Good evening and happy Monday to all of you. I took a mini vacation to San Francisco last week, so I apologize for the lack of posts. However, that just means Volume 60 is twice the size. 22 tracks coming at you today including J. Cole’s first official single to Born Sinner, Phoenix with their new single, as well as fresh material from Hit-Boy, The Strokes, Purity Ring, London Grammar, Frank Ocean, Dave East and more. I was hoping i’d have a new song from The National seeing as they just announced a new album (coming May) and tour with the Dirty Projectors, but sadly nothing yet.
It’s been four years since we heard from these Frenchies from Versailles. Wolfgang is a tough act to follow, but so far, the first single picks up where they left off. Look out for their 5th studio album Bankrupt! coming April 23 - Pre-Order it Now
The trio from London have released another incredible singer. Think The xx meets Florence + The Machine. With just a few tracks out there, they’re making quite a bit of noise in the blogosphere.
My excitement level for a new Shout Out Louds record is hard to contain. Their fourth LP Optica comes out tomorrow, almost three years after Work to the day. “Walking In Your Footsteps” is of the upbeat variety, complete with some lovely fluting. Pre-Order on iTunes Now
It has also been four years since the last LP from these London indie rockers. Time Stays, We Go will be their fourth album, and it’s due out April. Finn Andrews, it’s good to hear your distinct raspy voice again.
Here’s the second single from their upcoming album Comedown Machine, coming next month, Pre-Order Now
Another fantastic single from the sisters of Los Angeles. After forming in 2006, they have yet to release a full-length. But considering they’re signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation now, I have a feeling that’s going to change. “Falling” has a funky old school/soundtrack vibe to it.
It’s safe to say Purity Ring not only gave Soulja Boy’s original track justice, but took a terrible song and made it awesome. The usual deep dark vibe with some light lyrics, a fit choice for the casual party playlist.
As if the latest single from Disclosure hadn’t garnered enough attention already, Hudson Mohawke had to go and fiddle with it. After producing a few numbers for Kanye’s Cruel Summer, he later signed to the G.O.O.D. Music label. This time around the 27 year old Scottish producer adds a choppy beat with a handful seamless transitions throughout.
Ryan Tedder and company have made their third LP Native available for Pre-Order. Not sure if this will ever be a single, but it stays very true to the triumphant sound we’re accustomed to.
Midland’s Born Ruffians have their fourth album coming in April Birthmarks. “Needle” is the upbeat carefree appetizer, like wings.
Soft vocals, a piano, eclectic ambient noises, the sound of French cuisine, and some beat-boxing. The Casady sisters are back at it with their fifth LP coming in May.
40 listens later and this joint is still in heavy rotation. After the FreEP a couple weeks back, Cole let go of the first official single for the highly anticipated Born Sinner. Miguel throws a soulful hook, while Cole delivers two verses that sound like they belong to two separate tracks, but it works to his benefit. Get the single on iTunes
Frankie let go of this freebie yesterday, apparently it was leftover from Channel Orange. The melodic beat and acoustic guitar mixed with Ocean’s smooth storytelling makes for a wonderful fusion.
Former Three-6 Mafia member Juicy J continues his comeback with another strong single. The Weeknd takes care of the intro, hook, adds a verse, and enlists his right-hand man Illangelo for the beat. Juicy throws in one verse and calls it his own, regardless this ominous joint works too well. Stay Trippy is set for April.
Hit-Boy has another project coming next month titled All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of, it’s a compilation with his HS87 crew. This man is now a Grammy winner for his massive beat for Jay and Ye “Ni**as in Paris.”
50 with another solid single (following “New Day”). Kash Flo on the beat, 50 chills, Kidd Kidd with a short verse and KDot with some aggression.
The 25-year former NBA prospect turned emcee from New York has his second project in sight. Produced by AraabMuzik
Dream and Loso collaborated six years ago to create the gold-certified “Shawty Is Da Shit.” As far as R&B artists ‘going in,’ I believe this constitutes the saying. Dream mixes his frustrations with making love, while Fabo closes out the track in Loso fashion.
Tyler does his usual thing over a rowdy beat that he crafted up himself. Wolf drops April 2
Kendrick adds some power to Emeli’s single. The album came out over a year ago and it still manages to make noise.
KRIT teams up with the legendary 9th Wonder for a smooth jam. Apparently it’s going to be used in a Crown Royal commercial.
Joker is getting back into the swing of things with a banger produced by Big Jerm.