“You Turn Clear In The Sun” is a favorite cut from Telekinesis’ new album 12 Desperate Straight Lines. Complete with a nice verse, the song is light and bouncy and doesn’t drag on. It’s a solid pop song. And besides, the world could always use more singing drummers.
Telekinesis – You Turn Clear In The Sun
Contributed by Erin Routson
Nitty Scott MC takes DJ Premier’s “Work” beat into the economic reality of today – “$11 for some Newports? Sometimes I think I can’t afford to love New York.” The result is a fresh take on a classic beat. If there’s one thing hip hop needs, it’s more ladies who can spit like this.
Nitty Scott, MC – Work (Grustlin’)
Contributed by Erin Routson
Get behind this. Cincinnati’s finest in a 15 minute banger. Like a 513 version of that 12 minute One Blood remix.
Beat Gang – Cincinnati Riot (Feat. B.Luck, Tweez, Echeck, Young Butta, Young Maggz, K.I.D., Young Veagh, Mallio, Means, M 80, Showtime, Young Ceq, Dubb Santora, Supa, Bino)
Wow. Hello Seahorse! singer Denise Gutierrez’s voice is crazy. “Me Has Olvidado” (“You Have Forgotten Me”) feels operatic in parts, sublime even. The vocal feels soul wrenching, soul gutting, soul lifting all at once. It’s as if each quality, each tone of melody, each note is pointing to one singular emotion, than to the next, than to the next, and the next cause there’s motion in “Me Has Olvidado”, in the pulse of its rhythm, in it’s vocal cadences, it’s beautiful but it’s also kinetic, images projected to a screen, one moment of life to the next.
Hello Seahorse! – Me Has Olvidado
Two b3sci favs link up on this outta space Mux Mool remix for the Take track “If We All Don’t Go Insane”. Alpha Pup is putting out a full 16-song set remix LP of Take’s latest Only Mountain. Look out for additional features from TOKiMONSTA, Shigeto, and Anenon. We’re psyched!
Take – If We All Don’t Go Insane (Mux Mool Remix)
Lady Gaga has yet to meet a Pop chart she didn’t smash. Just last week, her new single “Born This Way” debuted at #1 with a highest ever 78.5 million in domestic airplay. Ay caramba! that’s like 1 in 4 of every Americans! For some perspective – line up like your goofy cousin, your creepy neighbor, that dude you have no clue what his name is that you see in the hall at the office, your grandma, at least 1 of those 4 people has heard “Born This Way” in the last week. Gaga is killing it. You know you want a piece.
Bloggers! Fans! Check this! Virgin Mobile is collaborating with the Monster Ball Tour, hooking up free passes to a show, access to interview her, and a peak at things behind the scenes for a select few. Check the details here. Get into it!
Upcoming Monster Ball dates.
* Las Vegas – MGM Grand, March 25th * Phoenix – US Airways Center, March 26th * Los Angeles – Staples Center, March 28th * Houston – Toyota Center, April 8th * New Orleans – New Orleans Arena, April 9th * Miami – American Airlines Arena, April 13th * Atlanta – Gwinnett Center, April 18th * Nashville – Bridgestone Arena, April 19th * New York – Nassau Coliseum, April 23rd
Contributed by Erin Routson
If you are nostalgic for the late 90s, My So-Called Life, and mixtapes, Greg Dulli will take you there. He’s never really left that time, actually. The Twilight Singers can still take you to that place where things are dark and sort of ominous, but you somehow creepily enjoy it. Why Shaq isn’t in the Santa costume in the video, though, is beyond me.
The Twilight Singers – On the Corner
Another winner c/o of LA guitar band Funeral Party. “Postcards of Persuasion” is prob a hit on rock radio right now (if it still exists?!1), it def would’ve been one five years ago (danceable rhythms, delayed guitars, enough a pop hook to stick in your head). Can these guys open for Interpol or The Stills? or Editors? Will MTV 2 feature their vid on “Subterranean”? Are they a band to watch? Haha, anyway, the track is ace. Get into it.
Funeral Party – Postcards of Persuasion
Fully exhumed and resurrected, worms still slithering, this classic Killa track from ’06 (right around when Cam got shot inside his Lambo) was recently raised from the grave by producer Duke Da God for his latest Harlem Classics compilation. It’s totally Sick hearing Cam on a less dreary track like this. Cam, we know you can still make hot records. When he’s on his game, Cam’ron’s got one of the best flows in hip hop, period. Tracks like “Oh What a Night” are the way back. Work on it.
Cam’ron – Oh What a Night (Prod. Duke Da God)
Maybe a slightly more jazzed up quality on this new Flying Lotus tune. It sort of carries a similar aesthetic to Roy Ayers more mellow ’70′s material. Add to that Fly Lo’s usual haul of killer polyrhythms and rich ambient textures and you’re left smoothing out to a pretty sick track. “Caravan of Delight” will feature on the new Ed Banger release King of Limbs Let the Children Techno expect quality shit from Skream, Mr. Oizo and SebastiAn to also feature on the compilation.
Flying Lotus – Caravan of Delight
We won’t front, when we first saw “Dum Dum Girls” paired with “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” we feared the worst. “There Is a Light” is at least one b3sci’ers fav Smiths song so the bar is a little on the high side. Dum Dum Girls smash it though. From the moment we hit play, and the those big Surfaris-esque guitar tones came in we were hooked. Catch the wave below.
Totally fucking brilliant! One of our favorite singles of the year so far. “Pray On Me” is an absolute monster, a ten thousand pound megatron bomb of sick vocals (check the howl on singer Marc Jones), punishing guitar, and massive fill-the-room rhythms. Mega.
Kill It Kid – Pray On Me
Say what you want about Sean John, if there’s been one (positive) consistent thing throughout his career, it’s that the dude can pick beats. And “I Hate That You Love Me” has a beat that kills. The goofy lyrics, Diddy’s strange (lack of) flow decisions, all’s forgiven the second that beat drops.
Diddy-Dirty Money – I Hate That You Love Me
Yet another permutation of The Raveonettes sound on this demo for new tune “Recharge & Revolt”. The Raves sound like a bunch of other bands, stylistic mutation to stylistic mutation, they liberally pillage any number of influences (Jesus and Mary Chain to MBV to ’60′s Pop) yet they always sound like The Raveonettes. “Recharge & Revolt” feels a bit more from the MBV, Ride territory of influence but is still 100% (pure love) Raveonettes. Great melodies, great male-female harmonies, excellent guitar layering and arranging all the hallmarks of good quality Raves shit. Raven in the Grave, the band’s upcoming LP is due in April. Psyched!
The Raveonettes – Recharge & Revolt (Demo)