Stream: XXYYXX – Even Though EP

Orlando’s 16 year old beat maestro, XXYYXX just released a new EP based around his collaborative track with Giraffage.  In my opinion the best collaborations are when two artists with two distinct styles make music that features both of their styles in a still discernible way, while still having them blend together well. “Even Though” does this perfectly.  It starts …

tccarr14Stream: XXYYXX – Even Though EP

Video: Darq E Freaker – Blueberry (Feat. Danny Brown)

If you watched Danny Brown on Pitchfork’s “Selector” you may know of Danny’s appreciation for the UK’s gritty Grime hip-hop scene and his interest to work with Darq E Freaker.  Now, that collaboration has actually materialized, and it is as gritty and grimey as anyone could have imagined.  Darq E Freaker provides a woozily aggressive beat and Danny matches it …

tccarr14Video: Darq E Freaker – Blueberry (Feat. Danny Brown)

Mixtape: Nvthlss- EP3

I’ve been patiently awaiting the release of Nvthlss’ EP3 ever since I dug into his fantastic EP2.  Over the past few weeks Nvthlss has been dropping a steady stream of short mp3s leading up to the final release of the beat tape.  EP3 has almost three-times more tracks than EP2 and further refines the unique take on hip-hop beats that Nvthlss …

pkelly94Mixtape: Nvthlss- EP3

mp3: Dak Jaw- TOUCHME212

Dak Jaw’s debut single ‘TOUCHME212′ sets a high bar for the Colorado-based producer.  At only just over 2 and a half minutes, ‘TOUCHME212′ is a fast-paced track that never lets down the high intensity.  The use of Azealia Banks’ ‘212’ is pretty great as Dak Jaw throws in vocal clips of the female rapper across the track allowing her famous …

pkelly94mp3: Dak Jaw- TOUCHME212

Mixtape: Mood Tattoed- Pirate Treasures

I like Pirate Treasures by Mood Tattoed because it is good.  It is good because Pirate Treasures is filled with gorgeous ambient tracks with splashes of tropically inspired music scattered throughout the listen.  Moving away from reverb-filled synth-wash ambient music, Mood Tattoed’s tracks demand the attention of the listener with memorable compositions and melodies.  The result is an album that …

pkelly94Mixtape: Mood Tattoed- Pirate Treasures

mp3: Last Days of 1984- Seasons

I’m not exactly sure what it is about Last Days of 1984 but I’m really enjoying their take on a genre I haven’t enjoyed in a while.  Last Days of 1984 make synth-pop but their jams have enough sonic experimentation to stay interesting and not overly sugary.  ‘Seasons’ is the newest taste of their upcoming album Wake Up to the Waves and …

pkelly94mp3: Last Days of 1984- Seasons

Mixtape: Kool A.D.- 51

I honestly wasn’t anticipating on listening to Kool A.D.’s new mixtape but after an awesome single I become much more hyped for Kool A.D.’s mixtape dedicated to the bay area.  The hour-long mixtape, 51, is probably the most convincing example of Kool A.D.’s talent since Sit Down, Man and at this point I don’t think there is anyone that can argue …

pkelly94Mixtape: Kool A.D.- 51