It has been some time since we’ve heard any new solo material from hip-hop superstar Drake. Today, the Toronto-based artist let loose a stream of his latest single, which will be officially released on the day of the Grammy’s, and it definitely does not disappoint. Although the sound is a bit more devious carrying a mesmerizing piano loop, “Started From The Bottom” has all the makings of another hit for Drizzy. What y’all ninjas think?
Started From The Bottom
Common‘s “I Used To Love H.E.R.” is revered as one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time. Nearly twenty years later, we finally have a sequel in “The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.).” The track was crafted for J. Period‘s new mixtape, Rage Is Back, dropping on February 12th in celebration of his new novel by the same name. While the title implies it’s a follow up to the original, I wouldn’t hold it to the same standards as the 1994 classic. It’s much too short, with only one real verse, and doesn’t seem to share the same magical qualities. Even then, it’s still a solid track, and a nice tribute to the Chicago veteran’s legacy.
Common, J. Period
The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.)
Last week, Toronto’s Keys N Krates dropped an awesomely aggressive EP called Lucid Dreams. It’s an interesting title because, while there are certainly overpowering waves of euphoric dream-like synth work, it’s got an equally heavy dose of straight up dirty bounce. Not that I’m complaining – the filthy highs feel that much more potent when offset by the clean cut and shimmery moments; it’s both that contrast and combination that’s praise-worthy. A perfect example of this would be this nearly 5-minute track titled “Dreamyness,” where you’ll get the best of both worlds. Shivers, swagger, and everything in between. Check it out below and take advantage of the free EP download.
Bonus: “Let It Rain” (as heard on BBC Radio 1)
Annie Nightingale BBC Radio 1
Jan 26, 2013
While R&S Records has been known to boast a range of electronically minded artists (Airhead, James Blake, Aphex Twin), they’ve got the ear for sparse, straightforward indie rock. Case in point: London three-piece Vondelpark. Their new song, “California Analog Dream” reads like a coaxing, late-night drive along an empty and dark highway. It’s not loud or boisterous, but it hardly needs to be; its hushed quality is its best quality. Add in the velvety vocals that wrap you up like a cozy security blanket and you’ve got a track that’ll keep your attention night or day.
Vondelpark’s new album, Seabed, comes out April 1st.
With Molly being the new flavor of the week, there’s been a vast influx of songs about the drug lately. Problem decides to poke some fun at the situation, releasing a new song titled “My Last Molly Song Ever I Promise.” He even brings along a few experts with him to discuss the topic one final time in Trinidad Jame$ and Gunplay. Like all new fads, it has to end somewhere, and this may be the final stop on the Molly train.
My Last Molly Song Ever I Promise (Ft. Gunplay & Trinidad Jame$)
Chrisette Michelle has coined the title of this modern-day pre- and post-break-up songstress in the game. From her debut smash hit “Be Ok” to her equally successful single “Epiphany(I’m Leaving)” ft Drake, her repertoire of hits is very reminiscent of 90′s Mary J.Blige R&B with a more classic jazz/hip-hop sound. With her latest single “Charades”, she croons about the hesistation to get to know someone on a romantic level after being burned in the past. The Wizzy Wow produced track gives off a mellow vibe with some synth beats and soft, vulnerable vocals from the songstress. Unexpectedly, 2 Chainz joins the singer as the dude whose intentions are in question. The single can be heard on Michelle’s latest free mixtape An Audiovisual Presentation of Audrey Hepburn, available here.
Charades Feat. 2 Chainz
What’s up, ninjas? Another Friday is here, and another playlist has been put together for your weekend adventures. We know it’s been a long week for everyone, so we won’t keep you waiting. Crack open a cold one, and press play.
Download: Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #38
Unreality (Jimi Needles Unreal Banger)
Show Me Love (Steven V & Alvo Remix)
No Stress! Lets Prepare to Flash (Alex
Take The Sky (The Two Friends Remix)
Slap The Bag & Mapp ft. Katie Pearlman
The Aston Shuffle vs Tommy Trash vs Tony Romera
Sunrise Pandor (Tommy Trash Edit)
Whats My Name (Paris Burns Remix)
Are you Ready to Make some Noise
Joe Ghost(Hardwell Rework) vs Mikael Weermets(DjFlo Mashup)
Breathe Me (Gazzo Remix)
Weapon (Relia Remix)