PLAYLIST: May 2014

TOP SONGS. 1. 2 Chainz, “Wuda Cuda Shuda” (feat. Lil Boosie) 2. Beta Frontiers, “So Cold” (feat. Carmen Elle) 3. Cam’ron & A-Trak, “Dipshits” (feat. Juelz Santana & Damon Dash) 4. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, “Pink Moons” 5. La Roux, “Let Me Down Gently” Advertisements

NEW MUSIC PREVIEW: Hear :30 of Kanye West’s “Black Bruce Wayne”

Anytime Kanye West breathes over a beat, the internet crashes. Case in point, this past weekend’s “God Level”, in association with FIFA’s World Cup 2014. And now, a little over a year after we first heard “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead”, we’ve been graced with a preview of Kanye’s latest studio work, in the form […]

CURRENT: Lana Del Rey – “Shades of Cool”

The promotional cycle for Ultraviolence, the new studio LP from Lana Del Rey, is heating up. After the release of “West Coast” a month ago, here comes the first promo single from the album, “Shades of Cool”. The song refreshingly adds to Del Rey’s signature sound, exchanging the canned hip-hop flourishes of Born to Die for a psychedelic rock […]

CURRENT: Zeds Dead & Twin Shadow – “Lost You” (feat. D’Angelo Lacy)

For those familiar with Gary Lewis Jr.’s work as Twin Shadow, “Lost You” marks a surprising, welcome change of page for the well-established singer-songwriter. Lewis nails the vocals on the reflective dance track, as he sings, “I get to thinking that I should call you / I like to think about the first time that […]

CURRENT: Nicki Minaj – “Pills N Potions”

Let’s take a trip down memory lane for a second; back on the last day of 2013, superstar rapper Nicki Minaj released her remix of PTAF’s “Boss Ass Bitch,” completely annihilating the track. Then, a couple months laters, she hopped on Young Thug’s “Danny Glover” remix, showing the kids how to effectively commandeer a preexisting […]

CURRENT: Cam’ron & A-Trak – “Dipshits” (feat. Juelz Santana & Damon Dash)

Fresh off the charming and relentlessly fun Duck Sauce album Quack alongside Armand Van Helden, A-Track and Cam’ron have partnered up for one of 2014’s most triumphant rap cuts. Over a beat the recalls Graduation-era Kanye West, Cam’ron sounds completely revitalized while Juelz Santana drops in to deliver the fiery chorus. Some songs take time to show us their […]

CURRENT: White Lung – “Face Down”

Along with Cloud Nothings, Pussy Riot, Iceage, and a whole slew of other likeminded musicians, White Lung are helping prove that there’s still room for the guitar in today’s musical landscape. The assertive, frenetic “Face Down” is arguably the best song yet from White Lung, as its pummeling instrumental is met with equal intensity by […]

CURRENT: Parquet Courts – “Instant Disassembly”

Few bands in recent memory can do more with less than Parquet Courts. They know it doesn’t take much to make a great song: a melodic guitar riff, specific yet universal lyrics, a hook to latch on to. All are found in spades on the recently released “Instant Disassembly”, which hardly sticks true to its […]

CURRENT: La Roux – “Let Me Down Gently”

La Roux is finally back! After an extended hiatus, Elly Jackson has resurrected her breakthrough late 2000s electro-pop musical outfit, this time with producer Ian Sherwin (2009’s self-titled release was co-written and co-produced by Ben Langmaid). The first half of “Let Me Down Gently,” the first single from her forthcoming album Trouble in Paradise, preaches minimalist […]