The mysterious Captain Murphy, best known for his work with Flying Lotus, is one of the first of likely many rappers to hop on an instrumental from Hudson Mohawke and Lunice‘s standout electro-trap TNGHT EP. On “Shake Weight,” which was tweeted out by HudMo earlier today, Murphy’s versatile vocals perfectly match the intensity and bounciness of “Bugg’n.” The TNGHT duo have already expressed a desire to work with hip-hop artists and this is a pretty cool glimpse into the potential collaboration across the genres.
Stream and download this high octane cut below and make sure to check out the TNGHT EP if you haven’t yet given it a listen.
Massachusetts-bred emcees Statik Selektah and Termanology, also known rap group 1982, drop some new heat off their latest collaborative album titled 2012. Their new single, “Up Every Night,” is given a new sound and new bars with the addition of rising stars Kid Ink and Cory Gunz. The feel good, Statik Selektah-produced throwback mix of old school and Motown sounds is already dope, but the addition of the Bronx rapper Gunz and indie lyricist Kid Ink is a nice touch. This tune should definitely be on steady replay on your playlist and be sure to cop the group’s latest LP, available on iTunes now.
1982 - Up Every Night Remix ft. Cory Gunz & Kid Ink
We’re massive fans of the incredibly talented Ellie Goulding, so when the British singer-songwriter announced that her sophomore record Halcyon would be out on October 9, we got excited. And then we heard “Anything Could Happen,” and our excitement levels hit the roof. Ellie’s gone with a bigger, more vibrant sound than on her debut, and the sheer euphoria in her vocals on lead single “Anything Could Happen” drives the song to dizzying heights. Definitely a hit in the making, “Anything Could Happen” is set to drop on August 21. Check out the Instagram fan-lyric video below.
Canadians Stars are back with ‘The North’, their sixth full-length record, and to get us all excited for the album’s release, they’ve dropped the stellar ‘Backlines’. At just over two minutes long, ‘Backlines’ is short but bittersweet, with jangly guitars and gentle female vocals creating a pleasantly catchy haze for the listener to lose themselves in. One for the shoegaze fans out there, ‘Backlines’ is featured on ‘The North’, out September 4. If you hail from the States and Canada, you can also catch Stars live – tour dates here.
As I and many of my fellow ninjas have expressed in the past, we definitely miss the old Cudder. After watching him delve into some acting and trying his hand at being a rockstar, it’s good to finally have The Man on The Moon back where he belongs. On his latest single, Cudi’s flow is reminiscent of his A Kid Named Cudi days, and with a chorus like “I want to get higher,” the once lonely stoner is making sure to pick up right from where his intergalactic spaceship landed. Cudi also brings along King Chip for the ride, a familiar friend with a new moniker who you might know as Chip Tha Ripper.If this song is any indication of what’s to come, then we’re definitely in for a real treat with his upcoming album, Indicud, which he’s described as his version of The Chronic 2001.
Kid Cudi Just What I Am f. King Chip (prod. Kid Cudi)
Detroit singer/songwriter/producer JMSN recruits dope emcees Gilbere Forte, ANTHM, and Deniro Farrar to remix his †Priscilla† track “Somewhere”. The mesmorizing and almost trance like cut is far from the typical underground mix but more of a Weeknd-esque deep single. Each emcee brings their own unique style to the song, but NC native rapper Denriro Farrar really takes on the eeire mood as he spits a dark yet smooth 16 bar rap towards the end. Coupled with the ghost vocals from JMSN and the haunting melody, this tale about relationship pains and woes is equally creepy as it is addicting.
Somewhere Ft. Gilbere Forte, ANTHM & Deniro Farrar (JMSN Remix)
Originally from Sydney, but now based out of Brooklyn, High Highs craft exquisite folk-pop gems. Their latest single, “Once Around The House,” is one such treasure: beautiful, glimmering, yet still so delicate. It’s also the kind of song that takes you by surprise — starting softly and sparsely, only to gain momentum with reverb and warm harmonies, eventually sweeping you away in a wash of enchanting and wistful “ooh ooh ooh” sing-alongs. As it climbs from its humble beginning to its spirited chorus, it makes quite the impact, like an epic lullaby.
High Highs is made up of Oli Chang, Jack Milas and Zach Lipkins. “Once Around The House” is off the forthcoming debut album scheduled to be released early next year on Rocket Records, an imprint run by the legendary Sir Elton John. Listen to it below, along with their amazing cover of Wild Nothing‘s “Live In Dreams” (when they first posted it in 2010, I was instantly made a fan).