Monthly Archives: August 2012
A couple commas richer and I’m still mobbin with my niggas brah….
The A$AP Mob official released their first collective mixtape earlier this week. Headed by the already budding frontman, A$AP Rocky, the collective gang, all members names beginning with the ASAP tag, have finally pitched together and put together a project, entitled Lords Never Worry. Tough. As the album art shows, this tape is flames. Highlighting the other group members, like ASAP Ferg, ASAP Ant, ASAP Twelvy and other key players in the rap game today, like Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies and Fat Trel, this mixtape brings the same spaced-out Houston-influenced feel of Rocky’s LiveLoveASAP, but adds more of a sharper thug influence, cause you know this time, the whole gang is rollin through. The crowned victor of this tape, in my opinion, has to be ASAP Ferg. The game has been buzzin’ for a while that this dude is the next in the crew to blow and now I really believe that shit. Ferg shows off his deep voice and swag on “Bangin on Waxx” and his own solo songs “Persian Wine”, “Work” and “Choppas on Deck”, totting melodies and triple time bars. Overall, this mixtape is pretty street and its not for everyone, but if you are trying to feel like a G and be trill as fuck, knock this shit in your headphones, in your car, or your next visit to the strip club. Stream it Below and Download it over at livemixtape.com. Enjoy! – D. Gold
“No time to rest. I’m gonna find me a life, baby, way out west.”
You may remember my raving ramblings about Lord Huron from some of our earliest blog posts. The lush and exotic sounds really create a unique atmosphere that I haven’t heard in any other artists. And now, after releasing two amazing EPs, it looks like Lord Huron is back with his first ever album. Oddly enough, the album seems to be based off of a series of books by the mysterious author George Ranger Johnson, who is actually a figment of the band’s imagination. They really went all out on this one, creating a fake website with tons of information on the guy and his books. Real or Not, a few weeks ago the band released the first single from the album, “Time to Run” based on one of Johnsons “novels.” The song and video tell the story of a man going to great ends for the woman he loves, no matter the cost. It’s a great video shot in old-fashioned technicolor style with foreign subtitles to match (and man do I wish I could understand what they meant). The song itself is one of Lord Huron’s more upbeat tunes sounding as close to a road trip song as the band can get with jangly drums and ecstatic backup vocals. Check out the video above and look at this website for more Lonesome Dreams.
This DIY artist is sure to make a stir in the world of electronic pop. Melbourne artist Harts really knows how to make a dance hook shaping his songs into colorful upbeat tunes sure to get your heart racing and your feet moving. This first single, “All Too Real” is off of Harts debut EP Offtime which is set for release sometime later this year. And, from the looks of this video, this bedroom producer is sure to make some headway when this EP is finally released. When you hear those drums pounding, guitar plucking and voice soaring it’s hard to sit still. Check out the single above and for more good tunes, listen to “Back to the Shore.”
Summers almost done; drink it up while you still can among good friends with good music Tracklist and mix after the break
Frightened are set to release their latest EP soon and last week they released one of the tracks called “State Hospital.” Yesterday they released a video to accompany the triumphant song. While the video is admittedly very depressing until the last shot, the music keeps you going all the way to the end. Check it out above, see the tour dates below and look for State Hospital in the coming month.
Amidst the techno bleeps and bloops of Superhumanoids new single, “Too Young For Love” is the sound of someone crying out for company, for love. Someone desperate for the touch of another, but knowing they can’t have it, or maybe, they can’t handle it. It takes the every-day love song and flips it on it’s head, which is very appropriate for this new band. Already making headway at this years SXSW and getting set to go on a tour with some of indie rocks biggest names, Superhumanoids take an eclectic approach to their music, combining electronic, pop and many other styles from many decades to create a sound all their own. Check out the single below for a small taste of what this band can do.
Superhumanoids – Too Young For Love
I often find myself listening to “sad music.” The type of songs that are sung by a quiet singer accompanied by just piano or guitar; songs about death or empty relationships. These are the songs that make me feel all intense and emotional and “deep.” But those types of songs don’t always have to take on that atmosphere, as Brown and Blue so cleverly prove in their latest EP A Warmer Climate. The LA band fuze Americana and Rock to make songs that sound upbeat and comforting, but on closer appearance aren’t as pleasant as they sound. The album deals with loss, boredom and isolation tinged with summer bliss. The opener, “Broked,” has an infectious chorus with a lead guitar to match, but the song refers to an emptiness that we often experience. That feeling of having nothing to do and nowhere to go and hoping, praying that that can’t be it, that life is going somewhere. And the album continues in that vain for the next three songs. ”Stay” is classic americana that sounds somewhat like Philly band Dr. Dog. ”City” features a killer slide guitar and singer Danny Nogueiras screaming out “I know, that I wanted more/but I feel useless here” to the beat of a snare drum as if marching to his determined fate. The EP closes with the Futurebirds-esque “All Hail,” a powerful closer about loosing everything you love. As different as the sound and lyrics seems, their is a truth to both that melds in a way rarely heard in music today. Brown and Blue prove you don’t have to sound sad to be sad and that the summer isn’t all fun and games. Check out a sampling below or on bandcamp and be sure to get the full EP which came out a few months ago.
Stay – A Warmer Climate
It’s hard to get the right chemistry with a collaboration. The member’s sounds often clash or don’t sound quite as good as their separate works. But; sometimes, it turns out perfectly. This is the case with Helado Negro/Juliana Barwick collaboration OMBRE. The group creates an ambient sort of electronic music that sounds like Alex Ebert on tranquilizers (and sometimes singing in Spanish). Their latest single, “Vistate” is a calming tune of long, drawn out synths and mild drums. Check it out below and look for the record which is out in a few days.
OMBRE – Vistate
I recently stumbled upon this little internet jem. I saw “Jesus Walks cover” and I had to listen. I got more than I anticipated from this young British artist, Josh Osho. Using an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal to spin the gentle riff and his soothing voice on repeat, this cover is very different than the original Kanye West classic. The reworking is just blissful. Check out Osho’s other musical covers and original compositions over on his youtube page. Enjoy! – D. Gold
In September, Lavender Diamond is going to release their second full-length. But something’s a little different about this upcoming album. It’s not the same happy-go-lucky pop folk (not that there’s anything wrong with that) that made up most of the last album. The second single, “Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now” finds itself in a different category entirely. Sure, it starts with a simple electric piano that could fit into any Carpenter’s song. But it quickly evolves into much more than that. Soon after the song begins, Becky Stark and the piano are soon overwhelmed by echoing drums and a robust booming piano and the song is transformed from a simple love song into a shattering ballad of heartbreak. In a word, it’s powerful. The album’s out in about a month, but until then listen below.
Lavender Diamond – Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now