all-the-while retaining that oh-so-satisfying vibe of the original. Head-bobbing – commence!
“Long Time Gone” is an intimate introduction to Wales’ shining new folk star Osian Rhys. A homespun, tangled web of delicate songwriting, Osian’s debut captures a raw honesty that is rarely found on records today. The single will be released on a series of limited edition 7″ records, backed with “A oes ‘na le (i oeri gwres fy nghalon),” an absorbing ode to forbidden love sung in Osian’s native Welsh language.
“Long Time Gone” is out on August 24th via Backwater Records.
MIA might have a new king, watch out Pat Riley. Ricky Rozay has released a monster of an album and isn’t scared to tweet about it. Ross recruited Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Andre 3000, and his MMG crew to be part of his historic album. The Boss utilizes Florida producers Cool & Dre and the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League to create some polished, jazzy beats. With his lyrical evolution from Hustlin’ to GFID, it’s safe to say Ross has revolutionized the current rap scene to a more lyrically conscious audience, compared to artists like Waka Flocka. He diverges away from the typical trap music we associate with the drug aficionado and takes a turn to a more sophisticated mogul.
Ross’ taste has changed & he is altering the menu of rap/trap/hip-hop with him. With standouts like “Sixteen,” “Diced Pineapples,” and “Presidential,” Rick Ross has created THE standout hip-hop album of the summer. And with competition like Royalty,The Yellow Album, Life is Good, and Self Made Vol. 2, it’s a close race. Let’s see if G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer can break the finish line first, though. Stream a few of the notable tracks below and cop the album on iTunes.