The Philly-based duo, Chiddy Bang, team up with Converse for a pretty awesome and swagged-out track. As usual, Xaphoon Jones is on point incorporating the perfect amount of electro sounds in his production. Chiddy employs a flow popularized by the likes of Juicy J and 2 Chainz, which has recently become a staple in hip-hop. While a bit corny at times, the style is delivered perfectly by the rapping half of the group, who finds a way to put his own spin on it still expressing his individuality as an artist. A great record to turn up and grind to.
Paper & Plastic
I love FCPREMIX. First hearing the song back in 2005 as a freshman in high school, I was intent on learning the guitar, in part due to wanting to play this song. Post-hardcore band Fall of Troy gained mainstream success from this track, as it was featured in video games like Guitar Hero III (much harder to play on Guitar Hero than the actual guitar ironically).
Miami based producer Atrasolis modernizes the track for current electronic tastes. At times, there’s almost too much going on for me too handle, but that doesn’t stop my head from going with the beat. His build ups at the end of each verse are high octane and effervescent; I’m all sorts of riled up by the time it drops. Although the song is “old,” Atrasolis’s take on FCPREMIX is refreshing. Throw it in a DJ set, workout mix, or on shuffle in the car- this song does work.
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The Fall of Troy
FCPREMIX (Atrasolis Remix)
On Gambino’s most recent project, ROYALTY, we saw him team up with two members of Black Hippy, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q. On Sour Face, CG enlists the most senior member of the crew, Jay Rock, for a track to ride to. Jay Rock’s aggressive, gangster flow fits surprisingly well with Gambino’s approach and this is yet another demonstration of the growth of Donald, exhibiting versatility while maintaining his uniqueness. After hearing this, I am highly anticipating a collaboration with the fourth member of Black Hippy, Kendrick Lamar. My favorite line on this one references the talented and beautiful Alison Brie, who is one of Glover’s co-stars on Community. In the Bay Area, we would refer to this as a SLAP.
Sour Face f. Jay Rock.mp3
After four years, The Helio Sequence sheds some light on their upcoming record on September 11.
Sub Pop Records released a teaser trailer a month ago about The Portland duo’s upcoming album Negotiations, The fifth full-length album by Sub Pop Records.
The folk-experimental duo wrote, produced and recorded the album in their studio in Portland, OR.
The teaser hints at the work and time the band put into the album and a look at their hometown. We also hear one of the tracks hinting at an exciting album release. The Helio Sequence is planning a fall tour in support of Negotiations and has scheduled an appearance at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, WA.
It’s been a little more than a year since the release of this song by Stu Larsen and I got to say that, it’s a pretty awesome song. The deep lyrics that are sang by Larsen and the joyful melody of the guitar makes it a little candy for our ears. So one year after the release of his EP Ryeford, I invite you guys to go and check out this magnificent song.
If you feel in shape, take a look at “Paper Sails” and his last EP that was release under his own personal label “Stu Larsen” in April 2011!
Ever since the release of their self-titled, debut album, The Lumineers have steadily become more and more popular. Why? They understand how to make simple folk songs that are really good and extremely catchy. The songs ‘Ho Hey’ and ‘Submarines’ showcase the band’s tune crafting ability wonderfully. ‘Ho Hey’ starts off with soft, acoustic guitar strumming punctuated with cries of, ‘Ho!’ and, ‘Hey!’ The song builds quickly and by the end you’ll be stomping your feet and singing along. ‘Submarines’ is a piano driven track, with interesting lyrics referencing World War II fears of Japanese submarines. Without a doubt, both songs are definitely worth a listen.
If you enjoy these songs, consider picking up the whole album, ‘The Lumineers,’ released on April 3, 2012 by the Dualtone Music Group. It’s a good one.
MYPET is a new male/female duo consisting of Amy and Ray. They’ve recently caught our attention for their first single ‘Pays to Know.’ This synthy track is anchored by a catchy drumbeat immediately drawing you in to the song. Amy’s echoing vocals shimmer across the synth landscape, making for an incredibly enjoyable listening experience. Check it out!
This single will be released on August 20th by Luv Luv Luv