Daily Archives: May 2, 2013
Every so often, the rap magazine XXL haphazardly rounds up a mob of young rappers that it considers to be promising prospects, slapping the “XXL Freshman” label on them even if they’ve been rapping for years and even if they have exactly nothing to do with each other. This year, all the members of the class have participated in a new mixtape compilation, contributing new tracks. And even though you may not want any Kirko Bangz or Logic in your iTunes, this bears mentioning because this year’s class includes Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$, and Ab-Soul, and all of them have new songs on the tape. Download it here.
Here’s the new video for Rozay’s lead Mastermind single.
Meech, Juice and Erick do what they do at Paid Dues 2013 in this second episode of ZOMBiEVision.
Melo-X gives us a dreamy slow motion visual for his Laurel Halo cover “Light + Space”.
MeLo-X takes us into his mind as a producer on his track Light + Space. Featured on his latest EP “GOD: LoFi”, Light + Space incorporates sparse, and ghost like vocals inspired by Laurel Halo’s original by the same name. The vocals lightly shift over a beat that elevates and transitions at very step, moving from a digital lofi sound-scape into a climax of synth sweeps and unique drum patterns. The video shot in Lac-Brome, and Knowlton, Québec, Canada is a different landscape than the city streets of East Flatbush, Brooklyn NY we associate with MeLo-X. The piece shows a woman detaching from the mundane to explore nature and the outdoors.
Previously: MeLo-X – Girls Love Rihanna
Katie Stelmanis, co-founder and lead singer of Toronto outfit Austra, doesn’t think it’s possible for her to “write in a major key,” but she certainly brings major drama in the band’s new video for “Home.” Striking a balance between classical and electronic, the piano driven single expresses anxiety of waiting at night for a lover to return. The video features a melancholy Stelmanis staring at the camera as a whir of backstage activity goes on around her. Her apparent loneliness corresponds fittingly to the lyrics and makes for a captivating video. Who knew loneliness could be so catchy?
“Home” is off Austra’s sophomore album Olympia, available June 17th via Domino Records.
STREAM: Austra – “Home”