Noah Sims – KINETIC

“The five songs on Kinetic embody the fluidity that I strive for in my production. These were a few of my favorite songs that I’ve made over the past year, and I felt that they fit together cohesively while also showing different directions my music has taken. I want to thank Moses Chisale for spending hours with me on the artwork, and inspiring me throughout the process. I also want to thank Banks The Genius for mastering the project and bringing the music to it’s fullest potential, I’m lucky to have them both as friends and collaborators.” – Noah Sims

VXO – Alcanzarme


The manifold sounds of Connecticut’s experimental musician VXO takes new shape following their earlier release “Why U Call Me” and Color Plus feature “Fade 2”: layered harmonizing vocals cross-stitched into peaking synth melodies and dirty breakbeat rhythms.

“Alcanzarme” is the second single from VXO’s self-titled EP on Vanity Press Records, out 10/20—vinyl preorders available at FIT Detroit. Album art by Ali Bonfils.

KROZER – EP

It’s 2018 so if you’re going to make guitar music, it had better be good. Thankfully, KROZER’s creatively-titled “EP” is just that, full of brash guitar riffs and distorted vocals. The best thing about this EP is how much it jams: the type of music you would actually be willing to mosh to in a musty basement with a bunch of overactive white kids. To be frank, I have no idea what they’re saying half the time on this record, but I kind of love that too.

Opener “STRANGERS” is a headfake, clear, serene strumming giving way to a cacophony of guitars and drums; the brief bass break that opens the second verse highlights the rhythmic bass anchoring the song together. “PINK MATTER” is my personal standout. The opening notes sound like seagulls squawking beachside, before a driving guitar riff takes over, propelling the song forward. The harsh layered strumming over the chorus and ambient screaming noises approximately halfway thru the track emphasize the melody at the core of this EP. And the guitarwork on these songs is just gorgeous.

“BIGSPIN/NO VOX” is the record’s longest track, clocking in at a speedy 3:24 and serving us two songs in that span. “BIGSPIN” boasts the best singing on the record, with a plaintive missive: I could never do the shit you do. By contrast, “NO VOX,” with no vocals, letting the instrumentalists wild out in the best way. There’s a distorted lead guitar low in the mix that I’m going to be thinking about all weekend. Closer “WALK IN COOLER” has the shouted lyrics of pop punk’s heyday married to a grungier aesthetic, ending the record on a high-energy note.

In a streaming era filled with bloated albums designed to maximize revenue and RIAA certifications, it’s refreshing to listen to a record that deals exclusively in brevity; It’ll be interesting to see where KROZER take their sound in the coming year. You can stream the record on bandcamp.

Charlotte Wilson – Where Do You Go

Remember that time every single cool new artist was from Toronto? Yeah, that’s still true. Canada’s own Charlotte Day Wilson turned heads earlier this year with her single release “Work”, the first single off her debut project CDW. Now, the rest of her EP is available for streaming on Soundcloud, and it’s making this gloomy Tuesday look up. Wilson effortlessly combines chillwave and R&B, creating a smooth sound to the likes of Beach House and Jessie Ware.

Catch her on tour this fall with fellow chillwavers Local Natives, and stream the album below. Don’t forget to cop the album August 26th.

 

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.

crapface – :):):)

crapface’s debut EP is the perfect amalgam of Pop and Soundcloud. Using familiar samples and crisp happy tones, crapface has crafted some truly rousing and invigorating tunes, perfect for the club or a nice jog with a nice dog.

 

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.

 

jaro – la rouge ep

Jaro is one of the producers of Beach Jesus, but that’s not important right now. This man made a Dr. Frankenstein style monster out of Justin Timberland and Sisqo on track three of his solo EP. Please take a listen to the whole project below.

Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World


Cementing himself as the rockstar that he is, Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert has delivered his 2nd project in the last 5 months with Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World. If you follow Uzi on any of social media platforms, then you know he has been teasing a lot of these tracks for awhile now. I’ve been waiting on Ps & Qs since he posted a video of him singing along back during SXSW. With his uncanny ability to pick out hard-hitting production to his infectious use of melody, Uzi surely isn’t fizzling out any time soon. If you haven’t yet, you’d be best advised to get familiar.