Archives: July 2015

LISTEN — Nneka Live On KDHX

July 20th, 2015

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“Starting her life in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, Nneka Egbuna endured a world rife with challenges and anguish. Moving to Germany, she attended Hamburg University, developing her songwriting skills to finance her studies. Blending the urban sounds of hip-hop and soul with the afrobeat and reggae traditions of her home, Nneka has received attention from around the world, touring the continents with her music. With a decade of recording experience in her pocket, she’s released “My Fairy Tales,” an album full of dark narratives about the struggles of Nigeria and the modern world.” — via KDHX

Listen to the in-studio session below!

LISTEN — The Lighthouse and The Whaler “In Motion”

July 19th, 2015

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“The Cleveland-based group are gearing up to release a new album called Mont Royal, to be unveiled on August 28th. A couple weeks back they unveiled a first taste in the form of “I Want To Feel Alive,” and today we’re stoked to premiere the latest offering: “In Motion.” The song is boisterous and upbeat, with a strong folk-rock tempo that will no doubt serve the band well during live performances. It certainly piques my curiosity: this album promises some great variation, and will definitely be worth a listen.” — via Indie Shuffle

LISTEN — Oscar On NPR’s World Cafe

July 19th, 2015

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“Oscar Scheller is a North London-based purveyor of electronic grooves, creating music in his bedroom that he calls “gangsta melancholy.” The resulting sounds, though, are much grander than the space in which they’re created. When his work goes out into the world, he drops the last name and records as Oscar.” — via NPR

LISTEN — Jayceeoh “Turn Me Up Some (ft. Redman & Jay Psar)”

July 18th, 2015

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“Jayceeoh explains the process: For “Turn Me Up Some,” I pretty much had the track laid out and sections where I wanted Red to freestyle and hype the track up. It is a hype/party song, so it didn’t call for full verses. We are working on a project likely to be released early next year with full songs. In the studio, Red’s like “Aiight Jay, I trust you man, lets get it poppin.” So I have Redman on some shit that y’all would never expect.”” — via Thump

Check the track below, or click HERE to read the rest of the Thump feature.

LISTEN — WIN WIN “Amoeba (dd elle Remix)”

July 18th, 2015

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If you’ve already learned WIN WIN’s new album ‘Primaries’ front to back, and you’re itching for more, here’s some good news! dd elle remixed “Amoeba”! Check it out below!

LISTEN — Florian Kupfer “Headpiece”

July 17th, 2015

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“Florian Kupfer first burst into dance music consciousness with 2013’s insta-classic Lifetrax, filling much of the subsequent two years with a flurry of singles (more on L.I.E.S., an anonymous but hotly picked-up white label edit of Sade, plus efforts for Rush Hour’s No ‘Label’ and W.T. Records) and DJ gigs across Europe, Australia, the USA and Russia. He surfaces once again for Technicolour — Ninja Tune’s singles label—with Explora, a four-track EP, brimming with punchy percussion, swatches of low-end menace, mechanical grind at a steady build, and a deep unidentifiable rumble.” — via Ninja Tune

Check out “Headpiece” from the forthcoming ‘Explora’ EP below.

LISTEN — Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge “12 Reasons To Die II”

July 17th, 2015

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“The Wu-Tang Clan has always embraced the cinematic, from its highly referential debut album “36 Chambers” to RZA’s 2012 martial arts film “The Man with the Iron Fists.” So it makes sense that Ghostface Killah would drop a blockbuster sequel to his critically acclaimed 2013 concept album, “Twelve Reasons To Die.” This installment of the 70s mafioso tale centers on the rise of black gangster Lester Kane, personified by Raekwon, and also features RZA and rapper-of-the-moment Vince Staples.” — via New York Times

Listen to the full album on the New York Times site, or check out the singles below!