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One of the cool things about hearing a live DJ set from an unfamiliar act is that more often than not you’re bound to hear a song or two you haven’t heard before that sounds absolutely amazing. Such was the case when I happened to catch Le Youth spinning in San Francisco about a month ago. It wasn’t until yesterday that I found out one of my favorite songs from that night came from Toyboy & Robin. Hailing from London, the duo of Toyin “Toyboy” Mustafa and Rob “Robin” Drake recently dropped their new EP “Studio 7” this past Monday. One of the EP’s three tracks, “Like A Shadow” is a groovy tune with a summer-like feel that looks to be in heavy rotation at festivals and clubs this coming summer. Check it out below and be sure to listen to the rest of “Studio 7” on their Soundclound page.
A$AP Rocky is no stranger to making trippy tracks. Reminiscent of his earlier work from Live.Love.A$AP, L$D (Love x $ex x Dreams) is one of the new tracks off Rocky’s highly anticipated sophomore album At.Long.Last.A$AP. Exuding the usual charm and charisma that has made him a bonafide rap star, the A$AP mob head honcho sings and raps over light guitar rifts which evoke a psychedlic, after-hours like vibe. Give it a listen and watch the video below. Per Rocky’s Twitter, At.Long.Last.A$AP will be available in stores and online at midnight, Tuesday May 26.
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Good doesn’t always come from household names. More often than not, you’re bound to come across diamonds in the rough if you dig deep enough. Case in point, French producer Darius. While his backstory is shrouded in mystery, the quality of his music speaks for itself, as his originals and remixes on his Soundcloud have quietly amassed more than 10 million plays in total. His latest remix of R&B singer Jessie Ware’s “Champagne Kisses” serves as a good introduction to the type of music you can come to expect from him: smooth, soul-infused songs that bring nothing but grooves and good vibes. Check it out below.
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As soon as I heard their awesome cover of Jessie Ware’s “Wildest Moments,” Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit instantly became one of my favorite bands. While new material from them has been sparse (save for lead singer Scott Hutchison’s recently released solo debut Owl John), I found myself listening to their 2013 record Pedestrian Verse a lot lately, with one song in particular being in heavy rotation. The album’s lead single, “Dead Now” is an ironic song in that it is clearly about unhappiness, yet evokes the exact opposite mood of its lyrics because of its sounds and structure – starting out soft and simple, before eventually transitioning into a triumphant sounding track that seemingly makes it cool to come grips with any unhappiness we may have in our own lives. Check it out in full below.
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Chance The Rapper‘s career has taken off since dropping his critically acclaimed Acid Rap mixtape dropped back in 2013. While I still have yet to hear the mixtape, I’m more inclined to give it a listen after hearing some of his more recent material, such as his verse on fellow rapper Action Bronson‘s new album Mr. Wonderful. The fourth single from the album, the Mark Ronson-produced “Baby Blue” is an easy-going track that stands as an ode to breaking up with said individuals, leaving the past behind, and moving forward. Per Bronson’s interview with Complex Magazine:
This is me saying, ‘Fuck you, you can’t fuck with me. I’m moving on to bigger and better things. You broke my heart, this and that, it’s time to move on. I’ma show you through this beautiful music and horn presentation.”
After hearing Chance’s verse, I’m sure you’ll suddenly realize how little things such as having snow in your driveway can be so much more of a nuisance under certain emotional circumstances. Listen to the track in full below.