Freedom Fry are one of new music’s best-kept secrets. The duo, comprised of Parisian Marie Seyrat and New Yorker Bruce Driscoll, have been making waves on the blogosphere since they dropped ‘Earthquake’ on Valentine’s Day 2012, and their latest single “Summer In The City” looks set to take them even higher. “Summer In The City” shows off the band’s knack for creating simple pop songs with a sultry ambiance, mainly thanks to Seyrat’s cute French-accented vocals. Their enchanting cover of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot’s “Bonnie & Clyde” proves that Freedom Fry have the talent to make it big. An album is rumoured to be in the pipeline, so stay tuned for more from this wonderful pair.
If you like your music to be genre-bending with a good dose of shimmer on top, then Los Angeles five-piece Young Hunting are just the band for you. Latest track “Maze” is a delicious summer jam, encompassing psych, garage, and synth-pop in one fluid and incredibly intriguing package. Young Hunting may not have much music out at the moment, but “Maze” is all you need to hear to fall in love with them.
If you’ve been searching for that perfect indie-rock love song, then look no further. “Danny, Dakota And The Wishing Well” is the track for you, and this video will show you why. Oxford quartet A Silent Film usually work with synths, but for this acoustic performance, it’s all about the tender vocals and haunting piano. Instead of the slightly overblown electro-pop monster of the original, we now have a sweet, gentle yet powerful ballad. “Danny, Dakota And The Wishing Well” is featured on the A Silent Film’s album Sand And Snow, out now.
Although there is one reigning pop-star female emcee, many floacists have been making steady buzz on the underground. From Azealia Banks to Iggy Azealea, necomers have resorted to attention seeking gimmicks coupled with sick production and lyrical prowess to build success while others like Bronx born, Brooklyn resident Nina B. delivers dope rhymes to build a name for herself in the male dominated rap game. With the latest leak “718″, she recruits the styles of Warner Bros./Vice Records new signee Action Bronson and fellow BK expert wordsmith SkyZoo to bless the DJ Jazzy Joyce produced track with some sick bars. The trio’s verses compliment the ’00 vibe of the beat and work well together, as if they were more in a group than just random lyricists on the track. I am definitely a fan of this song and expect to hear more when Nina B.’s album Titles are Played Out drops August 21st.
Though there have been a number of takes of “State Hospital” floating around online this year, Frightened Rabbit have finally revealed the official studio version. In the same vein as many of the Scottish band’s past releases, it is a powerfully emotional, folk-rock anthem. Although it starts off modestly, the song quickly picks up its momentum, with singer Scott Hutchison‘s distinct, pained vocals leading the way. The best moment is right around the bridge, when the music softens to just a faint trickling piano, only to build up to an intense and poignant storm of an ending. By that point, we’re already swept out to sea, joining the band in its chants of “All is not lost! All is not looost!”
“State Hospital” is off the forthcoming EP of the same name, scheduled to drop on September 25th via Canvasback/Atlantic Records, with Frightened Rabbit’s fourth full-length expected to come out in 2013.
Just as we predicted, the #TDEFamAppreciationWeek onslaught continues with a release fromthe Black Hippy captain, Kendrick Lamar. In an on-point collaboration choice, Lamar enlists trap-star Young Jeezy, who was recently promoted to Senior VP of A&R at Atlantic Records, to bring some of his street-cred and raspy vocals to the laid back instrumental. With his classic, yet incredibly original, style and flow Kendrick delivers yet another bright example of the power of hip-hop music. The Compton-bred emcee has given us more with just a few songs this summer than most artists have with their entire projects. His debut album, Good Kid mAAd City, which is set for an October 2nd release, has the potential to be an instant classic necessary for music lovers of all genres. Drop the top in your imaginary convertible and turn the stereo up for this taste of the sunny streets of Southern California.
Kendrick Lamar Westside, Right On Time ft. Young Jeezy (Prod. by Canei Finch)
Well initially we had thought about skipping Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist this week because I, Clayton, will be on a plane to LA today. But I couldn’t just let you wind down your work week, and get away with having a chill night at home. No-sir-ee Bob. Not gonna happen. It’s time to lace up your drinking shoes and get after it! Weekends are made for legendary evenings that carry you through another monotonous week of work that follows.
So I am actually writing this in the past. I got in my Ninja Delorean (yes they do exist) to find you some of the best party tracks this week had to offer. So press play already, crack open a cold one, and get after it.