Hey, everyone! I hope you’re in a good mood today, because I’m going to introduce you to someone very interesting: Hartley C. White. This guy is a multi-instrumentalist, martial artist, poet, and songwriter that currently resides in Queens. He records a self-coined style of music called “Who-pa-zoo-tic Music,” which seems to emphasize extremely broken rhythms. While it all seems entirely new on the surface, most music nerds will probably draw similarities between Hartley and notables names in “outsider music“: R. Stevie Moore, Wesley Willis, Tonetta, Ariel Pink.
On “Let’s Play Politics,” Hartley’s melodies are rudimentary, but there’s something strange and unique about them as well. The odd rhythmic character of the song makes every note pronounced and sticky. Despite this song’s unorthodoxy, it’s incredibly catchy. On the lyrical side of things, Hartley doesn’t say anything he doesn’t mean, making every word count in this clever satire of today’s political landscape.
Girl Talk and Freeway drop an animated video featuring a load of Simpsons-esque characters for the song “Suicide,” and that’s not all: This is also a remix of the song, featuring a verse from none other than A$AP Ferg right at the start of the track. Freeway’s verse is fresh as well. The beat doesn’t seem like it’s been altered in any significant way, but it’s still a great revisit of the Broken Ankles cut, which you should download 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!
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.
Between “Body & Blood,” “Story 2,” and “Work Work,” West Coast experimental hip hop trio clipping. has been dropping some pretty intense and odd music videos. “Inside Out” is one of the strangest of them thus far, featuring a headless figure walking through a series of nocturnal, urban settings. As the lyrics of Daveed Diggs quickly roll against the track’s glitchy beat, many of the objects referenced in Diggs’ lyrics rise up through the hole where this figure’s head should be. Hilarious concept, fun to watch.
Check out my extremely positive review of clipping.’s new album right here.
Previously mentioned and up-and-coming noise rock band Girl Band have released a new song and video right heretitled “De Bom Bom,” and I’m quite smitten with it. The song ain’t exactly musical, well, not in the traditional sense. However, it’s very distorted, textured, and intense. The performance is especially riveting between the yelping vocals and tightly wound drums. The band moves from one intense rush of sound and emotion to another until they bring the song to a close just before the 4-minute mark.
If you’ve got a soft spot for bands like Drive Like Jehu and Obits, this is a must-listen!
Husky-voiced Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins drops a moving and metaphorical video for his upcoming project titled The Water[s]. It’s officially out August 12th.
“Jazz” features a beautiful, minimal beat that’s guided by what I think are some gleaming vibraphone melodies. I love the way the chorus swells, and Mick’s hook is laid back, but monstrous! Like usual, his bars are thoughtful and interesting.
I can’t wait for the 12th!
Michael Christmas is one of the frumpiest rappers I’ve laid on eyes on in a while. His look is pretty unsuspecting, but don’t make any assumptions based simply on that. His rhymes are pretty playful, clever. He’s definitely the kind of MC I could see an old school De La Soul fan appreciating.
Michael’s got a new tape out you can partake in right here.
Off a dusty piano sample and a generous Jay-Z vocal cut, Connecticut’s Apathy spits a series of bars dealing with the Kennedy family. He muses on various follies and conspiracies that have been following the family for decades, and does it with his usual level of focus and vivid imagery.
Apathy’s got a new album on the way titled Connecticut Casual. Pre-order it here.