The previously praised Run The Jewels have a new full-length album on the way, and I couldn’t be more psyched after the release of this new track featuring none other than Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine.
In case you’re unaware, Run The Jewels is a hip hop duo consisting of Georgia rapper Killer Mike and New York rapper-producer El-P. After collaborating heavily on Killer Mike’s last full-length, El and Mike decided to take it a step further and solidify themselves as a duo, which they christened with a free full-length album last year.
Ever since, fans have been waiting for the followup, and RTJ isn’t gonna make us wait too long for it. The duo’s second album, RTJ2, is dropping on October 28th via Mass Appeal, and this newly released track is the best taster from the forthcoming project thus far. The instrumental is one of the most massive El-P has dropped since R.A.P. Music, and it’s great to her Zach on point once again–you know, since his recent appearance on the Deltron 3030 followup was somewhat lackluster. Zack’s Bitches Brew line was nasty, and El and Mike are sounding great as usual.
Looking forward to this!
Swedish experimental-bluesy-rock duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums, consisting of husband and wife Andreas Werliin on drums and Mariam Wallentin on vocals and extra percussion, are gearing up to release their fourth album, Rhythm. Their last release, 2010′s Rivers, found the band building on their core sound with the addition of a large choir, and Wallentin went solo last year on one of 2013′s greatest records, Blood Donation, which contained lots of angular guitar, bass, and synths. But now the duo are back, and it seems they’re up to their old tricks.
“Keep Some Hope” opens with big, heavy drums and shakers, before Wallentin comes in. Her vocals have pretty much always been WB&PD’s biggest asset – they’re so full of soul and power, and she has an uncanny way with melody, often going places we would never expect. There is something very elemental about their sound, and it’s nice to see their sound growing bolder with each record. There’s an implacable aspect to their sound, wonderfully illustrated by this single: this song falls squarely in their wheelhouse, and yet I don’t think it could fit comfortably on any of their prior releases, or even Blood Donation. A plea for hope leads to an oddly catchy chorus, and this song (as well as lead single “The Offbeat”) leave me eager for this record.
Rhythm is out November 3 via Leaf Label.
French electronic music producer Mr. Oizo has dropped a new track that’s set to be featured on his forthcoming full-length album titled The Church. The album is currently looking at a November 18th release date via Brainfeeder Records.
To be completely honest, I had never put much stock in Mr. Oizo’s music before I heard this track. His previous material struck me as being pretty inconspicuous, just not that bold. However, “Bear Biscuit” has a huge freak flag that it has no shame in flying. With loads of heavy, noisy start-stop grooves, I’m not sure if I’m waiting for a more fluid song to start or getting a musical beatdown. The disorienting vocal samples are a nice touch as well.
Props to Mr. Oizo on this one!
You probably don’t know West Coast rapper shangozeropoint. That’s fine. Let me introduce you to him right here.
He’s got a new tape out titled Nothing Is Original, and he doesn’t really do anything that goes against that message either. He’s more of a laid-back bedroom rapper with a decent flow, some self-aware bars, and some interesting beat choices as well. While I don’t see this tape lighting anyone’s world on fire, the project’s got a fun, smooth, colorful, and pleasant vibe that I enjoy.
A new track from previously praised Swedish songwriter and synth pop singer Jonna Lee. She’s been releasing music under the once anonymous pseudonym of iamamiwhoami for a few years now, and she’s gearing up to release the followup to her wonderful debut this November. The title of this forthcoming album: Blue.
Thus far, in my opinion, many of the tracks Jonna has released have been less than impressive. Her influences have remained roughly the same, delivering synth melodies vocal performances reminiscent of the Knife or Kate Bush. However, the songwriting just hasn’t been there for me.
However, “Chasing Kites” is definitely a change of pace in that regard. The song is a synth pop gem, and features incredibly catchy chorus, a gripping rhythm, and some epic synth chords.
While I’m not dying to hear Blue, I wasn’t dying to hear Kin either. I recall having a hard time connecting to many of the songs from that record until I heard the whole thing as an album. Hopefully, that’s the case this time around as well.
Personally, I’m a little more excited for whatever my dude Ferg is gonna do next, but “Multiply” has a lot to offer. The beat is absolutely sick with some resonant bass and an eerie, droning melody that hangs menacingly in the background. A$AP’s catchy flows, Pimp C references, and shots at various clothing lines make the verses here pretty entertaining.
My main issues with the track sit with the various detours and stops the song makes along the way to the finish. Hopefully the song’s album version isn’t quite as disjointed. The Juicy J “feature” isn’t really anything to brag about either. Considering Southern hip hop acts like Three 6 Mafia are a primary influence for Rocky, you’d think Juicy J would have done more for the track.
No reason not to look forward to whatever Rocky’s got up his sleeve next, but the true potential of “Multiply” was not reached.
Previously praised Connecticut emo revivalists The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have a new release out titled Between Bodies.
It’s a collaborative project that features a number of passionate spoken word performances from poet Chris Zizzamia. Sometimes the instrumentals underneath his words compliment him well, sometimes they don’t, but this is still a pretty good listen. Skip right to the song “Thanks” if you’re looking for a really wonderful climax! Give it a try via the widget embedded above.
West Coast industrial hip hop trio clipping. just dropped a new single that features verses from Signor Benedick the Moor, Nocando, and Open Mike Eagle. Hellfyre Club continues to make noise!!!
You can grab this track for free via the group’s Bandcamp. I’m gonna embed the b-side to this single below, too.
Not only is the instrumental on here insane, loaded with broken piano and Ol’ Dirty Bastard samples, but I’m loving Daveed Diggs going toe-to-toe with some of the best voices in the West Coast’s underground right now.