The Phantom Family Halo

“Hard Apple Moon Stomp”

Presented to fans by The Cult of Concerned Women, hurls the depth of The Phantom Family Halo featuring visuals for their new single “Hard Apple Moon Stomp” off new release Raven Town Witch. Yo, there’s cattle and serious faces, blurred mascara and cloaks, flowers in hair and the Virgin Mary, shoot. Needless to say, there’s some straight voodoo happening here between bones, wah’d out riffs, fields, tribal drumming, ritual motions, entrancing vocal effects, and an all encompassing electric pulse both seen and heard. Nobody’s face is the same color. Beauty is merely within the eye of the beholder’s personal perception of self. Let’s meet one day where our mentalities cross paths. Be there when I feel your telekinetic pulse. Lore is more than just powered blown in your face. It’s of the eternal. And a warm scoop like “Hard Apple Moon Stomp” is a process to swallow.

But no worries. It’s natural for shit to levitate. Especially in fields of white magic and pure mind melt. The Phantom Family Halo not only brings that fierce in Raven Town Witch, but if the levels of music “Hard Apple Moon Stomp” goes through as a single track doesn’t hit you hard, then you should go live in the wild for a year or two. Maybe. I’m not exactly sure what I’m suggesting, but The Phantom Family Halo have some interesting mythos to their lyrics and song writing, as well as depth in instrumental mysticism that is beyond the Bible in standards for fantasy. So grip they’s new album Raven Town Witch March 4 (next Tuesday) from Sophomore Lounge Records on LP and spin. In the mean time, freak on the video below.

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Major Lazer

“Lose Yourself (feat. Moska & RDX)”

I shit you not, I am actually in this video for “Lose Yourself (feat. Moska & RDX)” by Major Lazer a couple of times. There, right there in the trees. That shack there too. It all happened when I ran into Sean Paul, who’s on the second track “Come On To Me (feat. Sean Paul)” off the new Major Lazer EP Apocalypse Soon. Apparently he had read my piece on his single from last August and wanted to get to know me a bit more. We got to talking about Ukraine and cassettes, Jerry’s Kids and his kids in relation to Jerry’s Kids, religion and grades of tequila. All sorts of shit. And then was like, “What’s your e-mail?” He axed me in return if I knew who Major Lazer was, and I was like, “Diplo? The Block Party fucker off Pier 11? Yeah, owes me $12.” Sean corrected me, telling me all ‘bout how Diplo wasn’t really Major Lazer and that Block Parties were for Cubans. When I questioned him, “Aren’t YOU of Cubano decent?” he quickly changed the subject and offered me some [hidden] fan shots in the new Major Lazer video being filmed behind us conversing, featuring Moska and RDX. “Did you just sneeze?” I asked, which he clarified that Moska was Columbia and RDX was Jamaican.

Scope the video above for Major Lazer’s “Lose Yourself (feat. Moska & RDX),” and visually featuring me and Sean tucked away in the background. You can find the track on the aforementioned Apocalypse Soon EP Major Lazer is coming out with in May, but available for pre-order with -like- a bunch of other swag that got kids skrilling out MAD dinero. More adventures with Sean to come too, I’m sure. Enjoy the video above!

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Rick Ross


Ever wondered what Kanye West sounds like impersonating Young Thug? Me neither, but Rick Ross’ new Yeezy-/DJ Mustard-produced track “Sanctified” gives a taste anyway, and dammit it’s actually sorta kinda working. Aside from the obvious triplet spits and stuttered trap jabs, Kanye even gives his best attempt at harnessing Thug’s off-pitched wails, all of it atop smoothed-out production that’s highly reminiscent of — surprise, surprise — one of Thug’s breakout hits, “Danny Glover” (a.k.a. Kanye’s jam). Doesn’t have the same grit, of course, but what can you do.

Big Sean’s got the hook, and Rick Ross has the last verse. Check it out here:

“Sanctified” is off Rick Ross’ sixth LP, Mastermind, which is finally out March 4. Stream the whole fucking thing via iTunes here.

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“Climbing The Corporate Ladder”

Just spitting what I’ve been shown: not only is Sam Benanti feeling the vibe in this here video of last year’s NMESH single “Climbing the Corporate Ladder,” but I also think the writer is picking up where listeners last left NMESH visually in the DREAM SEQUINS® trailer. FUN!

Yet, as the moisture stirs in every office environment, it’s purely a mystery how one can entirely and continuously try justly reaching for the top. Let’s figure morality, here. We got plenty of this clowning and joshin’ going ‘round, but when it comes down to it, your co-workers merely just want to do the dance better than you. But actually, Jan and Steve are your fucking husband and wife, and the corporate sector has replaced all three branches of the U.S. government. Rick in the corner is technically your son, but 35 years older than you. Having to shit every thirty minutes with the other employees feels like it might just be the coffee. Vacations to Puerto Rico are taken via pill under the basement stairs. Nothing is as everything seems.

Catch NMESH on the fly-video scene with new visuals for the sizzle-snap beat of “Climbing the Corporate Ladder,” off new AMDISCS release DREAM SEQUINS®. Shoot, maybe the fellah should just go Beyonce and pop off videos for the entire next album.. Orange Milk into this idea?? #hints #hi


Virginia Trance

“Your Guru”

As the 70s cowboy would walk in more modern boots, Virginia Trance (Scott Davis) rides that same strut-stride along head-nodding first single “Your Guru.” Just truckin’ on by, really, slick guitar, acoustic rhythm, walking bass, beaten up drums, and smooth-but-slightly-tattered vocals. Set up camp, though, ‘cause traveling this far within the Virgina Trance, one finally finds their inner-self OR, “Your Guru.” Mountain tops and rustling bushes. Branches stretching from the mind to the melt. That noggin stewin’ up a good batch of brains, sizzling between each bubble of imagination bursting between nods. Yet, it’s kept contained and calm. You weren’t sure just what you were buying, but it’s all good. Eyes closed. Focusing on that owl cadence in the trees. Pine cones falling gently onto bushels of needles. Maybe you’re next. Maybe it’s New York or Memphis.

Need I continue. Feel “Your Guru” via Virginia Trance will help listeners grip the depths of their inner drip. Prior to Virginia Trance, Scott Davis road a horse named Images and spent a yearlong tenure in Psychic Ills. “Your Guru” comes off Virginia Trance’s FIRST release, a 7-inch with the track “Something in the Air” on the b-side. Tracks were mastered by Matt ‘MV’ Valentine, mixed by Tres Warren, and recorded at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge. You can purchase here to fully enjoy your inner moments.

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