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Daily Archives: 06/17/2011

Apparently I’m kind of late on this one but whatever, I’m just glad I found out about this.  When I first heard about WU LYF I expected them to be extremely overrated.  WU LYF (which stands for World United Lucifer Youth Foundation) is a band and their surrounding friends from England with a large cult following.  The mystery surrounding the group and their heavily artsy image earned them a lot of buzz, so I naturally expected their music not to live up to their hype, but thinking they might have something to do with the Wu-Tang Clan (they do not) I checked them out.  I started out with some of the awesome videos on youtube they have that are starting to get popular, such as “L Y F” and was intrigued.  The singer’s vocal style sounds like it is influenced by drunken bar singing and soccer chants, but the instrumentation is much more clean cut.  I checked out their debut album Go Tell Fire To The Mountain and really enjoyed it.  You can stream one of my favorite songs from the album, “We Bros” below and link to WU LYF’s website under that.



I first found out about Jay Curry’s music via Vince Staples’ twitter a few weeks ago and have been listening to his Vanity mixtape a lot since then.  Curry is a rapper-producer out of LA who has a rather unique style.  What really caught my interest about Vanity was that on “Just About” he raps over “You Hid” from Toro Y Moi’s debut album Causers of This.  I’ve always thought that some of Toro Y Moi’s songs would work perfectly as beats, so I was really happy to hear someone using one.  The rest of the mixtape goes on alternating between low key beats like on “Intromental” or “Rest Easy” and kitchy up-beat ones like “Smoke Signal” or “You People (Hates Me)”.  Vanity is a really good start for an up and coming artist and I am really excited to see what Curry has in store for the future.  Stream and download below…



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