Roger Molls the ‘beatMaker’ made an instant classic with this one. Relatively unknown, releasing most of his music on bandcamp, Roger Molls has been quietly producing some of the most interesting music out there, and its only a matter of time before we see him team up with a big name to produce some hits. He’s been on his grind, releasing marathon albums each of the past year, with his skill noticeably improving with each tape. His latest, Metamorphosis of Muses, featured the track Acetate which is sure to be his first semi-mainstream hit. With a beautiful soulfully sultry sample provided by Clem Powels and a workable verse spit by John Maclane this song has all the pre-requisites for a perfect chillin’ song. Check out the song and be prepared to be wowed, and don’t sleep on Roger Molls’s stuff in the future.
Something magical happens when the timeless rapping of Jurassic 5, the soulful vocals of Nelly Furtado, and the modern vision of up and coming producer, Blue Version, all meet on the same track. The remix does an amazing job of keeping the original head-bobber in tact while merely adding his own footprint onto the classic. Blue Version is relatively new to the game, but with dope remixes of Ratatat and Flume recently anything is possible in the future. My favorite part of this remix is when BV slows down the song to a complete stop around the 2:20 mark and then lets Nelly’s vocals reinvigorate the song keying into the final verse. This is another one with a free download so there’s no reason to sleep on this track perfect for getting into the mood to chill on a nice spring break day.
A few weeks ago I shared with you guys the crazy folk-electro song ‘Down the Road’ by the French DJ group C2C, with a promise for more from the infectious band. Well, your dreams have come true, I’m finally following up with another gem from the band that describes their sound as ‘Jazz-Rap.’ If ‘Down the Road’ was an electro-folk blend this song can be equivalently described as an electro-soul blend. With jazz elements throughout, not limited to the feet tappin’ saxophones and horns, the song jumps to an extra level with the talented DJs’ production. As described in the song itself: “This song is not a gospel song, this song is not a funk song, this song is not a long song, but this song is REAL SONG.’ Give the song a listen and I dare you not to smile and start dancing a lil’ jig to it. I’ll be sure to post more from what is quickly becoming one of my favorite acts soon.
One of the first singles for RZA and Quentin Tarantino’s movie, ‘The Man With The Iron Fists,’ was Yeezy’s ‘White Dress.’ Kanye show’s some of his pre-superstar skill here, working with RZA to create a tight production over the soulful notes of the sample. His lyricism in this song is vintage Kanye; going straight introspective romanticism on this track. RZA himself said about Kanye’s lyricism: “Kanye’s a dope lyricist, but what he did on this particular song it’s like, it ain’t 16 bars, he’s going like how Ghostface goes, it’s like 40 bars. Just going, he’s going, he’s killing it.” Though it’s still the same Kanye with lines like “put my candle in her,” a metaphor I’m sure has never been used in the rap game thus far. Check out the fun soulful song below or find it on spotify under the artist ‘Yeezy.’
Featuring a sound that mixes the soulful rhythms and electro-rock of Beck, Gnarls Barkley, or recent PRM favorites the Heavy; the Constellations have begun to make a splash in the music world with the release of their sophomore album, ‘Do It For Free’ in 2012. The Constellations are a unique band because, while they are led by frontman Elijah Jones, the Atlanta band features a rotating line-up of local pop, hip-hop, or rock musicians including big names like Cee-Lo Greene or Asher Roth at times, to contribute to the bands two albums. This allows for a multitude of sounds coming from each album, and with different musicians putting their full effort into each song they collaborate on it prevents the albums from falling flat at times, and keeps the energy high. Nearly every Constellation song could be a single. If your sick for some soul-injected rock this is just what the doctor ordered: check out the best song of the band’s debut album ‘Southern Gothic,’ Felicia.
Twenty year-old producer Flume is the next best thing on my radar coming from the land down under. Out digitally on Nov. 9, his upcoming self-titled album has already breached the top 10 ranks on iTunes; not bad for a kid who started out with a cereal box mail-order music production kit just 7 years ago. Now an addict of sample packs, plug-ins, and unique sounds; Flume weaves together several influences to construct soulful and bass-driven music. Above, you can check out his video for “Sleepless” which has a chillwave vibe interspersed with glitch-ridden samples. Below, you can hear my personal favorite, “Holdin On”, which features a smooth sampling of the one and only Otis Redding. If you like what you hear stay tuned for more, we’ve got an interview coming up with Flume in the coming days/week.
Gary Clark Jr. has much kindness in his heart, sharing with us “Numb”, the first release off his upcoming album Blak and Blu. The versatile guitarist has been lighting up the stage all year, and has gained a massive following thanks to his captivating live performances. While being reminded of Boston’s unfortunate weather today, I had the revelation that “Numb” is truly an ode to Boston’s soon-to-come, winter weather. And with Gary Clark Jr. having two November performances in Cambridge, it only makes sense that this would be on his mind. The song begins with gritty and heavy guitar playing, as Clark continues to prove his worth in comparison to the likes of Hendrix. Mr. Clark then begins his tempestuous ode to Boston’s weather, “I’m numb, yeah woman I can’t feel a thing,” but much my like myself, Clark finds himself drawn back to that which numbs him. Such a love/hate relationship gets emotional, and Gary Clark Jr.’s guitar takes a beating from it’s owner as a result. In an effort to keep him from going numb during his 2-day stint at the Sinclair in Cambridge (11/2-3), let us fill the venue with a crowd as rowdy as this guitar playing (see below).