Archive for the ‘Rap’ Tag

LRDC This Week New Music Playlist 6/28/16

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Let’s get this kicked off with some new Calvin Harris and while I’ll be first to jump on the sell out train of EDM, this track includes Dizzee Rascal and it’s undeniable that this grime artist is something very unique. He transforms this track from another “whatever bro” club banger to something that is worthy to bump in even the most eclectic of speakers. The next song is an interesting mashup of genres, featuring Paul Banks of Interpol and RZA from Wu Tang Clan, they are called Banks and Steelz and it bangs. The contrast is so striking that it just works, not sure why…

Keeping with the rap and r&b, we have a song a bit later from an artist named Khalid (not to be confused with “another one”). This song starts out rough, but smooths out in a very nice way. His voice almost sounds like Bastille to me for some reason. It is just a solid track. Next up is jiving track from Ontario producer Andrew Hunt under the cryptic name FTRSL with some help of two other bands/artists named OwlsBears. Sure it’s kind of pop-y, but that’s definitely a plus, it’s smooth and so much fun.

Wrapping up the list we have a song from Los Angeles songstress White Sea. Her song “Ellipses” swells with so much intensity and it is absolutely beautiful! I liken her to a soprano version of Zola Jesus and I’m very much down. And now finishing off on a high note is a effervescent track from an artist named Xan Young. His music is a bit less enigmatic than all the cool images on Facebook, and I am a fan of that. It’s playful and great to have on in the background or just jam out to!

I hope you all have a great week,

Greg

 

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 9/29 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

No doubt about it, the highlight of this week’s list is Big Grams, which is a super group of sorts combining Big Boi of Outkast fame and the electro-indie duo, Phantogram. I’ve been digging this mashup of indie-electric and rap-pop so much that I put two songs on the list “Lights On” and “Goldmine Junkie”. I’ll be digging a bit deeper into the former of the two songs in a bit as well. Moving on, Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers has had great success in his rather short career (producing 3 albums) and has been compared to the likes of Pink Floyd & Flaming Lips. That is some serious talk, so if he isn’t on your radar, now is the time to get him there. On this week’s list, I’ve included a deeper track from Powers’ new album called “Free Me” and if I venture to be so bold, he almost sounds as if he is channeling Karen O in this, and I love the heck out of it!

Now, hot after releasing their single “Drag,” Day Wave has another upbeat ditty that is sure get your feet a-tapping. I liken the sound of this track to Real Estate after approximately twelve and a half Red Bulls, which I am more than a little fine with. From the pop, we move to a more eclectic sound in Empress Of’s “Standard.” A second showing from her on our lists, I’d describe this track as a discordant amalgam of  sounds and textures where her voice seems to float around willy-nilly. This makes me feel very uncomfortable for a couple moments, but just like a loyal dog, she always comes back into harmony.

This week’s honorary mentions will be as follows:

!!! – “Sick Ass Moon” – What an appropriate song for the week where we’ve experienced a sick ass, blood red moon. New music from “chk chk chk” (as they pronounce their name) is always appreciated as they have been able to stack hits over their almost 20 years of making music

Broken Bells – “It’s That Talk Again” – The side project of The Shin’s Brian Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, these guys have been churning out amazing song after amazing song. This being our first look at their upcoming album, I can say with absolute confidence that we are in for a treat when it drops. Also, you can still hear a bit of Bee Gees in here like you could on their track “Holding Onto Life,” which I love!!!

Hermitude – “Hijinx” ft. Chuck Inglish – Another showing from the Welsh duo, this one is a bonus track on their album “Dark Night Sweet Light.” It’s a hit right in the skull with heavy synth, 808s, and is pure, trap goodness.

The Feelies – “Paint it Black” – A Rolling Stones classic, covered by a band that was actually formed the year after The Stones released this track. With the band being comprised of some of the best musicians out there, it’s great to hear this track come to life again.

midnight – “Baptize” – Fall into the deep water of this song, get surrounded all around by it, be baptized by it. This is the song you put on when you’re trying to get low, like reeeeal low and it is a great song to try and hold onto Summer with!

Enjoy your week, guys!

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week 9/15 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Buzz Buzz Buzz go the bands in this week’s installment of LRDC #THIS Week! Rest assured, they are buzzing for good reason. Whether it’s Empress Of who just handed a stellar 8.2 from Pitchfork on her new release “Me,” CHVRCHES new banger “Clearest Blue,” or the dance rap song of of the year from Falcons entitled “Aquafina.” Each of these tracks are evidence of all the boxes indie music is ticking right now to really fit any musical preference. The up-and-comer award on this week’s list goes to Oakland’s Astronauts, etc. who put together a beautiful “Miike Snow sans heavy synth” sound in the single, “Shake it Loose.” This track has a beautiful, airy and pervasive sound to it where you almost feel like you are hearing it in an empty auditorium. It’s anyone’s guess why they haven’t blown up, but here’s your chance to get in before they’re big as they have less than 7000 Facebook likes. SO GLAD to see another single this week coming from Jr. Jr. (fka Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) with their super-poppy track “As Time Goes” that will keep you dancing all damn week. Also filed under “SO GLAD,” is new freaking music from The Radio Dept. who have been radio…silent except for some experimental EPs since their (amazing) 2010 album “Clinging To A Scheme.”

Right now, let’s get into the wayback-machine to 2007 to when my hair was longer than my last relationship and I exclusively listened to music that lead people “to write love on their arms.” Well, I guess we don’t need the wayback-machine because we have a new track from The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die called “I Can Be Afraid of Anything” and it channels the days of Sunny Day Real Estate perfectly! No discredit to them, they fit really well in the music scene as it is, with their well thought out melodic vocals and grandiose orchestration. I’m every bit as much of a fan as I would have been circa mid-2000s. From there, let’s get in the Delorean and head straight to 2016 when the 70’s indie-disco duo Kisses is the hottest thing. Remember when you heard about them in 2015?? Their new track “Control” will help you lose control from the “Westside to the Eastside” and back again. Now onto this week’s honorable mentions:

Young Galaxy – “Factory Flaws” – The band name is super appropriate as it was started by a former touring guitarist of Stars and they hold onto that similar bright pop that we love from the latter.

Skylar Spence – “I Can’t Be Your Superman” – the artist formerly known as Saint Pepsi up until receipt of a cease and desist from a company who will not be named on this post. This track is what we would expect from Mr. Spence (his name is actually Ryan DeRobertis), in that it will remain in your head for 5.6 days.

Small Black – “Back at Belle’s” – Now a LRDC #THIS Week veteran, Small Black has been releasing some FIRE tracks from his upcoming record “Best Blues” (out 10/18 on Jagjaguwar) and this one is no exception.

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!

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.

Macklemore – The Town

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Okay, so now that Macklemore is a household name, he has the perfect soapbox to step upon to spread his message. When Macklemore isn’t hitting the Thrift Shop, he’s busy repping mine and his city (Seattle), advocating marriage equality, supporting music for kids in public schools, and trying to ease the animosity surrounding the rap and R&B scene. But most importantly for me, this guy single-handedly makes me proud of the place where I am from. This is one of his tracks that really attracted me to his sound. You should know that he does rep his city hard and this is something I feel everyone can appreciate, no matter where you come from. Finding an artist who is humble and will not sell out to the game is rare in the music business but is absolutely unheard of in the rap industry. Macklemore is truly one in a million; I am a proud supporter and you should be too.