I was really into mashups for a while, practically spending an hour or so on many a weekend checking out content on Mashstix and other more obscure forums. Combining that with the unbirdled enthusiasm of youth eventually led to some half-good stuff. Oh well.
To my ears, the strongest tracks from Niniola’s superb debut album (This Is Me) were mostly produced by Sarz, with the sole exception being Bale. The lead single Maradona just brings home the type of magic that Sarz can whip up: minimalist Afro-house beats spiced with a something-something that’s hard to put into actual words.
Sicker, the other Sarz banger on the album, sounds like he put some slowed down Mokassa, Tshala Muana and Oliver N’goma in a blender and sieved the mixture to remain with the best bits. Subtle awesomeness.
Sarz is just as nimble on his first solo release; choosing to keep his beats sparse but far from dull.
One of my fave bands out of Japan at the moment. Really like how a bunch of J-Pop bands are reinvigorating them old school synth-pop and new wave sounds. Plus their shoe game is insanely tight. They don’t play around when it comes to music videos either.
Assumptions tend to ass bite in the long run. The first time I discovered Demo Taped through this video, I pictured a Mura Masa looking fellow behind the vocals and groovy electro synths. Apparently, he’s a (black) 19 year old from Atlanta.
And, of course, it would be easy to assume Shy Girls was black, until you discover his actual name is Dan Vidmar.
Mark Lanegan’s version of this John Cale ballad is paired with an equally badass music video. Think Sauti Sol’s Isabella and then think the direct opposite of that. Las Vegas provides a heartbreakingly perfect backdrop for broken dreams and the quiet resignation of being a perennial loser.
Despite losing to Donald Trump supporters in the 2016 US presidential elections, Beach Fossils decide to keep things hopeful on Saint Ivy, focusing on the stuff and people from their native New York City that make up the version of America they still believe in.
South African downtempo/bass producer Jason Beukes‘ star is starting to rise, more so with the release of his first full-length album. His talent for creating ambience shines through in this track. He doesn’t immediately shove you down deep end of trippiness; he slowly eases you into zero gravity.
Wakadinali are also gradually gaining a following with their unique sounding offerings of Kenyan hip hop / trap. Ever wondered what Drake’s One Dance would have sounded like if it was released in the 2000s and Ogopa Deejays did the production? Well, Koroga Kiuno seems to answer that question.