mp3: Vince Staples & Michael Uzowuru – twitch.

And the Staples-Uzowuru tracks keep coming.  This time, Michael Uzowuru provides some dark Neptunes-influenced production which strays from the sample-based style of his previous work with Vince.  Vince puts the beat to use, providing a narrative that paints an increasingly common problem in society.  I have to give it up to Vince Staples for doing a great part of breaking out of the role that he was typecast into with “epar” with Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1  and other singles he has put out, he has shown that he is not just a rapper consumed with being offensive, but has many thoughts floating through his verses.



mp3: TV Girl – Misery

I would like to go to San Diego some day because judging from the music that people from San Diego make, it seems like the sunniest, happiest place on Earth.  Even a song called “Misery” sounds incredibly happy and up beat.  “Misery” makes use of a recognizable oldie sample, as many other TV Girl songs do, and breathes new life into it with a beautifully arranged percussion track, and some more upfront than usual vocals from TV Girl lead singer Trung Ngo.  TV Girl will be releasing their debut full project in the form of a mixtape on Heems (of Das Racist)’s record label, Greedhead, in May and I am sure that it will be one of the more perfect summer soundtracks to be put out in a while.

P.S. If you want to read about the song’s birth, death, and eventual reincarnation from Trung himself, head over to Portals for the scoop HERE


mp3: Honeyslide- I Do

Honeyslide are making the exact kind of music that I need.  Their sound is the musical equivalent of a hot, humid, lazy summer day and their latest single ‘I Do’ takes that sounds and amplifies it with a massive, sweaty guitar riff.  ’I Do’ could have easily been recorded on cassette by some bored highschoolers in the 90s, yet, it’s a perfect gem to find in today’s music world.  It’s making me nostalgic for a decade I only experienced as a kid.