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17.09.14

R&B / Video

Hello world, meet miss Shay Lia from Montréal, Canada. This young lady is one some other sh*t I tell ya. A while ago I had heard her on that Stwo joint, but quite honestly it didn’t stick out. Her new track “3 Months” though produced by Kaytranada is the bizness. For real!

Her raspy voice fits the sex-covered production like a shaft fits a…you catch my drift right? The video is something else too, so we thought we’d spoil you with a video post. Something we rarely do, but for those that prefer audio. Get ya freak on and listen to Shay Lia’s amazing song on Soundcloud.

Principal Dean Air
17.09.14

Principal Dean is an analog-obsessed, melodically-rich producer from Burlington (Vermont). He’s been on a steady diet of making music for quite a while now and is inspired by Soul music. His own style is perhaps best described as melodic Trap music with a funky soulful twist.

His upcoming “Air” EP will out via the French label Cosmonostro with the release date slated for September 29th. We’re super excited to exclusively premiere the title track, so sit back and enjoy the ride. Make sure you share your findings and follow Principal Dean on his social media sites. Also head on over to the Cosmonostro Bandcamp page to pre-order this release.

James Vincent McMorrow Glacier Atu Remix
16.09.14

At the beginning of the year James Vincent McMorrow from Dublin released his album “Post Tropical” via Vagrant Records. It is said that on a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border, the album on which he wrote, produced, and played virtually every instrument on, was recorded in three and a half weeks. It took over eight months to to construct of course and James really wanted to give this record the feel and movement of the hip-hop records that he loves.

Now we had never heard of this Irish singer/songwriter, but after having heard Atu‘s remix of “Glacier” we were baffled beyond believe. Such an amazing, melodic piece of music that cannot be boxed into genres. Perfect piano play combined with James Vincent McMorrow’s soul piercing vocals creates instant goosebumps. Really hope to hear more collaborative efforts in the near future, because these guys are like peanut butter and jelly!

Stream their breathtaking song below and follow James Vincent McMorrow on Soundcloud.

Chris McClenney Peace Visual Vibez Selfless
15.09.14

Chris McClenney is at it again. This time he ‘Selflessly’ donates the track “Peace” for Visual Vibez‘s non-profit project. Earlier today Chris announced his goal to move out to Los Angeles before July 15th next year. And I’m very sure young Chris McClenney will reach his goal for the world is his oyster.

Two weeks ago Singularis (aka Frank de Bruin) from the Netherlands dropped his track “Shadows“, which is also on the “Selfless” project. I wrote a nice piece on Okayfuture in case you would like to read more about that.

Please make sure you make a donation to support art & music. This time all proceeds go to Playing for Change Foundation.

darker than wax 10k compilation
15.09.14

Just got back from Barcelona, so sorry for a week without any posts. We left you with a free compilation and bring you another one, this time from Darker Than Wax.

The fellas from Singapore have been doing their thing for quite some time and to celebrate the fact they hit “10K” Facebook likes, they released a compilation (free of charge). The release features new music from Sh?m, Trian, Moods, Ka-Yu, Jaël, Kerem Akdag, Jasper Staal and many more.

Treat yourselves to some brand new beats and keep an eye out for Darker Than Wax in case you haven’t been doing so yet!

Stussy Soulection Compilation
05.09.14

Soulection and Stussy teamed up for a collaboration. They put together an exclusive ‘Soulection Tribe’ t-shirt as well as a compilation featuring what they feel is ‘The Sound of Tomorrow’ from their worldwide musical network.

The launch is today at at the Stussy La Brea location, so make sure you line-up for one of those t-shirts.  They will be limited and only sold on Friday at the La Brea store…first come, first served. Following the in-store, the official after party will take place at The Echoplex later tonight.

The compilation contains new heaters from Evil Needle, Sango, IAMNOBODI, Ta-Ku, Mr. Carmack, Jay Prince, Sivey, Esta, Jarreau Vandal, Sam Gellaitry and many more dope artists. Make sure you grab this one and pay whatever amount you seem fit.

05.09.14

Video

Get ready to be blown away, because the new documentary series “Diggin In The Carts” is the untold story behind the most influential music to come out of Japan. That’s right video game music.

Some of you might have been heavily influenced by the composers behind these timeless 8-bit melodies. Till now they have remained faceless, but thanks to the Red Bull Music Academy and Nick Dwyer the world can now hear and see some of the stories.

Episode 1: The Rise of Video Game Music is available here and I’m pretty sure you’ll want to tune in weekly after seeing it. Watch how producers like Flying Lotus, Kode9, Havoc (Mobb Deep) and Oh No comment on some of their most precious memories…video games.

Promnite Beats
04.09.14

Promnite is one of those new producers out of L.A. that we’re really feeling right now. Especially on this previously unreleased track he did together with Mr. Carmack, Mike Gao, Mike Parvizi & Paper Diamond.

At first listen some of you might ask yourself if this isn’t too rough, while others start bouncing no questions asked. Just wait for it though! At 01.23 those synths come swervin’ it and damn does it sound like magic when everything comes together. Nicely done and I’m starting to grow fond of these Cali collaborations by the way. Shout out to Promnite and Mike ‘Blonde Foreskin’ Gao. Keep ‘em coming fellas.

Stream this previously unreleased track below and follow Promnite on Soundcloud.