Archives: June 2015

LISTEN — Main Attrakionz “Dip”

June 23rd, 2015

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Oakland duo Main Attrakionz recently announced their return from a several year hiatus with an official release date for their long-awaited 808s & Dark Grapes III album, which will be released on June 30th via Neil Young’s Vapor Records. On their latest single, “Dip,” the cloud rap pioneers MondreMAN and Squadda B channel their inner Freak Nasty with eccentric, weeded out rhymes. With several layers of percussion rattling throughout the song, producer duo Friendzone utilize glittery, video game-esque keys, making for a delicate but disjointed beat. “Dip” premiered via HotNewHipHop, who said “It’s yet another feel-good anthem in their repertoire, and should provide some much-needed chill in the next few months.”

WATCH — Hiatus Kaiyote Live @ Last.FM Studios

June 22nd, 2015

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“You’ve probably heard the name out and about but we would really like to take the opportunity to formally introduce you to the Australian Nu-Jazz/Neo-Soul quartet known as Hiatus Kaiyote. Core members Simon, Nai, Perrin & Bender took some time out of their busy touring schedule to speak to Last.fm about their multidimensional sophomore LP Choose Your Weapon, following up 2014’s Grammy Nomination for Best R&B Performance for debut single Nakamarra (from the 2012 futurebeats/funk/hip-hop fusion hit Tawk Tomahawk).” — via Last.FM

Watch the interview below, or click HERE to watch a live performance.

LISTEN — Oscar’s “Stay” (via NME)

June 22nd, 2015

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“There’s been a strong lineage in British music of bands and artists coming out of art school: from Pete Townshend to PJ Harvey, Blur to MIA. Latest in that long line is 23-year-old north Londoner Oscar Scheller, a former student at famed London art college Central St Martins and creator of infectious lo-fi bedroom-pop, such as single ‘Daffodil Days’. Where others have celebrated their time at creative institutions, though, Oscar describes his as a letdown… [However] that influence is still clear on Oscar’s debut EP, ‘Beautiful Words’, in its ‘collage’ approach, combining string samples with rickety drums and crooner-inspired baritone vocals. It’s a sound he describes as “gangsta melancholy”, noting that his favourite music has “big happy-sad vibes”, like his own.” — via NME

Check out “Stay” from ‘Beautiful Words’ below!

WATCH — ODESZA on Amoeba’s “What’s In My Bag?”

June 21st, 2015

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Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of ODESZA recently went shopping at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, and then pulled out their selections one by one to talk about why they’re picking it up. Lots of good picks, and they’re all accompanied by sound snippets or video chunks.

Check out the full “episode” below!

READ — “Giorgio Moroder, The Cat In The Stache Comes Back” (via New York Times)

June 21st, 2015

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“Giorgio Moroder’s living room proudly displays souvenirs from a career as a disco pioneer and pop hitmaker — a career that Mr. Moroder, who recently turned 75, is about to resume… In his high-rise apartment in the Westwood neighborhood here, a white Yamaha baby grand (with digital recording built in) and a life-sized golden statue of Buddha flank glass doors to a terrace with a panoramic view. A few steps away is a subtly high-tech studio with a custom-built high-speed computer and digital keyboard where Mr. Moroder works on new songs. White-haired and mustachioed, wearing a loose white shirt with gray pants, Mr. Moroder greeted a visitor with a fist bump — not as a hip-hop pose, he explained, but to protect a broken finger. Jovial and avuncular as he discussed his songs, old and new, Mr. Moroder often described himself as lucky before mentioning the work he had put in.” — via The New York Times

Read the entire interview HERE, or check out one of the tracks from his new album, ‘Déjà Vu,’ below.

WATCH — Seven Davis Jr.’s Black Cab Session

June 20th, 2015

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Black Cab Sessions recently released Seven Davis Jr.’s video for the track “Wild Hearts” today. It’s an outstanding video that highlights Davis Jr.’s unique vocal ability as he rides around in a cab through the streets of London.

Watch “Wild Hearts” below!

WATCH — Bomba Estéreo “Fiesta”

June 20th, 2015

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“‘Fiesta’ is two worlds told through one story,” explains Bomba founder/multi-instrumentalist Simon Mejia. “It pretty much sums up the entire album – a fusion of Colombian carnivals and folkloric rhythms with the world of electronic music. With the video, we took carnaval to the stratosphere.”

Check out the video for “Fiesta” below, and be sure to pick up ‘Amanecer’ today!