Party rockin’? Maybe. Wallpaper. is a weird group fronted by Ricky Reed. They make all kinds of strange pop/rap sounds that definitely appeal if you’re in the exact situation that calls for a Wallpaper. song. I would call the vibe post-grunge rap, but what do I know? Give it a listen, and if you want more, check out the album on Spotify.
ZZ Ward is cool. Like, somehow-manages-to-pull-off-a-fedora cool. To add to that, she has a kind of blues-pop vibe that pulls a listener in like the various lovers ZZ Ward addresses in her music. In “LOVE 3X” she paints a picture of what can only be described as a tumultuous relationship in the extreme. Check it out above, watch for her album in early 2016, and listen to more on her Soundcloud.
Purity Ring is a two-person outfit that makes what could be called ambient synth-pop. It all sounds incredible. After a long period of near-silence following their first album, the second, Another Eternity, dropped this year. Here’s “Lofticries” from their first album Shrines, and for more, check them out on their Spotify.
Each week the distinguished DJs at the SOCC compile their favorite songs of the moment into one killer playlist for your listening pleasure. This week, DJs were listening to a wide range of music. At one end of the spectrum we have Jay Rock’s “Money Trees Deuce” and at the other we have some mellow Shabazz Palace. Look out for our weekly playlists each week on Sunday afternoons. Follow us on Soundcloud and enjoy responsibly.
Big Wild is at it again with this transcendent and feel-good remix of Show Me Love. Jam out to this track, and look for Big Wild on tour in support of Odesza on the “In Return” World Tour.
Time to throw it back just a little bit. The last post highlighted a song released only a few weeks ago; this one came out in 2008. Ludo is a band from St. Louis, Missouri, with a musical style that has evolved greatly over the course of their career. This song, “Lake Pontchartrain,” tells the story of a misadventure in search of crawfish. I think. For more by Ludo, check them out on their Spotify.
Tonight is the night. GRiZ, the increasingly popular Detroit-based electronic artist, will be throwing down his first-ever headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. GRiZ, who currently calls Boulder, CO home has made numerous appearances at Red Rocks. His most notable appearances up to this point include a performance at Global Dance Festival in 2012 and a spot supporting Big Gigantic at Rowdytown 1. In the lead-up to this show, which will kick off his nationwide tour. Below, check out his newest mixtape, “Chasing the Golden Hour Pt. 1” as well as the music video for his 2013 song Smash the Funk. Included in this video is footage of GRiZ performing live at Red Rocks. Since his last performance at Red Rocks GRiZ has premiered his own record label “All Good Records” and will feature his label mates tonight on the Rocks. Muzzy Bear, Sunsquabi, and Manic Focus. The night will surely be full of new music and production from Kwiecinski (real name: Grant Kwiecinski). The concert sold out in the middle of August, so the stoke is set to be at astronomical levels.
On August 28, Halsey dropped her first album, BADLANDS, which quickly climbed to #2 on the iTunes Top Albums chart. If that doesn’t have you convinced to check her out, give “New Americana” a listen- an anthemic launch leads us into the hook that is laced with references to her musical influences. The Notorious B.I.G. reference in particular had me grinning. For more on Halsey, listen to two other songs, “Hurricane” and “Ghost,” both of which are also featured on BADLANDS, at https://soundcloud.com/halseymusic.
Brasstracks is becoming prolific in their ability to add soulful horns to songs in their remixes. This song, originally from Gallant, is a great example of their ability to lift up your day. Bump this one in your dorm room if you’re feeling down and it’s guaranteed to have you grinning.
Mos Def, who recently changed his performance name to Yasiin Bey, revives his old moniker for this track alongside Ski Beatz. The man can spit, no two ways about it. Bump this track and listen to the lyrics of one of hip-hop’s greatest, but least appreciated talents.