Female emcees have been on the up and coming this past year or so and in 2013 they continue to drop some unique material. With Brooklyn-based Kilo Kish‘s mixtape K+, she takes a more experimental approach to her rhyme flow. With features from Earl Sweatshirt, SBTRKT, Childish Gambino, Star Slinger, Flatbush Zombies, Vince Staples, and A$AP Ferg, and many more, this free 10-track tape is a chill, dope session introduction into her world. Mixing some intricate Internet-y vibes and synth rhythms with a charming lyrically delivery, there is something to like about this newcomer. Although each track flows and blends well into the next, some standout tracks are “Creepwave” (which you can stream below) and Neptune-esque “iou”.
Listen to the 30+ minute K+ collection here via Soundcloud.
Mac Miller recruits one half of Mobb Deep for his latest offering. Produced by Alchemist and Larry Fisherman (Mac’s alter-ego), the song diverges toward a much different aesthetic than we’re accustomed to from the Pittsburgh native. Prodigy and Mac both flex their lyrical dexterity as they detail their accounts of a convenience store robbery, making this one of the more clever and mature Mac Miller tracks to date. It’s definitely been interesting tracking his progress over the last few months since he first established his SoundCloud account. Mac’s next album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off should be dropping soon.
Confessions of a Cash Register (feat. Prodigy) (prod. Alchemist & Larry Fisherman)
Even though it’s been a few years since Youth Lagoon‘s debut The Year Of Hibernation came out, it’s still a staple album on my playlist, and, naturally, I’ve been anxiously awaiting his new material. We got a taste of his sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse, with the quirky “Dropla” not too long ago, and now we have another new song. “Mute” shows us his signature warmth and dreaminess, but also points to his exploration of other sounds and textures. Rather than just showering us with “instantly gratifying” melodies, he takes his time and flexes some complexity here and there. I think it’s safe to say we’re more than ready for the challenge. Listen in below.
Wondrous Bughouse comes out March 5th via Fat Possum Records.
It is no secret that Butch Clancy has aligned himself with the rising trap movement, just releasing A Beautiful Mind LP a few days ago. However, he has not forgotten his true roots of creating unforgettable dubstep bangers. ‘The Power of the Bass’ is a much needed dubstep track from the eccentric producer that seems to merge both his current passions, dubstep and trap into one massive sound.
The Power of the Bass
The musically eloquent french producer Monsieur Adi just released a remix of ‘Green Garden’, the first 2013 single by English soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula.
Her smokey vocals pierce through the organic uplifting orchestra strings and fluid instrumentation. A wonderful remix to relax on a hectic monday.
Green Garden (Monsieur Adi Remix)
This is a mind blowing remix of Flume‘s track with Chet Faker “Left Alone”. Bobby Tank is the one responsible for this blissful rework, that keeps you wanting more throughout the entire track. Euphoria is pretty much your only option after you start listening, so hopefully this should shake the Monday blues. Cheers
Left Alone (Bobby Tank Remix)
The Postal Service — yes, the Ben Gibbard side-project that we all thought we’d never hear from again — has returned with a new song in tow: “A Tattered Line of String”. It retains the quirky electronics found on the band’s classic album Give Up, but sounds a bit more upbeat and full-bodied, showing Gibbard injecting more of his solo singer-songwriter work into the cold metallic sounds. The track channels the robotic, intergalactic nicely when it makes great use of Jenny Lewis‘ (of Rilo Kiley) vocals. Listen in below.
This new tune, along with another one called “Turn Around”, will be on The Postal Service’s 10th anniversary deluxe edition of Give Up, due out April 9th on Sub Pop.
The Postal Service
A Tattered Line of String.mp3