Buffalo native and DJ/Producer Spruke seems to question his artistic identity and direction in his latest release, Lies Synthpop Told Me. His music is like a quick twisting radio-dial, teasing you with digital clips that shift before they can Read more
Probably one of the sweetest little ice cream bites I've had in all my life. Denetia and Sene have a lovely, just LOVELY lovemaking electro soul vibe that should have you immediately tracking down their 2012 LP His and Hers Read more
Shy Girls are Portland boyz that sound real nice and eclectic. Think The Weeknd or Joel Compass, with a Kenny G sax. I think you can consider them part of the new era R&B movement that sounds a lot more electronic and white than when I was growing up. What Shy Girls lack in throaty soul they make up with distant, layered vocals, a retro guitar line, and probably one of the best Usher terms of all time, “you got it bad.” Oh, and Kenny G.
Remember those times as a kid in school when you were taught things that initially seemed counter-intuitive? Like wildfires:
“Naturally occurring wildfires play an integral role in nature. They return nutrients to the soil by burning dead or decaying matter. They also act as a disinfectant, removing disease-ridden plants and harmful insects from a forest ecosystem. And by burning through thick canopies and brushy undergrowth, wildfires allow sunlight to reach the forest floor, enabling a new generation of seedlings to grow.”
Advice to rappers: start off your song with a sample from one of my favorite movies and I am 90 percent more likely to be into it. Luckily this track is way more than just that.
While Kevin Gates has been active for a few years, I only got into this Baton Rouge MC after he dropped his breakthrough “The Luca Brasi Story” mixtape. This track, the first on the tape, sets the stage for what follows. He introduces us to his rap persona, with badass boasts sitting comfortably alongside his paranoia.
Nice way to start the weekend, crazy ass Tyler, The Creator video.
It really is funny how accurate The Creator portion of Tyler’s name is. He doesn’t just lead a rap collective, but has curated this cultish lifestyle and aesthetic that includes video production and clothing and a whole lot of I’m weird but don’t give a fuck (Tyler designs the “Golf” pieces in this video, btw). I don’t love all his music, but Yonkers sure sucker punched me on my first listen. And I’ve been rocking 5 panel hats ever since…
Tyler’s new album Wolf drops next week. It leaked, so you can probably find it on the Interweb, but for now, appreciate the strange greatness that is Tyler, The Creator.