• RTJ4 is out NOW + JU$T Lyric Video + Cannibis Collab

    Run The Jewels new visual for the track “JU$T” — featuring Pharrell Williams and Zack de la Rocha — is out now, and El-P and Killer Mike also announced the launch of their collaboration with the cannabis producer LEMONNADE.
  • NEW Eyedress Album Out Now + Euro Tour

    Eyedress' LP, Let's Skip To The Wedding, is out now via Lex Records. To coincide with the LP release, Eyedress announced a 2021 European tour. The album is his first since relocating from Manila to LA, and is a passionate exploration of his love and fears as he prepares to welcome a child into this ever changing world.
  • WATCH – Sampa the Great “Time’s Up” Ft Krown

    Sampa The Great just dropped her striking new video for “Time’s Up” and announced a partnership with the Narrm (Melbourne, Australia) based therapy practice Pola Psychology designed to shed light on the struggles experienced by African youth in accessing culturally safe, appropriate, and responsive mental health care.
  • Aluna Solo Album Coming Via Mad Decent

    Aluna Francis has announced her first solo album: Renaissance arrives on August 28 via Mad Decent. The record includes “Body Pump” and “Warrior,” as well as a new track called “Get Paid,” featuring Princess Nokia and Jada Kingdom. Hear “Get Paid” by clicking here.
  • Loyal Lobos – New Album Everlasting Out NOW

    New Loyal Lobos album Everlasting out everywhere NOW! Check out the Pitchfork Review, and look for amazing reviews in the New York Times, New Yorker and more.
  • Injury Reserve US Tour + New Album Out NOW!

    ICYMI - Injury Reserve's new album is out NOW on Loma Vista! PLUS, their US Tour Starts in September! DO NOT miss this show!
  • Big Wild Releases ReWorks ft Sotomayor, Poolside and Hermitude

    Big Wild releases new mixes of his new single "Touch". The five-track collection features remixes by disco outfit Poolside and Australian duo Hermitude, a killer remix of the track in Spanish featuring Sotomayor.

Recent News

EYEDRESS – New Album Out NOW

August 16th, 2020

ICYMI – Eyedress has released his new album, Let’s Skip To The Wedding, alongside a bunch of great videos this month. Check out the track “Jealous” below, and a recent live version of “Can I See You Tonight?” that was featured on a Brain Dead x NTS live stream here.

Eyedress is the alias of Filipino artist Idris Vicuña, formerly lead guitarist of psychedelic indie/noise-pop band Bee Eyes. Born in 1990 in the city of Makati, Philippines. Vicuña relocated to the US with his family at the age of 6. He was raised in Phoenix, Arizona before moving to San Clemente, California at the age of 13, where he started playing bass in a Crass-influenced crust-punk band.

This is the follow up to 2018’s Sensitive G, where he relocated from Manila to Los Angeles, and shortly after was sharing stages with acts like Homeshake, Omar Apollo, Enjoy, Jasper Bones, N8NOFACE, and B Cool Aid. During his time in America, Eyedress has become a frequent collaborator with streetwear brands such as Brain Dead, X-Girl, HUF, Born x Raised, and more.

This is first album he’s created since moving to the United States. A passionate exploration of the themes of love, settling down, adjusting to life in a new city, and preparing to welcome a child into this ever changing world. Let’s Skip To The Wedding channels the uncertainty of 2020 into an eclectic collection of songs and loved up remedy for the times.

BRAND NEW – Loyal Lobos Everlasting Out Now

August 15th, 2020

Andrea Silva used to sing at funerals. Something about that bittersweet spectacle—as both a celebration of life and a gathering of grief—has never quite left her music. But that was years ago, when Silva was still a child growing up in Bogotá, Colombia, long before she moved to Los Angeles to escape the slut-shaming she endured in high school. Now, she makes music under the alias Loyal Lobos. She’s traded funeral hymns for synth-pop arrangements. And she’s found a way to marry the tough blow of a life left behind with the freedom that starting over allows.

On Everlasting, this freedom isn’t wasted. Silva refuses to fit into the sometimes narrow mold of singer-songwriters in the U.S., where a handful of women dominate a scene Silva once called, aptly, “very American and very white.” She tinkered with their sparse folk-rock on her 2018 EP The Fall before abandoning the limits of that genre for something else entirely: an ambitious, bilingual record that hops between influences, echoing the liminal state that comes with being a 26-year-old immigrant in America. Everlasting slips into this uncertain space and manages to thrive not in spite of it, but because of it.

Doing so meant letting go of some of Americana’s starry-eyed trappings. Some can still be heard on the album’s first single, “Criminals,” which balances the sad nostalgia of a time before meeting your platonic half with the addictive promise of their newfound love. When Silva’s voice swarms to the heavens, singing, “I’d kill for you,” it invokes a teenaged lust to evade the world’s rules together, her fingerpicked riff scoring the getaway. But on the rest of Everlasting, it sounds like Silva’s done running away from reality. Nearly a year after the longing “Criminals” was released, she’s leaning into herself more and opting for fun as an antidote to trauma. It’s a new kind of safeguard, heard in the whimsy of the album’s percussive pop elements—a surprise that only begins to make sense upon hearing that Silva landed Shawn Mendes’ hitmaker, Teddy Geiger, as her executive producer. – Pitchfork

WATCH – Sampa The Great Times Up ft Krown

August 10th, 2020

Sampa The Great just dropped her striking new video for “Time’s Up” and announced a partnership with the Narrm (Melbourne, Australia) based therapy practice Pola Psychology designed to shed light on the struggles experienced by African youth in accessing culturally safe, appropriate, and responsive mental health care.

“The labour put on marginalised people to have to address systemic racism every day means more trauma and pressure on our mental health and emotional state. I’m partnering with Pola Psychology a Naarm (Melbourne) based therapy practice to make sure African youth/musicians can access culturally appropriate mental health care in their own community, by their own community. At a time like this, it’s important to let my friends and the wider African community know that this support exists and our health matters.”

OUT NOW – Buscabulla’s Regresa – A Debut Album About Returning To A Devastated Home

June 11th, 2020

What happens when you go back to a place you thought was your home, only to find it profoundly different? That’s the subject explored in Puerto Rican indie pop duo Buscabulla‘s debut Regresa.

Buscabulla is made up of husband and wife Luis Alfredo Del Valle and Raquel Berrios, two Puerto Rico-born musicians who were based in New York until 2017. When their birthplace was devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma that year, they decided to leave New York and go back to where they were born. It was an emotional journey, one that inspired the songs of Regresa and which they chronicled for an upcoming mini-documentary.

Buscabulla, the duo of Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo del Valle, have been together since 2011, when they met at a house show in New York and became romantically involved. Since then, they’ve released two impressive EPs (the first of which, 2014’s EP 1, was produced by Dev Hynes after the duo won a Guitar Center competition), welcomed a daughter into their lives and moved back to Puerto Rico — honing their sensuous, alternative Latin pop all the while. Now, almost a decade on from their first meeting, their debut album, Regresa, is now via Ribbon Music. – READ + HEAR MORE via NPR

LISTEN – KCRW’s Private Playlist – Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad on finding solace in Gil Scott-Heron

June 5th, 2020

Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad were already superstar producers and musicians in their own right before teaming up as The Midnight Hour. Now they’re in demand as film and TV composers after their breakout score for Netflix’s Luke Cage in 2016. Younge and Muhammad also moonlight as part of the creative team behind the local performance series, and now record label Jazz is Dead

In this special edition of Private Playlist, Younge and Muhammad reflect on the music that’s currently giving them communion, inspiration, and release amidst the uprisings. – READ MORE HERE

WATCH – Sa-Roc: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

June 4th, 2020

If you want protest music for the uprising of the American consciousness, then look no further. Sa-Roc (born Assata Perkins) is an emcee from southeast Washington, D.C., and the second woman signed to Minneapolis-based hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment, home to Atmosphere and Brother Ali among many others. In this Tiny Desk (home) concert, she debuted two exclusives, “Deliverance” and “r(E)volution,” both from her upcoming album, The Sharecropper’s Daughter, which is produced by her partner in life, Sol Messiah, and scheduled for release this fall.

Sa-Roc bears her heart and soul here, weaving together influential threads from her upbringing; Pan-Africanism, the hardship of her father’s experience as a sharecropper in Virginia and her own childhood in Congress Heights, D.C., an area ravaged by violence and the crack epidemic in the 1980s. On “r(E)volution” she spits bars: “Embedded in the home of the brave, the darkest of interiors. / Saw street scholars and soldiers defect cuz they post-traumatic stressed from the American experience.”

“Music I was exposed to, as well as their ideology, was all politically minded and African centered,” she expressed to me on the phone. “The culture of DC go-go, Gil Scott Heron, and The Last Poets shaped me.” 

Sa-Roc is a modern day griot whose aura radiates calm in a world of chaos. This Tiny Desk (home) concert is as close as it gets to required viewing.- NPR

OUT NOW – Run The Jewels – RTJ4

June 4th, 2020

Run The Jewels, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, have just released their new album RTJ4 two days ahead of its planned release date as a free download and across all digital platforms. The album features collaborations with & contributions from Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha, Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Josh Homme, DJ Premier, & more.

Stream/Download Run the Jewels 4: runthejewels.com/

State the duo: “Fuck it, why wait? The world is infested with bullshit so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all. We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving 2 friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.  

With sincere love and gratitude, Jaime and Mike.”

For fans looking to do some good through donation, Run The Jewels have provided a list of organizations on their website that are fighting for justice, change, and equity in America, including their longtime allies the National Lawyers Guild which, amongst other things, provides legal representation for lawful protesters. You can find the full list of organizations here: runthejewels.com/pages/donate

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