Seán J. Grannum

Recent posts by Seán J. Grannum

Javeon discusses “Control” and the challenges of multi-genre artistry

You’d be forgiven for thinking Javeon was raised on house music. After getting a start with garage joints and songs with fellow Bristolian Julio Bashmore, the budding night club emcee and singer soon found himself rising to the forefront of house’s new generation of vocalists. Following a string of successful releases with some of the . . .

Maya Got Lost

Premiere: Melle Jutte finds himself through his ‘Maya Got Lost’ EP

Melle Jutte‘s been teasing his eagerly awaited Maya Got Lost project for a while, and it has officially arrived. Released through Trapdoor Records, his debut EP covers an ocean of sounds – dub and tribal vibes influence the opener “Pro’s n Converse,” emcee/vocalist Pete Philly makes a stunning return on alt-R&B joint “Concrete,” and things get dark and bass-heavy . . .

AJMW - "These Times" (Premiere)

AJMW seeks unity in “These Times” (Premiere)

AJMW’s “These Times” is a shimmering, sonically explorative track that serves as a foundational piece of his Unity project. Creating a piece of work that runs from beginning to end smoothly isn’t an easy task to accomplish, but that’s something that AJMW, also known as Ashley Warden, had in mind when shaping his latest release, Unity. Wanting . . .

Ta-ku speaks on his creative journey, his faith, and his future goals (Interview)

In an age where the music industry trends towards favoring repeating trends and rehashing classic songs for plays and profit, Ta-ku has carved out a career that’s defined by his originality and innovation. His journey has taken him beyond just music. The worlds of photography, books, fashion and even barbershops have become part of the Perth-based musician’s . . .

Love You Down
New Music Jun 29  |  

Jarell Perry & Julia Lewis connect for “Love You Down”

Jarell Perry and Bay Area producer Julia Lewis have teamed up for “Love You Down,” a rework of Ready For The World’s classic 80’s R&B joint, which was also popularized by INOJ. While the unforgettable melody keeps this new take rooted in the ones that came before it, the modern additions add a new flair . . .

Meet the Movement #006: Freddie Joachim & Yusai of Mellow Orange (Part 1)

Staying true to you isn’t an easy task, especially when in an industry that’s full of pandering and catering to current trends. Somehow, Mellow Orange has managed to do just that. Founded in 2009 by Japanese-born, Bay Area-based DJ Yusai Goda, his friend DJ and producer Freddie Joachim soon joined, and together the duo turned . . .

BläpDëli Switches Gears with “Maserati” (Premiere)

Fresh off the release of his latest album W O M A N, California native BläpDëli is back with “Maserati,” a layered loosie that again challenges ears with it’s variety. Known for crossing all manner of genres in his songs, the producer has been exploring more sounds, and this latest effort is a result of . . .

Iman Falls Hopelessly for you in “Naïve” (Video Premiere)

Iman’s been causing a stir since the release of her debut single, “Golden” at the tail end of last year, and now the video for her follow-up, “Naïve,” is here. The song starts out as an acoustic ballad before incorporating electronic elements that take it to anthemic heights, as the London-based singer croons about releasing . . .

The Top 10 Producer Projects of 2015

When it comes to year end lists, performers and artists are often given priority over producers and musicians. Despite being overlooked, a number of producers certified their place in music this year, and quite a few producer albums, EPs and mixtapes made compelling arguments for this year’s best release. With that in mind, I decided . . .

New Music Dec 1  |  

Abysmal Lounge Pushes Forward Thinking Sounds With Compilation

After 75 stellar installments of their weekly online radio series, the Abysmal Lounge squad have released their first compilation, and it’s a must-listen. Based in Fukuoka, the team have quickly become one of Japan’s biggest proponents of the futuristic, hip-hop-rooted sound that we’ve come to love since its emergence in recent years. Thus it’s no . . .

Freddie Gibbs Shows Ambition And Growth On ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ (Album Review)

It’s been a minute for Freddie Gibbs. 2014 was arguably his biggest year yet with the release of Piñata, a collaborative LP with Stones Throw legend Madlib that saw the Gary, Indiana rapper expand his range to include smooth soulful loops, bringing new life to his lyrics. Released independently through Madlib’s Invazion label the project . . .

Kolossus Records Mix

Meet the Movement #004: The Sounds of Kolossus Records (Mix)

After each Meet the Movement entry, I’ll be uploading a mix featuring strictly artists and affiliates from the movement I interviewed. These mixes are intended for use as the background music for each interview, but also as a celebration of the movement. The mix I made for my Meet the Movement interview with Dexter Brandon of Kolossus Records has now . . .

Meet the Movement #005: Kenny Fresh of Fresh Selects (Part 2)

Fresh Selects is pushing towards a position in the music scene that few other record labels are at. Its wide-ranging yet consistent releases mean that it can’t be defined as simply a beat-label, or an R&B label. With a level of quality (just look at his Discogs page) that will be soon joined in terms . . .

tropical fruit
New Music Nov 4  |  

Mars Today Revisits Summery Vibes With ‘Tropical Fruit’ EP

Following the brilliant track “Summatime Fine” featuring production from Soulection beat-slayer Esta, Mars Today has seen fit to continue bringing the summer back with his new Tropical Fruit EP. Having always been inspired by the African-rooted rhythms from Cuba, Brazil and the Caribbean, the project marks the California native’s attempts to “channel some equatorial vibes” . . .

Kenny Fresh

Meet the Movement #005: Kenny Fresh of Fresh Selects (Part 1)

How many record labels do you know that started out as a blog? That’s exactly the path Kenny Fresh took with his label Fresh Selects, which originally started as FreshSelects.net 7 years ago. It now redirects to the label’s Bandcamp. Since then, the brand’s growth has been monumental, and has seen the label release projects . . .