You could not make a more accurate statement about The ILLZ‘s music than the title of his newest song. Delgis Mustafa has been one of the most consistent writers out there, steadily delving out crops of genius from us to pick from with each and every project he’s released. His newest album, The Darkest Hour, seems to be no different. “The Constant Gardener” is the intro track on this album, and a pretty ambitious one at that. Using the same sample of ”Garden of Peace’” by Lonnie Liston Smith as Jay-Z‘s classic “Dead Presidents“, The ILLZ proves that he’s more than capable of filling the shoes of a top notch emcee. Although it’s pretty short at a hair over two and a half minutes, the song certainly gets the job done, building up the anticipation for The Darkest Hour, dropping on November 13th.
Here Viceroy presents an all-around powerful remix of Visitor‘s “Coming Home,” adding extra punch to the anthemic original and giving it a heavier electro-ballad vibe. The chorus sounds more wistful, while somehow still being completely infectious and dance-worthy — a combination that’s not easy to accomplish.
Coming Home//RNB officially comes out September 10th.
With the help of several fellow rising stars, LA-based hip-hop trio Pac Divcontinues its string of dope summer music with “Black Acura.” On this cut, Thelonious Martin provides the perfect minimal, but heavy, instrumental allowing for all the emcees to showcase their own style with contrasting light, witty lyricism. The cypher-like raps and wordplay on “Black Acura” display the versatility and continued growth of the Div, who have accumulated a truly diverse library of songs since their first tapes. Stream and download this track below and make sure to check out their upcoming album, GMB, when it drops on October 16th.
Pac Div Black Acura (Ft. Mac Miller & Raven Sorvino)
GRiZ, the 22-year-old Michigan born producer has been on a tear the last few months, dropping massive tracks left and right. GRiZ just released the latest single, “Smash The Funk,” which will be on his forthcoming album Mad Liberation. “Smash The Funk” is a groovy electro-soul banger which is eerily reminescient of something one would expect to hear from the Pretty Lights Music Label. The tune begins with a down-tempo funk feel, which builds beautifully until GRiZ unleashes a thunderous crunchy bassline. The song also features extraordinary saxophone work, highlighting how multi-faceted of an artist GRiZ truly is.
Make sure to grab this free download and stay tuned for Mad Liberation, set to drop on September 4th.
Smash The Funk (forthcoming album MAD LIBERATION SEPT 4th)
Anglo-American duo Rue Royale have an incredible backstory that needs to be told. The husband-and-wife partnership of Brookln and Ruth Dekker only started performing about five years ago and since then they’ve driven over 80,000 miles across Europe on their tours, have built up an amazingly loyal fanbase all over the world, and with their record ‘Guide To An Escape’ are on the verge of the big time. Full of dark and haunting folk-rock gems, the stand-out songs ‘Foreign Night’ and single ‘Halfway Blind’ are simply composed pieces that rely on Brookln and Ruth’s vocal harmonies. Wonderfully emotional and perfect for the cold autumn nights, ‘Guide To An Escape’ is an essential album for any indie fan, and is available now.
Based out of Liverpool, Jethro Fox creates the kind of heavenly indie-pop that you’d swear was pieced together by a full, five-member band. But the “biblically named singer from a family of Atheists” just happens to be an enormously talented multi-instrumentalist. His newest song, “Blinding Light,” is as charming and saccharine as can be — full of smooth, flawless harmonies and an irresistible melody that pulls at you like an alluring outstretched arm. Right away, I’m reminded of Grizzly Bear, specifically “Two Weeks,” which is a damn good song.
With all of that being said, the Music Ninja is happy to premiere the official music video for “Blinding Light”. Directed by Lost In The Specific, it’s a beautiful piece of work, visually satisfying with its use of various patterns of lights and colors. Much like the surreal sonic experience of the track itself, the video, too, has a sense of pure dreaminess as it shows the cute closeness of a relationship.
Dog Is Dead have been around on the British rock scene ever since the five of them met in 2008, but it’s only now that the Nottingham band are releasing their debut album, ‘All Our Favourite Stories’. While it’s hard to pick highlights from it, we adore ‘Glockenspiel Song’, a riotous indie-rock number with plenty of joyful vocals and stomping percussion to get anyone singing along with the unbelievably catchy chorus. If you like your music loud and fun, then Dog Is Dead might just be the closest thing to perfection for you. Don’t miss ‘All Our Favourite Stories’, out on October 8.