Narco Reus – Martin Tyler Music

After his instrumental flips began to gain some notoriety on the quickly growing, essential CinemaxAnime twitter account, producer Narco Reus has returned with a new footy-themed remix project featuring reworks of a myriad of artists, everyone from Jay-Z to Waka Flocka. Check it out below.

 

 

Some Top 10s

I didn’t wanna write just another top 10 list that you could find on any other music publication, so I asked some people I kind of know and that are generally interested in music for their top 10s as well. It’s like Pitchfork’s staff list, except we don’t get paid and we still have to steal music (actually, that might be the same. I’m pretty sure pitchfork writers still steal music)

Michael (Me)

  1. Frank Ocean, Blonde
  2. Kevin Abstract, American Boyfriend
  3. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  4. Nicolas Jaar, Sirens
  5. ScHoolboy Q, Blank Face LP
  6. Danny Brown, Atrocity Exhibition
  7. Beyonce, Lemonade
  8. Kanye West, The Life Of Pablo
  9. Death Grips, Bottomless Pit
  10. Brockhampton, All American Trash

Brendan

  1. Dné, These Semi-Feelings, They Are Everywhere
  2. Kendrick Lamar, Untitled Unmastered
  3. Chance the Rapper, Colouring Book
  4. Death Grips, Bottomless Pit
  5. Street Sects, End Position
  6. Noname, Telefone
  7. Weezer, White Album
  8. Kyle Morton, What Will Destroy You
  9. Kero Kero Bonito, Bonito Generation
  10. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool

Jeremy

  1. The Avalanches, Wildflower
  2. James Blake, The Colour In Anything
  3. Andy Shauf, The Party
  4. Preoccupations, Preoccupations
  5. Solange, A Seat At The Table
  6. Bon Iver, 22, A Million
  7. Nicolas Jaar, Sirens
  8. Anderson .Paak, Malibu
  9. Animal Collective, Painting With
  10. John K. Samson, Winter Wheat

Mitchell

  1. Death Grips, Bottomless Pit
  2. Kendrick Lamar, Untitled Unmastered
  3. Preoccupations, Preoccupations
  4. Denzel Curry, Imperial
  5. Kaytranada, 99.9%
  6. Run The Jewels, RTJ3
  7. Anderson .Paak, Malibu
  8. James Blake, The Colour In Anything
  9. Animal Collective, Painting With
  10. Bon Iver, 22, A Million

Brandon

  1. Death Grips, Bottomless Pit
  2. Young Thug, Jeffery
  3. Danny Brown, Atrocity Exhibition
  4. Chance the Rapper, Colouring Book
  5. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  6. Kanye West, The Life Of Pablo
  7. A Tribe Called Quest, We’ve Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  8. Beyoncé, Lemonade
  9. Skepta, Konnichiwa
  10. David Bowie, Blackstar

Stanley

  1. Frank Ocean, Blonde
  2. Solange, A Seat At The Table
  3. Beyoncé, Lemonade
  4. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  5. Joey Purp, iiiDrops
  6. Danny Brown, Atrocity Exhibition
  7. Kaytranada, 99.9%
  8. ScHoolboy Q, Blank Face LP
  9. Bon Iver, 22, A Million
  10. Blood Orange, Freetown Sound

Zach

  1. Anderson .Paak, Malibu
  2. The Avalanches, Wildflower
  3. A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  4. Denzel Curry, Imperial
  5. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  6. Kanye West, The Life Of Pablo
  7. Wilco, Shmilco
  8. Snarky Puppy, Culcha Vulcha
  9. Various Artists, Day of the Dead
  10. Semaphora, Budda Sentenza

Chris

young thug – jeffrey
young thug’s apology to the people at the airport he insulted
Lil B’s tweets about nature
G.L.O.S.S – Trans Day of Revenge
uhhhhh what else happened
hmm
um
Cuntroaches if they released anything, I dunno but they played a really good set in the Czech Republic and if they released anything I’d probably really like it
the Denzel Curry album had a slut shaming lyric that made me uncomfortable but it was a really solid album, lots of bangers
fucking hell this is HARD
every single house/techno track I danced to in 2016
Firewalker had a really cool demo
YURI had a great demo and I haven’t actually listened to it but I’m friends with the vocalist so yknow it’s probably tight
and
uh
Show Me The Body, because I saw them two or three times but still haven’t listened to the album but I bet it’s tight

The 6 Best Music Videos Of 2016

5. David Bowie, “Blackstar / Lazarus” (dir. Johan Renck and David Bowie)

The final pair of videos from a man who has come to be defined for his fearless creativity over five decades, Bowie’s final visual statements show a man at his peak form even in his dying days. Directed by Johan Renck but creatively helmed by Bowie himself, both “Blackstar” and “Lazarus” are explorations of mortality (mirroring the key themes of the album they come off of) through occultist symbolism and a colour scheme filled with rich greens and greys. A worthy set of final videos from a visionary that will be remembered for years to come.

4. Danny Brown, Pneumonia (dir. Simon Cahn)

Few people are as gifted at the art of musical chaos as Danny Brown, as “Pneumonia” director Simon Cahn seems to have realized. Cahn sets one of the wildest songs of the year to an equally surreal video, switching between VHS footage of politicians (including Danny himself) and Brown being dragged, slammed and carried through the air by a set of chains (due to Danny’s other role in the video as a politician, it’s not hard to see the puppet imagery). In music videos, the most successful ones are the ones that can visually compliment the song best. “Pneumonia” is a perfect example of that sweet spot where audio and video play off each other impeccably.

3. Radiohead, “Daydreaming” (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

It probably wouldn’t be hard to guess that when Radiohead and Paul Thomas Anderson collaborated, the result would be fantastic. Anderson not only has been collaborating with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood for nearly a decade now to phenomenal results every time, but this is a band who has perfected their craft working with a filmmaker who is just as much a master of his own field. But what surprised me is that Daydreaming is just as much one of the best videos of the year as it is a film school lesson. “Daydreaming” is a clinic in perfect pacing, as Anderson flawlessly builds tension as the song itself does using Thom Yorke and a series of doors and stairs. A must-see not only for fans of Radiohead, but for anyone looking to make movies in the future.

2. Frank Ocean, “Nikes” (dir. Tyrone Lebon)

Taking a look at the list of favourite films that Frank Ocean named in his Boys Don’t Cry magazine that came along with his newest record Blonde, it’s pretty obvious that the man is educated in the medium. “Nikes” is the result of that, a series of short, unrelated clips full of symbols and references to the song itself while also subtly recognizing films like American Beauty and Mulholland Dr. The selection of photographer Tyrone Lebon is an obvious choice for a piece like this, which completely favours composition over narrative or plot. Shot on grainy, textured film that gives a hazy quality to everything in the video, Lebon’s party clips flow with beautiful naturalism while its more quiet moments feel more quiet and intimate that most full-time feature filmmakers can accomplish. A gorgeous mood piece that is best viewed on a big screen in the dark.

watch the video at http://boysdontcry.co/

  1. ScHoolboy Q, “John Muir” (dir. Aplusfilmz)

“John Muir” is not just the best music video of the year. It may very well be one of the year’s best short films as well. The video tells the story of two young men who rob someone for their car, and chronicles the next 24 hours through a single camera attached to the side of the car. It’s essentially a silent film with “John Muir” as the soundtrack, and it is just as good without the music behind it. All of this can be traced back to the phenomenal direction from the filmmaking crew Aplus, who created a story more interesting, characters more gripping, and cinematography more innovative than 99% of the feature productions being released today. Seriously, someone give these guys $30 million and a studio. If “John Muir” is any indication, they’re a group of filmmakers capable of making magic.

God’s Wisdom – “Beep Beep” feat. Lucy

“Beep Beep” is a rap song about cars that sounds nothing like any other rap songs about cars. The beat is some weird mix of Dean Blunt / James Ferraro hypnagogia, vaporwave, and elevator music (yes, vaporwave is different than elevator music). The rapping is done in a seven-syllable triplet scheme as many a Soundcloud star uses, but you may be too confused to even notice. The only thing that isn’t surprising about it is that it comes from the Dark World collective, which pumps out what could only be described as rap’s version of ’80s b-movie horror films. If you like your hip hop to have the ability to get your aux cord privileges taken away forever, “Beep Beep” is for you. Check it out below.

Merlyn Wood – “Culdesac”

I first heard Merlyn Wood on his debut single, “FYE”, around a year ago. Coming out of the normally melancholic Brockhampton crew, “FYE” contained a screamed chorus and screeching synths, akin to something XXX era Danny Brown or early period Death Grips would have indulged in. Unlike the rest of his crew, Merlyn’s sound took me aback as being more auditory attack than subdued sadness. On his newest offering, “Culdesac”, he creeps closer to the signature sound of the collective he associates with, but still keeps the edge that allowed him to stand out among the group. Check out “Culdesac” below.

 

EP: Lucki, “Freewave II”

Picture this: it’s 2013, and the young Chicago rap scene is divided heavily into different styles: the grim, violent sounds of drill led by Chief Keef and his GBE crew, and the bouncy, psychadelic pop rap popularized by Chance The Rapper and the Savemoney collective. And then there was Lucki, somewhere in between the two, at that time still going by the longer pseudonym Lucki Eck$. Yet three years later, most of the rappers on this current wave of Soundcloud popularity employ the same lazy-but-infectious flow that Lucki perfected years before on tapes like Body High and my personal favorite, X. His newest mixtape / EP, Freewave II, is a collection of freestyles that follows up his very enjoyable 2015 tape of the same name. If you’re into rappers that have found themselves on the No Jumper podcast, you will most likely find yourself liking Lucki quite a bit. Listen to Freewave II below.

mntjy – her note


Costa Rican producer mntjy’s debut album her note may be the best example of the power that the internet has in 2016. It’s loaded with post-regional sounds, combining the lonely, unsettling atmosphere of hypnagogic pop artists like Dean Blunt & James Ferraro with the murky r&b of acts like PARTYNEXTDOOR and DVSN. Paying homage to his birthplace, he also tops it off with both English and Spanish vocals and samples over the beats. It’s one of the few alternative pop releases that takes a new angle on the genre, one that’s been worn to death over the past few years. her note is a must-listen for anyone looking for a starker, stranger take on the nocturnal sound that dominates radio stations and playlists across the country. Listen to her note below.

MIXTAPE: Cousin Stizz, “MONDA”

Last year, I came across Boston rapper Cousin Stizz through his “No Bells” music video, and was instantly hooked. “No Bells” is still one of the very best songs of 2015, and the mixtape it came off of, Suffolk County, was one my favorite mixtapes of last year. It’s chock-full of laid-back, uber-charismatic weed rap that’s perfect for long car rides and moments of positive self-reflection. It is with great pleasure, then, that I can say that he’s topped his debut with the follow up, MONDA. Featuring a more developed, unique flow from Stizz to go along with stronger and more varied production from up-and-comers Lil Rich, Dumdrumz and Tee-WaTT as well as Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Drake collaborator Cardo, MONDA is consistently quality throughout, with highlights scattered across the entirety of the 14-song tracklist. “500 Horses” does 2015 Drake better than 2015 Drake did 2015 Drake, “Gain Green” may be the wooziest song to ever motivate you, and “Big Fella” takes a gorgeous, soul-sampled beat and pairs it with Stizz’s best verses to date, making it a serious contender for 2016’s best rap song. With the constant flow of rap music stuffing the Internet every day, it can be hard to see what is truly worth it. Which is why it’s so important for Cousin Stizz to be supported, and why you need to go and listen to his mixtape. His music is not indebted to trends or waves; it is built for listening today, tomorrow and ten years from now. MONDA is only a few weeks old, but it feels and sounds built to last. Stream MONDA below and download it here.

 

Liss – “First” EP

There’s a few reasons that you should be excited about the future of Danish teenage band Liss. First, their music is fantastic, flowing seamlessly through multiple genres (synth-pop and funk, R&B, art pop) and are capable of the ability to stir emotion from listeners while also keeping everything simple enough to be an earworm. They’re also signed to XL Records, which at this point is basically a major label without all (notice I said ALL) the constraints of an actual major label. But above all, they bring a sense of freshness into the indie pop scene. Liss doesn’t really sound like anyone, and in the current indie scene there’s this really bad sickness going around called Everybody Just Sounds The Fucking Same. Liss has finesse, swag, and can come through with a strong, unique pop song. More than enough reason to believe you’ll be hearing more about these boys later on. Listen to lead single “Sorry” below. the First EP is available on iTunes, Amazon and all major streaming services.

 

Night Lovell – “Red Teenage Melody”

This past weekend I found myself in Ottawa, which is a coincidence, because Ottawa native Night Lovell dropped his second mixtape entitled Red Teenage Melody this past Friday and so passing the Rideau Canal listening to “Rideau Swing” was cool. This new project of his sees him moving away from the styles of his more obvious contemporaries (his debut tape, Concept Vague, landed him comparisons to gothic cult-hero Bones) and moving towards a more unique sound. Lovell’s ear for beats is impressive; while most of the flows he employs are generally generic, the production he selects is able to keep things interesting without the project seeming too all-over-the-place (especially the beats contributed from Blank Body). Check out Red Teenage Melody below.

Try Out: “Boy Red”, “Barbie Doll”, “Guidance (feat. Nessly)”

 

ROY – “Thunder”

https://soundcloud.com/roydanmab/thunder

 

Roy is not unlike many of his peers currently working in the pop-leaning side of the underground hip-hop and R&B. His latest, “Thunder”, showcases a strong sense of sunny melancholy reminiscent of the more recent, mature work of Childish Gambino. self-produced with help from Joba & bear / face (both of who have essentially mastered this type of sunset-at-the-beach production through their work with LA-by-way-of-Texas group Brockhampton), the song itself moves through a series of parts, starting off with a simple pop-rap tune depicting what seems to be a recent breakup, and then slowly transitioning into an instrumental finish that could’ve fit right into a song from a mid-00s indie rock band. After proving that he can pull off a track this ambitious and beautiful this early into his career, Roy is definitely a young artist that deserves your attention now and in the future. Follow Roy on Twitter @roydanmab.

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