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
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”
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 French trio, We are Enfant Terrible, are hitting the electro-pop scene with thrilling intensity. Passionate, unique, and obsessed with old-school video games, the three Lille natives are a dirty mixture of quirky awesomeness. Combining elements of electronic, indie rock, punk, and 8-bit noises, We are Enfant Terrible create a funky sound that everyone, from edgy hipster to candy raver, can vibe. The group consists of vocalist Clo Floret, Thomas Fourney on guitar, keys, and backup vocals, and drummer Cyril Debarge whose knack for producing Game-boy style music somehow seeps into every track. After the November release of their debut EP, “Thanks For The Fish,” We are Enfant Terrible immediately attracted worldwide attention. Their 8-bit crazy, sassy dance beats are simply infectious. Responding to the fever, the French trio released a pair of singles, “Wild Child” and “Flesh ‘n’ Blood Kids,” that are now being re-released on their upcoming debut, Explicit Pictures, set to drop on April 5th. Check out the video for their sexy new single, “Filthy Love” below.
We are Enfant Terrible’s “Filthy Love”:
Plus, check out their Myspace where you can download Filthy Love for FREE!
World-renowned Hip-Hop DJ and Producer, DJ Vadim, is proud to present his latest creation: The Electric. Combining the talents of fresh underground Chicago rapper Pugs Atomz and UK singer/songwriter Sabira Jane, Vadim has created a powerful trio that is ready to show the world their diverse musical skills. The Electric’s sound is essentially Hip-Hop, but draws from other genres of Soul, R&B, and electronic. The group released their debut album, Life is Moving, on March 14th. Coupled with a spot at this year’s SXSW, the Electric’s debut is sure to establish this group in the up and coming Hip-Hop scene. Recently, the group has released a video for their single, “Beautiful.” Check out some footage here, and look out for a full Sour Grape review of their debut album:
Preview and Purchase Life Is Moving on iTunes
The Electric feat. Yarah Bravo: Beautiful