This is a very exciting time for rap. After years of over-saturation by mediocre lyrics over the same old beats, the hip-hop community has begun to support original music and creative personalities. With the emerging popularity of Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, and OFWGKTA, the beautiful state of California has led the way. Now it’s only a matter of time before OverDoz get their shine.
The four members of the So Cal collective met and began writing music together in Modesto during the summer of 2008. Sleezy, Kent, Creamie, and Tube have since carved a unique lane for themselves in the hip-hip world through a slew of music videos that show the group’s wacky vibe and constantly stoned mindset. Their latest video directed by Calmatic for “Pasadena” follows the group’s late night booty call adventures through California. OverDoz is anything but normal with a weird sense of humor. And Sour Grape digs that. Check out their website, follow them on Twitter and get DESTED.
– Kirk Reed
Alright let me first state that no artist or music group has been more influential in my life than A Tribe Called Quest. When my adolescent self stumbled on a hip-hop group that flowed over jazz tunes with style and grace, my exclusive world of rap collided with my parents’ collection of soulful records, and A Tribe Called Quest became my favorite music to listen to all day, everyday. The group’s deep catalog of sampled records expanded my mind to appreciate all sorts of quality music and ignited my interest in the dopeness. So viewing Michael Rapaport’s newly released documentary Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest was an especially personal experience that had me buzzing for days. Continue reading for a complete Sour Grape breakdown of the must-see film. Continue reading
Could it be, what I see, is a glimpse of the future? The indie electro group Mansions On The Moon asks this question on their debut mixtape “Paradise Falls,” and the folks at Sour Grape are wondering the same.
Formed a little over a year ago, the trio of Lane Shaw, Ben Hazlegrove, and Ted Wendler has created quite the buzz with their latest chillwave dance project Mansions On The Moon. Recording at studios in Atlanta and Virginia Beach, the group has already collaborated with industry tastemakers including Pharrell and Diplo to create an infectious sound of beautiful melodies over smooth electronic productions.
The band’s debut mixtape titled “Paradise Falls” includes original tracks as well as covers to showcase the group’s ability to transform any song into a Mansion On The Moon anthem with their own signature style. Although mellow electro tunes are the staples of Mansions On The Moon, the group dances over all sorts of electronic beats with ease. “She Makes Me Feel” is a gorgeous love ballad that places the raw talent and addictive sound of Mansions On The Moon on full display.
Mansions On The Moon are currently recording their debut album Lightyears in Los Angeles. Download their mixtape “Paradise Falls” for free on their website: mansionsonthemoon.com
– Kirk Reed
The kids want minimal. Well 20 year old Las Vegas native Brett Fonfa aka ODS has answered the call. Producing deep bass heavy tracks with a touch of trippy effects complemented by hypnotic vocals, ODS has picked up the minimal torch for the next generation. Drawing inspiration from legends of the genre such as Richie Hawtin, ODS has the ear for addictive minimal dance music that everyone can’t help but love. His production is simple with gut thumping baselines that will rip your heart out, yet also quite complex as a new weird noise or tick is revealed upon every additional listen. The latest track from ODS titled “First Time” is a serious banger and a head bobbing sign of whats to come from the desert son.
Check out his Soundcloud page to hear the entire catalog of music from ODS: http://soundcloud.com/ods
ODS – “First Time”
ODS – “50/50”
The breezy carefree ambiance of summer requires the perfect soundtrack. Thankfully, Chicago indie-rock trio Yourself And The Air return just in time, radiating atmospheric dream music through the swirling summer airways with their fourth EP, Who’s Who In The Zoo. Continue reading
R&B music has always been about sensuality. Laced with passionate melodies and aching falsettos, the genre has an intimate sex appeal that can steam up anyone’s bedroom. But when underground R&B newcomer Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd embraced this genre, romance and passion were supplanted with darker themes of dissolution, addiction, and at times, downright pain.
America’s fascination with electronic music has skyrocketed this past year. Friends who were haters of “techno” six months ago are now sporting candy to class and counting down the days to EDC. Thanks to these naïve, beat-thirsty electro-heads, mainstream dance music has become overbearingly polluted with the ear-throbbing dubstep and obnoxious computer noises from the likes of Steve Aoki and the Bloody Beetroots. So it’s a serious treat when an artist comes along who knows how to get funky. To all you ravers who actually like to dance, get your hands on the debut album of Brooklyn-based electronic trio Jessica 6, See the Light. Comprised of three former members of the disco-electro group, Hercules and the Love Affair, Jessica 6 channels that old-school retro funk that was made for grooving. Get ready to shimmy over to the dance-floor after checking out the album’s single, “Prisoner of Love.”
Jessica 6 – Prisoner of Love feat. Antony Hegarty:
The folks at Sour Grape miss the beautiful polo fields of Indio. We now long for the unbearable desert heat that was once hated. Thankfully, the internet allows us to relive the glory of Coachella and reminisce on some of the weekend’s unforgettable moments. Enjoy Sour Grape’s recap of this year’s terrific festival. Continue reading
Ah the final day of Coachella. Relax and nurse your aching body under the sweltering sun one last time. As you catch full sets in favor of running around the festival grounds, remember to appreciate your surreal surroundings before the inevitable return to reality. Sour Grape has chosen a handful of diverse acts that will conclude the weekend in a harmonious fashion. Continue reading