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Justin’s kickstart to ‘2 of 2’

31 Jul

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It’s been a while so let’s start off with a catchy tune. Justin’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’ was apparently the first half of a two-part project. ‘Take Back The Night’ co-produced by Timbaland an J-Roc, being the lead single of the second part of this project.  The track has quite a ‘Michael’ vibe, which is obviously not a bad thing, and his accompanied by a nice amount of brass. ‘The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2’ will be released on the 27th of September, I hope there’s more where this came from

 

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Twins ! And they sing !

10 Jun

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Say Lou Lou is a duo formed by twin sisters, who released a couple of singles including ‘Fool of me’. Which is a very atmospheric electropop song that kind of reminds me of the XX, partly because of the  male guest appearance by the brilliantly named Chet Faker, an Australian electronic musician. Listen I say, this one might stick with you for a while.

 

#Whythehashtag

23 May

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The # in the title leads you to believe this is a very up to date pop song and that would have been bad news. In fact it’s a very uncomplicated and sweet pop tune sung by no less then R&B diva Mariah Carey and rising R&B star Miguel. The vintage sound in the track fits well with their voices and makes for a jaunty summer track. Don’t pay to much attention to the cheesy video or the fact that Mariah should start dressing more her own age.

 

Thundercat – ‘Heartbreaks + Setbacks’

17 Apr

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It doesn’t get much fresher than this, Thundercat’s ‘Heartbreaks + Setbacks’ was uploaded to Youtube 8 hours ago. It’s the first single of the upcoming album ‘Apocalypse’ and I find the track very easy to listen too. It reminds me of something Bonobo could have created, but is in fact co-produced and co-written by Flying Lotus.

The man behind Thundercat is Stephen Bruner, a great bass player and vocalist who has played with artists like Erykah Badu and Snoop Dogg. The LA based musician has been flying solo since 2011 and quite succesfully.

Fresh from scratch

26 Mar

Shlohmo ft Jeremih

The collaboration between Yours Truly an Adidas Originals is called ‘Songs From Scratch’ and that’s exactly what it is. They bring together cool new artists to create a track together and in this case those are Shlohmo and Jeremih. Shlohmo had already remixed the track ‘Fuck You All The Time’ by Jeremih and that didn’t go unnoticed, so they got another chance to collaborate. This brought us the fresh track ‘Bo Peep (Do U Right)’ which fits right in with the ongoing stream of a more electronic sounding R&B shaped by drum machines and synthesizers.

 

Ready, set? Go!

21 Mar

 

This music video for Biting Elbows is quite the ride and not for the fainthearted. The fast paced song called ‘Bad Motherf#cker’ apparently needed a matching clip to go along with it, which Ilya Naishuller and Sergey Valyaev provided. In a 007 type setting, things go from ‘Holy shit!’ to ‘What the hell’ in mere seconds making you forget that this actually a music clip. The video is shot entirely from the point of the viewer, making sure you get sucked in and can’t stop watching.

An album, for real?

19 Mar

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Not too long ago R&B talent The Weeknd finally announced his first official and therefor debut album, ‘Kiss Land’. After a trilogy of mixtapes, which led to worldwide fame and a massive amount of fans, he finally decided it was time. Abel Tesfaye, the 23 year old Canadian behind The Weeknd, released his first three tracks in December 2010, followed up by the first mixtape ‘House of Balloons’ in March 2011. There was a bit of a mystery around him, when at first nobody knew who he actually was and he didn’t want to do any interviews, but the mixtape was critically acclaimed and from then on the hype started taking on serious proportions.

In 2012 The Weeknd signed with Republic Records in a joint venture with his own label XO, under this construction they released the Trilogy of the previous releases mixtapes. I’m looking forward to some fresh material and hopefully ‘Kiss Land’ will provide us with some new favorites. It’s not clear when the album is supposed to drop, but seeing as the art work is already done, it probably won’t take that long.

 

Reminiscing . .

11 Mar

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Cool new hiphop track by Joey Bada$$ produced by the one and only DJ Premier, which is very obvious when you listen to the track. Joey is part of  the hip-hop collective Pro Era and is looking to put his debut album out later this year. Because of Premier’s touch on this track called ‘Unorthodox,’ you feel yourself go back in time a bit when Gangstarr was still a household name. Reason alone it’s worth a listen.

 

Autre pour vous

7 Mar

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‘Play by Play’ is the recently released track of the album ‘Anxiety’ from Autre Ne Veut. Arthur Ashin is a 30-year-old Brooklyn musician who is the man behind all this. This experimental R&B song starts of  chilled, but then kicks in after about two minutes and doesn’t let go anymore.  His voice keeps hitting the notes in a passionate way, while the song stays in a constant climax till the end. Do enjoy.

 

Not too close

5 Mar

Lulu James

The music Lulu James produces is best described as electric soul. This new tune ‘Closer’, co-produced by Domzilla (her former music teacher), is her most upbeat track so far and sounds a bit like a Dance song from the nineties. Which isn’t a bad thing at all, some of the best Dance was produced in that era. The 21-year-old Lulu is signed with RCA, not exactly a tiny record label, that obviously has an eye for talent. No signs of an album just yet, only a couple of tracks to enjoy ourselves with.