Rising Memphis rapper Cities Aviv has the suave swag, smart flow, and creative mind to make it big. Need proof? Today, he released a brand new mixtape via Mishka called Black Pleasure. But instead of trying to encapsulate what it sounds like and what it means, I’ll let Cities do it himself. Check out “Forever,” one of the standout tracks, his explanation, and then ALL 15 tracks.
Cities Aviv new album doesn’t imply fetishistic experimentation, but it does explore some dark sounds and unsettling ideas. There’s sonic shoutouts to the high age of musical black pleasures—the 80s—with nods to depressive new wave atmosphere, black romantic melodies, and heavy Rick Jamesian bass. There’s also some references to the rap tradition of Cities Aviv hometown (Memphis) with distorted, echoed vocals and stuttering drums. It’s an entirely different kind of trippy over here though, man. If you really want to get to the highest levels of subversive joys on this release there’s the lyrics that openly question the nature of reality, and our pursuit of pleasure. Heady, adventurous stuff for an album that (must) share a title with countless pornos.
Bird Peterson aka Drankenstein deciedes to tackle one of the biggest Hip-Hop tunes of the year, “Swimming Pools” by Kendrick Lamar. Adding a heavy dose of 808′s and funky synths, this one is sure to be on repeat for a minute. A bubbly intro leading into some hot an heavy chords and bleeps that hit at all the right times. Fall in love all over again, Faded….Drank. Cheers.
Over the years Never Say Die Records has become notorious for showcasing some of the most diverse and talented producers in all of EDM. Earlier this year, NSD debuted finnish producer 501′s hit single “Headrush ft. Belle Humble” which propelled 501 into an extremely successful year. After releasing spectacular remixes and original tracks on labels such as Big Beat and Circus Records, 501 decided to close out an immensely successful year with the release of his latest Smash EP. The EP consists of 4 original tracks which clearly embody what makes 501 so impressive as a producer. His sound design is bar none, combining profound bass with meticulously crafted melodies and synths. 501′s creative genius fuses genres and clearly knows no limits. The title track, “Smash!” is an impressive glitch-hop tune that personifies 501′s unparalleled ability to imbedded high energy wobbles with harmonious melodies and vocals to create a truly unique original tune. Another track off the EP and my personal favorite, “Letting Go”, showcases beautiful top-line vocals overlaying a truly anthemic bassline. “Letting Go” is a masterpiece and a must listen for any fan of dubstep. The other two tracks, “Broken Notes” & “Feel For You” are fantastic as well bringing a refreshingly original sound to 140 BPM.
All in all, the Smash EP is a fantastic piece of work which clearly represents that 501 is a name every EDM fan should begin getting acquainted with if not already. Give the entire EP a listen, download a copy of “Smash!” which 501 released for free, and make sure to show 501 your appreciation for all of his hard work on Facebook.
The new song from Los Angeles-based HAIM starts off with trickling bursts of percussion, sounding like newly lit firecrackers. It then eases into a bit of a start-stop, indie pop crawl lined with dark, heralding synths, which are perfectly balanced out by the lovely and strong vocals of the sisterly trio. After sharing the irresistible synth pop track “Don’t Save Me” about a month ago, and now “Send Me Down,” the buzz around the three piece is at an all-time high and we eagerly await to hear what’s next.
Summers in New York City are full of free concerts and events, excuses to drink outdoors at all times of the day, and, whether or not you’re a student, a genuine wild & free feeling to roam the concrete jungle. However, and I’m sure I’m in the minority here, it is my least favorite season; the oppressive humidity here clings to you like that ex that’s borderline become a stalker. My favorite time of year is right now. There’s a wonderfully refreshing crispness in the air, the leaves are a kaleidoscope of autumnal hues and I’m allowed to wear sweatpants more often.
Enough about me. Los Angeles’ electro pop duo Poolside — who put out Pacific Standard Time, one of my favorite records of the last few months — have dropped a mixtape called Seasons Change to help celebrate this weatherly transition. It’s chill, melancholic and a bit funky at times, and it’s the perfect hour-long collection to throw on as you start stashing away those tanks and jorts and pulling out the flannel and grandpa sweaters. Free download below!
Indie dream-poppers Beach House released a new music video for the track “Wild”. Directed by Johan Renck, it’s a series of powerful and dramatic moments concerning friendships and relationships. The song is off the band’s fourth full-length, Bloom, which came out in May via Sub Pop.
We’re still reeling from Jessie Ware‘s amazing debut album Devotion (which came out in August), but that hasn’t stopped us from pouncing on every other piece of material she’s released since then. This week the British songstress has us drooling over a slew of remixes to her track “No To Love” done by Todd Edwards, Ewan Pearson’s Permissive Society, and George Fitzgerald. Listen to all three below: