Ok, so there's this couple who sailed the seas and made music. They've been making albums for quite some time now and they've been making literal waves ever since. Their new album "Ritual in Repeat" drops on the 9th of September and I am very exctied to hear the new sounds. I introduce Tennis, the Denver based band formed out of love and water. Their smooth and classic sound has captivated my ears for a few years now, and they have taken it to another notch with the production from Patrick Carney from the Black Keys. He was on the last album Cape Dory, which is still in rotation. What I find most fascinating is their progression in becoming known and keeping shit simple. This is a real husband and wife duo, who play their own instruments. Alaina and Patrick forevers y'all. Cheers.
Here's their first single, "I'm Calling" ( I think) from the album, I found this song to be a great jam in talking about relationships.
A candid interview with Madeline Sackler, one of the most compelling directors who is giving us rawness in her work. I was so moved in the 10 minutes in which I was able to watch her film "Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus" before I went to my office. The acting from this theatre group is so intense so powerful so moving! If you're an artist with a conscious I highly advise you to see this film. God bless Ms. Sackler and her ability to document things such as this. God bless Belarus and their theatre group. I really cannot wait to watch the rest of this documentary.
Another great piece of work presented by Hello Flo, and directed by Jamie T McCleland an awesome story about a girl lying about her period.
I thought this was a very unique commercial, giving us a very American view of how our country looks at our women.
As we approach halftime of the year of our lord in 2014, I would like to share a few tapes and albums I have come across that have made my year very spectacular.
10. One of the most innovating concepts taken towards a mixtape I have seen in a minute. Lil B has rebounded into my ears a basketball mixtape that is amazing. I really wasn't into the #Basedgod movement at first, but now I see this man is #Based. Keep cookin B.
9. Little Dragon has brought their synth pop wave to a new level once again. Nabuma Rubberband is a very cohesive mix of r&b, rock, electro, soul and a dash of punk. Yukimi Nagano stays making waves and she stays keeping things very fresh.
8. Chrome Sparks has definitely accomplished great music this year with his Goddess EP, very tranquil mix of drum and bass. Its instrumentation will either have you spaced the fuck out or doing some crazy ass tribal dance. He's definitely on his way up.
7. Movement from down under has also kept me hot with these sexy ass tracks. Hailing all the way from Austrailia these boys absolutely know how how to make awesome electronic music. "5:57" is my shit forreals. I hope someone in Texas gets a hold of em and chops and screws that up. Props to Sydney Austrailia.
6. Actress has made a piece of work that has the internets going so crazy. His album entitled "Ghettoville" gives us insane instrumentals that are extremely ambient but with a hip/trip-hop undertone. I either freestyle real slow or get down real low on these tracks.
5. Ms. Annie don't play no games when it comes to her tracks and thats why St. Vincent has is a real great album. She puts everything into her songs, so much emotion so much instrumentation so much of it all. "Prince Johnny" is what I sing boys to sleep to. Half of the time I'm not exactly sure what or who she sings to or about but lordamercy her music is impeccable. Can't wait to catch a show of hers.
4. You wanna hear some real young n*gga rap, without any bullshit ass hooks, or thot provoking lines that may have you cursing out somebody please bump the fuck out this tape. Casey Veggies and Rockie Fresh have really been doing the damn thing for a while. Let this EP be proof of that. "Fresh Veggies" has everything you need to get the party started and some. This is so good, its not supposed to be on my list because it was out in 2013.
3. Brodinski's lil mix he did for V Magazine gets an honorable mention, this has a lot of hit-worthy artists on there. Brodinski has been under the radar for a minute but he's coming out with more music soon. The Brodinski V Mix is what you need to get right.
2. I'd be a trifiling ass person if I didn't add Lykke Li to this list. "I Never Learn" has been a total experience everytime I hear it. Heart struck lyrics and melodies man, Lykke really does take you there. From someone who has recently gotten out of a relationship "I Never Learn" resonates very closely to me. Eventhough it may sound like she recorded it in a watering hole, Lykke kept it real cute and intitmate on this 9 track album.
1. If you're looking for ambient soothing rock, the Notwist is the way to go. Call me chill, emo or whatever but this album is very much sensitive. A few of these tracks I heard first as remixes for DJ's. (see Ryan Hemsworth's remix of Beyonce's "Mine" ) Alternative rock is still very alive in my culture and Notwist definitely makes a great contribution.
*If you find yourself jamming to any of these albums, holla at a player.