Stormzy – Big for Your Boots

Regardless of your thoughts on the quickly saturating “Americanized” Grime sound, it’s hard not to be excited by rise of Stormzy. “Big for Your Boots”, the first single off his upcoming debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, has been making waves, pulling in almost 3 million Youtube views in its first week.

And for good reason: it’s pure verbal aggression, with the added bonus of production credits from Kano (and Adele) producer, Fraser T Smith. Plus I just really like the way he says “boots”.

Gang Signs & Prayer is out February 24th on #Merky Records.

 

Jean Deaux – Pressure

Singer Jean Deaux has been around the Chicago music scene for a minute now. Having worked with the likes of Mick Jenkins and Saba, she’s well on her way to becoming a household name.

This latest track, produced by Tim Suby, is upbeat and bouncy as hell—a good spirit lifter for the dumpster fire that has been this last week.

Dean Blunt & Yung Lean: Fronto Kings

The ever-mysterious Dean Blunt is clearly up to something interesting. After a couple of mysterious snippets were posted last week via Hyperdub’s twitter account, this video has surfaced on Jonatan Leandoer’s (Yung Lean’s) Youtube channel.

Gritty and lo-fi, the video follows the pair through the streets of Stockholm while cryptic images and audio—He needs some milk!—obscure the music and footage.

#savefabric Compilation

For those of you not in the know, fabric, an indescribably important venue in London’s electronic scene, had its license revoked back in September following a series of drug-related deaths. Having hosted almost every name that one could think of in electronic music, fabric’s closure has been a huge blow to London’s cultural and artistic landscape.

In an effort to raise money for legal fees, fabric’s in-house record label, fabric records, has collaborated with Houndstooth to release this 111-track compilation that features artists from across the entire electronic spectrum. While I’m definitely too lazy to convert the 9.99GBP price tag to USD, I can guarantee you that the price is worth your support of the electronic scene. After all, London isn’t the only city—*ahem* I’m looking at you, Chicago—that has recently called into question electronic music’s artistic legitimacy.

KAMI: Home Movies

After a wildly successful summer for Joey Purp, it’s only fair that KAMI, the other half of SAVEMONEY duo Leather Corduroys, has his time in the spotlight.

The 80’s synth-pop vibes are strong with this one–the video’s diner setting looks like it’s straight out of a John Hughes movie, which fits in perfectly with Knox Fortune’s bouncy instrumental.  With an upcoming solo project in the works, it looks like KAMI has big things on the way.

Prins Thomas – C (Ricardo Villalobos Remixes)

We’ve once again been blessed by the Chilean-German god of minimal techno, Ricardo Villalobos. These two remixes come to us courtesy of Prins Thomas’ spacey-as-ever February release (which is also worth giving a listen), Principe del Norte.

Villalobos has an uncanny ability to create what can only be described as sonic black holes—though the palette of sounds drawn on is minimal, each track draws us into its own unique and expansive universe.

Youandewan – Be Good To Me, Poly

Someone recently told me I need to be more concise with my writing, which I think means I should embrace the listicle format, so:

  1. This sounds like club-ready Floating Points, but for if everyone in the club was feeling wistful
  2. Science looked objectively cooler back in the 1960s
  3. Youandewan’s forthcoming album, There is No Right Time, is out this Friday 10/14 on Aus Music, and I hope the whole thing sounds like this

テレヴァペ - 永 (VHS) (Televape – Eternity)

I was taking Economics classes in 2013, which ostensibly means I missed out on the whole Vaporwave thing. Yet somehow, in the year of our Lord 2016, this Televape (VAPERROR x t e l e p a t h) project snuck onto my Soundcloud feed.

I feel like I need to pay some sort of penance, so I’m dedicating this post to that one Greco-Roman sculpture with the pink background I keep seeing, but feel free to put this on your Tumblr like the 20-something art student you probably are.

Moses Sumney – Lonely World

Moses Sumney first caught my attention last summer with this incredible cover of the American avant-garde mainstay Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman.” Having toured with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Sumney is clearly catching the attention of the right people. His latest single, “Lonely World,” only confirms this with its stunning list of contributors: Thundercat on bass, Tosin Abasi on guitar, and Son Lux collaborator Ian Chang on drums.
Perhaps the most impressive part of “Lonely World” is the ease with which Sumney reigns in the overwhelming amount of talent at his disposal. Thundercat’s signature bass arpeggios are unmistakable while, as the track builds, Chang’s drums gradually become more frantic and overpowering. Despite this, Sumney undeniably makes the track his as his voice moves back and forth between atmospheric background and haunting foreground.