YOUNG & SICK
Oh man, talk about a song that tugs on those heartstrings.
Nick Van Hofwegan, better known as the artist Young & Sick, released the single ‘Heartache Fetish’ off his upcoming album due out in two weeks.
“Dripping from your lips, written on your wrists…” are just some of the seductive lyrics of this soulful song. Y&S has a voice that reminds you of a hot summer day, when you slowly poor water over your head to keep you cool but still feel the heat on your lips. The song speaks of love, heartache, and the ever desire and fetish to have someone want you as much as you want them. Cannot wait to hear the rest of this crooner’s album.
Chasing Fire (Feat. Natasha Mira) (Free Download)
Hailing from Los Angeles, California; Patrick Reza is a relative newcomer to the EDM business – first breaking onto the scene in 2011. But since then we’ve seen a number of collaborations come our way from the LA Dubstepper – the most recent of which being this little stonker with Natasha Mira.
Now i’m not going to sit here and pretend I’m the worlds biggest dubstep fan – a certain silly haired DJ in glasses managed to spoil that whole scene for me pretty quickly. But every now and again I come across an exception which makes me stop and spin on a dime. Songs that swap the horrid buzzsaw drops that dubstep seems to have to become for huge dramatic soundscapes and perfectly produced audio beauty. Patrick’s track can safely be classed as one of those exceptions.
The dreamy vocals of Mira twinned with the excellently produced driving beats of Reza create something reminiscent of that big room – Seven Lions esque – dubstep style. But theres something else there that transforms it into something new and completely it’s own. Something there that I can’t quite put my finger on that grabs this track and sends it flying into its own dimension.
Breaking The Angle Against The Tide
Craft Spells have unveiled the first track off their sophomore album Nausea.
“Breaking The Angle Against The Tide” is the first piece of new material from the group since the release of their Gallery EP in 2012, and four years since the release of their debut album Idle Labor. The brainchild of Justin Vallesteros, Craft Spells took a brief hiatus following Vallesteros’ relocation to San Francisco. A move he had hoped would help shake a bad case of writer’s block. Vallesteros replaced his world of social media addiction and guitar-centric writing in favor of listening to Yellow Magic Orchestra records and learning to play the piano. The result is an album filled with beautiful soundscapes of weighty lyrics and rich, lavish melodies.
“Breaking The Angle Against The Tide” is a symphony of sonic poetry. Featuring echoing vocals immersed in an ocean of swelling string arrangements, the track will pull you out to sea with its calming composition that drifts over a tidal wave of electric melodies that rise and fall on the line between chaos and serenity.
Craft Spells will release Nausea June 10 via Brooklyn-based label Captured Tracks. Grab a FREE download of “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide” here.
Legendary (feat. Bun B and Juicy J)
We’re less than a week away from a Mobb Deep reunion album, as the “Legendary” rap duo prepare to bring things full circle with the release of The Infamous Mobb Deep. After touring together last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut project, Juvenile Hell, the pair took to the studio to record their first full studio album in nearly a decade. This one pays tribute to another hip-hop classic, The Infamous, and it’s separated into 2 discs: one full of 17 fresh new tunes, and one that includes 14 unreleased songs from their 1994 recording sessions.
“Legendary” happens to be one of those newer tracks, and features contributions from Bun B and Juicy J, legends in their own right respectively. The single is as triumphant as they come, as the two team up with Prodigy and Havoc to look back in retrospect on their careers and reflect on their successes over some supreme production supplied by Havoc, The Maven Boys, and Boi-1da. It’s a relatively simple track overall, but it comes packed with plenty of advice and lessons learned for the younger generation to follow.
Also be sure to check out Mobb Deep’s recent collaboration with TMN favorite Kaytranada below, which proves that the old heads aren’t afraid to give the young guys a chance to shine too. If you’re feeling both tracks, feel free to head over to iTunes to pre-order The Infamous Mobb Deep before it drops on April 1st.
Slip on your dancin’ boots and get ready for a shit-kickin’ good time. Yeah, we’re a little late to the party, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still write about Belfast born Southern.
These northern Irelanders have crafted a sound all too familiar to the southern US. Harnessing some twangy, bluesy guitar riffs and a simplistic drum beat, this high energy, smile-inducing track will have you cracking open a bottle of Budweiser and dancing through the dive bar.
Surprisingly out on a Kitsune compilation called New Faces, you can also pick this up on their four track EP. We recommend you do so, and follow it up with a 12’er and a pint of Jack.
Josiah Willows, aka JASIA, has a knack for creating larger than life soundscapes. In his debut track, this classically trained producer has developed a sound which falls somewhere in a hybrid of Sigur Ros and Tycho.
Seeing as how this Melbourne/London based artist studied classical voice, guitar and violin performing in orchestras in earlier years, it’s easy to understand how he could have such a natural gift for deriving bass driven electronic beats overlaid with orchestral layers of synthesisers, strings, guitars on a bed of vocal samples.
Press play and get lost in this one, ninjas. It won’t be difficult to do so.
SZA ft. Chance the Rapper
Childs Play (prod. XXYYXX)
Top Dawg Entertainment‘s first female signee SZA, who is currently gearing up to release a project, dropped off an incredibly laid-back tune just a few minutes ago. As if one new Chance the Rapper verse wasn’t enough for today, the young emcee also snagged some bars on this cut. If you are already familiar with Orlando-based phenom producer XXYYXX, you will likely recognize the production from his 2012 track “About You” although it has been slightly sped up with some additional instrumentation by Dae One.
SZA’s vocals glide over the haunting, down-tempo beat and Chance delivers a solid verse that displays both his lyricism and unique singing voice. When the vocals of TDE’s first lady and Chance collide near the end, they make for a soothing harmony that close out the song perfectly. Peep above and keep an eye out for SZA’s project, Z, which is set to drop on April 8th.