FKA x Inc.
This collaboration title should immediately set off sparks in your heart. On this collaboration between Beggars Group’s most beloved new artist FKA twigs and slinky R&B brothers Inc., each voice weaves seamlessly through the quiet atmospheric instrumentals. After the first listen via their music video together, my entire body was already emotionally exhausted.
Future Islands – “One Day”
One of the most exciting pieces of news in 2014 was Future Islands joining the 4AD family. On March 24, the three emotional Baltimore rockers will be release their new album Singles, the follow-up to 2011's On the Water. “One Day” isn’t on the album, but it’s a new single about how a relationship has ended with a slight bit of positivity – "But we’ll be stronger when we meet again one day".
Karman – “Engraved”
Beverly Hills producer Karman (aka @sadshawty) was part of Future Collective’s second compilation that was released earlier this month. Karman’s high pitched voice samples paired with the anxious production takes you on an enchanting thrill ride exploring various places of the digital world.
Black Atlass – “Blossom”
Fool’s Gold’s young Canadian Black Atlass is a very good looking man. You can either start to develop feelings for him in the “Blossom” video, which depicts his blank expression in different social settings, or look away and develop feelings for him through his soulful R&B renditions over minimal pop production.
Rome Fortune – “Money Memories” Feat. Superhumanoids
It was really difficult to pick one sensitive track off Rome Fortune’s Beautiful Pimp 2 because the entire mixtape is a warm cohesive sentiment of his journey in music. “Money Memories” really highlights how that’s affected him and his relationships. The beat creeps low and sometimes disappears, while an angelic voice follows Rome’s question of “do she love me or wanna be famous”.
Mu – “To Be Young”
Aging is a scary part of life that each of us has to face. Most of the time we are accepting and ok with it, but sometimes there are moments when we just want to reject and say no. This is where a new girlband from Vancouver, Mu, comes in with their playful song that expresses those fighting urges of staying young forever.
Brenmar – “Medusa” (feat Rush Davies)
Club music producer Brenmar finally put out a record this month. One of the first singles before releasing all the heat from his mixtape High End Times Vol.1 was “Medusa” featuring Rush Davies. The track begins with the provocative “Brenmar (giggle)” sample and as soon beats take off, Davies describes a sexual experience, repeating the line “look into my eyes when you ride me”.
Oberhofer – “LUVEN ME” (Nelly Cover)
Before the band goes on tour, Brad Oberhofer covered a classic Nelly song, “Luven Me”. The original song is from Nelly’s Country Grammar from 2000 when Brad was 11 years old. This endearing cover will probably not be on an upcoming Oberhofer record but it definitely brought us a bit closer to the band and all the reasons that we love pop music.
Shlohmo & Jeremih – “No More” (Boots Snowed In Verse)
We all know Shlohmo and Jeremih have been working together and we also know the mysterious man behind most of Beyoncé’s last record is named Boots. A couple weeks ago, Boots fell in love with Shlohmo and Jeremih’s “No More” and contributed to the already incredible song with a verse about sex and lust. As well as everything else, Boots can rap!
Weekend Money – “Trapper Keeper” (feat Fat Tony) (Co Prod. by Hot Sugar)
Brooklyn’s hip hop duo Weekend Money teams up again with regular producer Hot Sugar, but this time featuring a special guest appearance from rapper Fat Tony. The boys just released a full length album Freddie Merkury, and standout track “Trapper Keeper” displays the band's delicate side, with a soft and genuine construction of melody.
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