Kanye West

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Kanye West performed at Glastonbury on Saturday, and the reviews are in! Check ‘em out:

“Kanye West silences the critics with earth-shattering Glastonbury performance.” – Consequence of Sound

“Kanye West successfully proved his doubters wrong with his smash hit headline set at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night.” – The Independent

“He just killed it, man.” – The Huffington Post

“The 38-year-old hip-hop performer appeared to forget some of the lyrics to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’…” – E!


• Kanye West: http://www.kanyewest.com


“Where Your Girl At?”

Ahead of his studio debut, iLoveMakonnen has dropped another new track, this time with Atlanta producer Richie Souf. The track’s abrasive both musically and lyrically, showing that even with some mainstream attention coming his way, this Red Dragon’s not holding back.

Future live staple? Check it:

• iLoveMakonnen: https://soundcloud.com/ilovemakonnen



Tallesen’s newest EP inca is out TODAY on Bootleg Tapes, and not to spoil its review I wrote for next week, I’ll just list the basic ideas below that one can focus upon while listening. These will also be ideas you can think about when you attend… THE inca RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT IN NYC, PAL. And as inca follows Tallesen’s most resent work Stills Lit Through on Software, the EP tracks define the stability the NY producer has on ruff-clarity through these four focal points:

timbre \ˈtam-bər, ˈtim-; ˈtam(brə)\ n : the quality given to a sound by its overtones: as
a : the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech sound.
b : the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument.

movement \ˈmüv-mənt\ n : the act or process of moving people or things from one place or position to another : the act of moving your body or a part of your body.

milieu \mēl-ˈyə(r), -ˈyü, -ˈyœ; ˈmēl-ˌyü\ n : the physical or social setting in which people live or in which something happens or develops.

observation \äb-sər-ˈvā-shən, -zər-\ n : a statement about something you have noticed : a comment or remark : the act of careful watching and listening

Grip inca by Tallesen on the reel via Bootleg Tapes, listen to it below, and don’t you DARE not experience FOMO b/c u missing the album release party… just come on out! I’ll be wearing the craigslist hat, so say “Hey!” Our pal Paul Bow-Bow and fam will be with me.

• Tallesen: https://soundcloud.com/tallesen
• Bootleg Tapes: http://bootlegtapes.bandcamp.com

Bruce Smear

“Pick & Roll”

Just the other day I was snooping the net for some Smear to cover, and all I found was a deliciously bugged Bandcamp page featuring a slick, nameless track. Mostly, I just wanted to hear how old Bruce followed up with his DIS Magazine Smear is Here mix (something our pal DeForest Brown Jr. lost his MIND over one day in my car). Then I remembered he had an Orange Milk Records LP popping soon, and immediately forgot until I saw OM’s Facebook post about the new “Pick & Roll” video, watched it, and am still enamored.

So, right now, I’m that crab at my job and those basketball sounds are me sticking up for the hard work they don’t think I actually do. Bruce Smear really know’s how to melt hearts, and “Pick & Roll” brings that sticking-it timbre-pro vibe. It’s all hype. It’s pure hype. It’s a roll that’ll never slow. A ball that flings out into the street and you run to catch it because “Hit me, fool! Ima Mr. Smith your Matrix-ass car and collect ALL the money.” Bruce Smear is a trillionaire of sound. And “Pick & Roll” is all the fucking money in the world. Let it rain by clicking play (again, maybe) above. Also, don’t forget to keep an eye out for his new LP on Orange Milk this August for that end-all heat.

• Bruce Smear: http://www.brucesmear.com

Mongo Skato

“When Love Comes Calling (I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love)” Feat. Tha Mexakinz

Last we heard from Mongo Skato, it was totally VHS-stepped via 1080p entitled,I Don’t Give It. Back now (with Tha Mexakinz?), he’s fronting “When Love Comes Calling (I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love)” that’s complete stutter beat. Clean melody samples. Rough backing vocals. Switch ups like Neapolitan ice cream. No reel sense of time. Syrup drizzling across naked sushi. Trans themes of sonic entanglement. A zone that’s friendly to everyone, but teases just as much. Mongo Skato is gearing up for SOMETHING with “When Love Comes Calling (I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love).” We’ll just have to jam below and wait:

• Mongo Skato: https://soundcloud.com/mongoskato



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