Archive for the ‘Hip Hop’ Tag

LRDC’s Favorite 100 Songs This Year 2016

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

 

This is it guys, the end of year lists have been coming at us from all sides. Unlike most “Best Songs” lists at the end of the year, I have compiled my favorite songs from my LRDC lists and around the blogosphere. I’m not here to present this list saying these are the best songs of the year, but these are the songs that got the most playtime this year. These songs really stuck and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have.

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LRDC This Week New Music Playlist 6/21/16

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Are y’all ready? Because I have a big list for you. Keep in mind, I had nothing to feature as of Monday morning, though I went down a rabbit hole of new music and found some crazy good new tracks for your aural pleasure.

First up, WE HAVE NEW TWO DOOR!!! That’s all, that’s it. It’s been far too long since we’ve gotten new music from the Irish group of guys and while this song didn’t immediately strike me as gold, I’ve certainly warmed up to it. Give it a couple listens prior to giving a full judgement as well and I think you’ll start to fall in love. Next is a new track from a French duo called Bengale and it is funk-tastic and so much fun. I mean, just look at the artwork for the single, how can you not like these guys?

So, I love featuring sultry songstresses on my playlists and this smooth, R&B princess, Brika, surely hits all the right spots. Her track “You” is dynamic and playful all while having a certain originality to it. Switching gears completely, we have a brand, spankin’ new song from Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós. To accompany the release of this song, they also live-streamed a 24 hour drive through Iceland that can be found here. While I have never really gotten into this band over the years, this track certainly sounds much better to my more refined palate (as compared to my early, emo years). Let’s just keep this up as we switch gears again by going to a new Disclosure track featuring soul-king Al Green. This collab is big and this track is fire! AAAND, speaking of big collabs, next is a fun little track from CHVRCHES that is kind of like a remix?! It is one of their album tracks only featuring verses from the one and only, Hayley Williams and while not too different from the original, it’s a cool collab.

Let’s move on to a track from a band strikingly named Let’s Eat Grandma. I have to tell you, I enjoyed getting through their new album “I, Gemini” as it was ruckus and intense, while pulling in many different directions. You get wandering vocals, you get tribal drums, you get flutes, you get intricate orchestrations, you get discordant sounds, you get everything. They’re riot grrrl, evolved, and only 17 too!

Jumping towards the end, we have a beautiful track from Tel Aviv-based Totemo. I’ve found myself listening to this song over and over the past couple days and I still cannot get enough. “Hits” has so much going on. Japanese-influenced instrumentation, Purity Ring-esqe vocals, and beautiful strings weaving in and out and overlayed on top of a clean beat. And, last up, we have a killer, dreamy track from girl duo Puro Instinct. This will certainly take you into the ethereal where everything is perfect and golden. It’s such a great track to sink into on repeat. Go ahead, try it and tell me how freaking relaxed you feel.

That’s it for this week!

Enjoy,

Greg

LRDC This Week New Music Playlist – 5/17/16

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Hello to you on this happy Tuesday. Are you ready for new music? Of course you are!

The first track is from Los Angeleno group Mondo Cozmo and it just sails! With fun samples and anthemic vocals, there’s no doubt these guys are going places. This is the only track we have from them so far, but hopefully we get some more very soon! We move to a very “clubby” track from Slaptop that really gets the mood right. Certainly he’ll be getting the mood right poolside at Splash House in Palm Springs this June, for tickets, see here.

Switching gears a bit, we have a brand new track from Trails and Ways who won me over several years ago with a track called “Nunca” when seeing them live. This song, entiteled “My Things” is very nice as well, and I’m stoked for new material from these guys. Talking about a band who won me over with a track, WE HAVE NEW CHVRCHES, I repeat…WE HAVE NEW CHVRCHES!!! It keeps with the vibe of their last album, though this one will be featured on the soundtrack for an upcoming video game called “Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.”

We’re going to make a jump over to this track from KAYTRANADA & Shay Lia that really blew me away. This album came out a couple weeks ago and with some time to digest it, I found the track that needed to be on LRDC. It’s a bit tribal, a bit quiet, a bit electronic, a bit ethereal, and “99.9%” tightness!

Killing it with a cute single cover, this song by BOYBOY called “Vices” reminds me so much of Phoenix and is thus worthy of being featured. They only have 3 tracks, though all of them are fire. AAAAND to close out this week’s list, what better title for a track could I find than “Final Song” by breakout Danish artist . She first came on my radar when touring with CHVRCHES for their first tour in America. She absolutely blew me away with a stellar show and it was nothing short of perfect. This song is also set for instant radio time (it already has 1.5+ million plays in 4 days on Spotify). So, brace yourself, it’s going to be coming to a dance party near you, and I have no problem with that.

Enjoy,
Greg

Lecrae – Nuthin

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

SHOTS FIRED! Okay, so full disclosure, I don’t keep up with hip hop at all, so when I heard that songs like this exist, I was baffled. I’m familiar with the genre of Christian Rap, but to tell me this song falls under that umbrella without listening to the lyrics, I would call you crazy (or Lecrae-crae). Lecrae draws elements from some heavy hitters and no doubt steps on some toes in the process. His message in this song is simple, we’re better than this. We can do better than the garbage we are producing, we can do better than boasting about our money, cars, and women, we can do better than just seeking worldly pleasures. Lecrae chooses to talk about things that matter while pointing the finger at the rap industry and how they choose to talk about “Nuthin.”  Enjoy and aim higher!

Until The Ribbon Breaks – Spark

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Synth-pop outfit Until The Ribbon Breaks (lead by Pete Lawrie Winfield) out of Cardiff, UK and they truly harken back to the roots of their UK electro forefathers while seamlessly integrating an Indian influence. The blending of dub with sitar actually gives me chills. It’s super refreshing to hear radio-ready music that combines so many different influences (especially the hip-hop “WHOO-WHOO’s”). Winfield’s rough falsetto complements the raucous background so well. I feel a little guilty because I have slept on this band for about a year now as I joined their mailing list a while ago and haven’t really given them a good listen. Don’t make the same mistake I did! Listen now and get swept up! Also, if you are in LA, they have a Monday residency going on for the rest of the month at Bootleg, so hit them up!

G-Eazy (feat. E40 & Jay Ant) – Far Alone (Remix)

Monday, June 16th, 2014

I’ve always been drawn to the Bay Area rap scene, possibly because they never take themselves too seriously (as the whole premise to their demeanor is to “go stupid”). There is something to be said about this drug-induced way of life. It certainly makes for a unique brand of hip hop and this track is unlike one I have heard from the Bay. The slow, ominous guitar fading in and out in the background and drum machine make it impossible not to get swept up in the track. Enjoy this one.

The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

I heard this band for the first time yesterday and I instantly thought of Local Natives. Their frontmen have similar voices except The Neighbourhood has a more free-flowing way of delivering the lyrics. This song, their single, has gotten some buzz on YouTube (amassing over 1 million views, quite an impressive feat for a band without a full length release). Their almost hip hop feel comes from frontman’s roots in the LA hip hop scene and it creates a surging beat with unadulterated indie musicals behind him. The track above is laden with innuendoes and this makes for a good song to get the mood right with a special someone, but it is the drums about a minute in that get me every time. So great! Check out their other videos (like “Female Robbery”), they are great and all done in the same high-contrast black and white. Enjoy.