Weekly Cuts 02: Praise Saint Heron

Lately I’ve been all over the place with my music. I’ve delved into all kinds of stuff & haven’t even listened to most of it. I will show you my favorite music since the last post & a ton of free shit too. Let me know in the comments what you have been listening too.

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Various Artists – Saint Heron

By far the best album release recently by Beyance’s indie little sis. Alt-R&B, or whatever-you-want-to-call-it, got a huge breath of fresh air with Solange’s compilation album of a dozen deep R&B cuts by some of the best out. This album sparkles from front to back with R&B gems that shine brighter with repeat listens. Solange’s “Cash In” ends the album as a simple & catchy love song with enough cow bell to please Will Farrell. Kelela is the only artist featured twice for a good reason & she kills it on “Go All Night” with what can only be perceived as effortlessness. Her mixtape CUT 4 ME is free here in exchange for your email address. BC Kingdom opens the album with “Lock Up” as an unapologetic homicidal maniac wielding a Golden Gun wearing Versace Versace out to kill his past lover. Or it’s a metaphor, either way, it paints a picture in my mind I like to look at.

Mapei – Don’t Wait

This is my jam. I could put this on toast all day. Mapei calls this “21st-century gospel or doo-wop.” I call it taking everything I like from every genre I like & adding a robot. She is signed with Downtown Records & has an album coming out next year. It is my most anticipated album of 2014.

Blood Orange – Chamakay & You’re Not Good Enough

I heard these two songs from Blood Orange & thought I found the album of the year, but the balance of the album isn’t that great after these two tracks. These two songs have pretty much been on repeat with my mind having to keep my body in check before it automatically bursts out into dance. “Chamakay” is a sad, hypnotic track of trying to love someone too much & “You’re Not Good Enough” is a funky dance party anthem of another not being good enough to love. The dichotomy alone is enough to keep me thinking.

Tinashe – Vulnerable ft. Travi$ Scott

Post Yeezus R&B. Post FKA Twigs. Postapocalyptic R&B. This would sound at home on the new Mad Max movie’s soundtrack, enough said. Free download.

Evian Christ – Salt Carousel

If you don’t know Evian Christ, you should. He is a producer from the UK whom usually heavily samples rap and loops it over & over. This track goes against that formula by only sampling a chipmunk getting its brains scrambled backwards & a guy yelling “GO!,” but still knocks. I have to confess, outside of a few artists, I usually can’t listen to albums by producers. This dude gets it though. Recently he produced my favorite Yeezus track “I’m in It” & if you don’t have his Kings & Them mixtape(free), click the link. Also track “Payo Rent” here for free.

Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips 2 Mixtape

I haven’t even listened to this whole mixtape, but it is an instant classic. Chef turned MC Action Bronson is a short, white, fat Ghostface Killa. The production is fun, which is a breath of fresh air in hip-hop. Action’s cadence, flow & punchlines flow perfectly with Party Supplies’ production. Action is the blue-collar rapper, the only rapper I’ve heard bragging about his Saabs & Jeeps. This free mixtape can be downloaded here.

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Weekly Cuts 01: Komodo Dragon Skin on a Letterman Jacket

Stevie Crooks – Cloud Captain (The Arrival) ft. Liym Courteous & Snazz Gordy

In rap you have to keep it real. But sometimes keeping it real is boring. Sometimes you need something fictitious and inventive. Fly away with the Cloud Captain on his pterodactyl with his komodo dragon skin letterman jacket, Siberian werewolf hoodie and boots made of penguins. Influences include Mortal Kombat, Dragonball Z, Avatar: The Last Airbender, etc. These three MCs obviously earned their letterman jackets for killing the rap game even though no one knows who they are. Stevie Crooks murders it on the 1st verse and the chorus, Liym Courteous is aight for the 2nd verse & then Snazz Gordy comes in for the 3rd verse with a flawless victory.

Sage The Gemini – Gas Pedal ft. Iamsu! (Salva Remix)

It’s a new Bay. Sorry Andre Nickatina, RIP Mac Dre. Sage The Gemini is tearing the Bay up with his catchy dance cuts for the youth. Salva’s remix gives it real substance for you to abuse substances to. If these horns, drums, snaps and claps don’t hit you at your core, nothing will. If your head isn’t bobbing your neck must be atrophied. Play at any party and grab the wall… Gas Pedal. Free Download.

DJ Class – Tear Da Club Up (Sam Tiba & Myd Remix)

If you aren’t familiar with Bodymore, Murdaland club music aka Bmore Club or just B-more, then the original song may have never crossed your path. But if you knew Diplo in his Florida days, before producing for Usher or 2 Chainz then you probably know why Scotty B runs Baltimore clubs. Scotty B’s label T&A paved the way for most of the mainstream club bangerz today, and is probably father to now-popular electronic trap music. This track is again an example of what the future should (read: wont) sound like. Lots of textures and vibes to enjoy on this track. Free download.

LIZ – Stop Me Cold

Speaking of Diplo, new off of his Mad Decent label is a single from LIZ. This track will throw you back into the 90’s and make you go dig up all your TLC and Aaliyah tapes. Free download if you like LIZ on FB.

Autre Ne Veut – On & On

This is an older one I accidentally left out of the last post. Autre Ne Veut is the new Prince/Artist Formerly Known As Prince/Prince. Not only that, but the dude has an insane sense of beats. Something is always happening in his music, if he’s not crooning the beat is going ape. ANV subscribes to the idea that the sounds/emotions of the singing are more important than the words you sing, the thoughts/feelings behind it are more important in the sound wave than the words themselves bouncing into your ear, and he forces me to agree wholeheartedly. Free download here, just find Autre Ne Veut on the left-hand side.

Past Cuts: Music to Hear

With today’s violently changed music industry from only 15 years prior, it’s hard to know what music is good and who to look out for in the industry. Do you enjoy the mainstream and what they force feed us? Or do you spend all your time on blogs to find the best indie? It’s even harder to find good music that other people know about. I usually I find a new song I love every week and blast it until my ears bleed or I get tired of it. The problem is that I find a song I love and play it at my next possible social outing, but no one knows the song! So here are some of the weekly cuts/jams/bangers/hits from my recent past that I still constantly bump. Ordered from past to present. I will try to post my weekly cut from here on out, so we can all be on the same page.

Shlohmo – Bo Peep (Do U Right) ft. Jeremih

This is what R’n’B should sound like today, not that date-rapey dude that normally finishes off the week. This is Bringing Sexy Back 2013. Pray they make an album together, until that day probably never comes you have a free download of this song. Play in the bedroom or any low-lit dance party.

Twin Shadow – Old Love / New Love

I love Twin Shadow. This song is on the GTA V soundtrack. He is usually known for his 80’s synth cuts, but this time left the synth out and this is more reminiscent of 90’s club heartbreak banger. I can picture Steve & Doug Butabi force grinding some chick at the Roxbury to this shit.

ScHoolboy Q – Collard Greens ft. Kendrick Lamar

The first time I heard this song I didn’t really like it. Half of the song, including the chorus, is pretty much gibberish, but ScHoolboy Q just has a musicality that I really like. This song has been stuck in my head for weeks now. His debut album Oxymoron is busy being delayed, so hopefully it will come out while he is still relevent.

Migos – Versace (Remix) ft. Drake

Drake kills this track, which almost never happens. This is that ignant shit you bump hard even though you own no Versace, Versace. This one’s also free.

Movement – Us (Giraffage Remix)

This is an interesting track. I checked out Movement’s album as it seemed to have all the right ingredients, but it just didn’t mesh for me. He takes the original introverted, lonely track and morphs it into an upbeat dance track. This is just proof Giraffage should have produced and mixed the whole album.