Friday, July 3, 2015

Brandyn Burnette - I Wanna Be (Free) [Official Video]

The mysterious indie wonder that is Brandyn Burnette released his lead single a few months ago, and today we are blessed with the music video for that very song. Brandyn took control of this visual and truly brought the song to life. Featuring shots from a rooftop in Los Angeles to shots of chaos in the streets, the artistic vision behind this video is purely Brandyn Burnette. It defines his artistry beautifully, in the sense that he really took this representation of I Wanna Be (Free) to the next level. The message we hear in the song is reflected perfectly in the visuals, and I wouldn't expect anything less than this spectacular video from such a talented and innovative artist.

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tylerWRIGHTEOUS - No Relation

The title of the track fits. This song is in no relation to anything I've heard in awhile, and I think that's why I'm liking it so much. tylerWRIGHTEOUS is another artist coming out of Virginia and delivers this hard-hitting single off of his upcoming project, "nimbus". The self-produced track opens up with comical intro before tyler flexes with his lyrics, including an addictive hook. tyler also worked with recently shared Virginian, Cameron Murdoch, in the mixing process. Although he refers to himself as 'Chubby Gambino', I hear a sound from tyler that can be compared to Ab-Soul. Definitely looking forward to seeing what tylerWRIGHTEOUS has in store for the future.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Matt Burton - Tequila Sunrise (Prod. YOG$)

With summer racing by like a car on a deserted highway, it can be hard to just enjoy the moment. In the midst of sun-baked beach days and sleepless nights, sometimes the little instances get lost in the shuffle. We don't always appreciate the beauty of precious simplicities like warm guitar chords swirling in the summer breeze, or the cooling touch of a cold beverage in the perpetual heat.  

Luckily this kind of perspective is only a few notes away, brought back by the youthful abstractions of Matt Burton's newest record Tequila Sunrise. Gifted with a head-nodding mingling of acoustic guitar and skittering percussion from YOG$, Matt laces the instrumental with his most determined rapping yet. Alternating between crisply worded bars and his unmistakable sing-song harmonies, this newest release is my favorite to date. 

Tequila Sunrise is overflowing with sharp wordplay, producing equally instances of playful braggadocio and meditative self-examination. So soak in some more vibes as golden as the sun, and slow down just a bit. Take a breath, take it all in, and enjoy all that you do have, not what you don't.

"I know there's more to live for / But we don't live long"

PS: If you're dying to see Matt in concert, you can catch him at Young Summer July 13th in Portland. Tickets can be found HERE.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Donald Glover - Marry You

Donald Glover appears on the Magic Mike XXL soundtrack with a cover of Bruno Mars' "Marry You".

Slowed down and seasoned with Hawaiian romance, the cover puts an exciting spin on the church-bell inspired original. It has been amazing to witness the progression of Gambino's singing voice through his musical career up to a point where it is confidently highlighted on a blockbuster movie soundtrack. Donald's versatility seems to expand with every release, making the unknowns of any new project expand even more.

You can watch Donald talk about Magic Mike XXL alongside Matt Bomer here and listen to two new live Childish Gambino songs here.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Witt Lowry - Used To You (prod. Dan Haynes)

COM favorite Witt Lowry is back to give you the feels this summer. This is the first solo work we've heard from the CT emcee since his stunning music video in April, and his feature on Devvon Terrell's track in May. The one thing you can never deny Witt is his passion on track after track. He pours his heart into each track. This track is no different. A great snippet from what I expect to be an amazing, heartfelt, and passionate project, due out shortly. There is no denying Witt's talent and ability, it is only a matter of time until the rest of the world hears and sees it too.
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Chris Webby - Ohh No (feat. Jarren Benton & Tech N9ne) [Official Video]

Fresh off of Tech N9ne's Special Effects tour, Chris Webby gives us the visuals for the Chemically Imbalanced track Ohh No featuring three of hip-hop's finest independent emcees. With Homegrown, Strange Music and Funk Volume's finest coming together for this track, it'd be a surprise to me if this wasn't one of your favorite songs off of Webby's debut album. The video, directed by Zach Zubko, has an eerie and mysterious feel to it. The vision behind the visuals was carried out beautifully and came together perfectly. Be sure to check out the video above and pre-order Chris Webby's Jamo-Neat on iTunes now!

Jack Ü - Where Are Ü Now feat. Justin Bieber [Official Music Video]

Jack Ü collaborators Diplo and Skrillex release their Justin Bieber featured video for "Where Are Ü Now" off their 2015 album. 

The 10 song album presented by Diplo and Skrillex along with a slew of other producers and vocalists has turned out to be one of the most interesting and successful EDM (-ish) releases of the calendar year, rivaled only by Diplo's other collaborative Peace is the Missionfrom Major Lazer. With hit songs like where "Where Are Ü Now", "Take Ü" and "To Ü" accompanied by vocal contributions from Bieber, 2 Chainz, AlunaGeorge and Missy Elliot, Jack Ü is well worth a first, second and third listen through. 

"Where Are Ü Now" excels by accenting the soft, emotional vocals from Bieber. Mixing voice tones and layering the feature over addictivly alternative drums may make even die-hard Bieber haters come back for a second listen.  

Watch the official video for "Take Ü There" off the project and stream all of Jack Ü on Spotify today. 

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cameron Murdoch - Regular Guy feat. Masego and Shepherds

A change of pace is always nice. That's what 'Regular Guy' was for me. Out of Virginia comes songwriter and producer Cameron Murdoch with this tune that is not exactly 'regular'. Cameron lays a mix of warm vocals and rapping over his self produced instrumental consisting of upbeat drum and bass to generate a unique laid back, but yet still energized vibe. A melodic whistling from Shepherds adds a different element to the song, while a tranquil saxophone solo from Masego to close out the final minute of the three minute song serves as icing on the cake. Side note, Masego's collaborative project with Medasin, titled The Pink Polo EP, drops June 30 so be sure to check that out too. Regular Guy is a single off of Cameron Murdoch's upcoming "Prelude to Better" EP, which does not yet have a release date.

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