wave Groove is here, and he’s ready to take you back to the future. The Los Angeles-based beat constructor, sound selector, and mix engineer gives us 18 tracks of lush, futuristic instrumentation with his Time Traveller Vol. 2 ( W A R P // F O C U S) beat tape. In regards to the . . .
Experimental producer wave Groove first caught our attention when he linked with Artistic Manifesto mainstay and Virginia native VirtuosoTheGOD for their collaborative project, GOD/WAVE. Today he impresses once more with a two-part release, “Timeshiftr/Cloak.” Both tracks delve into the dark, futuristic sound that we’ve come to expect from the West Coast beatsmith. The first, “Timeshftr,” . . .
Los Angeles producer wave Groove was first introduced to us via his collaborative project with producer VirtuosoTheGOD. Today we are impressed again by his solo project, Beat Construct, which employs swirling masses of murky instrumentation and crisp percussion cadences to capture our imaginations throughout. As the producer himself explains, “In the beginning of the year . . .
South Carolina-based creative BOWTYE makes a mellow label debut with his latest release, “I Know,” which comes to us via Washington, D.C.-based label Fête. This is a short, but enticing dose of intimate R&B, perfect for intimate moments. Stream “I Know” below, and download here.
After the success of their collaborations on The Healing Component, Mick Jenkins and KAYTRANADA are back together for a new groove called “Aurora Borealis.” The song title is actually the scientific term for the “Northern Lights.” These are two artists at the top of their respective niches, and the resulting composition is nothing short of . . .
“You not just you anymore, you belong to the world.” This is the concluding line to the quote that opens Kevin Sinatra‘s “East Coast Wave,” and this theme can be seen throughout the visual for the VirtuosoTheGod-produced record. The video, which also features spoken word by Brooklyn’s Mo Money, features shadowy, grainy footage that adds . . .
D.R.A.M. is a versatile artist. The Virginia bred emcee and vocalist flips the equation again for his latest release, “Gilligan.” It featuries A$AP Rocky and Juicy J, and it’s got “summertime banger” written all over it. D.R.A.M. holds down the infectious chorus, and all three emcees find their own respective groove over top of the dark, bass-heavy . . .
It appears that Tish Hyman might be preparing listeners for a new project in the wake of last July’s Dedicated To: project. Her latest drop, “What It Feels Like,” is a laid back summery groove featuring guest appearances from Ty Dolla Sign and Dej Loaf. Stream “What It Feels Like” below.
Mac Miller already set us off for the summer with “Dang!”, a single with Anderson .Paak that’s as infectious as can be. He’s back again today, this time for a song called “We,” featuring Cee-Lo. Mac is at a point in his career as a musician where he is able to effortlessly incorporate different genres . . .
BADBADNOTGOOD is back with a wavering, entrancing new groove called “Speaking Gently.” The Canada-hailing act takes us through an intimidating audio journey that would fit well into a well curated haunted house playlist. Stream “Speaking Gently” below, and be on the lookout for a new BADBADNOTGOOD project in the near future.
Jacob Collier‘s “Close To You” surprised me at least twice. The track started off smoothly, with a mellow but minimalistic groove that got my head nodding as I admired his voice. Then, about halfway through the energy surged, and waves of more powerful instrumentation made me stop what I was doing and just listen in . . .
2015 was a big year for music, and a lot of artists made moves toward becoming household names. This isn’t an end-all, definitive list of who’s gonna be hot in 2016, but it’s the people our team sees taking that next big step. Check out our ten nominees for “Who To Look Out For In . . .
Although he just started making music in 2013, 21 year old French House producer Vallès raises eyebrows with his debut EP St.Lucia. St.Lucia includes high-class productions and sizzling funky exchanges, blending smooth grooves with mellow filtered sounds. Vallès acquires his tasteful sounds mostly from a movement in France through the 90’s and 70’s called “Funk . . .
Virginia rhymesayer Era Hardaway‘s “Slab 2.0” serves as a striking introduction to his forthcoming album, Classic. Hard-hitting production by VirtuosoTheGOD adds more force to Era’s clever punchlines. We’ll have an exclusive mix from VirtuosoTheGOD some time next week. Stream “Slab 2.0” below, and look for more releases from Classic in the near future.
Virginia spitter Kevin Sinatra and producer Virtuoso The God prove to be a potent match once again with the smooth, euphoric sounds of “Crystal Children.” This ambitious track features an empowering chorus, soulful instrumental, and a dark guest verse from Baltimore native OG Dutchmaster. The colorful, naturalistic imagery of the video adds another degree of . . .