Along with Kanye West, you can now add Danny Brown to the growing list of artists pissed with MTV’s Hottest MC list. The upside to it all is that Brown has just dropped a one-off track entitled, #HottestMC, in which he vents his frustrations. Harry Fraud is responsible for the beat, which sounds like Brown’s rapping over a Velvet Underground track.
Danny Brown drops his highly anticipated debut, Old, later this year.
Kurt Vile is one of many artists I’m looking forward to catching at this years Field Day. Here he is performing the title track from his upcoming album Wakin On A Pretty Daze, for Studio K. Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze, will be released on April 9, 2013.
LA based producer Goldroom has really brightened up my day with his latest cut, Only You Can Show Me. Mereki’s soulful vocals blend perfectly with the balearic/tropical sound that has become Josh Legg’s signature. For those of you that were as hooked on Delorean’s outstanding Ayrton Senna EP as I was, then you’re going to lose it when you hear this number. Expect to hear it on the majority of Summer playlists spinning this year.
Smith Westerns are set to drop their third record to date, Soft Will, on June 11. It follows on from 2011′s excellent release, Dye It Blonde. First single, and album closer, Varsity is now available to stream and it sounds like another massive jump forward by the Chicago garage-pop outfit.
Soft Will track list:
01. 3am Spiritual
05. Fool Proof
06. White Oath
07. Only Natural
08. Best Friend
09. Cheer Up
Alabama Shakes Brittany Howard and Jack White’s all-female backing band, the Peacocks, Ruby Amanfu have collaborated together for the bluesy number, When My Man Comes Home. This will be out on a two song EP with a song called I Wonder on March 12. Listen to it here.
Sydney duo Au.Ra are following up their exceptionally laid-back January release Sun, with another quality track called Pyramid. With Sun, Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles put out one of the most blissfully laid-back tracks I’ve heard in a quite a while. Pyramid is much more of a rockier venture, with a driving riff and a surging bassline throughout. It picks up where they left off with their previous release, Morning. Stream and download the track below.
The remix beast that is Canadian-producer Ryan Hemsworth has just dropped yet another dope re-working. This time he’s tackled LDR’s 2012 hit Summertime Sadness. You know the drill, artist releases original track, Hemsworth picks it up, remixes it and makes it ten times better. Same story here, although it would be nice to hear the full version.
London producer Hari Ashurst, aka Bayou, grabbed my attention back in January with the release of the ultra smooth Cherry Cola. He’s back again with another soft and sweet jam called Forever Deluxe. For fans of Jai Paul, Brolin and How To Dress Well.
LA producer TOKiMONSTA returns today with a brilliant new single entitled Go With It. Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA, with the help of NYC duo MNDR (who are also worth checking out) has managed to put out one of the catchiest tracks of the year so far. Seriously, I’m on to my sixth play in a row here. Lee mixes up a dope collection of sounds and beats that act as the perfect platform to allow Amanda Warner’s vocals to sound as good as they do. An addictive release.
Rustie is back on the scene with his absolutely bangin’ new cut, Slasherr, which he debuted on Annie Mac’s show on Friday. The song picks up from where his incredible 2011 debut Glass Swords left off, and Rustie’s really slaying it all over again.