mp3: Chris Villa- Δ (Prod. Chris Villa)

Out of all the rappers we’ve been able to follow on The Up-Turn, Chris Villa has possibly undergone the biggest growth as an mc.  When he first started collaborating for Hanz, I enjoyed his verses but thought that sometimes Hanz’s beats out shined Villa himself.  Pillage Vatican City proved that Villa is not only a good rapper, but one good enough to keep us interested without any features over an entire mixtape.  Now comes his self-produced ‘Δ’ and it’s probably his best release yet.  Over a mellowed-out boom bap beat featuring some Illmatic worthy piano, Villa lays down some dense and thoughtful verses that show improvements in lyrics, flow and confidence since the first we ever heard from him and that wasn’t even bad at all to begin with.

-PK

mp3: Dirty Projectors- Dance For You

If, at the slight chance, Dirty Projectors’ upcoming release Swing Lo Magellan wasn’t the hottest item on your soon-to-be-released list, Dirty Projectors have a new reason for it to skyrocket up to number one.  ’Dance For You’ is easily the band’s most care-free embrace of pop music to date with a sweet and simple guitar line along David Longstreth’s  restrained vocals.  All the yelping and crazed vocal dynamics that may have turned people off from their material can’t be found in this track without the band sacrificing any of their uniqueness.  It’s hard not to smile when the effect soaked guitar solo comes.  Swing Lo Magdellan drops July 10th.

-PK