Posted: March 7th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Electronic, Pop | No Comments »
After being blessed with whimsical tracks like sweet n sour and somethin’, we’re used to thinking of MVSCLES as a magical duo capable of nothing but positive songs that seem to come from an alternate dimension where it’s always sunny and nothing bad ever happens. Like, a place where kittens stay kittens forever (avoiding that awkward “cat” stage altogether) and stubbing your toe isn’t a thing that happens. This makes it a little surprising to hear their new song “Game” have some angst behind it. Looks like we’ll have to blame the greedy nature of the music industry for that.
“We wrote the words to ‘game’ at our wits’ end,” they told Pigeons and Planes. “We’d been told so many lies that we could hardly think straight. The people closest to us took advantage of the fact that we knew very little about the music industry, and tried to strip us of our integrity and artistry. Writing this song was like waking up from being hypnotized, finally recognizing the black hole we’d gotten ourselves into.”
Of course, being the pop geniuses that they are, MVSCLES didn’t just make a song about the music industry. It easily doubles as a breakup song and I doubt anyone will get mad when you put it on at 2 in the morning when things get weird at that house party you’ll “accidentally” end up at this weekend.
Happy Friday, you guys.
Posted: March 6th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Hip-hop | No Comments »
The latest album from Rick Ross came and went without anyone really noticing early this week. That would normally be totally fine with me, as I don’t see anything very special about the (literally) larger than life 38-year-old Florida rapper. Then I heard track 14, a Kanye-assisted hidden gem of a song that everyone should know about. The lyrics are brash (and admittedly pretty stupid) and Big Sean is as “Big Sean” as he’s ever been (which may or may not be a compliment), but Betty Wright’s soulful vocals combined with Yeezy’s ridiculous verse holds some magic that you don’t want to miss.
Even though Kanye doesn’t ever get around to actually rhyming (or pronouncing the word handkerchief correctly), I still can’t stop replaying his verse. Even though “all I wanted is 100 million dollars and a bad bitch” is probably the least relatable sentiment of all time, I CAN’T STOP SINGING ALONG. Is something wrong with me? I think something might be wrong with me. I just posted a Rick Ross song about bad bitches on my blog. Goodbye.
Posted: March 6th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: folk, Hip-hop, Pop | No Comments »
How’s this for a defiant introduction to the world?
After cavernous drums, handclaps, and unrestrained screams make way for seventeen-year-old Atlanta artist Raury to introduce himself, his first words are: “I won’t compromise.” I can’t think of a better opening line for a guy who seems to be next in the line of impossibly young artists who have been leaving their footprints all over pop music recently. He’s of a generation who has not only been allowed — but encouraged — to be different and challenge the ideas of those who came before. So, of course he won’t compromise. He can’t afford to. The world doesn’t need another Atlanta “club banger”. We already have plenty of those.
We’ve never heard anything quite like this, though…
Posted: February 26th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Hip-hop | No Comments »
To hold us over until their next album The Great New Wonderful, Atlanta duo Tiron & Ayomari are releasing a limited cassette tape version of their excellent 2011 album A Sucker For Pumps with new songs including this one featuring Anderson Paak. Over a smooth guitar-driven backdrop, they build on the romance-oriented lyrical themes of Sucker For Pumps in a song that sounds ideal for a warm summer evening with a special lady friend. Or man friend. Or your cat. Or whatever you’re into. I don’t know. Enjoy, guys.
Posted: February 18th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Hip-hop, Soul | No Comments »
Now that André 3000 and Big Boi have (finally) put their differences aside and announced an Outkast reunion tour, the Atlanta rappers are gearing up for the 40+ festival dates they’ve booked this summer. Although André has stayed relatively quiet, Big Boi’s been nice enough to release re-imaginations of his classics every week in a series he’s calling “Mash-Up Mondays”. This week, he mashed his “Tremendous Damage” cut from Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors with “The World” from Menahan Street Band (the guys who back up the incredible Charles Bradley). For all of you who secretly love mash-ups but hate that they’re usually made by nerdy white kids who have no idea of the artists’ original intentions, this is for you. Big Boi did this himself and it’s awesome.
Posted: February 12th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Electronic, Soul | No Comments »
I could go on and on about Seinabo Sey’s backstory, the masterful production by Magnus Lidehäll (the guy behind Mapei’s Don’t Wait), or the gripping visuals directed by Gustav Johansson. I could probably write 1,000 words about how the “You ain’t getting any younger” seize-the-day lyrics make me want to get off my ass and go climb a fucking mountain with that girl I’ve been meaning to talk to or finally illustrate that short story I’ve been putting off or just clean my stupid room or something.
But I don’t have to. All I have to mention is her voice. I don’t have to describe it (because I can’t) and I don’t have to sell you on it (because that’s not necessary). I just need you to trust me that it’s worth the three and a half minute investment to press play and witness a truly remarkable voice. It’s the kind of voice that’ll remind you why you spend time so much time looking for new music. I’d go so far as to say it might even restore your faith in humanity in a “well, if humans are capable of this kind of beauty I guess we’re not a total waste of time after all” type of a way. Seriously. Watch/listen/witness below.
Posted: February 12th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Electronic, R&B, Soul | No Comments »
If Chet Faker’s soulful vocals and jazzy downtempo electronic production don’t stop you in your tracks by themselves (as they totally should), this video from production duo Toby & Pete will. As the Melbourne singer/producer/beard-growing-extraordinaire recites lyrics to his, uh, “darling”, we watch as he thaws, presumably dies, and then freezes again. It’s a deep metaphorical look at the cyclical nature of life — or just a neat concept for a pretty video, however you want to look at it. Either way, it’s worth the watch. Check it out below and look for his debut full-length album Built on Glass due April 11th via Future Classic & Downtown Records.
Posted: February 12th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Pop, R&B | No Comments »
One of my favorite songs of 2013 was “On Your Own” by Fryars, a stunning track that could crack the thick emotional walls of the most hardened and calloused person. Seriously, I’m pretty sure Chuck Norris (or whoever the current badass-of-the-moment happens to be) would shed a tear if he listened to that song. It’s stunning. Anyway, I was borderline obsessed last year (it even cracked my Top 10 Songs of the Year List) so I was beyond excited to see that Fryars released a free sequel today.
Fittingly, it’s called “On Yr Own Pt 2″. This time around, the London native pitch-shifts his vocals in every direction to create another delicate masterpiece that centers around the sobering reality that we’ll all die alone someday. Well, it’s sobering until you fully accept it as reality, anyway. Then it’s liberating. Listen/download below.
Posted: February 8th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: folk, Pop | No Comments »
Mount Joy sounds like a magical place. It sounds like the kind of place I’d like to eventually settle down with my wife, kids, and like seven or eight bunnies. I could spend my days doing happy things like whistling with birds and coming up with names for all my bunnies. Sounds great, right? Needless to say, I had pretty high hopes when I first listened to this group of self-described “best friends playing some songs together” from Portland who go by the name Mount Joy.
I wasn’t let down. In one of those rare examples of high expectations colliding with a more-than-satisfying reality, their new song “Good God” would actually make a pretty great soundtrack to that weird life fantasy I described earlier. Opening vocal harmonies floated me back to my happy place before a twinkling piano worthy of the group’s name combined with restrained electric guitar to make up the perfect backdrop to those alluring vocals that initially pulled me in. The only problem is that it’s less than two minutes long and I’ve already played it enough times (easily over 15) to annoy my roommates. It’s a nice taste to tide us over until they release their upcoming album that’s currently in production, though. Check it out below.
Posted: February 7th, 2014 | Author: Fish | Filed under: Pop | No Comments »
Meg Myers likes to scream. She isn’t afraid to lose control of herself and act like an insane person on stage (or in the studio). So, basically, she does what every genuine artist should strive for. As she proves on the latest glimpse of her upcoming Make A Shadow EP, Meg is anything but a one-trick-pony, though. She’s not just “that woman who screams her face off”. On “The Morning After”, Myers sits down with a guitar and serenades us with a stripped-down pop song that highlights her songwriting chops and reminds us of her unique ability to display emotional vulnerability without coming across as a victim. Stream the track below and look out for Make A Shadow on February 11th via Atlantic Records.