Mr. Carmack – Something About You Baby ft. B-Bravo and Parvizi

Mr. Carmack – Something About You Baby ft. B-Bravo and Parvizi

Don’t let the dour press photo confuse you. Mr. Carmack, like anyone who lives in Hawaii, is definitely a glass-half-full type of guy. There’s no other explanation besides basic geography for why “Something About You Baby” sounds so out of step with the current national mood. And with so much bloody sunshine to go around over there, sharing this mini-vacation of […]

clipping. – Knees On The Ground

clipping. – Knees On The Ground

clipping., Seattle’s hip-hop-deconstructionists, are not known for political lyrics. Their newest album CLPPNG is more focused on the way that rappers communicate than the messages that they spread. However, like everyone else in the world, they’ve been paying attention to the situation in Ferguson. The subsequent internal dissonance, between focusing on form or spreading a message […]

Alex Wiley – Vibration (Honest Remix)

Alex Wiley – Vibration (Honest Remix)

The Chicago hip-hop scene has been getting real intimate with electronic musicians. Vic Mensa is tearing up the charts in the UK with “Down on My Luck,” Chance has been living and working with James Blake, and this song brings Alex Wiley into the mix. Honest ups the tempo of Wiley’s “Vibrations” and makes Chicago […]

Mapei – Believe

Mapei – Believe

I don’t know what genre Mapei’s music would fit into (but what is a genre, anyway?); if I had to classify it I’d probably call it rap-infused, neo soul-inspired, Swedish-pop/r&b. I was first intrigued by Mapei after hearing the Chance the Rapper-featured remix for her poppy love ballad, “Don’t Wait.” Yesterday, the Stockholm-based rapper-turned-songstress gifted […]

Illenium – So Wrong

Illenium – So Wrong

Former San Francisco native Nicholas Miller is Denver, Colorado’s Illenium—an ever-growing manipulator of melodic forces. His latest exemplary track “So Wrong” departs with an effective haste to arrive at its designated coordinates—an atmospheric sound field that bursts with the electronic pulsations and shimmering oscillations of an advanced dubstep. Listeners can keep up with Miller’s growing […]

Foxygen – How Can You Really

Foxygen – How Can You Really

Earlier this year, California band Foxygen announced that they would be releasing the followup to their 2013 debut album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic. The new album, due out October 14th, will be entitled …And Star Power and will consist of a hefty 24 tracks. The first track the band […]

Captain Murphy – Cosplay

Captain Murphy – Cosplay

If a mushroom trip spawned Madlib’s Quasimoto character, I shudder to imagine the black magic cult ritual that gave birth to Captain Murphy.  Yet as the artist known as Flying Lotus ventures ever deeper into his genre-bending laptop jazz experiments, listeners have turned to his alter-ego to supply the signature hip-hop production that has influenced a generation of producers. On “Cosplay,” the first new track to surface since […]

Goldlink – Ay Ay (Lindsay Lowend & Jonah Baseball Remix)

Goldlink – Ay Ay (Lindsay Lowend & Jonah Baseball Remix)

GoldLink’s The God Complex has the most forward-thinking of any mixtape that has come out this year. Fact. GoldLink can command the clicks and bass blips and rapid tempos of the most mutated music with his rapid-fire flow. On this remix roles are reversed, and GoldLink’s come-on’s become meme-worthy catchphrases in the hands of Lindsay […]