Frank Ocean – Blonde [Spotify Release]

Welp, it’s finally here. After two weeks of patiently waiting for Frank’s long-awaited album to end its Apple Music exclusivity, “Blonde” is finally available to us mere mortals who refuse to abandon Spotify. Listen below.

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[Fresh Albums] Big Gigantic, Vince Staples, Isaiah Rashad

It’s a long, holiday weekend, meaning you’ve got plenty of time to go outside, spend time with family and friends…or sit in dark rooms and listen to great, new tunes. If you’re opting for the latter, we’ve got not one, not two…but THREE new albums hot off the presses for you.

For fans of electro-funky-awesomeness, Big Gigantic’s Brighter Future is for you. The album features collaborations with genre mainstays like GRiZ and hip-hop giants Logic, Waka Flocka, the up-and-comer Pell, and a lot more. This may favorite work from Gigantic yet, and that’s saying something. Awesome album from the first to the very last track.

For the hip-hop heads, we’ve got Vince Staples Prima Donna and Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade. Very different energy levels and vibes, but both great in their own rights. Fans won’t be disappointed.

Stream the albums below.

A New Phase: Track Round-Ups

So we’re going to start doing things a little bit differently around here. Rather than sporadically releasing single tracks as I come across them, I’ll be compiling my discoveries into playlists and uploading those, aiming to release on a more consistent basis.

This is all still in the early trial-and-error phase, so it doesn’t mean we’re necessarily cancelling out the old mode, but nothing lost by trying something new, right?

Anyway, enough talking. Here’s your first compilation. Enjoy the sounds.

[VIDEO] Year of the Ox – Seven Rings

This Korean hip-hop duo has some choice words for anybody who doubts they can spit bars because of their ethnicity. Their rhymes are furious and the sample (heavy on the gong, gotta rep those roots) is dope.

With the recent prevalence of Asian rappers like the Indonesian Rich Chigga, maybe it’s time hip-hop heads start paying a little more attention to the Asian community. If they continue producing tracks like this, I know I’m ready.

Champagne Drip Remix – Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE – Need You

When I first learned Dillon Francis and NGHTMRE were producing a track together, I was understandably stoked; Dillon puts on one of the best shows at any fest I’ve attended and NGHTMRE’s “Street” was my jam the second I heard it.

Unfortunately, when the original version of “Need Someone” dropped, I was a bit disappointed by what I considered a farely by-the-numbers single, if only because of my massive expectations.

But upon hearing the Champagne Drip Remix, I rescind all complaints. It does everything I hoped for from the original.

What do you prefer?

[ALBUM] Atmosphere – Fishing Blues

This hip-hop duo is in my personal lyricist Hall of Fame, so you know I’m excited for their latest release.

Introspective, moody, self-deprecating, and all the while, somehow still highly enjoyable listening. How they pull of such a delicate balancing act, I’ll never know. But I do know I’ll be playing this for a while to come.

Check it out below.

GTA & What So Not – Feel It (feat. Tunji Ige)

GTA and What So Not producing together? This ought to be good.  And though Flume may no longer be a part of What So Not,  you can certainly still hear his influence here.

Check out the fresh new track below.

 

Feral Fauna – Tincture (Taylor Thomas & CRVE U Remix)

Powerful, undestated vocals set the mood. Then, just when a short-lived sax riff makes you think we’re staying in this territory, they bring in a jittery electronic melody and  frantic riff. Eventually, we find our way to the familiar beatkit to build up the hype.

I dig it. I think you will, too.

Listen below.

[VIDEO] Joey Bada$$ – Devastated

One of my favorite hip-hop tracks of the summer just got some visual accompaniment.

“Devastated” brings uplifting, energetic cinematography. via bombastic pep rallies, energetic ‘hood celebrations, and gorgeous, zen sunrise moments atop skyscrapers. All  sure to renew your spirit and remind you to keep on keepin’ on.

It definitely does the track justice, and once again reminds us why Joey Bada$$ is one of the best artists in the game right now while he continues to propel it forward.

Check the video below.