ItsNate is a member of London’s cool posse and, along with the likes of Piff Gang, Catch’em, and a select few others, his aim is to push the hip-hop vibe of yesteryear to the forefront of the UK music scene. On his new track, “EASY,” which features skillful wordplay from Piff Gang’s Milkavelli, ItsNate drops smile-inducing rhymes about sex, drugs, and rap life – all over a trippy Sumgii beat. Listen…
Bassline/4×4 + house = jackin’ house. Now, that’s an equation that I can get used to. The new sound has been making plenty of noise in UK bass of late, and one of its leading names, Jamie Hustle – a London-based producer signed to Champion’s Formula Records – will be releasing a two-track EP on June 10, featuring two tracks of gut-wrenching bass, drum, treble. Stream Pleasure Dome after the jump.
At last! After a long week of bringing you the best new artists from around the world we have rounded up five hot acts for you to vote on. One of them will be crowned artist of the week next Friday morning at 11 a.m. EST and will be featured on our home page. You know what to do …
Katriana Huguet, known to her fans as Kat Dahlia, is an American-born singer, rapper and songwriter of Cuban descent, and she harnesses a number of different influences to give birth to her own brand of alternative hip-hop. With an aggressive delivery and supremely distinctive tone, tinged with elements of her Latin roots, the starlet cites Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, The Doors, Rihanna, Frank Sinatra and BB King as a few of the artists that she looks up to.
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
The concept is so simple and brilliant, it’s amazing Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is the first to do it: salsa covers of your favorite indie rock songs. We’re talking Spoon. Santigold. Animal Collective. All bristling with super-charged horn lines and slippery Afro-Latin grooves. What’s great about the WSO is that they aren’t just throwing a little conga on Animal Collective and calling it a day. Their versions really transform the originals, sometimes to the brink of recognition, imbuing them with real freshness.
Imagine ambling through the world with a 12-string guitar over your shoulder, dusty boots on your tired feet, having candid discussions with strangers about their lives, and then translating them into exquisitely beautiful and/or ugly songs. Juan Cirerol lives that life for real and crafts the most poignant folk ballads about everyday life in Mexico you’ll ever hear. The comparisons that have been made calling him this generation’s Johnny Cash might not be that much of an exaggeration.
Hooded Fang consistently champions the pep in pop, typically with the breezy, carefree glee of a day at the beach in mind. Last year’s Tosta Mista showcased the Toronto outfit at its most sun-drenched and danceable, albeit through a loosely-weaved filter of ’60s psych. But now Hooded Fang has inflected its tropical tunes with a much darker, sometimes dizzying motif. Gravez, due May 28, is a reflection of the stormier side of the seaside climate they so frequently channeled before.
Listening to Korea’s Lee Hi with your eyes closed may not prepare you for the girl you see — it’s not every day that everyone’s favorite new teen pop starlet has a voice like a world wizened jazz crooner. She may be grouped in with mainstream K-pop idols on paper, but 17-year-old Hi and her soul and blues influences bring even more depth to Korea’s diversifying Top 40.
Auckland, New Zealand psych rockers Ghost Wave have been quiet for a minute but they’ve turned it up a few notches with their new single “Here She Comes.” That articulate riff is somehow both classic surf and classic college rock. And somehow this adds up to something totally cool and current, while perfectly crystallizing their sound. It’s got us amped for what’s really coming: the quartet’s forthcoming debut full-length Ages, out mid-summer on Flying Nun. Can’t wait to ride that wave.
Pacha will be celebrating its 40th year in Ibiza throughout the upcoming summer months, and it’s set to be an dance music-lover’s dream. Kicking off on May 22, the much-loved club chain, record label and clothing company will be bringing some of the hottest names under one roof to commemorate the special occasion, including Visionquest’s Shaun Reeves, Chicago’s house legend, Derrick Carter, and many more.
If you plan on cutting shapes in Ibiza this summer, be sure to pay Pacha a visit.
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Latin pop princes Raul y Mexia handily took our Artist of the Week poll. Congratulations to them and their awesomely supportive fans. Listen to what all the fuss is about with the Captain Planet remix of their track “Las Escondidas.”
Kitchen Party is the name of an edgy new girl group from London, whose Island Records debut is a free mixtape called 11th Floor. Mixed by the ever-popular mix master, DJ Cable, it features original tracks produced by ZDOT (Wiley, Marina & The Diamonds) and Cameron McVey (Sugababes, Massive Attack), as well as some rather splendid covers of Brandy, Diana Ross and Aaliyah.
The UK is in need of a cool pop band, and has been for years! After listening to Kitchen Party’s mixtape, it’s clear that they’re more than capable of filling the vacancy.
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Fun fact: They’re called Kitchen Party because the three ladies regularly rave it up together in the kitchen of the London-based flat they share. How much more cooler can they get?
In our recent interview with King Krule, he mentioned how much of a fan he was of Mount Kimbie’s productions, and that he was working on a few bits with the British electronic music duo. Well, one of the finished products has finally arrived in the form of “You Took Your Time.” Krule’s moody, spoken word-style singing is met with a down-tempo beat, with just enough jazzy percussion and bass to keep you from floating off. Zone out after the jump!