USA Nails – “Am I A Man Or Not?”

Some heavy, crushing, and aggressive post-hardcore from the guys in USA Nails. I believe they’ll be dropping their full-length debut on November 17th via Smalltown America. The title: Sonic Moist.

Deerhoof – “Last Fad”

Idiosyncratic indie rock band Deerhoof drops yet another cut from their forthcoming album, La Isla Bonita, and the track features one of the most nasty, dizzying, and dissonant guitar leads to ever make it into one of their songs–and that’s saying something.

Look for La Isla Bonita on November 4th via Polyvinyl Records.

tUnE-yArDs – “Real Thing”

tUnE-yArDs drops visuals for the track “Real Thing,” which features loads of imagery dealing with being “real.” It’s a cool concept, and executed well. The color scheme of the video is especially pleasing, and gets incredibly vibrant toward the very end. Props to Tom Jobbins on the direction here, and check out Nikki Nack if you haven’t already.

Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” ft. Zack de la Rocha

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!

Mr. Oizo – “Bear Biscuit”

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!

iamamiwhoami – “chasing kites”

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.

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Between Bodies

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.

Thrupence – “Silk”

A new track from Thrupence that truly lives up to its name: “Silk.” This cut comes from a forthcoming mixtape that’ll be dropping this November. You can stream another track from this forthcoming project as well via Bandcamp.

If you like your electronic music smooth and string-kissed, then hop on this. Nujabes and Portico Quintet fans should be on alert right now, too!

Black Moth – “Dont You Want To Be In A Cult”

Black Moth Super Rainbow‘s Tobacco drops a non-album single from the underground psych pop project’s back catalog. Stream it above, and take in the fuzzy electronics and infectious lead melody on this thing. While you’re here, check out Tobacco’s latest full-length album. I freakin’ loved it.

Your Old Droog – “Hoodie Weather” ft. Prodigy

Your Old Droog! This dude’s a brooklyn rapper who’s been making the rounds on the Internet since this past summer, and his hype was based mostly off of the rumor that he was Nas. People were even upping the pitch of tracks on his lone EP just to try to prove to themselves that this was true. Now, I understand why people were feeling this way; I mean, he does sound a lot like Nas. Even my dude Apathy was fooled.

But now that this whole mess has been put to rest, Droog is just another rapper from New York. However, that’s no reason to count him out–especially after the release of the song embedded above. Not only does this song boast a stellar feature from Prodigy of Mobb Deep, but Droog hits upon a song topic that’s close to the heart of anyone from the North East: hoodie weather.

With leaves changing and temperatures dropping, “Hoodie Weather” is the perfect soundtrack for the fall. With his deep, grime-caked voice, Droog pens a sluggishly blissful hook that can go toe-to-toe with some of hip hop’s most classic summer anthems. Lyrically, Droog is on point, and addresses everything from germophobia to friends.

All I can say right now is keep it up, and I’m looking forward to whatever’s dropping next. Despite the disappointment I’m sure some felt after realizing Droog wasn’t Nas, the fact that he can write such a great tune and get a nod from a vet like Prodigy is proof enough he’s worthy of our attention for at least a little longer.