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
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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.
Legendary Hip-Hop DJ and Producer, DJ Vadim, has been hard at work constructing his latest musical project, collectively named The Electric. With a resume of beat-making for names including Stevie Wonder, the Roots, Erykah Badu, and Fat Freddy’s Drop, “Daddy Vadim” has proven his musical ingenuity through his collaborations. The Russian native is also known for his remarkable ability to scout rising talent, and in the last year DJ Vadim has focused on his new brainchild, the Electric. Hand picked from opposite ends of the globe, the group consists of Chicago-based, underground Hip-Hop artist, Pugs Atmoz, and the emerging UK soulful singer/songwriter, Sabira Jade. The trio embodies an innovative fusion of Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B, and electronic, giving them a totally unexplored sound. Despite the seemingly random pairing of artists, the group’s chemistry is undeniable. Continue reading
The success of Mac Miller’s “K.I.D.S.” had the blogosphere buzzing about the new fresh kid from Pittsburgh, PA. Miller’s much anticipated follow up “Best Day Ever” dropped on March 11th for free and picks up where his last mixtape “K.I.D.S.” left off, reminding everyone to chill out, roll up some herb, and enjoy life. Mac’s latest release will solidify his place among the hottest names in hip-hop, but “Best Day Ever” struggles to maintain momentum and ultimately leaves fans wishing for more lyrical and artistic growth.
Just when Sour Grape thought the undeniably talented, yet shockingly outspoken rap ensemble, OFWGKTA, was done surprising the world, the LA crew throws another curve ball our way and his name is Frank Ocean. Smooth, sexy, bright, and oh so swag, Mr. Ocean is just what the R&B world needs. With a seductive voice reminiscent of Usher, fabulous beats, and the backing of his Odd Future homies, the 23-year old Californian is the total package. Watch out Treyz Songs, Ocean’s self-released debut, Nostalgia, Ultra, is bursting with potential that is sure to bring him to the forefront of the R&B scene.
With the release of his second full-length album, Underneath the Pine, it seems Chazwick Bundick, better known as Toro Y Moi, has figured it all out. While it maintains the dreamy ambience featured in Bundick’s debut, Causers of This, his sophomore release adds layers of live instrumentation to give this record a more complex and organic sound.