Welcome to Volume Eighty-Four of AHM’s Monday Blues & Beats. While you finish settling into your new schedules and new adventures, don’t forget to take some time to update those libraries and music players. You couldn’t have asked for a more fruitful week of music – Toro Y Moi, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Phantogram, St. Lucia, Flatbush Zombies, Active Child, Goldroom and more
Nothing Was The Same leaked last night, and despite waiting on the pre-order, I caved and have been listening to it ever since. Here’s one of the most anticipated tracks from the album, and let me just say; there’s a whole lot more where this came from. Produced by Boi-1da, Jordan Evans & Matthew Burnett
Pusha let go of this single today, off his upcoming album My Name Is My Name (October 8). KDot and Push both go in guns blazing over this Nottz beat. Note: No Tags/CDQ
The chillwave extraordinaire has graced us with a brand new tour-only single, easily good enough for a major project.
7 minutes of sheer brilliance comes courtesy of Lupe Fiasco. You might just need a Harvard degree to decode this one, the wordplay and references are so in-depth, making it hard to keep up. Even the title alone “Peace of Paper (Magna Carta)/Cup of Jayzuz (Holy Grail),” not to mention the instrumental is reminiscent of “Holy Grail.”
It’s always a good day when new Phantogram surfaces, this particular one comes from an upcoming project due out in 2013, no details quite yet. For now, enjoy this energetically inspiring sparkler.
The L.A. producer chops up Drizzy’s highly addictive summer anthem and adds distinct intricacies to it, making it rather unforgettable.
Another bright and upbeat single from Jean-Philip Groble (aka St. Lucia), which you can catch on his upcoming LP When The Night (October 8)
The Zombies dropped their Better Off Dead mixtape this past week, and here’s my personal favourite featuring Bronson and in-house producer Erick Arc Elliott on the beat.
Pat Grossi aka Active Child is releasing an EP next month called Rapor, and the first taste features Mikky Ekko.
Here’s another promotional number for Maybach Music’s upcoming compilation Self Made, Vol. 3. Ironically enough, the only one not on the label drops the best verse; Mr. Cole. Produced by Tone P
The dynamic duo gave this silky smooth jam away for free this past week. It takes about 2 seconds flat to get into this track, so get groovin’
The Odd Future trio has decided to drop their debut album at the end of October, Halloween to be exact.
You can never get enough Shlohmo, his borderline dark and disturbed sound has a unique presence on other artists’ tracks.
Troy enlists some real O.G.’s for his latest single, and the overall sound/vibe works well. Produced by John Scino
Here’s the title track from Goldroom’s latest EP, which was released last week
The British electronic duo link up with King Push for an aggressive number from their upcoming album Brand New Machine (October 7)
The Brooklyn-based noise pop duo are on the verge of releasing their third studio album Bitter Rivals, duo out October 8
As to be expected, a street banger from Young Chop’s debut album Precious, this one featuring Juicy J