For the second single of his yet-to-be-detailed second album, Top Dawg MC Jay Rock has recruited fellow TDE artist Kendrick Lamar – that name may or may not ring a bell. While K.Dot has certainly been garnering more attention than Jay Rock lately, the latter manages to hold his own here with two solid verses. With this and lead single “Parental Advisory” earlier this month, we’re relatively hopeful about the prospect of a new Jay Rock album, whenever it’s finally announced.
With the fifth installation of Tha Carter getting pushed back to December, Southern rapper Lil Wayne has dropped yet another single. The title: “Gotti,” and it features an intro verse from The Lox.
While the screaming guitar chords and “same time Gotti got” refrain is a little corny, it’s really the verses here where Lil Wayne is sounding more coherent and focused than he has in years. Bar after bar, Wayne gets a little nostalgic over his childhood and rise in the hip hop industry. While not a perfect song, it’s a welcome change of pace from the material he’s been dropping lately. Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for Carter V afterall.
Can’t say I was expecting this: an 11-minute collaborative live recording from PC Worship and the New York post-punks over at Parquet Courts. Isn’t it “Parkay Quarts” now? Who knows? I certainly don’t know if the song at all works, especially with its disgustingly distorted vocal, but I’ll give it credit for being an interesting, left-field turn at the very least. Granted, it’s not nearly as profound as anything off that other garage rock/post-punk surprise from earlier this year.
Parkay Quarts has a new album on the way called Content Nausea. It’s out November 11 via What’s Your Rupture? and doesn’t feature this track. It’ll be the band’s second album this year, after Sunbathing Animal, whose review you’ll find below:
With just a few brief albums and a handful of singles under her belt thus far, Holly Herndon is quickly becoming one of the most interesting electronic music producers to watch in 2015.
If I’m correct, she’s slated to drop a new full-length toward the start of next year via RVNG Intl., and her most recent single here shows her incorporating lyrics into her usual mix of glitchy rhythms and strange vocal manipulations.
Not only is the chord progression on this thing pretty epic, but the massive bass and dense cacophony of rhythms is pretty overwhelming much of the time–of course, the visuals in the video attached to this song mirror this.
Previously loved Mississippi hip hop hero Big K.R.I.T. drops a new single from his forthcoming album of the same title: Cadillactica. A lot like previous aims at commercial appeal, K.R.I.T.’s hook on this track is a fast, repetitive earworm. The instrumental from DJ Dahi contrasts that with some incredibly smooth synths and basslines.
While at first I was worried to hear K.R.I.T. was gonna be welcoming other producers into the fold on this upcoming project, I think the results thus far has been pretty positive. With producing no longer being a primary focus for K.R.I.T., he’s seemed to upped the intensity of his flow on this new single, delivering one speedy bar after another. Maybe he’ll have more surprises to offer on the deep cuts.
Look for Cadillactica in November.
This Paula Temple track is about to make me lose it! Seriously!
This electronic music producer currently hails from Berlin, and the track embedded above is the first cut off her new EP on R&S Records. It’s a primal presentation of techno and industrial rhythms. These beats are encased in some distorted, shrill synth leads and monolithic vocal manipulations. It sounds too primeval to be new, but too synthetic to come from the stone age. A sonic anachronism!
I can vibe with any producer who can successfully conjure some raw, visceral rhythms, and Paula is showing a real knack for that already! Try out the b-side of the EP right here.
Teaming up with fellow Chicago rapper Supa BWE, Mick Jenkins lands on this socially relevant and very necessary cut titled “Treat Me.”
If you wanna hear this track in its greater context, it comes from Supa’s new EP, which is titled Hurt Everybody. Personally, I didn’t dig it, but if you’re into this song, it’s definitely worth giving a shot. Enjoy!
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 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.