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Presston – Discretion (Ft. Breana Marin)

29 Nov 2016 / in Song by

Presston continues to impress with the traction building Discretion.

When it comes to side-love, discretion is key. That, of course extends beyond the act, and right into story and song legs, as well. It’s all in the details.

Presston paints those details with a fine brush, too. Mixtures of emotions wring out as the minutes slow drip by; the production supporting the subtleties with soft adjustments, churning, building, and breaking intensity filling the track with an uncertain atmosphere. Breana Marin complementing these forces with delicate additions of her own.

It isn’t hard to see Discretion as a sort of sleeper hit that sneaks into everyone’s playlist this winter season. Presston and Breana display a perfect balance between catchy and artistic restraint; this one begs to be played during any and every rainy night drive. Get on that.

Code Green – 7 Day Trip

21 Nov 2016 / in EP by

Code Green bring out the official debut EP, 7 Day Trip.

Inspired by a real-life seven day trip, Code Green’s 7 Day Trip acts as the debut from the group. A type of mission statement; something to transmit to future fans what exactly they’re getting in on.

From here, what exactly that looks like seems to be slow churning cuts, ruminating on relationships and the past, getting passed that remuneration, and aftermath of all that. 7 Day Trip is understated and emotive without losing a focus on Code Green’s strengths as a vibe-building crew.

That’s the top draw, too. For all those times that call for relaxation, 7 Day Trip is exactly the sort of the record to call on. As a debut release, it’s also a positive sign for the future; any addition to the growing faction of relaxed-heat makers is a blessing.

Adam King – Dream Girl

16 Nov 2016 / in Song by

Adam King shares Dream Girl.

Everybody needs some good vibes as we get into winter, and that’s exactly what Adam King gives us in his recent release, Dream Girl.

The Naptown emcee lays down some poetic bars as he struggles to cross paths with the girl of his dreams, because as he puts it, “Keep the Double D’s. What’s underneath? What’s a freak up in the sheets if she go easy on the streets?” Adam King’s flows and wordplay are complimented by his unconventional production featuring some pleasant keys, a minor guitar riff, and an overall cross-genre sound.

Be sure to check this out Dream Girl below.

Childish Gambino – Me and Your Mama

11 Nov 2016 / in Song by

December 2nd is real. Gambino has returned

It’s been three years since the release of Because The Internet, two since Kauai / STN MTN. With today’s release of Me and Your Mama, it’s confirmed that rumors earlier this week were true; December 2nd marks the return of Childish Gambino, with the release of Awaken, My Love!. Today, we get a glimpse of what’s to come with Me and Your Mama.

Charting Gambino’s progression between releases, its hard to imagine this is the same artist that released Freaks and Geeks.

Gambino has come a long way from supplying us with smirk and chuckle-worthy lines, and if Me and Your Mama, the opening track to Awaken, My Love!, is anything to go by, we’re about to enter an entirely new, funkier, dustier chapter of Gambino.

Unfolding with a light and delicate choir of vocals, backed by synth, unobtrusive bass, and well-timed snapping, Me and Your Mama almost sneaks into your ears, until Gambino drops the true needle of the record, screeching from the bottom of his soul, throwing in all of the funk (a wall of guitars, snappy drumwork, laser noises, really the whole nine) to back that marvelous belt.

Me and Your Mama goes from great background ambiance to a full-on funk assault in the drop of a hat, from slow dance to a freak show, as Gambino belts out declarations of love for his woman. Eventually retreating to a calm, ending on a note of tranquility, bringing everything back to earth.

The structure of this cut tells a story of the beginning of a relationship, complete with the whispers of hope in the relationship, the confidence that it’s a real love, all the way to the de-escalation that takes place when both parties become comfortable and at peace, with one another.

For anyone that’s missed full-bodied funk, for anyone in need of a good love story, for anyone that’s simply missed the music of Donald Glover, or even for anyone curious as to where Glover’s Gambino persona would go next, Me and Your Mama is a real treat. The prospects of having ten more songs in the same vein should have everyone wide awake in wait for December 2nd.

Newman – PRISM

06 Nov 2016 / in Song by

Set the table. Put Newman name on it. PRISM is here. Episode one of T$A Collective’s 5 Out Of 5 is here. World Premiere.

Take notes people. There’s nothing like a track busting out of the gates with high energy. Newman’s PRISM is the type of song people run to when celebrating, when trying to match their elevated moods, or, hell, even when they’re just feeling themselves like that.

It’s fitting too, really; PRISM marks the beginning of a T$A Collective series in which at least one member of the team will drop a track for the series every Sunday at 5pm. That triumph brass backing wasn’t just for Newman’s health, this is truly a celebration.

Producer Rascal really did it with this one. The beat builds and swells to new heights and locales, including sample-based pit stops, all while Newman does whatever he damn well pleases. PRISM as a whole really does have to be praised for its aura of complete and total freedom. You’ll feel it to the core. And will, without a doubt, keep returning back.

BYRAM – How You Love

02 Nov 2016 / in Song by

BYRAM sets up the release of upcoming I Hate You EP with the release of How You Love.

Opening with somber mood-building keys and ice cold trap drumwork sets the stage for BYRAM to display a troubling and complex relationship.

How You Love, rather than eliciting warm and welcoming flavorings offered, often offered by these sorts of other-half worshipping cuts, more so will point the mind toward a swirl of uncertain emotions; providing more questions than answers about the relationship BYRAM ruminates over.

That rumination is the key difference, too. All throughout, where many would deliver these lyrics in a sickly sweet manner, BYRAM instead cries them out. Each verse essentially unraveling an uneven, disturbing love (“And you’re feeling crazy/do not be afraid/now you’re speaking my language”…”And how you say I compliment you too much”).

This disturbance from the norm largely lends How You Love its status as one of the more affecting releases in recent memory. The I Hate You EP is without a doubt on our radar now.

Tobi Lou – Game Ova

26 Oct 2016 / in Glassface, Music Video by

Tobi Lou’s debut Game Ova sights, directed by our very own Glassface.

Few things are better than when a visual medicates you just as much as the audio with it does. After watching Tobi Lou’s video for Game Ova, that’s exactly how you’ll feel.

Glassface kills it once again with the vibrant colors, trippy effects, and overall direction of the video. There’s something so serene and innocent about the empty arcade, along with the other settings, that it perfectly mirrors Lou’s vibe, as he speaks on his romantic mishaps of playing games. The Chicago artist told Pigeons and Planes that he “saw a lot of bad videos this year so I just wanted to make a really good one”.

The deed is done and he also leaves us with a sneak preview of an upcoming Glassface-produced (under his music moniker Facer @facerandcompany) track that absolutely knocks.

Nessly – Focus

25 Oct 2016 / in Song by

Nessly shares New New Focus.

Following his mixtape release, Still Finessin, in May, Nessly puts out Focus to show us he’s still working and not complacent with where he’s at.

“I ain’t losing focus, I ain’t getting cozy,” sings the Atlanta artist over an organ-playing, soft trap beat produced by Outtatown.

The two combine their sounds every now and then to make what sounds like a fusion between R&B and trap, that always turns out heat. As we continue to hear from Nessly, he will continue to catch momentum. Peep Focus now.

Jon Waltz – Riot

19 Oct 2016 / in Song by

Jon Waltz re-enters the game with Riot.

Jon Waltz has been progressively changing his sound since the release of his EP, Alyss, by brightening his production, heightening his vocals, and perhaps showing a bit of Memphis through.

This new track, Riot, definitely follows that progression with a playful, soulful sound, some funky backup vocals, and a couple of bells and whistles in the background. However, the Memphis R&B artist does not compromise his lyricism as he talks about a multitude of things. He tells the FADER that, “it started as a song about rich kids in Calabasas… and then turned into a song about generational values and internal conflict. It’s about who I was five years ago versus who I am today”.

It’s not hard to tell that Waltz has been taking his time crafting his music in every aspect and will continue to impress us with his versatility. Check out Riot for a reminiscent, easy jam.

Larry June – I’m Workin’

17 Oct 2016 / in Music Video by

Can’t you see June workin?

Don’t you hate it when people question your availability? I mean, you have to be sick and tired of that “wyd” right in the middle of your shift right? Maybe not, but if that just so happens to be your situation, Larry June’s I’m Workin’ is the anthem.

The video is a must view, on top of all that. Who doesn’t want to see June moving oranges through a complex network of sexy women wielding guns? Give me a “not me,” I dare you!