While everyone who has ever listened to an Outkast record eagerly anticipates some new material from 3 Stacks and Big Boi, we are forced to scrounge through music blogs for anything with a “ft. Andre 3000″ appended. In my search, I was able to dig this treasure up. A mashup of The Weeknd assisted track The Ride, off of Drake’s Take Care, and Andre’s legendary verse from International Player’s Anthem. This works seamlessly and makes quite the compelling case for an authentic collaboration between these two enormous talents. Craftily mixed by an artist with a suspiciously similar name to the OF lead man, this mashup should certainly help hold music fans over until we get some more new music from the ATLien. No need to thank me because as Dre would say, “you know I got your back like chiroprac.”
Russ, of the rather mysterious collective Diemon, recently dropped a project titled, Straight From Limbo, which you can download free here. His latest single, Corleone, certainly deserves a listen with Russ spitting some great raps over Curren$y-esque, smooth production. While the subject matter remains in the ever-familiar area of weed and booze, Russ establishes his unique style and displays an impressive delivery. Definitely a track I can see being in heavy iTunes rotation and an artist and collective to look out for.
The Los Angeles artist Alex Brown Church, who plays under the band name Sea Wolf, has been releasing indie folk pop gems since he released his debut album ‘Leaves in the River’ in 2007. Last year, he put out ‘White Water, White Bloom’ and without missing a beat, is set to release a new record, ‘Old World Romance,’ in September. ‘Old Friend’ is the first single to be released from his new album, and it does not disappoint. Gentle acoustic fingerpicking is overlaid with ringing electric guitar and Church’s signature catchy and entertaining vocals. It looks like ‘Old World Romance’ is set to be another great album from Sea Wolf.
Look for ‘Old World Romance’ to be released on September 11, 2012 on Dangerbird Records.
In the middle of an empty room sits two chairs. As you go to sit in one the other is filled by Dan Smith, half of the duo that makes up Listener. Music starts playing then the Atlanta native Dan Smith begins reciting off lyrics in spoken word no farther than 2 feet away from you. This spoken word, or as Listener likes to call it Lyrical Talk, track has the innate ability to bring that alone in the room facing the artist atmosphere that makes listening to this such a personal experience. No less incredible than the experience is the actual lyrical talent put into the words being spoken to you. The other Half of listener, the production connoisseur hailing from Pahrump, NV is Christin Nelson. The accompanying video here is just the perfect fitting visual to the journey of this track. Listen to and buy more of their music on Listener’s bandcamp page.
The Pretty Girl is Mellowhype’s attempt at a new single. Left Brain creates a Caribbean production with thick bass to compliment the xylophone keys. Hodgy jumps in to talk about his “Puerto Rican mama” and his other Hispanic women. As with recent Mellowhype releases, this is another great release but so far the theme and creative lyricism is what is driving this to be my favorite.
Dutch house DJ Fedde Le Grand has teamed up with electro-house DJ Nicky Remero to bring us one of the top progressive tracks of the year. Blending Fedde Le Grand’s house feel with Nicky Remeros heavier electro style created “Sparks”, a killer proghouse track a lot of people have been waiting for since its first drop at EDC Las Vegas. The song its self is a phenomenal weaving of heavy electrohouse chords and bass, with the tempo of a proghouse jam, creating one hard hitting track. Definitely worth the listen if you didn’t catch it at EDC, which I’m sure most didn’t. So check it out and if you gotta have it, it’s out on beatport now.
Sparks (Original Mix)
Coastal Cities is an up and coming band from the UK. They formed in 2009 when 3 of the members met in detention at school (talk about life giving you lemons and making lemonade); they recruited the other 2 soon after getting out of detention. Recently, they have released a new single called “The Voyage,” and it’s pure indie gold. It feels like Vampire Weekend had a baby with Foster The People, and that baby was born with British swag. “The Voyage” feels coastal—this is a song I would listen poolside, lakeside, seaside, westside, etc. “Relief” is more energetic and upbeat, but still keeps a coastal summer vibe. Their music is fresh; I can almost smell the salty coastal air while listening to this song. Better yet, it’s free! Grab it while you can, it’s worth at least a few plays this summer.
“The Voyage” and “Relief” are slated to be released 7/30 by Once Upon A Time Records, but “The Voyage” is up to download now.