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.
LA underground favorite, Busdriver, is best known for his unique style and absurdly fast and intelligent raps. On his most recent track, he teams up with Das Racistto create a strangely captivating display of quick-witted, unconventional lyricism. The production on “Firehydrant” toes the line between postmodern and obnoxious combining a plethora of unlikely sounds. However, the weirdness of all three emcees manages to emerge triumphant and, upon a few repeats, you will more than likely find the instrumental growing on you. Make sure to listen closely, as you’ll find a surprising amount of valuable content between the lines. Stream and download this original track below and look out for Busdriver’s upcoming Free EP, Arguments With Dreams, out next month.
Sometimes the best kind of pop is shrouded in washed out guitars and a blanket of noise. Hotel Mexico — who, despite their name, are from Kyoto, Japan — have figured out this formula, resulting in fuzzy, but catchy concoctions. Perfect for one of those hazy lazy Summer days.
“Wolves Running Through the Desert” is out via Double Denim Records.
DD011 B1: Hotel Mexico Wolves Running Through the Desert
Benny is old enough to be my dad and he’s still pumping out anthems. “Jammin” is hands down my favorite Bob Marley track he ever produced and now Benny Benassi takes these feel good vibes and transforms it into a dance floor destroyer. This two-minute preview is barely enough to hold me over until its release on September 2nd, but I guess we can just press the repeat button. Benny brings some booming synths and an amazing melody, then breaks it down with a filthy dub-infused section, only to build right back into his nearly perfect melody. Cheers.
Bob Marley and The Wailers Jammin (Benny Benassi Remix)
Experiencing heavy success, Miami’s Diego Camejo released video footage surrounding the release of his Rise EP. If the visuals of beautiful women, Miami, and extraordinary club showouts for the young DJ don’t get you clicking, I’m sure the music will.
Check out our previous write-up on the actual EP right here.